Advance Queensland Women's Academic Fund

The Advance Queensland Women's Academic Fund supports the retention, development and progression of female researchers within Queensland based universities and publicly funded research institutes/organisations. The program encourages female researchers to return to their research careers following maternity leave, and provides carer funding to support female researchers in attending and presenting at conferences. Funding is also available to organisations to arrange lectures or presentations that highlight the research of leading Queensland female researchers.

About the program

The Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative focuses on growing the economy and creating jobs. This includes investing in science and innovation in order to attract and retain the best and brightest research minds, and encouraging researchers to keep working in their chosen profession. The Advance Queensland Women’s Academic Fund supports women in maintaining their research careers, and supports Queensland organisations in promoting the achievements of Queensland’s female researchers.

Benefits

The program will:

  • encourage university based female researchers to return to their research careers following maternity leave
  • support female researchers to enhance their professional reputations through attendance at national or international conferences as an invited presenter, or when participating on research committees
  • promote lectures or presentations that highlight the contributions of Queensland’s female scientists

Available funding

The Advance Queensland Women’s Academic Fund is open to applicants all year round and applicants can apply under the following categories:

  • Maternity Funding: Up to $25,000 (excluding GST) for eligible organisations to employ another researcher, or a research/laboratory assistant, to assist the primary researcher by:
    • maintaining research progress while the primary researcher is on maternity leave, or
    • by assisting the primary researcher when she resumes her research following maternity leave.
  • Carer Funding: Up to $1,000 for eligible female researchers to cover any relevant outof-pocket child care or respite care expenses, in excess of their usual carer arrangements, while presenting at a national/international conference, or sitting on a professional research committee. Reasonable travel costs will be considered on a case by case basis (for example, the need for a child to travel with the mother or an airfare for a grandparent from interstate). Maximum two applications per calendar year per researcher.
  • Women’s Lecture Funding: Up to $2,000 (excluding GST) for an eligible organisation to arrange lectures or presentations, held within Queensland, highlighting the work of leading Queensland based female researchers. Maximum two applications per calendar year per organisation. 

A total pool of $1 million is available over three years. Applications will continue to be accepted until the funding pool is exhausted.