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Australasian Plant Pathology Society student and early-career researcher conference bursary scheme

The Australasian Plant Pathology Society (APPS) has announced they will provide bursaries for students and early career researchers to attend either an APPS biennial conference or an APPS special interest group meeting during the non-biennial conference year.   ECRs must have been awarded a PhD within five years, or longer if combined with periods of significant career interruption.  Applicants without PhD qualifications but with up to 10 years’ experience in the plant pathology industry are also considered as ECRs.

Bursaries for the Biennial conference will be awarded as registration fee, amounting to $1500 for students or early career researchers (to be applied towards conference registration, flights and accommodation.) If attending from the local area, conference registration only will be awarded. APPS membership is not a requirement to apply, applicants will be expected to join in order to accept the bursary.

Up to 2 bursaries per region will be provided for the biennial APPS conference. This initiative is intended to ensure that students and ECRs from all branches of the APPS (ACT, NSW, NT, NZ north, NZ south, PNG & Pacific, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA. have a chance to apply regardless of the size or financial status of the region in which they are resident.

To be eligible for funding, the applicant must:

  • Be an ECR or student enrolled in an Honours, Masters or PhD program on a full or part-time basis in Australasia and the Pacific region and, if in an Honours degree, must be near completion.
  • Provide evidence of requirement for funds (i.e. value of any other scholarships applied for).
  • Include a signed letter of recommendation from their Principal Supervisor; Complete all sections of the application form; Submit a 100 word (approx.) written statement outlining the relevance of attending the conference to their research.
  • Give a presentation at the meeting (posters are acceptable).
  • Provide an acceptance letter for their presentation.
  • Complete a conference report, with photographs, upon return for inclusion in the APPS newsletter. Additionally, presentation of their talk at a local APPS symposium in coordination with their local Regional Councillor is strongly encouraged.

Applications must be submitted 5 months prior to the APPS conference, in any conference year, and applicants will be notified of their success (or not) no later than 3 months prior to the conference in the same year.

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