PhD Student Research Collaboration Scheme – Guidelines

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

Australian based PhD students who participated in a MATRIX-AMSI sponsored PhD Student Online Research Symposium, 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.

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 meetings:

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

Proposed dates for your symposium:

  • Indicate your preferred dates.
  • It is advisable that organisers be “online” for the duration of the symposium.


(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 within 6 months of the award of the grant.


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

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