Joan Duffield Research Award


Each year the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) may award up to three awards for Excellence in Research known as the Joan Duffield Research Award.

Field of study

Astronomy and Astrophysics


The Award will be offered to a student who:

  • is an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, or an Australian permanent resident;
  • is enrolled in a PhD program at RSAA and is working on a project in Astronomy & Astrophysics;
  • has completed all of the required milestones to the satisfaction of the Delegated Authority.


The Selection Committee will consider the information provided in the Thesis Progress report (or Thesis Proposal) and Annual Progress Talk (or Proposal Talk) and will assess students based on:

  • Originality and feasibility of the research;
  • Impact, or potential for impact, in the relevant research field;
  • Research achievements and accomplishments (e.g., submitted or published refereed papers, conference presentations); and
  • Good citizenship and engagement with the RSAA and wider community (e.g., outreach activities, committee representation).

The committee will take into account any program leave of absence.


The scholarship provides a stipend of $5,000 for one year.

How to apply

No application is required as all eligible candidates will be automatically considered.

Further information

A previous recipient of this Award may remain eligible for future awards.

Phone 02 6125 0221, email