Join our team of researchers and help destroy T1D .

We encourage all qualified researchers interested in solving the clinical and scientific problems associated with Type 1 Diabetes to apply for funding and become a part of our winning team.

JDRF has been part of every major breakthrough in Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) care in the world in the last 40 years. Our programs provide a unique opportunity for the most talented researchers to change the lives of millions of people. As the leading charitable funder of T1D research worldwide, JDRF offers a wide variety of grants and fellowships.

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Travel Grants

The COVID-19 disease outbreak, also known as coronavirus, is a rapidly evolving situation. We here at JDRF are monitoring the situation closely. Due to COVID-19 globally restricted travel and social distancing measures, JDRF Australia have extended the deadline for travel grant applications to Monday 2 November 2020. Applicants are eligible to apply to for travel which occurs from Monday 2 November 2020 to Monday 17 May 2021.

If you intend to apply for funding to a conference or lab prior to 2nd of November, please contact Francesca Pace at fpace@jdrf.org.au to discuss your application.

JDRF invites applications for grants of up to $2,000 for domestic travel or up to $4,000 for international travel to research institutions or scientific meetings, for the purpose of furthering the researcher’s expertise in the study of type 1 diabetes.

Download Application Form

Due to COVID-19 globally restricted travel and social distancing measures, JDRF Australia has altered dates for 2020 applications.

Deadline for travel grant applications has been extended to Monday 2 November 2020.
If you intend to apply for funding to a conference or lab prior to 2nd of November, please contact Francesca Pace at fpace@jdrf.org.au to discuss your application.

Travel grant applications are considered in two funding rounds each year, and travel must occur after the date of cut-off for consideration and before the next round’s deadline. Timelines for the funding rounds are as follows:

Cut off for Consideration
Travel Grants 2020: Monday November 2, 2020 by 5.00pm AEDT
Travel Grants 2021 (Round 1): Monday May 17, 2021 by 5.00pm AEST
Travel Grants 2021 (Round 2): Monday November 1, 2020 by 5.00pm AEDT

Announcement of Awards

2020 Round: December 2020

2021 Round 1: July 2021

2021 Round 2: December 2021

EARLY-STAGE RESEARCHER TRAVEL GRANTS

This program is designed to support medical or science graduates in the early stages of their research career (e.g. current PhD students, or not more than five years post-doctoral as of the current Travel Grant round deadline). The applicant must be committed to the mission of JDRF to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes and its complications, and demonstrate relevance to one of JDRF’s therapeutic areas: Beta Cell Therapies, Immune Therapies, Complications Therapies or Glucose Control.

MID-CAREER RESEARCHER TRAVEL GRANTS

This program is designed to support mid-career medical or science researchers (more than five years post-doctoral as of the current Travel Grant round deadline), excluding associate professors and above, with no other access to travel funding.

To be eligible to apply for mid-career researchers travel grant, the applicant is required to obtain a letter from their institution confirming that their institution does not provide travel funding for mid-career researchers. If you experience any difficulties in obtaining this letter, please contact Francesca Pace 02 9020 6143 to discuss. The applicant must be committed to the mission of JDRF to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes and its complications, and demonstrate relevance to one of JDRF’s therapeutic areas: Beta Cell Therapies, Immune Therapies, Complications Therapies or Glucose Control.

A maximum of two mid-career researcher travel grants is awarded per round.

ALLIED HEALTH/NURSING TRAVEL GRANTS

This program is designed to support allied-health or nursing professionals or allied-health or nursing students enrolled in a post graduate program, whose work/research will impact on the lives of people with type 1 diabetes and their carers and families. The applicant must be committed to the mission of JDRF to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes and its complications, and demonstrate relevance to one of JDRF’s therapeutic areas: Beta Cell Therapies, Immune Therapies, Complications Therapies or Glucose Control.

The term ‘allied-health’ refers to health professionals usually considered part of the diabetes management team – i.e. diabetes educators, dieticians, psychologists, social workers, and podiatrists. In addition, other allied-health professionals who are considered relevant to the management of type 1 diabetes, such as exercise physiologists, occupational therapists and pharmacists, will also be considered

The applicant must be committed to the mission of JDRF to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes and its complications.

Allied-Health applicants who are allied-health practitioners must apply for the Allied-Health/Nursing travel grants as opposed to the early-stage career grants.

Applicants must be:
Currently working at an Australian institution, and;
Australian citizens or permanent/temporary residents currently residing in Australia.

Applicants should be engaged with Australian Diabetes research for more than 12 months, however if this does not apply, contact the Francesca Pace on 0290206143 to discuss possible eligibility.

NB: Previous winners of this award are eligible to reapply although preference will be given to those who have not received a JDRF Travel Grant within the 12 months prior to the current round’s ‘cut off for consideration’ date.

Applications are to be submitted by your Institution’s Research Administration Office as one document in PDF format with the naming convention of:
“Surname_Firstname_Early-Stage/Mid-Career/Allied-Health.pdf” (as appropriate) to travelgrants@jdrf.org.au

JDRF may reject applications that do not meet the requirements as indicated above and within the application form. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted without prior discussion with JDRF staff. JDRF will not accept applications for meetings/visits that have already occurred.

