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DCRC Postgraduate Scholarships in Dementia Research
DCRC Conference Travel Grants
European Union Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND)

Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration Postgraduate Scholarships in Dementia Research

The Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) is pleased to announce the 2020 DCRC Postgraduate Research Scholarships for Dementia Research. Three PhD scholarships are on offer at $30,000 per annum for up to 3 years starting in 2020. Three more scholarships will be on offer in 2021.

Funded by the Australian government, the DCRC’s primary research foci within the broader topic of dementia research are prevention, assessment and diagnosis, intervention and treatment, living with dementia and care. The DCRC’s primary goals are to increase knowledge and implementation of research findings in these areas and to address NNIDR five priority areas. For more information, please view the 2019 Strategic Roadmap for Dementia Research and Translation, here.

Students applying for these scholarships must:

  • Be eligible for enrolment in a research PhD at an Australian institution and undertake their studies full-time or part-time.
  • At least one member of the supervisory team must be a member of NNIDR and DCRC. Click here for further information on membership.
  • Have a written agreement from a qualified supervisor and the support of an Australian university to carry out the proposed project.
  • The research proposal must relate to one of the DCRC priority areas of dementia research.
  • Not be employed in paid work during the scholarship period for more than maximum number of hours per week as specified by the administering university (usually 14 hours per week).
  • Not hold another PhD scholarship.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen living permanently in Australia. Applicants who have been resident in Australia for at least two years and have evidence of eligibility and an application for permanent residency in progress may also be eligible.

Please direct queries to Tiffany Jessop or Ani Johnston by email to or phone on (02) 9385 2592.


Applications close 5PM AEST, Monday 2 March 2020.

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Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration Conference Travel Grants

The Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) would like to announce the 2020 DCRC Travel Scholarships. Ten (10) travel scholarships are on offer in 2020 with a further grant round in 2021. The number of conference travel grants awarded will depend on the quality of the applications and availability of funds.

International Conference Travel Grants – up to $5,000
National Conference Travel Grants – up to $2,000


  • Early academic career researchers1 and postgraduate students planning to present work related to a NNIDR/DCRC research priority area at a national or international conference in 2020 (see NNIDR strategic roadmap for research
  • Applicant/awardee must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident studying/working at an Australian institution
  • Funding will be awarded pending acceptance to present at the named conference. Proof of abstract acceptance will be required before funding will be released: (if your presentation has not been accepted yet, you can still submit a conference travel grant application indicating this and providing the expected date of notification of acceptance).
  • Evidence that the presentation is related to dementia and addresses an NNIDR/DCRC strategic priority.
  • Abstract acceptance can be for a poster or oral presentation. Please indicate which you have applied for/been accepted for in your application.
  • Successful applicants will be required to provide a half page report on their conference experience
  • Applicant/awardee must be a member of the DCRC and the NNIDR. Membership is free and available through the NNIDR website.
  • Previous DCRC travel grant recipients are not eligible.
  • Retrospective applications for conferences already attended will not be considered.

1 Early career defined as within seven years of most recent academic qualification (by research) with allowances made for interruption to career path.

If you have any questions, please contact Tiffany Jessop by email at or call (02) 9385 2592.

Applications close 5pm AEDT, Wednesday 1 April 2020. No late applications will be accepted.

To apply, please send your application to with the subject heading “[Applicant Surname] _DCRC Travel Scholarship 2020” as a single pdf document.

To submit your application you must provide the following documents in a single pdf:

  • Evidence of citizenship or permanent residency
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • The name and dates of the conference you are applying for funding to attend, presentation type (poster/oral) and copy of the abstract you have submitted
  • Proof of abstract acceptance for presentation if applicable
  • Requested budget and justification including estimated cost of registration, airfares, accommodation and funding options to cover the balance of conference travel if not covered by the travel scholarship
  • Signed letters of support from your primary supervisor (if a student) or direct superior
  • Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • The quality of the academic record and potential of the applicant 30%
  • The relevance of the conference to dementia research 25%
  • The quality of the abstract 25%
  • The value of the application based on budget justification 20%

Any other funding received for this travel or, for which an application has been submitted, must be declared. The final decision on successful applicants will be made by a panel of experts in the dementia priority areas and the Directors of DCRC, with input from consumers. Representation across dementia research areas and gender balance will be taken into consideration when making final decisions on successful applications.

Successful applicants will be notified by May 2020.

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European Union Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND)

Call for proposals: Novel imaging and brain stimulation methods and technologies related to Neurodegenerative Diseases 2020

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has allocated funding to provide grants to Australian-based researchers who are participating as collaborators in international consortia under the European Union Joint Program - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) Call for Novel imaging and brain stimulation methods and technologies related to Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Pre-proposals must be submitted to JPND by 3 March 2020. Interested applicants are encouraged to review the call and guidance documents which can be found on the JPND and NHMRC websites.

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Development Opportunities

There are no development opportunities open at this time.

Researchers interested in receiving regular direct updates on funding opportunites are encouraged to become NNIDR Members here.