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$200,000 worth of scholarships up for grabs at ANSTO

ANSTO FutureNow scholarship

Studying or researching health, radiopharmaceuticals, defence, space, environment, nuclear fuel cycle or nuclear technologies? You should apply for ANSTO’s FutureNow Scholarship

Get excited because Australia’s knowledge centre for nuclear science and technology, ANSTO, is encouraging the best and brightest minds in Australia to apply for their share in $200,000 worth of scholarships.

Applications for the FutureNow Scholarships 2023 are now open, and recipients can receive up to $35,000 to fund their research.

These scholarships, which are supported by the NSW Government, are for graduates or early- career researchers working on industry-focused research projects in health, radiopharmaceuticals, defence, space, environment, nuclear fuel cycle or nuclear technologies.

ANSTO’s Head of Research, Dr Suzanne Hollins, says the scholarships provide opportunities to benefit both graduates and industry. “This funding provides an opportunity for the next generation to build on Australia’s legacy of cutting-edge scientific discoveries. The support we can provide today in terms of money and access could become the significant scientific breakthroughs of tomorrow.”

Meet previous recipients

Joshua Noiney and Vienna Wong are 2022 FutureNow scholars who are doing incredible things with their funding.

Joshua, who’s also a UNSW student, is researching how nuclear technology could improve nutrition and production in tilapia hatcheries in Papua New Guinea.

“My project allows me to pursue my passion as well as potentially improve the lives and health of my people. Fish farming creates self-employment income for families while also addressing malnutrition issues which are prevalent in rural parts of the country,” he says.

“By applying nuclear technology, we can ensure local farmers have access to up-to-date information that not only enhances their practice but find solutions for the fish hatchery industry as a whole to minimise production costs and boost yields.”

The approach taken in this project will continue to build a nuclear-based technique that has already assisted with improvement of feed for Pacific oysters in NSW hatcheries, and could open up new opportunities for applications in Australia.

And Vienna? She’s using her FutureNow Scholarship to research ultra-high temperature ceramics, which are emerging materials for extreme environments. “The aim is to use these ceramics for next generation energy, space and defence applications, by increasing performance and safety – and reducing energy usage and costs.”

She says the funding, plus the access to ANSTO’s team of experts, was helping to build her
project and future career.

Get your application in

Graduates can apply for a scholarship here and join the more than 120 early career researchers currently at ANSTO.

The scholarships are being delivered in partnership with University of NSW, University of Wollongong, Sydney University and Macquarie University, and Industry Partners such as Woodside Energy, Cobalt Blue, Santos and Southeast Local Land Services, with support of the NSW Government.

Entries close Sunday 27 November 2022 at 5pm EST.

This post is brought to you in partnership with ANSTO. Find out more about the
FutureNow Scholarship here.


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