Carer’s Travel Scholarship
The Franklin Women Carer’s Travel Scholarship is to assist health and medical researchers who have primary caring responsibilities by funding to 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.
Historically, this scholarship has provided financial support to researchers who are also the primary carer of one or more child under 5 years of age. In 2019 Franklin Women has expanded the eligibility criteria to include researchers who also assume unpaid caring responsibilities for family members who have a disability or chronic health condition.
Since 2015, seven recipients from around Australia have been awarded the scholarship providing assistance with financial and logistical challenges that come with managing personal and professional commitments. We hope expanding the scholarship will make 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.
Franklin Women offers two scholarship rounds per year as detailed below. We accept applications where travel has occurred prior to award closing dates.
Round 1: For conference travel before 30th June 2019. Applications open 18th of February 2019 and close Friday 22nd of March 2019 (close of business).
Round 2: For conference travel between 1st July 2019 and 31st December 2019. Applications open 1st July 2018 and close Friday 9th of August 2019 (close of business).
Details on the application process, scholarship eligibility and application form can be found via the links below.
2018 Recipient (Round 2) – Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly
The Franklin Women Carer’s Travel scholarship assisted Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly, Clinical Psychologist and Post-Doctoral Fellow at UNSW Medicine, travel to World Congress of Psycho-Oncology in Hong Kong. There she will present her research on end-of-life conversations with adolescents and young adults with cancer as well as meet with some of her international collaborators in person for the first time. The scholarship is going towards travel costs for her 4-month-old Felix and her mother as the helping hands.
2018 Recipient (Round 1) – Dr Belinda Di Bartolo
The Franklin Women Carer’s Scholarship assisted Belinda with attending the Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine in San Francisco. At the conference Belinda presented to abstracts on her , as well as Early Career Researcher sessions every morning which range from round table discussions about various aspects of a scientific career to how to speed networking, in her capacity as member of the ATVB Early Career Council Committee.
2017 Recipient (Round 2) – Dr Sally Gainsbury
The Franklin Women Carer’s Travel Scholarship assisted Sally with attending the 5th annual Harm-Minimisation Conference – GambleAware. Sally was invited to give a keynote presentation on her research into the rise of internet gambling and its impact on young people. She also took part in a panel discussion as well as attended pre- and post-conference meetings with current and potential collaborators.
2017 Recipient (Round 1) – Dr Premila Paiva
The Franklin Women Carer’s Travel 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
The Franklin Women Carer’s Travel 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
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 chairing 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
The Franklin Women Carer’s Travel Scholarship assisted Willa to attend the 2015 ESCCAR International Congress on Rickettsia and other Intracellular Bacteria, held 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)