Student travel grants

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Travel grants are currently closed.

The ESA encourages student attendance at its annual conference by providing a number of student travel grants each year.

Every student who applies for the grant and meets the criteria (until the allocation is exhausted) will receive some level of funding depending on the geographic location of their home campus (funding amounts shown below). The grants will be awarded in the order they were received once abstract confirmations have been sent out, you are welcome to apply beforehand, but will not be awarded a grant if your abstract is not accepted. ​

The amount of the grant received will be based on relative travel costs of all applicants, and are generally determined on the basis of relative costs of air travel.

In addition to the usual travel grants, up to five extra travel grants (Wiley Student Fellowships) will be sponsored by Wiley Publishing. These fellowships will be awarded to individuals from the pool of applicants who have the highest travel costs.

To be eligible for a student travel grant, applicants must be a member of the Society, be the presenting author of a talk or poster, and not have previously won a travel grant from the Society.

The funding amounts below are based on ESA covering approximately three quarters of a return economy airfare and airport transfer fee from each location.

Because the ESA has a limited pool of funding available for travel grants, we will not be able to support an unlimited number of applications. Funding will be awarded to all applicants until the funding cap is reached, and then no further awards will be made. So, apply early!

2021 fares (subject to change)

Origin city / location

Travel grant

ACT – southern NSW


NSW – North (Armidale / Lismore)


NSW (Sydney Region)


NT (Darwin)


QLD – North (Cairns / Townsville)


QLD – South East


NT (Alice Springs)




VIC (Melbourne)


SA (Adelaide)

WA (Perth) $450




To be eligible for a grant, applicants must:

  • be a current financial member of ESA,
  • be the presenting author of a talk or a poster
  • provide all details as requested on the application form
  • not have previously won a travel grant from the ESA
  • indicate in the application the projected travel budget inc the amount of any departmental or other support available
  • be a student presenter – To qualify as a student presenter you must be presenting either a spoken paper or a posteron a topic researched as part of a
  • student project, and your enrolment must have been current at some time within the 12 months prior to the conference. The work you are presenting can
  • have co-authors, but you must be the first author, and the work presented must be primarily your original work

Apply for a student travel grant by completing this online form.


Students are eligible to apply for ESA Student Travel Grants as soon as they have joined. However, if you have been a member for less than a year, you will only receive half of the amount shown above. You can only receive a student travel grant once, so if you have just joined up, you can choose whether to apply for half the amount now, or to apply for the full amount in the following year. If you have received half the amount, you cannot apply for the other half in a later year.

For further information contact Gail Spina: Email:


2019 Recipients

  • Meena Sivagowre Sritharan, Australian National University
  • Shuo Wang, Australian National University
  • Rocco Notarnicola, Australian National University
  • Belinda Wilson, Australian National University
  • Cara Penton, Charles Darwin University
  • Harinandanan Paramjyothi, Charles Darwin University
  • Joshua Hodges, Charles Sturt University
  • Sarah Luxton, Curtin University
  • Kita Ashman, Deakin University
  • Cara Parsons, Griffith University
  • Daniel Sloane, Macquarie University
  • Shubham Chhajed, Macquarie University
  • Amanda Lo Cascio, Melbourne University
  • Erica Porter, Queensland University of Technology
  • Roozbeh Valavi, The University of Melbourne
  • Linda Riquelme, The University of Melbourne
  • William Green, The University of Melbourne
  • Saumya Wanniarachchi, The University of Melbourne
  • Julia Schiller, The University of Melbourne
  • Rachel Nalliah, The University of Melbourne
  • Amy Smith, The University of Melbourne
  • Casey Taylor, The University of Sydney
  • Jayne Hanford, The University of Sydney
  • Lily van Eeden, The University of Sydney
  • Mukta Mala, University of New England
  • Natalie Freeman, University of Queensland
  • Amelia Saul, University of Sydney
  • Shane Morris, University of Tasmania
  • Annaclaire McDonald, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Kieran Young, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Joshua Kestel, University of Western Australia
  • Ana Gracanin, University of Wollongong
  • James Barker, University of Wollongong
  • Jessica Bergman, UNSW
  • Jingyi Ding, UNSW
  • Charlotte Page, UNSW and Imperial College London
  • Simon Gorta, UNSW Sydney
  • Coulson Lantz, UNSW/ Southern Cross University
  • Tarikul Islam, Western Sydney University
  • Giles Ross, Western Sydney University
  • Ximena Cibils-Stewart, Western Sydney University

2015 recipients

  • Benjamin Anderson
  • Hannah Bannister
  • Skye Cameron
  • Courtney Campany
  • Sichong Chen
  • Tim Doherty
  • Megan Evans
  • Sarsha Gorrison
  • Elise Gould
  • Jason Hamer
  • Alison Haynes
  • Jaime Heineger
  • Bronwyn Hradsky
  • Daniel Hunter
  • Isaac Jansens
  • Heidi Kolkert
  • Diana Kuchinke
  • Mariel Lopez
  • Elizabeth Lowe
  • Henry Lydecker
  • Stewart Macdonald
  • Sarah McDonald
  • Michelle McKemey
  • Danae Moore
  • Eric Nordberg
  • Luke O’Loughlin
  • Alessandro Ossola
  • Renee Rossini
  • Kamalijit Sanga
  • James Shelley
  • Rachel Slatyer
  • Rachel Slatyer
  • Mitchell Star-Jones
  • Lisa Xian
  • Heidi Zimmer

2014 recipients

  • Estibaliz Palma
  • Laura Brannelly
  • Sarah Bonney
  • Michelle Freeman
  • Michaela Plein
  • Alyson Stobo-Wilson
  • Ganesha Liyanage
  • Juliana Lazzari
  • Melinda Cook
  • Stephanie Pulsford
  • Finley Roberts
  • Katayo Sagata
  • Himali Ratnayake
  • mariona roige
  • Michelle Louise Yates
  • Kate Cranney
  • Floret Meredith
  • Ben Zeeman
  • Alison Farrar
  • Claire Brandenburger
  • Varsha Pathare
  • Buddhi Dayananda
  • Emma Steel
  • Heather Neilly
  • Rebecca Stirnemann
  • Lorena Ruiz Talonia
  • Mitchell Stares
  • Sonya Geange
  • Annisa Satyanti
  • Miriam Adams-Schimminger
  • Stewart Pittard
  • Katherine Giljohann
  • Somayeh Nowrouzi
  • Anita Cosgrove
  • Manuela Fischer
  • James Lawson
  • Jaime Heiniger
  • Anicee Lombal
  • Ramila Furtado
  • Amelia Walcott
  • Wendy Neilan
  • Shana Nerenberg
  • Phoebe Burns
  • Christina Buelow
  • Jessica Kurylo