Published in the Research School of Physics Event Horizon
Vol47 Issue5 7–11 February 2022

AINSE 2022 Postgraduate Research Awards (PGRA) and Residential Student Scholarships (RSS) applications close 15 April 2022
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AINSE Limited (the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering) are delighted to announce the opening of applications for the 2022 rounds of two postgraduate scholarships, the Postgraduate Research Awards (PGRA) and the Residential Student Scholarships (RSS).

Applications will be received up to 11:59pm 15th April 2022 (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

PGRAs and RSSs are offered by AINSE for suitably-qualified persons wishing to undertake research in AINSE's fields of interest for a higher degree at an AINSE-member university.

  • The PGRA provides a stipend of A$8,250 per annum, in addition to a generous travel and accommodation allowance, to enable students to undertake research at ANSTO facilities (for an average of 2 visitations totalling 4 weeks per year).
  • The RSS provides a stipend of A$8,250 per annum, in addition to up to A$5,000 per annum travel and accommodation allowance (plus an additional accommodation allowance of up to A$5,200 for eligible students incurring costs in dual locations as a result of relocating to an ANSTO location from interstate or overseas), to enable students to spend a significant amount of time working at ANSTO facilities.
  • The RSS differs from a Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA) in that a RSS student must be onsite at an ANSTO facility (at Lucas Heights or Clayton) for an average of six months per year or more, which can be as a single block of time or as separate visitations. RSS applicants must be working on research topics that closely align with ANSTO’s research programmes: The Environment, Human Health, the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Defence and Space Industries, and Fusion. In addition, opportunities may also exist for postgraduate students interested in contracted research and industrial engagement projects in the defence industry area, and for postgraduate students interested in fusion research that aligns with ANSTO and ITER activities.

AINSE PGRA and RSS awards are in the form of "supplements" and are offered to scholars who are, or will be, in receipt of a Research Training Program (RTP) or equivalent award (as certified by the Research Office of the university at which the applicant is enrolled), and for as long as that Award is current subject to satisfactory progress.

Applications are now being sought from PhD students undertaking research projects in the areas of Archaeology, Geosciences & Environmental Sciences, Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences, and Materials Science & Engineering.

Candidates for an AINSE Postgraduate Research supplement must be nominated by the Australian or New Zealand University where PhD enrolment is held (or proposed for tenure commencing before 30th June of the year of application). The University must be a member of AINSE. Responsibility for establishing taxation liability lies with the recipient.

For more information, including the online application form, an ANSTO Capabilities & Facilities Guide, and the Terms & Conditions, please visit our website or contact AINSE on +61 2 9717 3376 / 

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