Stillbirth CRE & ACM Research Fellowship

The Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth (Stillbirth CRE) and Australian College of Midwives (ACM) Research Fellowship of up to $A24,000

Closing date: May 31, 2019

As part of the partnership with the ACM, the Stillbirth CRE have provided funding to ACM to provide three Research Fellowships over a three-year period (one per year) to undertake research related to the goals and priority areas of the Stillbirth CRE. This does not include support for conference attendance or presentation.  

One fellowship will be awarded to the value of $A24,000 per year, over three years (2019, 2020 & 2021).

Terms and Conditions

The Fellowship will be provided to a midwife, registered with the NMBA, who is currently undertaking or plans to undertake research related to the goals and priority areas of the Stillbirth CRE.
The awardee of the fellowship must:

  • Use the funds for research related to the goals and priority areas of the Stillbirth CRE within a 12-month period.
  • Provide a short biography with a photo for use on the ACM and Stillbirth CRE websites and newsletters
  • Within 3 months completion of the Fellowship provide a written report on the outcomes of the research for use on the ACM and Stillbirth CRE websites and newsletter
  • Acknowledge the Stillbirth CRE and ACM where the Fellowship has supported any thesis, dissertation, publication or presentation resulting from research/study undertaken
  • Submit an abstract for a presentation in relation to the research topic at a relevant conference within one year of completing the project
  • Present your findings at the annual Stillbirth CRE National Annual Stillbirth Update in the following year from awarding of the fellowship

Eligibility

  • Midwife, currently registered with the NMBA, registered with the NMBA, who is currently undertaking or plans to undertake research related to the goals and priority areas of the Stillbirth CRE;
  • Member of the ACM for at least 24 months prior to submitting the application;
  • Able to clearly articulate how the research is related to the goals and priority areas of the Stillbirth CRE;
  • Able to clearly identify how the fellowship funds will be utilised for the research goals;
  • Has not received any other ACM scholarship in the past 2 years; and
  • Has not defaulted on the terms and conditions of an ACM grant or scholarship previously awarded.

How to apply:

To apply, submit your full application to admin@midwives.org.au.

All applicants will submit a completed Stillbirth CRE & ACM Research Fellowship Application form, and applications must be accompanied by a full submission of the research project and agreement by the relevant ethics committee.

This will include:
a.    Completion of the dedicated form which describes the value of the research to addressing the goals and priority areas of the Stillbirth CRE.
b.    Brief CV (maximum length three A4 pages; one and a half spacing)
c.    A detailed proposal (maximum length three A4 pages; one and a half spacing) including the following:

  • co-researchers
  • objectives
  • method
  • proposed schedule
  • estimated budget and justification for the budget
  • the name and address of a nominated referee to support the proposal

d.    The name of organisation where the research will be undertaken and evidence of ethics approval from the organisation. If ethics approval is not available at time of application, it must be provided before monies will be released.

Selection Process

Selection of candidates will be undertaken by the Director of the Stillbirth CRE, a midwife involved in the CRE and the CEO of the ACM (or their delegate). Their decision will be final.

Closing date

Closing date is Friday 31st May 2019.

Further information

For further information contact Hilary Rorison on 0409 199 087 or Hilary.Rorison@midwives.org.au.

Additional information

The Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth (The Stillbirth CRE - https://www.stillbirthcre.org.au/) is a national collaboration addressing the neglected tragedy of stillbirth. Through a priority driven program, the Stillbirth CRE aims to reduce the rate of stillbirth and improve care for parents and families whose baby is stillborn.

The goal is to reduce the number of stillbirths that occur after 28 weeks’ gestation, and to improve the quality of care received by families whose baby is stillborn.

ACM is a key partner in the Stillbirth CRE.

The Stillbirth CRE research program addresses priorities across four major priority areas:

  • Improving care and outcomes for women with risk factors for stillbirth.
  • Developing new approaches for identifying women at increased risk of stillbirth (e.g. using biomarkers).
  • Implementing best practice in care after stillbirth and in subsequent pregnancies.
  • Improving knowledge of causes and contributors to stillbirth.