If successful, applicants will be notified and will be sent a one-page report template that must be submitted to travelgrants@jdrf.org.au within 4 weeks after all travel has been completed. Failure to submit the report within the timeframe may affect eligibility of future applications.

Contact Francesca Pace on fpace@jdrf.org.au or 02 9020 6143 for more details

PHD Top-ups

The COVID-19 disease outbreak, also known as coronavirus, is a rapidly evolving situation. We here at JDRF are monitoring the situation closely. The impact to our PhD Top-Up Scholarships has been minimal and at this stage the deadline for application will not change.

Please revisit this page for the latest updates on our programs.

The JDRF PhD Top-up Scholarship is designed to support PhD students in the field of Type 1 Diabetes. The Top-Up will provide additional funding up to $6,000 per year for three years, on top of their PhD Scholarship stipend, full-time or part-time, contingent on satisfactory progress. 

Download the application form.

Cut off for Consideration 
5:00pm AEDT – Monday 20thApril, 2020 

Announcement of Awards 
July 2020 

The JDRF PhD Top-Up scholarship is available to domestic students in receipt of a Research Training Program Stipend (formerly Australian Postgraduate Award), NHMRC Postgraduate Award or University-funded scholarship. Students must be pursuing research relevant to JDRF’s mission – to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes and its complications. 

Applicants must be: 
Recipients of either a Research Training Program Stipend, NHMRC Postgraduate Award or a University-funded PhD scholarship 
Not in receipt of any other PhD top-up funding 
Pursuing research relevant to type 1 diabetes and its complications 
Australian citizens or permanent residents currently residing in Australia. 

Letters of Support
Two letters of recommendation must be sent by referees before 5:00pm AEDT, Monday 20th April, 2020 directly to 
travelgrants@jdrf.org.au

We recommend letters of recommendation be e-mailed directly by the referee to maintain confidentiality. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that these letters are sent on time. 

 

If successful, applicants will be required to complete an annual progress report and will be sent a one-page report template that must be submitted to 
travelgrants@jdrf.org.au  before annual payments are made. 

Contact JDRF PhD-Top Up Scholarship administration through 
travelgrants@jdrf.org.au
or 02 9020 6143 for more details. 

Applications are to be submitted by your Institution’s Research Administration Office as one document in PDF format with the naming convention of:
“Surname_Firstname_Top-up.pdf”  to 
travelgrants@jdrf.org.au 

Please note: JDRF may reject applications that do not meet the requirements as indicated above and within the application form. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted without prior discussion with JDRF staff. 

 

Conference
Grants

The COVID-19 disease outbreak, also known as coronavirus, is a rapidly evolving situation. We here at JDRF are monitoring the situation closely. Due to COVID-19 globally restricted travel and social distancing measures, we understand most conferences and gatherings have been cancelled or postponed. We are still, however, accepting applications and if you would like to discuss a conference support grant, please contact us.

JDRF offers conference support grants in order to facilitate collaboration and information sharing within the local type 1 diabetes research community. This scheme is available to Australian-based organisations, for funding of up to $6,000.

Meetings must be relevant to type 1 diabetes and demonstrate a focus on one or more of JDRF’s therapeutic areas:

Beta Cell Therapies;
Immune Therapies;
Complications Therapies; or
Glucose Control.
Funding for meetings will be assessed on the following criteria:

The purpose of meeting, including the need for the meeting;
How the meeting relates to JDRF goals;
How information resulting from the meeting will be disseminated;
The appropriateness of the budget;
The calibre of the meeting organisers (key persons or organisation); and
The quality of the meeting speakers.

Download a copy of the application form here.

Applications for conference support are accepted for consideration throughout the year. Applications must include the following:

Completed application form
Letter of intent (max 2 pages)
Details of key persons or organisations involved in organising the meeting
Proposed meeting program/agenda
Qualifications and current positions of speakers
The letter of intent must address:

The purpose of meeting, including defining the need for the meeting
How the meeting relates to JDRF goals
How information resulting from the meeting will be disseminated
The budget for funds requested from JDRF and details of other organisations approached for funding.
Applications should be submitted as a single document in PDF or MS Word format to Francesca Pace, Grants and Programs Coordinator via email at fpace@jdrf.org.au. Applications will only be accepted if complete. Please ensure all requirements are met.

In general, complimentary registration for a designated member of JDRF staff, or JDRF guests, is required for JDRF sponsorship of a meeting.

JDRF sponsorship must be acknowledged in all publicity and in the program for the meeting and any proceedings or publications resulting from the meeting.

Copies of proceedings or publications resulting from the meeting must be provided to JDRF.

JDRF reserves the right to post the meeting notice/agenda as well as other information relating to the meeting on the JDRF website. In addition, the application is required to provide a brief report, written in lay terms, after the meeting for posting on the JDRF website.

For more information contact JDRF by e-mail Francesca Pace at fpace@jdrf.org.au  or phone on (02) 9020 6143.

Research Projects & Fellowships

Find out about our JDRF impact grants, career development awards, and requests for application (RFAs) for specific research priority areas here

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