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Research travel

During your research journey you may identify opportunities to travel interstate or overseas to attend conferences, for data collection or field work or to collaborate with other researchers. Such opportunities may enhance your research, further develop your skills and expand your career prospects.

In order to travel as a research candidate you must seek approval to do so. You are also required to ensure that you have arranged appropriate health &/or travel insurance approval. Refer to the Travel requirements web page for more information.

Normally you would have had your Confirmation of Candidature formally approved before applying to travel for your research.

Research travel opportunities

ECU Research Student Travel Grants - AsiaBound 2014

The AsiaBound program is a Government initiative that provides Australian students with the opportunity to broaden and deepen their understanding of cultures and languages and to become more Asia-literate. The subsidy is provided by the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE).

The AsiaBound Research Student Travel Grants is co-funded by ECU and seeks to enrich and enhance the research training experience of students. These awards will provide funding towards a research experience in Asia such as:

  • field trips that ‘enhance’ the candidates research, such as learning new research techniques, access to equipment, data collection.
  • collaborating for the purpose of research partnerships, such as producing a paper as a result of the trip.
  • visiting universities/research institutions for the purposes of networking, to help candidates become ‘globally aware’, and to enhance career opportunities.

The grant provides up to $4000 towards travel and living expenses for a research placement between 4 weeks and 6 months.

The grants are open to domestic research students currently enrolled in the second or third year of candidature (or the equivalent for part-time students). You must have had your Confirmation of Candidature approved to be considered.

Grant funds cannot be used to fund conference attendance. You may be eligible to use your postgraduate student support funds to attend a conference.  For specific details, please refer to your faculty student support guidelines, or contact your faculty research support staff.

For more details and to apply for the AsiaBound Research Student Travel Grants refer to the Asia Bound Travel Grant Guidelines and Application  and the Student Travel Approval form in the Downloads box on the right of this page.

Limited number available. Applications will be accepted until 30 September 2014, unless all grants have been allocated.

Other travel opportunities

MS Research Australia Ian Ballard Travel Award

The Ian Ballard Travel Awards are intended to enable recipients to undertake an international travel tour with the aim of extending and collaborating on their multiple sclerosis (MS) research specialty. This award is specifically for MS researchers. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand. Funding value is up to $25,000 for one year.

Applications close on 24 July, 2014.

For more information visit the MS Research Australia Ian Ballard Travel Award web page.

German Academic Exchange Service Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates

These grants provide an opportunity to carry out a research project at a German higher education institution or non-university research institute for a period between 1 and 10 months. The project can be completed as part of a doctoral enrolment at an Australian institution with the primary goal of supporting the applicant’s PhD thesis.

Applications close on September 30 and March 31 depending on the intended period of travel.

For more information visit the German Academic Exchange Service research grant website.

Mexican Government Scholarship Program for Foreign Students

Scholarships for special programs are offered to take short-term fellowships at a participating institution in Mexico. The grants are open in the following categories: Visiting Professors, Researchers in Mexico´s issues, Media Contributors, Art Production Fellowships, Improving the Quality of Mexican Secondary and Higher Education Institutions and High-level Conferences.

For more information visit the Call of Scholarships of the Mexican Government for Foreigners website.

Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand Postgraduate Travel Award

ACSANZ offers up to four grants each year for postgraduate students wishing to undertake a short research trip to Canada. An amount up to AUD $3,000 is available for each grant for travel to and within Canada.

For more information visit the Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand website.

Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships for travel to America

Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships are available to Australian citizens to engage in 8 - 10 months of research relevant to an Australian PhD; or undertake an approved course of study in an American higher degree. These scholarships are aimed at current PhD students, honours students, or honours graduates who are considering postgraduate study in the U.S.

Applications for the 2014 Fulbright Australian Scholarships have now closed.

For more information visit the Australia-American Fulbright Commission website.

Embassy of France in Australia Scientific Mobility Program

As part of the Scientific Mobility Program, the Embassy of France in Australia is offering a travel grant for early career researchers between Australia and France in 2014. The aim of this travel grant is to facilitate and develop collaboration between these two countries.

Applications are open to early career researchers of any nationality who are conducting or developing research in collaboration (of medium or long-term) between Australia and France.

Applications for 2014 have closed.

For more information visit the France in Australia website.

Visit to the National Institutes of Health USA for junior scientists

The Australian Academy of Science invites Expressions of Interest from junior scientists, who are no more than 30 years of age at time of application, to visit the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States of America between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015. Proposals in any health-related field of natural science will be considered. Only citizens and permanent residents of Australia living in Australia at time of application are eligible to apply.

At the time of application, applicants should be either: 

  • in the first two years of a PhD degree or equivalent;
  • have completed a Masters or a Bachelors with Honours degree; or
  • be in the final year of a Masters or a Bachelors with Honours degree.

Under this scheme applicants are expected to be undertaking PhD study in an Australian institution or have an intent to enrol in PhD study in an Australian institution. Applicants can request travel support to access the international leading-edge research facilities and staff of the NIH. The proposed visit should initiate long-term collaborations and facilitate the development of the applicant’s career.

Expressions of Interest for travel in 2015 have closed.

For more information visit the Australian Academy of Science International Programs web page.  

More opportunities

For information about other funding opportunities available to research students visit the Higher degree by research scholarships web page.
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