Carer’s Scholarship

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. 

Scholarship rounds

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.

Application process

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

2021 FW Scholarship Instructions to Applicants

2021 FW Scholarship Application Form

Previous recipients

Simran Kaur

Simran Kaur

Research Officer and PhD Student, Brain and Mitochondrial Group, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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Dr Cheryl Carcel

Dr Cheryl Carcel

Research Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health, Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney

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Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly

Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly

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

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Dr Belinda Di Bartolo

Dr Belinda Di Bartolo

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

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Associate Professor Sally Gainsbury

Associate Professor Sally Gainsbury

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

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Dr Premila Paiva

Dr Premila Paiva

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

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Dr Elizabeth Hinde

Dr Elizabeth Hinde

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

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Dr Ying Zhang

Dr Ying Zhang

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

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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 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

Daria Di Filippo, UNSW, Hunter New England Health

Kavita Bisht, Mater Research Institute, The University of Queensland

Kirsten Morley, University of Sydney, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Kristina Cook, University of Sydney, Westmead Hospital

Melissa Farnham, The Heart Research Institute, University of Sydney

Monica Zen, University of Sydney

Shadma Fatima, Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research

Shu Yang, Centre for MND Research, Macquarie University

2020 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

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