Australian Academy of Science: Inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Travelling Research Award

The award recognises research in the natural sciences by outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD students and early- and mid-career scientists.

It aims to support the expansion and growth of their research networks and international knowledge exchange through visits to relevant international centres of research.

Funding & Duration

Two annual awards of $5,500 are planned, with additional support provided to attend the Academy’s Annual Science at the Shine Dome event.

The proposed travel must be for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of three months duration.


Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents at the time of application. Applicants should also either be enrolled for a PhD or be within 15 years of obtaining a PhD*.

* Exemptions for career interruptions may be sought from the Academy. Reasons for exemption can include (but may not be limited to) illness, birth of a child or carer requirements.

Applicants must provide a letter from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community or Organisation where they identify and are accepted. This may come from one of, but not limited to, the following:

  • Land Council
  • Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) or Native Title Group
  • Natural Resources Management Board (NRM Board)
  • Traditional Owner group
  • Elders group
  • A Universities Indigenous department

Submission Requirements & Due Date

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