Australasian Plant Pathology Society
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  APPS STUDENT AND EARLY-CAREER RESEARCHER CONFERENCE BURSARY SCHEME GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS

The Australasian Plant Pathology Society (APPS) will provide bursaries for students and researchers in Australasia, the Pacific  region and South East Asia with less than 10 years of experience (including any postgraduate training as part of the experience) in the plant pathology profession to attend an APPS biennial conference or an APPS special interest group meeting during the non-biennial conference year.  If in doubt whether you qualify as an early career researcher (ECR), consult your Regional Councillor or the Executive Secretary.

These bursaries will be up to $750 per student or ECR, and are to assist with conference registration, accommodation during the conference and travel.

APPS membership is not a requirement; however, only a maximum of $630 will be awarded to a non-member student or ECR with $120 of the bursary going towards payment of membership fees (2 years membership for students and 1 year for ECR).

SUPPORT FOR ATTENDANCE AT APPS BIENNIAL CONFERENCE

Up to 10 travel bursaries will be provided for the biennial APPS conference. This initiative is intended to ensure that a minimum of one student or ECR from each APPS region is represented at each biennial conference.

SUPPORT FOR ATTENDANCE AT APPS SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP MEETINGS

Up to four travel bursaries each non-APPS conference year will be available to support students or ECR to attend APPS Special Interest Group meetings to the value of $750 each.

INFORMATION FOR THE APPLICANT

Funds will be allocated on a competitive basis by the Selection Committee. The committee reserves the right not to allocate bursaries. Priority will be given to students and ECR that have no other financial assistance to attend the conference or special interest group meeting.

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, the Pacific region or South East Asia 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 travel 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.
   
       
  NOTE:    Late, incomplete and retrospective applications will not be considered.    
       
 
  • Applications will be accepted without the confirmation of conference registration or acceptance of oral presentations; however, funds will only be issued to successful applicants once the student/ECR has supplied proof of registration and the acceptance letter for their presentation.
   
       
  NOT eligible to apply are:    
       
 
  1. Masters/PhD students who have submitted their thesis unless the application is as an ECR;
  2. Students who are on leave from candidature during the period for which they intend to apply.
  3. Students who will be reimbursed in full by employer, sponsor or Faculty/Institute/Centre for attending the conference; and
  4. Students who have received a bursary from APPS in the last 4 years.
   
       
  APPLICATION DATE
  • Applications must be submitted by 15 May 2017, and applicants will be notified of their success (or not) no later than 31 May 2017.

Download application form

QUERIES AND SUBMISSIONS TO BE SENT TO:

APPS Executive Secretary

E-mail: executive.secretary@appsnet.org.au