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 Graham Centre members to attend significant and relevant national and international conferences and workshops that will enhance their knowledge, activity and performance within the Centre's research priority areas.

Important Dates


Applications open        1 October each year

Applications close       31 October each year

Travel must be completed between 1 January and 30 June of funding year


Applications open        15 March each year

Applications close        15 April each year

Travel must be completed between 1 June and 31 December of the funding year

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).


The value of each grant is variable, dependent on the conference location. The maximum amount payable per award is:

  • Within Australia - $1,500 (with the following exceptions)
    • Less than 300km from home campus – maximum $600
    • Western Australia and the Northern Territory – maximum $2,000
  • Outside Australia - $3,500 (with the following exception)
    • New Zealand – maximum  $2,000

Application form

Conference Support Scheme Application Form

Report template

Following the conference, applicants are required to submit a detailed report to the Centre.

Where possible, please provide images suitable for use in promotions post-conference.

Conference Support Scheme - Reporting Template


  1. The Scheme is open to Full, Associate and Student Members of the Graham Centre, as well as Affiliates employed by CSU on external research grants administered by the Centre, (please view Membership Policy for membership information). Adjuncts are not eligible to apply.
  2. There is no limit to the number of CSS grants that Full and Associate Members and Affiliates may apply for during the term of their membership, however the number and value of previous grants and the reported outcomes will be taken into consideration during assessment.
  3. Student Members are eligible for two national and one international CSS grant throughout their candidature.
  4. Student Members must provide, with their application, an email from their supervisor endorsing the application
  5. Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply.


  1. Preference will be given to conferences that 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 strongly encouraged to apply.
  3. Applicants must present a paper (NB: for assessment purposes, the order of priority is: keynote; oral presentation and/or panel discussion; poster).
  4. Preference will be given to refereed conference papers.
  5. Applicants must confirm whether their abstract has been accepted. The abstract should be included, where possible, when submitting the CSS application form. Where this evidence is not available at the time of application, successful applicants will be required to provide it prior to approval of travel plan.
  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 (see reporting template).
  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. Previous recipients of any CSS grant who have not met the conditions of that grant 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 Travel or NSW DPI, where appropriate. Reimbursement of privately arranged travel costs will not be permitted.


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