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    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.

COVID Carer’s Support Scholarship


In 2020 Franklin Women has 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 hope this scholarship will provide a small amount of support to talented researchers in our sector who are experiencing a challenging time balancing unprecedented caring and work responsibilities.

The Scholarship

We understand that the challenges experienced by those in our sector at this time are varied and individual, particularly those who assume caring roles which are predominately held by women. While we would love to be in a position to meet the diversity of needs through our scholarship, we have chosen to address two reported challenges at this time. These are: 

1) Logistical burden due to additional caring and work responsibilities, and

2) Impact on productivity and its implications on career sustainability and personal wellbeing.

For this reason, in 2020 we are offering 8 COVID Carer’s Support Scholarships where applicants can select one of the two initiatives below depending on which best meets their needs:

Option A) $400 Dinner Ladies voucher to reduce the burden associated with meal preparation.


Option B) 2x 1 hour virtual coaching sessions with psychologist Tamar Balkin of Balkin Coaching to support self-identified professional and/or personal challenges experienced at this time. To be used in the 6-months after 1st June 2020.

Application Process

So that we can provide this support as soon as possible we have attempted to simplify the application process while still allowing us to assess in a fair manner. The application and review process has also been fast-tracked, with the support of the Franklin Women Team.

Applications open Monday 4th May and close Sunday 17th May 2020. We will notify successful recipients prior to 1st June 2020, with the scholarship resources made available from this date. 

Details on the application process, scholarship eligibility and application form can be found via the links below.

2020 COVID Scholarship Instructions

2020 COVID Scholarship Application Form

Note: We expect to resume our regular Carer’s Travel Scholarship again in 2021. Please subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date.

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