The Franklin Women Carer’s Scholarship was created in 2015 to assist health and medical researchers who have primary caring responsibilities, by initially funding the costs of any additional care required while they present their research at an academic conference under the Franklin Women Carer’s Travel Scholarship Scheme. 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 Franklin Women Carer’s Travel 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.
In 2020 our regular Carer’s Travel Scholarship was put on hold and instead Franklin Women awarded 16 COVID-19 Carer’s Support Scholarships acknowledging the impact the pandemic has had on our sector, particularly those with unpaid caring roles or with unexpected additional caring responsibilities. The COVID-10 Carer’s Support Scholarship continued in 2021 and with the support of the Sydney Local Health District we were able to again top up the funds for this scholarship that we raise through our members.
Applications for the 2021 Franklin Women Carer’s Scholarship are now closed.
Named The Teresa Anderson Award the 2021 scholarship was to support those who have had to assume additional caring responsibilities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A proud partnership between the SLHD and FW members who have funded this scholarship.
Research Officer and PhD Student, Brain and Mitochondrial Group, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Dr Cheryl Carcel
Research Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health, Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney
Dr Belinda Di Bartolo
Senior Post Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide
Associate Professor Sally Gainsbury
Deputy Director, Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic, University of Sydney
Dr Elizabeth Hinde
Laboratory Head, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Melbourne
Dr Ying Zhang
Associate Director, Teaching & Learning (Assessment & Curriculum), School of Public Health, University of Sydney
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
In 2020 and 2021, 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 in 2020 without our Life Time Members who responded to our call for help. Similarly, in 2021 we were able to support more women thanks to the generous support of the Sydney Local Health District who topped up funds we raise through the collective investment of our members. We couldn’t be more grateful for the Franklin Women community who are committed to investing in each other and our sector.
We are proud to announce the following recipients of our 2020 and 2021 COVID Carer’s Support Scholarship. Congratulations…
2021 – The Teresa Anderson Award recipients
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