Philanthropically funded internal grants at NCIS

Through the generosity of our donors, NCIS has been able to establish a number of small research awards, such as the Watervale Award, the HL Gascoigne Award and the Simon Fenwick Award for Indigenous Research. These awards will be managed through the NCIS Research Office. For simplicity and consistency, the intention is for their application processes to align, with a single call for applications each year. Selection will be made by a grant panel normally comprising two members of academic staff, the Research Manager and one external representative.

We are now inviting applications for the following awards, all with a deadline of August 30, 2019. Please send applications to

The Watervale Award

This award was made possible by a donation from Ian and Laurel Fischer and was first awarded in 2015. It provides support of up to $10,000 for MPhil and PhD scholars at NCIS in final stages of thesis completion.

Guidelines, Application Form, Conditions of Award

The HL Gascoigne Award

Funded through a donation by Ms Hester Gascoigne, this annual award is open to all staff and scholars at NCIS, including academic, professional and honorary staff. Its aim is to support new research and ideas. Its value is $10,000.

Guidelines, Application Form

The Simon Fenwick Award for Indigenous Research

This is our most recent award, funded through endowment of a donation by Mr Simon Fenwick. The award is open to HDR scholars at NCIS, and its purpose is the support either of individual HDR research or of the HDR program as a whole. Its value is $4500.

Guidelines, Application Form

SE Development Fund

Unlike the above awards, applications can be made to the SE development fund at any time for projects of benefit to NCIS or its engagement with Indigenous communities. All NCIS staff, honorary staff and HDR scholars are eligible to apply to the SE Development Fund.

Guidelines and Conditions of Award, Application Form

Updated:  4 August 2019/ Responsible Officer:  NCIS Project Coordinator/ Page Contact:  NCIS Administrative Officer