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Early Career Conference Grants

Theme: Supporting research

For emerging academics, taking part in an international conference can have a profound impact on their teaching and research. Conferences are a chance to share research, learn about the latest developments in an area of work, and build valuable professional networks. Researchers find themselves better informed and better connected with new knowledge that can be shared and multiplied amongst colleagues and students.

Early Career Conference Grants help to ensure that more emerging researchers – and the universities that employ them – can benefit from these valuable opportunities.

What does the grant include?

The 2021 Early Career Conference Grants covered the cost of attending virtual and in-person conferences.

For virtual conferences, the grants cover:

  • Conference registration fee of up to GBP 600
  • A data grant of GBP 50 for successful applicants who do not have reliable access to Wi-Fi.
  • Free access to a half-day training session on how to deliver great virtual presentations

For in-person conferences, the grants cover up to GBP 2,000 to fund:

  • Conference registration fee
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Visa costs
  • Travel and health insurance
  • COVID-19 testing required for travel

How to apply

Applications have now closed.

Meet our Grantees


Headshot Of Dr Donnie Adams

Dr Donnie Adams is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Educational Management, Planning and Policy, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia. The ACU Early Career Conference Grant will support his career development as a young and emerging researcher and facilitate increased international collaboration and network activity among the members of the ECER 2021 network on Health and Wellbeing Education.

Heashot Of Dr Leandy Bertrand

Dr Leandy Bertrand is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Saskatchewan with an academic background in Nutritional Sciences. Her research interests include food environments and health outcomes. Dr Bertrand is very passionate about cooking and trying new recipes. She will be presenting her research at the Nutrition 2021 conference, June 7-10, 2021, with the support of an early career conference grant.

Headshot Of Madu Solomon C

Madu Solomon C is a researcher at the African Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Power and Energy Development, University of Nigeria, and is passionate about conducting academic research in advanced materials engineering. She applied for a grant to present her paper at 2021 Sustainable Engineering and Industrial Technology Conference.

Headshot Of Dr Kenzie Friesen

Dr Kenzie Friesen is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, studying sports biomechanics/kinesiology. The funds from will enable her to attend the prestigious International Society of Biomechanics conference where she can meet potential future collaborators and discuss current research and methods with top tier researchers. With a passion for keeping young athletes healthy and happy along their sport journey, Dr Friesen’s research specifically seeks to track athlete movement patterns longitudinally to understand injury etiology and ideally reduce injury risk.

Dr Theodora Fteropoulli

Dr Theodora Fteropoulli is a research fellow at the University of Cyprus Medical School and her research interests include quality of life and psychosocial functioning in chronic illness and recently the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare professionals. Theodora is passionate about patient empowerment, patient-centred care, and environmental protection. The grant will enable her to present her research at the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) conference, helping to widen her network and potentially bring about collaboration for her university.

Early Career Conference Grant Recipient Dr Paulina Ramirez Garcia

Dr Paulina Ramirez Garcia is a postdoctoral research fellow at Monash University within The ARC Centre of Excellence in Bio-Nano Science and Technology (CBNS). Paulina continues the optimisation of nanoparticles for pain relief through an industry collaboration with Endosomes Therapeutics. Her main research interest are stimuli-responsive drug delivery systems, pain and G-protein coupled receptor pharmacology.

Headshot Of Prashneel Goundar

Prashneel Ravisan Goundar is a Lecturer in Language at Fiji National University, Lautoka, Fiji. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics from University of New England, Australia.  Goundar's research interests include language policy and planning, language assessment, language testing, and academic English writing skills. He applied for ACU's Early Career Conference Grant to support in funding a post graduate conference he is presenting at in June this year and it will assist in getting proper internet connectivity as well as preparation workshop participation. When he is not busy reading and writing, Goundar enjoys cooking for his dad and sister at their home in Nadi, Fiji. To connect, email him on prgoundar@gmail.com or follow on Instagram & Twitter: @prgoundar

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