The Capstone Editing Early Career Academic Research Grant for Women

Closing date: Applications are currently open and close on 7 July.
Value of Award: Up to A$5,000
No. of awards: One
Tenure: one academic per year 

Information and Application

Why we want to help Despite their predominant numbers at the undergraduate and graduate levels, women generally remain under-represented in academia. This is known as the ‘pipeline effect’, in which women pursue academic advancement post-PhD at a lower rate than men, with many declining to take up academic positions. This effect, although under-studied, appears to be the result of the highly competitive nature of academia, which adversely affects women in both their decision to embark on an academic career and their development within that career.  

$5,000 for one female early career academic per year to assist with the costs associated with a research project of her choosing leading towards a publication.  

Selection criteria:

  • Eligibility Before applying for this scholarship, please check your eligibility against these criteria: You must be a woman. - You must be employed as an academic staff member in a position that involves research at an Australian or New Zealand university (i.e. staff in teaching-only positions are not eligible). - You may be employed on a continuing or fixed-term basis. (Casual staff are not eligible.) - You may be employed part time or full time. - You must be an early career academic. This is defined as someone who has graduated from their PhD within the past six years or who has begun continuing or fixed-term employment in an academic position for the first time within the past two years. - The research project must be one intended to lead to publication. This is defined as a research project for which one of the expected outcomes is publication of a peer-reviewed journal article, book chapter or book. It is recognised that academic research is incredibly varied and that some research will result clearly and quickly in a publication while other research might not lead to a publication for some time. Part of the purpose of this grant is to assist women to overcome barriers to their career progression, and publication is crucial to this. That is why one of the goals of the research project should be publication. You can specify in your application the type of publication you are aiming for and how it is related to your research project. - Previous recipients of this grant may not apply again. - Previous unsuccessful applicants may reapply every year if they wish. - You cannot apply if you are an employee or contractor of Capstone Editing (or a family member of an employee or contractor).  

General Information:

How do students apply?
To apply for this scholarship, simply complete this form and provide your supporting documents. Please ensure you have checked your eligibility in our terms and conditions. For details on how Capstone Editing protects your personal information, please read our privacy policy.
Information and Application

Decision makers
The successful applicant will be chosen at the sole discretion of Capstone Editing, and this decision is final.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
The grant will be awarded on 8 July 2020.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
The Capstone Editing Early Career Academic Research Grant for Women is awarded on the basis of both academic merit and financial need. 

Additional information
The grant can be used to cover any costs related to the research project, such as conducting a field trip; purchasing books, software or equipment; hiring a translator; or performing surveys or interviews. The grant can also be used to cover expenses that most university funding does not cover, such as those related to the need of academic women to secure paid child care to assist them to meet their work responsibilities and research goals, due to the continued prevalence of traditional gender roles around caring in the home.

Who else has information about this award?
If you have any questions, please first visit the Scholarship and Grants Program section of our FAQs. If you still have questions or require any further information after reading our FAQs, you can email  

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Lisa Lines
Director and Head Editor
Capstone Editing

Tower A Level 5 7 London Circuit

Phone: 1800 224 468


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