MATRIX-Simons International Family Fund Guidelines

The MATRIX-Simons International Family Fund is designed to lower the barrier for participation in mathematics research by mathematicians with carer responsibilities. The Fund supports the costs of international airfares for children and partners or carers, on top of additional housing, living support and access to local child care services (where required).

Funding will be allocated on a case-by-case basis according to need. The Fund provides a per diem for a family, which may include a partner or carer, to cover the costs of housing and meals. The Fund will support each family with up to 14 nights housing (up to $2,140) and living expenses (up to $780).

The Fund will also support a return economy airfare subsidy of up to $4,580 per family, and cover child care costs up to $130 per child/day for up to 14 days.

Australian-based researchers may access the MATRIX Family Fund that allows researchers with caring responsibilities to attend MATRIX research programs by providing additional housing and support for children as well as a partner or carer.

Feedback from participants having made use of the MATRIX Family Fund has been overwhelmingly positive. Several carers have been able to participate in MATRIX research programs because of the scheme.


Applications are limited to applicants who will participate in a MATRIX research program that includes program organisers from one or more MATRIX full partners.

Eligible applicants must be an invited participant to a MATRIX research program in 2024 and a researcher (all levels) employed at a non-Australian academic institution.

Applicants must hold a PhD degree, or equivalent, in the mathematical sciences or related disciplines, and have an excellent research track record relative to opportunity.

 Please contact the relevant program organisers if you are interested in participating but have not been invited.

Application process

Applicants should submit an argued case (not more than half a page) and C.V. to the MATRIX Office. Please include the research program you will be attending.

MATRIX-Simons International Family funding will be awarded based on excellence of the applicant’s track record and on alignment with the intended MATRIX Research Program. The argued case needs to make a compelling case for the need to access the Fund, the significance of participation of the applicant, and how this will enhance their research. International awardees are encouraged to visit other research institutions in Australia before or after attending a MATRIX Research Program.

Alternate travel arrangements

If unforeseen circumstances prevent an awardee from attending the intended MATRIX Research Program, the MATRIX Director may approve use of the grant for attendance at an alternate MATRIX Research Program of equivalent status and relevance.

The MATRIX Office must be advised in writing if the applicant/awardee intends to revise travel arrangements.

Further information

If your carer situation is not obviously covered by the wording above, please contact us to see if you are eligible. Any queries concerning this scheme should be directed to:

Mr Tom Keegan
Executive Officer
T: +61 3 8344 1343