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April 2017

Rachael Gallagher, Richard Garner and James Downes recently attended the 2017 Science Meets Parliament, held over two days at the Old Parliament House in Canberra. Professor Jim Piper was also in attendance. Macquarie University was a Gold Sponsor of the event, which involved discussions with politicians and the National Press Club.







Left: Professor Jim Piper speaks at the SMP2017 event.
Photo by Mark Graham



Macquarie University Research Fellowships (MQRFs) will open on the 19th April 2017. This year only 15 applicants will be selected to proceed to the full application from the Expressions of Interest round, and the EoIs will be assessed at the Faculty level following submission to the University Research Office. Should you wish to apply, please do not leave finding a sponsor to the last minute.


Four nominations were submitted by the Faculty for the L’Oreal Women in Science Fellowships, the largest number we’ve ever put into a round. Good luck to the applicants in this highly competitive award scheme.


ARC Linkage Proposals for 2017 are open continuously until December 2017. The University will be running 3 “rounds” for these over the coming year – please follow the link and refer to the “Key Dates” section. Please contact us at if you plan to put in a Linkage application soon and have not yet told us. The first round details are as follows:

2017 Round 1
Faculties closing date: 27th April 2017
Research Office closing date: 11th May 2017
Submission to ARC: 18th May 2017


Faculty Visiting Researcher Scheme Update:
The next round of the Faculty Visiting Researcher Scheme closed on Monday 27th March 2017. Assessments are now underway and the results should be available by the last week in April.


Closing Soon

The following schemes/prizes are closing in March/April 2017:

Science and Engineering Student Competition Sponsorship Programme, NSW Dept Industry – 7th April

NSW Young Tall Poppy Awards – 10th April

Prime Minister’s Prize for Science – 12th April

Australia-Indonesia Grants – 19th April

Australian Academy of Science Awards – 20th April

Lennart Nilsson Award – 25th April

Australia-India Grants – 27th April

Australia to US Fellowships (for Masters, PhDs and Postdocs) – 30th April



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