ANSTO offers access to a range of scholarships, awards, grants and prizes. Here you will find a list of scholarships. 

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2016 Australian Synchrotron Stephen Wilkins Medal: Call for Nominations


Continuing a tradition established by the Australian Synchrotron Research Program (ASRP), the Australian Synchrotron is seeking submissions for 2016 Australian Synchrotron Stephen Wilkins Medal. The winner will be announced at the Australian Synchrotron User Meeting in November 2016.

Nominations are now invited for the medal, which will be awarded to the candidate producing the most outstanding thesis and whose degree was awarded, but not necessarily conferred, in the period 1 July, 2014 – 30 June, 2016. The awardee will receive a monetary prize of $3,000 funded by a bequest from the Wilkins family and by the Australian Synchrotron to support career development.

Named in honour of Dr Stephen Wilkins, the medal is awarded annually to the PhD student at an Australian or New Zealand University who is judged to have completed the most outstanding thesis of the past two years whose work was undertaken at and acknowledges the Australian Synchrotron, or the Australian National Beamline Facility (ANBF), or whose work acknowledges and was undertaken under the auspices of the International Synchrotron Access Program (ISAP) or the ASRP.

Application information and guidelines


Submissions close 11.59pm Wednesday 5 October 2016


United Uranium Scholarship

The United Uranium Trust Fund promotes and encourages scientific research and education in the field of atomic energy.

The scholarship is open to ‘promising young scientists’ in the field of nuclear energy who want to extend their development in nuclear science and technology field and who work/study in an Australian organisation or institution. The applicant must also be an Australian citizen.

The scholarship’s value
The recipient of the scholarship will receive up to the value of AUS$6,000.

Application for the scholarship

The closing date for applications is 2 May. Download the application and guidelines here.

Previous winners
Previous winners have used the uranium scholarship to attend international schools and conferences. Read about the experience of Dr Chris Griffith:
“The United Uranium scholarship enabled me to attend one of the first World Nuclear University meetings in Sweden in mid-2006. This was a fantastic opportunity which increased my knowledge across all aspects of the fuel cycle and directly benefited and influenced my research at that time.

This opportunity also enabled me to establish contacts with peers from countries across the globe, and backgrounds ranging from research to regulatory authorities to business analysis and development .

These contacts have been an invaluable source of information and counsel to me ever since, even after moving from nuclear waste clean-up research to applied contract research in the Minerals industry.”


Scholarship ANSTO French Embassy (SAFE) Program 2016

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Applications are closed


ANSTO and the French Embassy in Australia are supporting a scholarship programme which aims to facilitate exchanges of students or young researchers living in France or Australia and working in the area of nuclear science and technology applied to life sciences.

The duration of the visit can be between 2 and 8 months, depending on the requirements of the host team, the project and other constraints related to overseas training. A project which can start in February 2016 is recommended. Projects available at ANSTO can be found here 
Eligibility criteria:

Applicants must be:

  • Enrolled as a student for a Master’s degree by research in a French or Australian university OR
  • Enrolled as a PhD student in a French or Australian university OR
  • Enrolled in a co-tutelle PhD between French and Australian institutions OR
  • Holding a post-doctoral position in a French or Australian university or research institute
  • Carrying out a research project which stimulates research collaborations between France and Australia in the following area:

“Developing nuclear science and technologies applied to the investigation of physio-pathological variations”

The call for applications is open to students of all nationalities depending on eligibility for an Australian or French visa as appropriate.

Funding rules:

The scholarship provides a maximum funding of $20,000 AUD, and contributes to the costs of the trip and/or accommodation for the duration of the project at ANSTO in Sydney, Australia, or the host institution in France.

The application form and supporting documents must be received at the Embassy of France in Australia before the 20th November 2015, 3pm Canberra, Australia, either by email (scanned documents) or by post.
Outcomes will be notified in late November/early December.

SAFE Scholarship 2016 Guidelines and Rules

SAFE Scholarship 2016 Application form (PDF)

About the SAFE program (PDF)

AONSA Young Research Fellowship 2016

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Applications are closed.

The Asia-Oceania Neutron Scattering Association (AONSA) calls for applications for Young Research Fellowship in 2016. The Program will provide financial support for Fellows to visit major neutron facilities in the region for collaborative research using neutrons.
Any young scientist in the Asia-Oceania region within 8 years of the completion of his/her PhD and who wishes to perform neutron research at major neutron facilities in the region (but not in his/her home country) can apply by following the Rules as described below.
The hosting Neutron Facilities are J-PARC (Japan), OPAL at ANSTO (Australia), and HANARO at KAERI (Korea). A total of three Fellowship positions are available in this application round (one for each hosting Facility) and the possible duration of each Fellowship visit is 3 to 12 months.
An application should include:
  • A standard application form (provided by AONSA) with all required information completed including a scientific plan for collaborative neutron research; application form available here
  • A curriculum vitae including a full list of publications
  • One recommendation letter from a supervisor at home institute
  • One letter of support from President of the home neutron society or a representative of home neutron community

Read the AONSA guidelines for more information. 

Fulbright Scholarship

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Applications are closed.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity awaits this year’s winner of the Fulbright Scholarship being offered by ANSTO. 

Valued at up to $A 32,000, the Fulbright Scholarship is for Australian citizens wishing to carry out research or study in the United States of America in nuclear science or technology. The winner will also get an unrivalled opportunity for Australians seeking professional development in the United States. 

The Fulbright Program is one of the largest and most prestigious educational exchange programs in the world. The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is one of over 50 Fulbright Commissions in the world who work with the United States Department of State to facilitate the Fulbright Program between the United States and over 150 countries worldwide. 

Fulbright Professional Scholarships are available for junior to mid-career professionals, poised for advancement to a senior role from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, or junior to middle level academics whose professional focus is industry related, see attached for details.  

As well as providing financial support, the Fulbright Scholarship supports a program of professional development in Australia and the United States, including orientation programs and opportunities for networking with Australian, U.S. and international Fulbright Scholars and alumni.