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Women's Academic Fund: frequently asked questions

How to apply

  • How do I apply for Advance Queensland Women’s Academic Fund funding?

    Applications are submitted online via the Advance Queensland webpage.

  • What is the closing date for applications?

    Applications can be submitted at any time and will be assessed within two weeks. There are no competitive funding rounds and therefore no closing dates.

Eligibility

  • Am I eligible for Advance Queensland Women’s Academic Fund funding?

    The eligibility conditions for the different funding streams under the Advance Queensland Women’s Academic Fund are outlined below.

    Maternity Funding

    You must:

    • be a female PhD qualified researcher employed at a Queensland university
    • be an Australian citizen or have Australian residency
    • have maternity leave approved by your employer
    • be intending to resume your research role following the maternity leave.

    Carer Funding (child care and respite care)

    You must:

    • be a female PhD qualified researcher employed at a Queensland university
    • be an Australian citizen or have Australian residency
    • be incurring costs for care in excess of your usual carer arrangements while presenting at a national or international conference, or sitting on a professional research committee.

    Women’s Lectures Funding

    You must:

    • be a Queensland based public or private sector organisation
    • be promoting the work of leading Queensland female researchers.

Available funding

  • How much funding is available per award?

    Maternity Funding: Up to $25,000 (excluding GST) to employ another researcher, or a research/laboratory assistant, to assist the primary researcher by:

    1. maintaining research progress while the primary researcher is on maternity leave, or
    2. by assisting the primary researcher when she resumes her research following maternity leave.

    Carer Funding: Up to $1,000 to cover any out-of-pocket child care or respite care costs incurred, in addition to your normal care arrangements, while the researcher is presenting at a national/international conference, or sitting on a professional research committee. This funding is available up to twice per calendar year for a given researcher.

    Women’s Lectures Funding: Up to $2,000 (excluding GST) for an organisation to arrange conferences, lectures or presentations highlighting the work of leading Queensland female researchers. This funding is available up to twice per calendar year for a given organisation.

  • Who receives the funding?

    The funding is paid to the administering organisation in the case of maternity funding and lecture funding. In the case of Carer Funding, the department will reimburse the researcher directly.

  • When will the funding be paid?

    Maternity funding and lecture funding will be paid in full and in advance. A report will be required to be submitted by the recipient upon returning from maternity leave or completing the lecture activity, including an acquittal of the funding provided. If actual costs incurred are less than the funding provided reimbursement of the unspent funds will be required.

    Carer funding will be paid after the activity has been completed and a report has been submitted. Payment will be made on actual costs incurred and on submission of appropriate supporting documentation such as receipts.

Maternity funding

  • What is the definition of the maternity leave period?

    Maternity leave is the period you are on approved leave from work for the purposes of caring for your newborn baby. That period can comprise approved maternity leave, recreation leave or leave without pay.

    The maternity leave period is considered to have ceased once the individual has returned to work in either a full-time or part-time capacity.

  • Can I apply for maternity funding if I had commenced my maternity leave prior to the commencement of the program (16 August 2015)?

    No. To apply for maternity funding you must have commenced maternity after the program commencement date of 16 August 2015.

  • Can I receive maternity funding if I am employed on a part-time basis or research activity is less than 100% of my role?

    Yes. The funding entitlement will be calculated on a pro-rata rate of $500 per week of approved maternity leave for a full-time researcher, up to a maximum of $25,000 (excluding GST.

    So for example, a researcher working a five day fortnight would be entitled to $250 per week for each week of maternity leave OR a five day per week researcher who works 70% on research activities and 30% lecturing would be entitled to $350 per week for each week of maternity leave.

  • Can I receive maternity funding if I work in a research area but am not a researcher with research project responsibilities?

    No. The funding is only available to dedicated researchers.

  • What happens if I return to work earlier than anticipated following maternity leave?

    You must advise DSITI as you may be entitled to less funding than you were originally awarded.

  • Can my administering Organisation employ someone who is currently receiving other Queensland Government science funding to replace me while I am on maternity leave?

    No. The new resource must be from outside the existing research unit and cannot be an employee receiving other Queensland Government science funding.

  • Can men apply for Carer Funding?

    No. Men are not eligible for Women’s Academic Fund awards.

Carer funding

  • Can I claim my normal child care costs while attending and presenting at a conference?

    No. The Carer Funding is only for out-of-pocket costs that are in addition to your normal care costs.

  • Can I claim care costs if a friend or relative is providing the care?

    No. There must be actual costs incurred that can be supported by evidence if required eg valid tax invoices.

  • Can I claim airfares for a child travelling with me to a conference or for a family member such as a grandparent to travel to provide care?

    Yes. Travel costs will be considered on a case by case basis. You application should address the reasonableness of the proposed arrangement in comparison to other possible care arrangements, in particular other care arrangements being provided within the household during your absence.

    Travel costs will only be provided for one carer.

  • Can I claim meals or incidental expenses for a carer or my child while they are in care?

    No. Funding is limited to expenses directly related to the care of the child or approved travel costs.

Lecture funding

  • Can I claim lecture funding to promote my own research to potential clients/end users?

    No. Lecture funding is intended to promote the research outcomes of female researchers to other researchers and the broader research community.

  • Can I claim lecture funding to support a conference that involves some Queensland female researchers as presenters?

    No. The purpose of the Lecture Funding is to support events or presentations that has a focus of specifically promoting the work and achievements of Queensland female researchers.

    Lecture Funding will not be provided to subsidise the costs of delivering a conference around a specific research area/topic as the focus is on the research area/topic rather than to specifically promote the work of the female researcher/s.

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Last updated
8 March, 2017

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