The Rewire Hines Award for Early Career Research

The Rewire Hines Award for ‘Early Career Research’ is an annual award that targets students who work in the field of neuroscience or neuropsychology. These students are early career researchers (ECRs) within the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences (MSPS) at Melbourne University. Students that are ECRs have been identified by the School as a priority for financial support and mentoring. Their immediate postdoctoral years are critical for career success but challenging in view of limited research funding and precarious employment.

The award includes an annual cash prize of $1,000 to support a career development activity (e.g., conference travel, research participant payment, training course). The award supplements the recently inaugurated “Friends of Psychology” awards, which support career development activities for ECRs, and the new “John Trinder Early Career Research Award in cognitive and behavioural neuroscience” and “Margot Prior Early Career Research Award in clinical science”, each of which recognises the best publication by an ECR in the respective fields


All Level A and above fixed term and continuing academics of the School who were awarded their PhD in the preceding 5 years, who hold at least a 0.5FTE position in the School, and whose research is in the field of clinical or cognitive neuroscience and/or clinical neuropsychology.


Applicants will make a specific request for funding to support a research-related purpose that is not covered by existing staff entitlements (e.g., to support research-related travel, help organise a Conference, attend a Conference or professional development activity, purchase equipment, research assistance or publication costs).

Application format

Applicants will submit a short (two pages maximum) application that 1) documents their eligibility for the award and 2)outlines the proposed request and how the award will be spent on it; and 3) provides a short justification of the request in terms of its expected career benefit.

Selection Process

Selection of award recipients will be made by a gender-balanced committee of three senior academics chosen by the Head of School, and one Rewire representative, and will be based on the assessed merit and importance of the request and the track record of the applicant.