UNSW expands grant scheme for parents and carers

20 Mar 2023
Woman giving presentation to group of staff

Applications for the UNSW Carers’ Support Fund are now open to staff and HDR students.

The UNSW Carers’ Support Fund helps UNSW staff and HDR students with parental and primary care responsibilities to develop their careers.

The grant scheme provides up to $2000 in funding for carers’ expenses while participating in approved activities supporting career development, such as conferences, workshops, symposiums or fieldwork. 

The Carers’ Support Fund has replaced the Vice-Chancellor’s Childcare Support Fund for Women Researchers this year and the broadened eligibility criteria is:

  • all UNSW employees (professional and academic) and HDR students of all genders
  • funding can be used for both childcare and primary caring costs so that dependent children, parents, partners or family members can continue to be cared for 
  • participation in a wider range of career development activities, such as networking and fieldwork.

UNSW is committed to supporting employees and HDR students to enhance their careers. The University recognises the challenges involved in balancing work-life responsibilities and fulfilling commitments as parents and primary carers.

You can apply now

Staff and HDR students can apply for the Carers’ Support Fund from now until 1 June 2023 for activities that will occur between 1 July and 30 September 2023.

Find out more about the assessment rounds, application process and details on the funding conditions via the Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) website.

There will be another application round in 2023, opening from June to 1 September, for activities that will take place in the last quarter.

The UNSW Carers’ Support Fund is managed by EDI. For more information or if you have any questions, email access_equity_inclusion@unsw.edu.au.