PhD Student Research Collaboration Scheme – Guidelines

The MATRIX-AMSI PhD Student Research Collaboration scheme supports ongoing post-symposium / MATRIX research program collaboration between PhD students.

Australian based PhD students who participated in a MATRIX-AMSI sponsored PhD Student Online Research Symposium or a MATRIX Research Program/Workshop, can apply for funding through this scheme.

The scheme aims to support teams to continue their research collaboration for the purposes of exchanging ideas, building relationships with peers and working towards research outcomes.

MATRIX will provide:

  • assessment on academic merit of the proposed collaboration by the MATRIX Scientific Committee
  • guidance on your research collaboration plan
  • up to $1,000 in funding per team, multiple teams possible per symposium

Applications for funding to be submitted within 4 weeks post-symposium / MATRIX Research Program/Workshop.

Please prepare your application in line with the format outlined below and attach/submit here.

Collaboration Scheme Format


  • Include each collaborator’s details (affiliated university and email address).
  • Aim for gender and cross-institutional diversity amongst the collaborating team. Comment on reasons for any imbalance.

Indicative date/s and location/s of collaboration meetings:

  • Provide indicative date/s and location/s of collaboration meeting/s the requested funding will support.

Proposed dates for your collaboration meeting/s:

  • Indicate your preferred dates.


(Word limit: 200 words)

  • Provide a brief summary of what the collaboration is about.

Collaboration goals:

(Word limit: 300 words)

  • Outline the goals and expected outcomes of the collaboration.

Budget Summary - Level of Funding Requested :

  • Detail the total amount of funding requested and itemise anticipated costs.
  • For each item requested, provide a sub-heading and brief description.
    • E.g. Accommodation, catering, travel, venue hire, etc.

Budget Justification:

(Word limit: 300 words)

  • This section summarizes the budget entered into the Budget Summary section. Provide a brief justification and costing for each of the itemized costs.

Final Checklist for Program Organisers:

  • Essential items of a proposal as described above include:
    • Collaborators, including their affiliations
    • Abstract
    • Outline, goals, and objectives of the collaboration
    • Budget summary

Funding Application Review by the MATRIX Scientific Committee

All applications will be assessed by the MATRIX Scientific Committee. The outcome of your application will be communicated to you by the MATRIX Research Program Co-ordinator following assessment.

Collaboration Team Scientific Report

Collaboration teams successfully funded through this scheme will be required to provide a brief scientific report (approx. 1 A4 pages) within 6 months of the award of the grant. The scientific report should include:

  • Names of collaborators and their affiliated institution
  • Title of the PhD Student Research Symposium or MATRIX Research Program/Workshop originally attended
  • Date/s of the collaboration meeting/s
  • Brief description of the goals of the collaboration meeting/s
  • Summary of the outcomes


If you have any questions, please contact the MATRIX Office via email at

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