Up to $25,000 is available to support the careers of female researchers.

 Advance Queensland Women's Academic Fund

 

Overview

The Advance Queensland Women’s Academic Fund supports women in maintaining their research careers, and supports Queensland organisations in promoting the achievements of Queensland’s female researchers.

 

Objectives

The Advance Queensland Women’s Academic Fund will:

  • encourage university based female researchers to return to their research careers following maternity leave
  • support female researchers to enhance their professional reputations through attendance at national or international conferences as an invited presenter, or when participating on research committees
  • promote lectures or presentations that highlight the contributions of Queensland’s female scientists.

 

Funding

The Advance Queensland Women’s Academic Fund is open to applicants all year round and applicants can apply under the following categories:

Maternity Funding: Up to $25,000 (excluding GST) for eligible organisations to employ another researcher, or a research/laboratory assistant, to assist the primary researcher by:

  • maintaining research progress while the primary researcher is on maternity leave, or
  • by assisting the primary researcher when she resumes her research following maternity leave.

Carer Funding: Up to $1,000 (excluding GST) for eligible female researchers to cover any relevant out-of-pocket child care or respite care expenses, in excess of their usual carer arrangements, while presenting at a national/international conference, or sitting on a professional research committee. Reasonable travel costs will be considered on a case by case basis (for example, the need for a child to travel with the mother or an airfare for a grandparent from interstate). Maximum two applications per calendar year per researcher.

Women’s Lecture Funding: Up to $2,000 (excluding GST) for an eligible organisation to arrange conferences, lectures or presentations, held within Queensland, highlighting the work of leading female researchers. Maximum two applications per calendar year per organisation.

 

Eligibility

Maternity Funding

Applications must be for female researchers who:

  • are employed by a Queensland university or publicly funded research institute or organisation based in Queensland that is registered for GST and has an Australian Business Number
  • have maternity leave (commencing on or after 16 August 2015) approved by the employing organisation
  • are Australian citizens, or have Australian residency (permanent or temporary)
  • have a PhD research qualification
  • intend to resume research duties following maternity leave.

Carer Funding

Applications must be from female researchers who:

  • have dependent children (up to the age of 12) in their care or have other family care responsibilities
  • are employed by a Queensland university or publicly funded research institute or organisation based in Queensland that is registered for GST and has an Australian Business Number
  • are Australian citizens, or have Australian residency (permanent or temporary)
  • have a PhD research qualification
  • have been invited to present their research at a relevant conference or to participate on a professional research committee.

Women’s Lecture Funding

Organisations applying:

  • can be either public or private sector organisations
  • must be Queensland based organisations that are registered for GST and have an Australian Business Number

 

Timing

A total pool of $1 million is available over three years. Applications will continue to be accepted until the funding pool is exhausted.