• Scholarships


    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 are found below. 

Carer’s Travel Scholarship Application Guidelines 2018

Carer’s Travel Scholarship Application Form 2018

Round 1 – For conference travel between 1 January and 30 June 2018. Applications open January 2018 and close Friday 16 March 2018 (close of business). 

Round 2 – For conference travel between 1 July and 31 December 2018. Applications open July 2018 and close Friday 17 August 2018 (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.

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)

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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