Calling early career researchers: apply to share your research with a national and international audience! ​​​​​​​

The world’s largest, public-facing science communication competition and training – FameLab – has now opened applications to this year’s contestants.

Early career researchers have three minutes to present their research in an original, engaging way, while following the two cardinal rules of FameLab: no jargon and no PowerPoint. Presentations are judged on content, clarity and charisma.

FameLab provides an ideal platform for early career researchers to tell a national and international audience about their work – the problems they are trying to solve, the research they are doing, and the passion they bring to their work.

Applications close on April 15.

Find out more on the FameLab website

Faculty of Health call for new NHMRC/ARC fellowship applicants

In 2023 the Faculty of Health will be piloting an intensive program of support for new NHMRC/ARC fellowship applicants. This will involve the opportunity to work with various members of the Faculty in preparing your application, with specific activities including targeted seminars, project pitches, writing retreats, and expert feedback from internal and external experts. It is also intended to help you get your application ready for internal and external review well before the submission date, which will allow time to fully incorporate reviewer suggestions.

We are now calling for new NHMRC Investigator Grant, ARC DECRA, and ARC Future Fellowship applicants who would like to apply for the 2024 round to take part in this intensive support program.

To be eligible for this intensive support program, candidates must:

  • Intend to apply for an NHMRC Investigator Grant (any level), ARC DECRA, or ARC Future Fellowship in the 2024 round (with expected external closing dates in November/December)
  • Complete the Nomination form, assess competitiveness and discuss it with their supervisor(s) and mentor(s)
  • Seek approval from your Head of School and IHT Director
  • Please send forms to for IHT Director approval
  • Be employed within the Faculty of Health
  • Not currently have an application under consideration in the scheme to which they’re intending to apply

To apply for the intensive support program, complete the relevant nomination form/s (see attached) and submit to by COB, Tuesday 18 April 2023.

Australian Academy of Science 2024 Awards and Funding Opportunities

The Australian Academy of Science offers two types of opportunities for scientists. Its honorific awards recognise outstanding contributions to the advancement of science at the early and mid-career levels, while its funding opportunities support scientists to undertake research projects as well as travel and lectures at a national and international level.

Nominations close for the Academy’s 2024 honorific awards on 1 May 2023. Applications close for research conferences, research awards and travelling fellowships on 1 June 2023.

Find out more about the Academy’s awards

Urvi Thanekar joins the IHT operations team

Urvi Thanekar has been appointed Research Support Officer within the IHT Operations team

Welcome to Urvi Thanekar, who has been appointed Research Support Officer within the IHT operations team. Urvi’s role will be to support Merran Stewart with research grant applications and tenders during the period of Merran’s relocation to Scotland (17 April – 14 July). Merran will continue to work during this period and will remain the main contact for grant and tender activity.

Urvi will also assist during Merran’s leave period (14 July – 31 August).  Further information about this will be provided closer to the time.

Urvi is a PhD student within the Health, Nature and Sustainability stream of IHT’s Determinants of Health domain.

She is a dentist by training and has work experience in health promotion and the COVID-19 clinical responses while completing her masters in health and human services management.

Her PhD research focuses on improving sustainability in healthcare services such as Barwon Health in their efforts to reduce their emissions while realising its economic and environmental benefits. She is also the Student Lead for the Deakin Sustainable Health Network’s Sustainable Healthcare stream. When not working and doing PhD work, she enjoys cooking, eating and feeding others!

IHT Co-design Working Group survey

Last year conversations started within IHT about establishing an IHT Co-design Working Group. As an initial step, we’d like to know who would like to be involved and what experience IHT staff have using co-design within your practices/methods in your research and/or teaching and learning. We would greatly appreciate it if you could take the time to answer four questions in this survey.

Are you interested in doing a Phd? Make a difference with the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD)

The ACBRD is offering 3x PhD scholarships in diabetes research. The first PhD will explore in-hospital experiences of people with diabetes. The second will explore experiences of taking part in research among adults with type 2 diabetes. The third will explore understanding and addressing diabetes stigma. Learn more on the ACBRD website