Key dates for Advance Queensland Women’s Academic Fund (AQWAF)

  • Proposals open in BusinessPortal: August 2015
  • Full applications due to UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I): Prior to submission to Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI)
  • Full Applications close with DSITI: Continuous until 30 June 2017
  • Anticipated announcement: Continuous (approximately 2 weeks after submission)


The Advance Queensland Women’s Academic Fund (AQWAF) supports the academic careers of women in research in three ways: assisting with the hiring of a research assistant to maintain research progress while the primary researcher is on maternity leave, or to assist the primary researcher following their return to work; funding out-of-pocket child care or respite care costs incurred while the researcher is presenting at a conference or sitting on a professional research committee; and, funding costs of delivering lectures or presentations highlighting the work of leading Queensland-based female researchers.

How to apply

Women’s Lecture Submissions: the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is coordinating the Women’s Lecture submissions on behalf of UQ. Contact UQR&I if you are interested in applying.

Step 1: BusinessPortal registration and scheme reading

Step 2: Completing the application

  • Log into BusinessPortal and complete the application, but leave the final Declaration/Certification pages blank (to prevent the draft from being submitted to DSITI without UQ authorisation).

Step 3: UQR&I internal review and feedback

  • In advance of internal review, ensure all online components are complete and valid. Generate a whole Proposal PDF for your records.
  • To initiate internal review, email your BusinessPortal application log in details, your completed Funding Coversheet, and draft attachments to UQR&I at  
  • Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4: Final submission

  • On receiving authorisation from UQR&I, submit your application online.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents