Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Conference Support Scheme


The aim of the Conference Support Scheme (CSS) is to provide financial assistance for researchers to attend significant and relevant national and international conferences and workshops to enhance their knowledge, activity and performance within the Centre's research priority areas.

Important Dates

Applications Open Applications Close For Travel Between
1 April 201830 April 20181 June and 31 December 2018

NB:  Applications for travel outside the above mentioned dates will only be considered where evidence is provided that early approval is required (e.g. to meet registration deadlines).

Application Form

Report Template


The maximum amount payable per award is dependent on the conference location:

  • Within Australia - $1,000 (with the following exceptions)
    • Less than 300km from home campus - $600
    • Western Australia and the Northern Territory - $1,500
  • Outside Australia - $2,500 (with the following exception)
    • New Zealand $1,000


  1. The Scheme is open to Full, Associate and Student Members of the Graham Centre, as well as any Affiliates who are engaged on external research grants administered by the Centre, (please view Membership Policy for membership information).
  2. Student Members are eligible for one national and one international CSS grant throughout their candidature.
  3. Student Members require email permission from their supervisor - (this is to be emailed with the application to
  4. Full and Associate Members and Affiliates may apply for unlimited domestic and international CSS grants, however, the number and value of previous grants awarded and the resulting outcomes will be taken into consideration during assessment.
  5. Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply.


  1. Preference will be given to conferences which are closely linked to the Centre's Research Pathways.
  2. Preference will be given to applications by Full Members, however, Associate Members and Affiliates are encouraged to apply.
  3. Applicants must present a paper (NB: the order of priority is keynote, oral presentation, poster).
  4. Preference will be given to refereed conference papers.
  5. Applicants must confirm whether or not their abstract has been accepted. This must be included in an email to when submitting the CSS application form.
  6. Applicants must demonstrate clearly defined aims and expected outcomes of attending the conference.
  7. Successful applicants are required to submit a detailed report to the Centre following the conference.
  8. Matching or supplementary funds from another funding source will strengthen applications (NB: documentary evidence is required and must be submitted with the application).
  9. Applicants who have not met the conditions of any previous CSS grants will not be eligible for funding in the current round.
  10. Applications must be submitted in the prescribed format and must include additional supporting documentation, where applicable.
  11. All travel bookings must be made through CSU or NSW DPI. Reimbursement of privately arranged travel costs will not be permitted.


Other grants available