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, which are 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.
The academy offers scholarships and invites applications for this prestigious scholarship from researchers considering a project or activity that will contribute to the broader aims of the Academy.
Relevant projects or activities may include direct support for specific research resulting in a publication, contributing to support for travel and other costs associated with a defined research project (but not solely attendance at a conference or symposium), or support for education or scholarship.
The Academy takes a non-prescriptive approach to what are relevant activities, however applicants must clearly demonstrate how their proposal will achieve the objects of the Academy. 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.
As 2020 was an unusual year in which many projects were ceased or suspended, Council of the Academy has decided to offer two scholarships in 2021. A Research Scholarship of $15,000 is offered for an activity to be undertaken between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022. Applications must be received by the closing date, 30 March 2021. Funding from the grant would be available from 1 July, 2021. However, an amount of $ 3000 will be retained until the manuscript has been submitted. It is not necessary for any publication or equivalent output to be published by this date. It is, however, a condition of the award that the successful applicant submit a manuscript for publication in the Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. (Note that submissions will be subject to the usual peer review process for the Journal.)
Further details regarding the application process will be available via this page soon.