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SOMS Postgraduate Student Online Conferences and/or Short Courses - Guideline 

These grants are funded by the School of Medical Sciences (SoMS). The School recognises that presenting research results at National and International conferences, attending workshops, and/or undertaking short courses as an important part of development as research scientists.  This scheme provides eligible SoMS postgraduate research students with the opportunity to apply for funding to assist with expenses for these types of research-related activities. The funds allocated towards this scheme are not enough to support all students and are hence allocated competitively based on the guidelines and criteria described below. However, the RSC strives to support research-related Scholarships for as many PG students as possible


Funding will support online research conferences, workshops or short courses-related expenses including registration and course fees only, but not society memberships etc. Eligible candidates may apply for a maximum amount of $500. The actual amounts awarded is subject to the number of eligible applications received and careful consideration of the budget submitted. Scientia scholars are typically not eligible for this scheme, as they have annual Scientia support packages to fund their conference travel. 


PG students will have to present evidence in the application form that they have actively sought funding from alternative sources to support expenses. The SoMS awards will supplement funds obtained from these other sources to cover the actual conference costs. In case there is any surplus SoMS award funds, this will have to be returned to the RSC. 


The policy is that students will be required to submit their claims and reimbursement requests within one month after attending the online conference, workshop, or short course. 


Eligibility Criteria

  1. PhD or Masters by Research candidates who are currently enrolled in the School of Medical Sciences, provided their candidature is on track for completion (total EFTSL no greater than 3.5 for a PhD and no greater than 2 for a Masters by Research at time of application). 
  1. Scientia scholars are not eligible for this SoMS PG award except under exceptional, well-justified circumstances. This decision to award to a Scientia scholar will be made on a case-by-case basis and is at the discretion of the Research Support Committee. 
  1. Candidates presenting at international conferences, workshops or other research activities must apply for funding through: 
  • Other funding sources such as through Professional Societies provided by the target conferences if available. Students will have to present evidence in the application form that they sought and applied for alternative funding. 
  • The SoMS award will supplement the difference between costs of the online conference, workshop or short course and the costs covered by other awards. A budget will need to be provided, and in case there is surplus SoMS award funds, this will need to be returned to the RSC. 
  1. Applicants will only be considered if the candidate has demonstrated satisfactory progress at their latest Annual Progress Review and have attended all mandatory seminars. 
  1. Funding will only be awarded where the primary purpose is to attend a conference or major scientific meeting and present a paper, poster or exhibition on the candidate’s research work, to attend a research workshop or to do another research-related activity deemed eligible by the RSC Chair. Students who attend a conference without presenting or presenting a paper or poster of which the student is not the author, are not eligible to apply. 
  1. Candidates cannot apply for funds to attend an online conference or workshop or similar that is being held while they are on leave, which takes place after they have submitted their thesis. The conference must occur while the student is enrolled. 
  1. Awardees will have to finalize claims and reimbursement of their conference costs up to 1 month after the online conference, workshop, or short course. Any reimbursement requests submitted later than that will not be considered by the RSC. 

Application Process and Selection Criteria

  1. Fill out the online application form 
  1. Applications will be assessed by the Research Support Committee and award recommendations made to Head of School. 
  1. Successful applicants will be notified by email with the details of how to claim payment of the grant (which is within a month of the attendance of an online conference, workshop or short course via an ER1 expense re-imbursement form or a journal transfer to the grant account of the applicant’s supervisor if they paid for the conference). 
  1. The Research Support Committee will consider the following when adjudicating on awards. 
  • Preference for senior students, particularly for online conferences and workshops 
  • Preference to support students to attend a National conference in their 2nd year and then an International conference in their final year. 
  • Evidence of receipt of funds from external sources to support the current or previous conference will be positively considered 
  • The scheme aims to give opportunities for all students to gain exposure to the International and National research community 
  • Opportunities for research support available through the laboratory / research group and component covered by personnel expenses 
  • Evidence of research progress and excellence as judged by awards, abstracts & publications, prizes, and postgraduate review comments 
  • The Research Support Committee endeavours to distribute awards fairly to onsite and offsite SoMS students. 
  • Other circumstances may be considered by the Research Support Committee. 


1. The conference presentation must comply, or have complied, with UNSW branding guideline templates – see myUNSW - for any posters or PowerPoint presentations and must include the School of Medical Sciences affiliation. Any enquiries regarding branding guidelines can be directed to  An A4 pdf colour copy of the poster presentation or the title slide for an oral presentation must be submitted to the RSC either at the time of application, or before the funds can be claimed. 

2. Awards can be used towards conference registration fees, fees for workshops and fees for short courses. The funds cannot be used to pay for Society memberships, etc. 

3. Payments must be claimed and expended one month after awardee’s attending the conference, workshop, or short course. The RSC will not consider any claims or reimbursement requests submitted later than 1 month after the event. 

Enquiries should be directed to your Research Support Committee postgraduate student representative, or to the RSC