ACIS Early Career Travel Bursary 2021

Applications are now open for a travel bursary for an early career researcher to visit a laboratory within Australia or New Zealand. Up to $1250 is available to cover costs towards travel and accommodation. No minimum length for the laboratory visit is required. However, a length compatible with the justified aim of the visit will be given preference. It is expected that the bursary recipient will present a seminar at the host institution. Support is to be limited to financial members of ACIS at the time of application (1st of August). The proposed travel has to be in accordance with existing travel restrictions in Australia and New Zealand. Travel should be completed within eight months after awarding the bursary (i.e. by 30th April 2022). In addition to travel, there may also be the opportunity to present at the Early Career Colloid Network Webinar on the 15th-16th of September this year (to be confirmed).


The application must be made within five years of PhD conferral, with career interruptions, such as for illness, caring or parenting responsibilities, etc. taken into consideration by the ACIS awards committee when determining eligibility.

The applicant must be a current financial member of ACIS at the time of application.


The application must include the following:

1. Applicant’s full name and email address

2. Applicant’s date of PhD conferral (must be after 1st of June 2016 except in the case of career interruptions as described here if required)

3. Confirmation of Applicant’s ACIS membership status

4. Proposed visit and reasoning (up to 300 words)

5. Provide the name of the lab head, the institution and describe the benefit to be derived by visiting this host group. Please also include evidence of acceptance by the host lab as a formal invitation or by email from the laboratory head. (up to 300 words)

6. For how long does the recipient plan to visit the host lab (provide dates if known)?

Applicants with a clear and concise one-page proposal and a well-articulated vision of the benefits of their visit to the host lab will be favoured.

Applications or requests for further information should be addressed to Dr Joe Berry, Chair of the Awards Committee of ACIS:

Previous winners of the ACIS Early Career Travel Bursary:



 2021 Saffron Bryant RMIT University 
 2020 Aaron Elbourne RMIT University

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