Community Impact Research Award, funded by the ACT Government


Mr Fluffy - impact on the ACT community.

A Research Award is being offered by the Population Health Exchange (PHXchange) ANU.

The successful applicant will conduct research that explores the impact of loose fill asbestos insulation (commonly known as 'Mr Fluffy') on the ACT community and society as whole.

This is an opportunity for scholars to make a significant contribution to their chosen field of research. Applicants have the freedom to outline a project and choose one or more disciplinary approaches, based on their own strengths and preferences. The Research Award provides an opportunity to undertake inquiry into aspects of the community experience other than physical health, for example mental health, creative, social and/or policy responses, etc.

Applications are encouraged from, but not limited to, people with relevant lived experience with Mr Fluffy for example as a resident, as part of the policy response, or private industry.

Applications are also encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, people with culturally diverse background and those who identify as LGBTIQ+.

This Research Award is funded by the ACT Government and was a recommendation of the Community and Expert Reference Group.

*A high value PhD scholarship of $38,000 per annum is also available to support research on this topic. Further information is available here.

Field of study

Applications are encouraged from all disciplinary backgrounds.


Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree with at least upper second-class honours or equivalent, or a Graduate Diploma or Master's degree with a significant research thesis component and/or relevant experience.

Applicants must be domestic and, if successful, will be expected to enrol as a full-time candidate in the PhD program in 2021.


  • Stipend: A stipend of $10,000 AUD per year will be disbursed fortnightly (by ANU) over three years as long as the scholar remains enrolled full-time as a PhD Student at ANU.
  • Research costs: the scholarship includes up to $5,000 (in total) to cover research costs incurred as part of the project, such as data access, travel, conference registration, thesis and publication costs - reimbursement subject to approval by the Chair of the Supervisory Panel upon receipt of appropriate invoices.

How to apply

Application forms are available here.

Applications for 2021 open in February and will remain open until the Award is awarded. Applications will be reviewed at the start of each month, starting in March 2021. Please contact us to express your interest in applying.

Further information

Further information is available here or contact:

Dr Ginny Sargent
0435 078 918
02 6125 5546