To be eligible for grants in this funding round (Round 2) the applicant must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, or a New Zealand citizen living in Australia. All applicants, including Australian citizens, must provide evidence to support this criterion.

  • Have recently enrolled in a full-time research degree at an Australian university or show that they have made arrangements to undertake a full-time PhD in research at an Australian university. Part-time PhD students are not eligible for the AADRF PhD Scholarship.

  • Have written agreement of a qualified supervisor and the support of an Australian university to carry out the proposed project.

  • Provide a research proposal that relates to an aspect of dementia. The research must be undertaken in Australia.

  • Follow the guidelines of the host institution regarding paid work hours during their PhD (e.g. some Australian universities permit 10-20 hours paid work per week or additional salary up to 75% of the Scholarship).

  • Not hold another scholarship (i.e. the scholarship cannot be used as a top-up scholarship).

Applicants who are currently enrolled in a PhD are encouraged to apply. However, the AADRF may, at its sole discretion, provide funding for the time remaining on the applicant’s candidature only. For example, an applicant who has completed 6 months of a full-time PhD program is eligible for 2.5 years of scholarship funding. Upon commencement of the award, the applicant must not have completed more than 50% of their PhD program.

To be eligible for grants in Round 1 the applicant must:

  • Unless otherwise specified, the Chief Investigator (i.e., the person making the application for funding) must be a New Investigator. For the purposes of this program, a New Investigator is defined as:

    • A researcher who has not been a principal or chief investigator (CIA or CIB) on a successful competitive research grant worth more than $50,000 (not including salary-related grants such as scholarships or fellowships). A researcher is not considered a New Investigator if they have received scholarship or fellowship that also includes a project grant component of more than $50,000.

    • A postgraduate research student or a researcher with an academic position at or below Level C seniority (i.e., below the level of Associate Professor or equivalent).

    • A researcher who holds a PhD or equivalent (DPhil or M.D. by research), or is submitting a PhD prior to the proposed commencement date of the project.

    • A researcher who has been awarded their PhD within eight years of the application closing date, unless exceptional circumstances apply. Exceptional circumstances are defined for this purpose as “factors that are generally outside an applicant’s control. They may include an episode of extended illness, parental leave or other personal matters, but do not include matters arising from normal vocational or research related activities, such as an applicant’s choice to pursue activities or seek employment outside of research.

  • The Chief Investigator must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, or a New Zealand citizen living in Australia. All applicants, including Australian citizens, must provide evidence to support this criterion.

  • The research must be conducted in Australia.

  • The research must be approved by an authorised ethics committee, if applicable. If ethics approval is unavailable at the time of application, it should be noted that funding agreements with successful applicants will not be finalised until ethics approval has been obtained.

Eligibility for multiple awards
Applicants are welcome to submit more than one application for the same or different type of award. However, successful applicants can only hold one award from any given Dementia Grants Program Round.

Eligibility of previous AADRF award recipients
Previous recipients are able to apply to the Dementia Grants Program, as long as they meet all relevant eligibility criteria.