Carer’s Travel Scholarship

The Franklin Women Carer’s Travel Scholarship was created to assist health and medical researchers who have primary caring responsibilities, by funding the costs of any additional care required while they present their research at an academic conference. As a social enterprise, the funds for this scholarship are raised through Franklin Women memberships.

Since 2015, nine recipients from around Australia have been awarded the scholarship, providing assistance with financial and logistical challenges that come with managing personal and professional commitments.

Initially, this scholarship provided financial support to researchers who are also the primary carer of one or more child under 6 years of age. In 2019, Franklin Women expanded the eligibility criteria to include researchers who also assume unpaid caring responsibilities for family members who have a disability or chronic health condition. We hope that expanding the scholarship criteria has made this support accessible to more researchers, allowing them to disseminate their findings and build career connections at a conference they might have otherwise found difficult to attend.

Scholarship rounds

Franklin Women offers two scholarship rounds per year. Please sign up to our newsletter to receive updates when applications for 2021 open

Application process

Details on the application requirements, scholarship eligibility and application form can be found via the links below:

2020 FW Scholarship Instructions to Applications

2020 FW Scholarship Application Form

Previous recipients

2019 Recipient (Round 2) – Simran Kaur

2019 Recipient (Round 2) – Simran Kaur

The Franklin Women Carer’s Travel scholarship will assist Simran Kaur, Phd student at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, to present her research at the Annual Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting in Texas, US. There she will be sharing her PhD resent on the genetics of rare diseases as well as visiting the labs of international collaborators.  The scholarship is going towards part of the costs of unpaid leave that Simran’s husband will be required to take to care for their son at home while she travels for this important career opportunity before submitting her PhD in 2020.
2019 Recipient (Round 1) – Dr Cheryl Carcel

2019 Recipient (Round 1) – Dr Cheryl Carcel

The Franklin Women Carer’s Travel scholarship assisted Dr Cheryl Carcel, clinician-researcher and PhD scholar at The George Institute for Global Health, attend to the European Stroke Organisation Conference in Milan. There she will present two abstracts for her PhD research on the representation of women and reporting of sex differences in stroke clinical trials. She will also be attending a Women in Stroke Leadership pre-conference workshop and meeting international collaborators. The scholarship is going towards travel costs for her 2 year old daughter and partner, allowing Cheryl to make the most of the conference at such a critical stage in her career.
Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly

Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly

Team Leader, Mental health stream, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Womens’ and Childrens’ Health, UNSW

https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-ursula-margaret-sansom-daly

Dr Belinda Di Bartolo

Dr Belinda Di Bartolo

Senior Post Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide

https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/belinda.dibartolo

Associate Professor Sally Gainsbury

Associate Professor Sally Gainsbury

Deputy Director, Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic, University of Sydney

https://sydney.edu.au/science/people/sally.gainsbury.php

Dr Premila Paiva

Dr Premila Paiva

Senior Project Officer, Strategy and Partnerships, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne

Website

Dr Elizabeth Hinde

Dr Elizabeth Hinde

Laboratory Head, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Melbourne

Website

Dr Ying Zhang

Dr Ying Zhang

Associate Director, Teaching & Learning (Assessment & Curriculum), School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Website

Dr Willa Huston

Dr Willa Huston

Acting Associate Head of School Learning and Teaching, Program Director Masters Medical Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney

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COVID-19 Carer’s Support Scholarship

In 2020, Franklin Women repurposed the funds for our Carer’s Travel Scholarship to a temporary scholarship that aims to support those in our sector who have had to assume additional caring responsibilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We would not have been in the position to support all of the 16 worthy recipients without our Life Time Members who responded to our call for help. We couldn’t be more grateful for the FW community who are committed to investing in each other and our sector.

We are proud to announce the following recipients of our 2020 COVID Carer’s Support Scholarship. Congratulations…

Amy Freeman-Sanderson, University of Technology Sydney

Audrey Adji, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, St Vincent’s Clinical School, St Vincent’s Hospital

Danielle Borg, Mater Research

Daria Di Filippo, University of New South Wales

Elizabeth Dylke, The University of Sydney

Emily Ramage, The University of Newcastle

Erica Breuer, The University of Newcastle

Jessica Roydhouse, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania

Kate Giles, Children’s Medical Research Institute

Kelly Williams, Macquarie University

Natalie Matosin, University of Wollongong and Illawarra Health Medical Research Institute

Rachel Hicks, Western Sydney University

Renee Goreham, The University of Newcastle

Rosanne Guijt, Deakin University

Sacha Stelzer-Braid, University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney

Simone Sherriff, The Sax Institute and The University of Sydney

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