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Student Grants For Science Communicators


MSDI offers eight student bursaries for science communicators

We are calling for radical student thinkers and diverse voices to take part in the Eleventh National Conference for Australian Science Communicators, held at Clayton in February 2020.

Eight bursaries will be granted to Victorian tertiary students to inject new perspectives into the event.

With climate, environmental and health challenges at the top of our nation’s mind, there’s never been a more pressing time to effectively communicate scientific issues. We need new conversations, visions and pathways across education, communities, government and business.

Jump start your career at the ASC2020 conference

Four grants will be awarded to applicants who want to present their original ideas at the conference, as part of the Radical Ideas Hour. The remaining four grants will be given to students from backgrounds typically under-represented in STEM and science communication.

The ASC brings together science communicators from across the nation and is a major opportunity to engage, network, share and progress your thinking. Sessions at previous conferences have included speed mentoring, practical how-to workshops, strategic planning for climate campaigns, and much more. For students, attending ASC2020 is the perfect catalyst for a career in the incredibly varied ecosystem of science communication.

What's included in the bursaries?

Each Bursary covers one-day, catered attendance at ASC2020. It does not cover travel expenses or other costs incurred by the student in attending the conference. ASC2020 will run in Monash Clayton’s Learning and Teaching Building from 17-19th February, 2020 with pre-conference activities on Sunday 16th.

Bursaries are open to students who are enrolled at a Victorian higher education institution (undergraduate, postgraduate or vocational) at the time of the conference. Applicants can be from any degree, discipline or specialisation; the important thing is to demonstrate your interest and ideas in alignment with the conference themes.

To be awarded a Bursary to present at the Radical Ideas Hour, you must outline what you’d like to put forward in a 10-12 minute presentation: a provocation to the science communication community; a pitch for a new initiative; an idea for which you need collaborators; the outcomes of a science communication project or experiment you’ve done; a hands-on demonstration of your work; or more! We encourage you to highlight how your idea challenges norms, innovates practice or responds to today’s grand challenges.

To be awarded a general Bursary, you must explain why you should be awarded this opportunity, and what you hope to get out of attending ASC2020. In particular, we are seeking applicants who can explain why their perspective is traditionally under-represented in STEM and the communication of science.

How to apply

  • Complete this Google Form by 9am on Thursday, 30th January, 2020.
  • Successful awardees will be offered their place within one week of the deadline.
  • For any questions about the application process, please email David Robertson (

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