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    We believe investing in women working in the health sciences is important. Franklin Women will be launching scholarships intended to respond to barriers commonly cited by women in health and medical research careers.



    We believe investing in women working in the health sciences is important. Franklin Women will be launching scholarships intended to respond to barriers commonly cited by women in health and medical research careers.

Carer’s Travel Scholarship


Attending conferences is an important part of a researcher’s career. They provide an opportunity to disseminate research findings and initiate and nurture collaborations. They are also considered a measure of a researcher’s output by employers and grant bodies. Once women have children it becomes a lot harder for them to attend conferences both physically and financially.

The Franklin Women Carer’s Travel Scholarship provides financial support to assist in the care of children while you attend a national or international conference. This can be used in whatever way is best for your personal circumstances, for example, to fund a companion to join you or additional days of childcare.

Scholarship rounds, application guidelines and the application form are found below.

Carer’s Travel Scholarship application guidelines

Carer’s Scholarship application form 2017

Round 1 – For conference travel between 1st January and 30th June 2017. Applications open January 2017 and close Friday 10th March 2017 (close of business). 

Round 2 – For conference travel between 1st July and 31st December 2017. Applications open July 2017 and close Friday 11th August 2017 (close of business).

To be eligible you must:

  • Have a poster or oral abstract accepted for a national or international conference in 2017.
  • Have already acquired some or all funding for your personal conference attendance (e.g. your conference registration, flights etc)
  • Be currently employed, or enrolled as a PhD student, in the health and medical research field at a university or research institute in Australia (or on institute-approved parental leave)
  • Be the primary carer of one or more children under 5 years of age
  • Be a full or student member of Franklin Women at the time of applying
  • Have not previously received a Franklin Women travel scholarship
  • Contribute to a Franklin Women blog or newsletter on conclusion of the travel

Any enquires can be made via hello@franklinwomen.com.au.

We are very proud that through our Carer’s Travel Scholarship we have been able to make conference travel a little bit easier for talented researchers who are also the primary carers of small children. You can read about our previous recipients below.

2017 Recipient (Round 1) – Dr Premila Paiva

Premila is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne based at the Royal Women’s Hospital. She is a former NHMRC Early Career Fellow and is currently the recipient of a University of Melbourne Career Interruption Fellowship for 2017. Her primary research interests are in women’s reproductive health disorders including endometriosis and infertility and how improved understanding of the mechanisms involved in the development of these disorders may lead to novel and more effective treatments. She has received approximately 700 K in research/fellowship funding. She has a keen interest in science advocacy particularly promoting science and research awareness in the community. In this regard, she is on the committee of the Australian Society of Medical Research Victorian Branch Committee. She is also the proud mother of two little girls.

The Franklin Women Carer’s scholarship assisted Premila with attending the 13th World Congress for Endometriosis Research, the premier international conference for endometriosis research held every 3 years. At this conference, she presented her recent findings elucidating the potential mechanisms by which increased expression of the gene vezatin contributes to an increased risk of a woman developing endometriosis. She also visited the laboratory of her collaborator in San Francisco to seek out specialized methodological expertise for the setup of novel cell-based models in her laboratory in Melbourne.

2016 Recipient (Round 2) – Dr Elizabeth Hinde

Liz is a new Group Leader at the EMBL Australia node in Single Molecule Science, Lowy Cancer Research Centre, University of New South Wales. Her she is building a research team that aims to delineate the role for 3D genome organisation in cancer, combing the two disciplines of biology and physics. 

The Franklin Women Carer’s Scholarship assisted Liz with attending the ‘54th annual meeting of Biophysical Society of Japan‘. Liz presented a body of work she recently published in Nature Nanotechnology which uses cutting edge microscopy to map intracellular transport. Attending this conference comes at a pivotal point in her career which is also timed with her return from maternity leave.

2016 Recipient (Round 1) – Dr Ying Zhang

Ying is a Senior Lecturer of International Public Health at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. She has completed a PhD in Public Health, Master of Sustainability, Master of Medical Sciences and Bachelor of Medicine, and is currently studying part-time towards a Master of Education. She has been researching the impact of climate change on public health for more than 12 years, with a particular focus on public health issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Her aim is to improve public health in a changing environment, especially for the most vulnerable in developing regions.

The Franklin Women Carer’s Travel Scholarship assissted Ying to attend the ‘Environment, Health and Sustainable Society’ conference in Japan, where she presented her own research findings as well as chaired a session on ‘heat and cold’ and a post-conference workshop for early career researchers. Her attendance at this conference is a keystone for progressing to the next stage of her career.

2015 Recipient – Dr Willa Huston

Willa is a senior lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at Queensland University of Technology (now at The University of Technology Sydney). Her research interests are in the molecular microbiology of the human intracellular pathogen Chlamydia, and how we can better understand the pathogenesis mechanisms of this organism leading to better treatment and diagnosis. Completing her PhD 11 years ago, Willa has worked towards forging a career as an independent health and medical researcher in this field, acquiring NHMRC and external funding to support a team of 7 researchers. She is also the proud mother to two young children (one who arrived this year!), who she cares for with her husband.

The Franklin Women Carer’s Travel Scholarship assisted Willa to attend the 2015 ESCCAR International Congress on Rickettsia and other Intracellular Bacteria, to be held June 13-16 in Switzerland by contributing to childcare costs while she is away. This is Willa’s first invitation to deliver a plenary lecture at an international conference and is a key aspect of her research track record, important for grant and fellowship applications, as it demonstrates that her scientific contributions are internationally recognised. 

You can connect with Willa on Twitter (@willaonthego)

If you want to make your upcoming conference more parent friendly, follow the lead of others who offer parent viewing rooms. For information on how to encourage gender diversity among conference speakers read the insightful posts by Professor Jenny Martin. 

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