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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: 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 Coachingto support self-identified professional and/or personal challenges.

Applications closed Sunday 17th May 2020 and recipients were announced on Tuesday 30th June 2020. We expect to resume our regular Carer’s Travel Scholarship again in 2021. Please subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date.

2020 Recipients 

We are proud to announce the recipients of our 2020 COVID Carer’s Support Scholarship. We would not have been in the position to support all of the 16 worthy recipients without our Life Time Members who responded to our call for help. We couldn’t be more grateful of the FW community who are committed to investing in each other and our sector. Congratulations…

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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