Research Fellowship

Oscar Rivers Schmalzbach Foundation

The objects of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS, hereafter the Academy) include the establishment and maintenance of an Education and Research Fund which in turn supports the broader objects of the Academy to:

  • encourage the study, improve the practice and advance the knowledge of the forensic sciences, and,
  • generally do all things as may calculated to widen, improve and develop the education and knowledge both of those actively concerned in the pursuit of the forensic sciences and, of the public.

A RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP of up to $15K is offered in even numbered years on a biannual basis. Applications for this prestigious fellowship are invited from interested parties in the first half of the year in which they are awarded. The successful applicant must undertake the activity, for which support is sought, in the year from October 1 of the award year to November 30 of the following year.

The Academy takes a non-prescriptive approach to what are relevant activities except that applicants must clearly demonstrate how their proposal will achieve the objects of the Academy. Relevant activities may include contributing to support for travel and other costs associated with research (but not solely attendance at a conference or symposium), direct support for specific research, support for education or scholarship or any other activity deemed appropriate. Preference may be given to proposals that are not eligible for funding by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC). Preference may also be given to early to mid-career applicants.

The closing date for applications will be June 30 of the year in which the application is made. All applications will be assessed by the R&D subcommittee of the Academy and recommendations considered in July/August. The successful applicant will be notified in September and funding made available from October1 of the application year.

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