Future Research Talent Travel Awards (India)

Overview

The ‘Future Research Talent’ (FRT) travel awards are jointly offered by ANU College of Science and ANU College of Health and Medicine to students from India.

The FRT is a competitive and prestigious program that attracts the very best international students from high-quality Indian institutions and provides them exposure to ANU research in the Science, Health and Medicine disciplines. The program offers a valuable opportunity for India’s emerging research talent to form international linkages and develop research skills at Australia’s best* university.

* QS World University Rankings 2018/19

Value and benefits

The value of each FRT award is A$6000.

FRT awards provide selected Indian students with an opportunity to travel to ANU to pursue collaborative research, for a period of 10-12 weeks, in a range of Science, Health and Medicine disciplines.

The amount offered under the FRT program must be utilised to directly support the recipient’s participation in collaborative research at the ANU Colleges of Science, Health & Medicine and may be allocated towards costs associated with, but not limited to: return airfare, visa (including any associated medical expenses), travel insurance, accommodation, and general living expenses. The management of award funds is the responsibility of the recipient. 

Eligibility

To be eligible for an FRT travel award, the candidate must:

  • be a citizen of India residing in India;
  • be able to demonstrate a high level of academic ability and research potential;
  • be enrolled in a program at a collaborating institution in India which includes a research component;
  • be nominated for award consideration by a collaborating Indian institution specified by the ANU Colleges of Science, Health & Medicine;
  • be seeking to undertake a research project in one of the specific fields of research proposed by the ANU Colleges of Science, Health & Medicine; and,
  • have not previously received an FRT travel award from the ANU Colleges of Science, Health & Medicine.

In exceptional circumstances, applications from students enrolled at institutions other than the selected partner institutions may be permitted at the discretion of the Dean of either of the two Colleges, at the request of a Research School Director.

Research areas

Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Title of Research Area / Group

Short description of Research Area/Group (maximum 60 words)

Taipan Galaxy Survey

Observations and data analysis of redshift/velocity dispersion measurements for the Taipan galaxy survey (see http://www.taipan-survey.org)

The Galactic ASKAP Survey

Imaging and analysis of early science observations of the atomic gas in the Large Magellanic Cloud with the Australian SKA Pathfinder (AKSAP)

Star Formation, Interstellar Medium, Computational Astrophysics

The role of turbulence for the origin of stellar masses

 

Star Formation, Interstellar Medium, Computational Astrophysics

Quantifying the velocity structure in turbulent rotating molecular clouds

Star Formation, Interstellar Medium, Computational Astrophysics

The world's largest turbulence simulations

 

Star Formation, Interstellar Medium, Computational Astrophysics

Supernova feedback and star formation

Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre

Optical/Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation for Ground-Based Telescopes

Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre

Instrumentation for Small Satellites

Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre

Adaptive Optics Research and Development

Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre

Laser Communications Research and Development

YerraLoon high-altitude balloon platform

Development of a re-usable high-altitude balloon platform for stratospheric testing of space systems and astronomical instrumentation

Research School of Biology

http://biology.anu.edu.au/research/projects

Research School of Chemistry

http://chemistry.anu.edu.au/research/projects

Research School of Earth Sciences

Title of Research Area / Group

Short description of Research Area/Group (maximum 60 words)

Biogeochemistry

  • Antarctic Paleoclimatology with emphasis on diatom-based palaeoceanographic reconstructions
  • Changes in East Australian Current Dynamics using deep sea coral archives
  • Reconstructing historical impacts/climate of the Great Barrier Reef from surface coral proxies
  • Radiocarbon dating of palaeoenvironmental or archaeological materials
  • Phytoplankton and Trace metal interactions

Geodynamics & Tectonics

Visit the group's page

Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics

Visit the group's page

Climate and Fluid Physics

Visit the group's page

Experimental Petrology

Analyses of O, Hf, U-Pb isotopes, and trace elements in detrital zircons from India’s major rivers to determine the rate of growth of India’s continental crust. This is part of a global study to determine the evolution of the continental crust and its rate of growth.

Palaeoclimates

Visit the group's page

Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry

Visit the group's page

Fenner School of Environment & Society

Title of Research Area / Group

Short description of Research Area/Group (maximum 60 words)

iCAM (the Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management Centre)

 

Participatory systems modelling approaches to co-develop ways for poor or marginalised members of rural communities to engage beneficially in agriculture and other land-and-water dependent livelihoods.

iCAM (the Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management Centre)

 

Hydrological modelling of catchment response, including both water quantity and quality. This work would include application and testing of existing models, with use of sensitivity analysis tools to explore model behaviour. Depending on the capabilities of the student, this could include exploring alternative model structures.

Mathematical Sciences Institute

Visit the Mathematical Sciences Institute project pages

The John Curtin School of Medical Research

Visit the The John Curtin School of Medical Research group pages

Research School of Physics & Engineering

Visit the Research School of Physics & Engineering project pages

Research School of Population Health

Title of Research Area / Group

Short description of Research Area/Group (maximum 60 words)

Biostatistics Interest Group

The Biostatistics Interest Group is an informal grouping of quantitative researchers within the National Centre for Epidemiology & Population health. Research interests include multilevel modelling, multiple imputation of missing data, and application of machine learning methods to health research.

Australian Centre for the Public Awareness of Science

Visit the Australian Centre for the Public Awareness of Science research pages

Selection

The selection process for FRT program will be undertaken by a selection committee which will consider the following factors when shortlisting FRT award recipients:

  • academic merit and candidate’s research proposal;
  • ranking of nominated candidates by the collaborating Indian institution; and,
  • ranking of nominated candidates by the host ANU School within the Colleges of Science, Health and Medicine.

Nomination and application

The FRT travel award program is only open to students from specific collaborating institutions in India. Every year, the collaborating institutions will be provided with nomination instructions, including a link to the nomination and application portal.

Applications open: 1 August

Applications close: 30 September

Successful FRT award recipients will be notified by 31 December.

Further information

Funds awarded under the FRT program must be fully expended by the recipient within 12 months from the date on which the recipient was notified of their award.

It is suggested that the candidates undertake their research project at ANU from May – July. However, the timing can be negotiated between the award recipient and the host Research School/Research group at ANU.

The Research Schools, in consultation with the award recipient and the collaborating Indian institution, may also extend the research project beyond 12 weeks. Any ongoing funding to support research experience/projects longer than 12 weeks will be at the discretion of the ANU Research School and the Research group/department hosting the student.