IGC Travel Scheme Deadline Looms

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The Australian Geoscience Council and the Australian Academy of Science have extended the deadline for the 34th International Geological Congress Travel Grant Scheme for Early-Career Australian and New Zealand Geoscientists.

In terms of the scheme, funding has been made available for the early stages of their careers with opportunities to travel internationally to further their careers as geoscientists by, for example, undertaking field work in appropriate areas, visiting and working with appropriate international experts, inspecting appropriate mines or other geoscientific features such as type localities, participating in professionally-organised geoscientific conferences or conventions, etc.

For the 2017 round of applications, additional funds will be made to early-career geoscientists that propose to make a significant contribution to the Australian Geoscience Council Convention to be held in Adelaide in October 2018.

Significant contributions that will be considered include, but are not limited to: contributing to the organisation of the convention by joining a Sub-committee, convening a session or workshop, leading a fieldtrip.

The scheme is open to practising geoscientists resident in Australia or New Zealand who hold a degree in geoscience (or equivalent). Those eligible to receive grants under the scheme should generally be no older than 35-years, or within 10 years of receiving a PhD or professional geoscientific qualification/recognition (e.g. commencing industry/government employment). Career interruptions, such as parental leave, will be taken into account if clearly justified.

In order to demonstrate a commitment to the geoscience discipline and to reinforce the credentials of the applicant, applicants are required to have been a member of a geoscience society affiliated with the Australian Geoscience Council for at least one year prior to submitting an application (see www.agc.org.au/index.php/links).

The anticipated value of each grant will be up to $5,000 and is intended to cover all or part of the cost of the proposed travel (including travel expenses, conference registration, and related meals and accommodation).

The travel destination is not critical, but should be one of recognized value for developing the applicant’s career in the geosciences and one where the participant’s personal safety will not be at risk. The 2017 round of applications will make additional funds available for applicants proposing to make a significant contribution to the AGC Convention in 2018.

Applications are made online to be submitted by November 15 for a decision early in the following year.

For further information or queries go to: agc.org.au.

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