Henry and Rachael Ackman Travelling Scholarships

Study level
Graduate Research, Other
Scholarship; Travel
Enrolment status
Current student; Other
Study Area
Fund source
Perpetual Trust (UOM)
Fund basis



The University has updated its current travel advice to all students due to COVID-19.

The Australian Government  will progressively re-open International borders from 1 November 2021. In response to this news, alongside advice regarding updates to travel insurance coverage, the University is reviewing a variety of international travel programs, including student exchange, staff travel and graduate research travel. Updated advice will be provided on their Travel advice page and via direct communications to specific groups as it becomes available.  Further information:

Please note: At present, the University will not approve or provide support for personal travel to high risk destinations. See the  Travel and off campus work page for further information.

Unfortunately until further notice, the scheme has been postponed.

Please stay up to date and check this page for updates and also with the latest information on the University's COVID-19 response by regularly checking the dedicated page.

Donor: The late Emanuel Percy Ackman, bequeathed to the University in 1965, the income of his residuary estate in perpetuity 'in the foundation of Travelling Scholarships in Medicine and Architecture’ to be known as ‘The Henry and Rachael Ackman Travelling Scholarships’ and in the foundation of Lectures to be known as ‘The Minnie Ackman Lectures’.

As a result of a generous bequest to the University of Melbourne, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is able to offer research travel awards, known as The Henry and Rachael Ackman Travelling Scholarships, to eligible early career researchers and research higher degree students from the Department of Paediatrics and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.


Up to $4,000 for Research Higher Degree students

Up to $20,000 for Early Career Researchers

Disclaimer: The benefit amount for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.


This scheme supports overseas research travel only (i.e. outside of Australia). The types of activities that are eligible for funding under this scheme include conference travel (airfare, registration and accommodation), research training and study tours at prominent overseas institutions, and other international research career development opportunities. Priority will be given to applicants who have relatively firm travel arrangements in place and are able to commence these travel activities before the end of 2020.

Two different categories of award will be offered:
1. Research Higher Degree (RHD) students
2. Early Career Researchers (ECRs)

RHD awards are designed to support single-year travel projects (i.e. travel activities that commence and conclude within a period of 12 months). This travel should commence within 12 months of notification of award. ECR awards can support either single or multi-year travel projects of up to 3 years’ duration. For ECR awards, a major component of the travel activities should occur within 12 months of notification of award.

An applicant may only ever be awarded one Ackman Travelling Scholarship within each category – that is, an individual may only receive one RHD award and one ECR award. Previous recipients of an Ackman Travelling Scholarship are ineligible to reapply within the same category in which they were previously awarded funding. Only one application can be submitted per individual per year.

Please note: While the maximum value that can be requested for a single award (in either category) is outlined below, each Department has the right – based upon their priorities and the number of applications they receive – to award less funding than what was originally requested in the application.


Applications will be assessed by each Department, and a recommendation made to the Head of Melbourne Medical School/School Executive or Research Committee.


Ackman Travel Scholarship Guidelines.

Please use Adode Acrobat to read and complete application form via SmartyGrants


Please contact Nikki Fisher, Collaboration and Funding Coordinator, Research Development, mdhs-grants@unimelb.edu.au

More information

Two rounds each year.

Each recipient of an Ackman Travelling Scholarship  must present a full account of the overseas research activities that were supported through this travel award – this is to be known as “The Minnie Ackman Lecture”.

The recipient is also required to provide an annual progress and/or final written report of no more than 500 words. These reports should outline the international travel arrangements made possible through the scholarship, what has been gained from the experience thus far and what follow on activities and outcomes are anticipated as a result of the travel, in addition to a financial summary.  These are due on the annual anniversary of your award date and should be sent to: mdhs-grants@unimelb.edu.au

The report template can be accessed by clicking here

Recipients are required to acknowledge the support of the donor or trust on publications and in the thesis, provide a progress report or be asked to attend thank you, award, prize-giving or other ceremonies to acknowledge the generous support that has made the scholarship possible.

Scholarship Management


Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences


Medical School

Department / Centre