The Royal Women’s Hospital offers conference support grants to research degree students who are undertaking approved research projects within the hospital during the current academic year and who wish to attend local, national or overseas conferences for the purposes of presenting scientific communications (either oral or poster presentations).
|Through the conference support grant program, students are provided with an opportunity to refine their research prior to thesis submission by exposing it to national and international peer review at a conference. |
They also have an opportunity to meet and discuss their work with researchers of national and international standing, and in doing so promote their research careers.
At an institutional level, the program aims to enhance the Women’s research reputation and promote the forging of ties between hospital student researchers and those engaged in similar activities in other institutions and centres of learning.
|a. Enrolled research degree candidates undertaking Royal Women's Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee approved research projects within the Women's are eligible.|
b. Applicants must have applied for additional conference support (if available) from other funding agencies (e.g. the organising body of the conference itself, Ian Potter Foundation, etc) for the conference concerned. If such other funding is forthcoming, applicants will still be eligible for “top-up” funding from the Women's program.
c. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have reached a stage in their studies where they may obtain the significant advantage from the opportunity provided by the grant.
d. Awards will be made on the basis of the significance of the conference to the applicant’s and the Women's research program and the potential benefit derived by the applicant and the Women's from the applicant’s attendance at the conference.
e. Applicants must be the first and presenting author of at least one of the communications being presented, which must cover original, ongoing research, be largely the postgraduate’s own work, report recent findings and be directly related to the applicant’s thesis topic.
Level of funding
|During their research degree candidature period, students may receive more than one Women's conference support grant but not in the same calendar year. |
For any candidate, a maximum of $500 for national conference attendance or $1000 for an overseas conference attendance may be made available. These funds may be used to subsidise the cost of travel expenses, registration fees or accommodation.
Method of application
|Applications must be submitted in writing using the available program application form. Letters of application must address the selection criteria listed above and include the necessary information and attachments. |
|Applicants must include details of the conference and relevant associated costs. A copy of the accepted abstract to be presented, confirmation of its acceptance by the conference and a letter of support from the student’s supervisor must accompany the application. A copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae should also be provided. |
Applications are considered by the Women's Scholarship Committee. Applicants may be interviewed by the Committee. Information concerning successful applicants is forwarded to the hospital's Executive Committee for notification.
|Disbursements of funds to successful applicants is contingent upon the provision of the appropriate receipts for legitimate expenditures.|
|Successful applicants should acknowledge their Women's conference support grant program in publications and presentations arising out of their research studies.|