Margaret Baird Women in Immunology Award


Margaret Baird
Women in Immunology Award

Established in 2019 in memory of Margaret Baird

Application round: 
October 4th - 25th 2021
for research undertaken Jan - Dec 2022


This award was established in 2019 in memory of Professor Margaret Baird, a New Zealand immunologist who passed away in 2016.  Margaret was known for her work on dendritic cells, but also as a mentor and supporter of women in science.  She prepared multiple reports and analyses on the status of women in academia and in science and was a role model for several generations of postgraduate students.  Margaret’s door was always open and her distinctive laugh lives long in the halls of the University of Otago.  Margaret was an active member of ASI and was awarded the Derrick Rowley Medal in 2013 for her service to the society.

Purpose (2021 round):

The Margaret Baird award will provide an early-mid career immunologist (and ASI member) with a career advancement opportunity. The awardee will be invited to deliver an online scientific seminar on International Women’s Day, focusing on the applicant’s research, but also including perspectives on equity and balance in science careers. The awardee will also be invited to engage across ASI branches to deliver further seminars on their research and to promote equity in science. While open to all genders, all applicants will need to demonstrate a leadership role in supporting and mentoring women in immunology. The use of the prize money is determined by the awardee but must directly support their research, with a focus on career benefit.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel support to build collaborative network
  • Work-life balance support (e.g. childcare cover or to buy out annual leave)
  • Travel and accommodation to perform experiments or learn a new technique
  • Attendance of online workshops, conferences, training
  • Support to buy reagents which are not otherwise funded
  • Software for data analysis
  • Publication costs
  • Facility access fees


  • All ASI members are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must have been full (not interim) Ordinary or Student members of ASI in the year preceding the application
  • Applicants must have paid their membership subscription before 1st April of the year of application
  • Awardees are required to maintain their membership during the year of the award.
  • Applicants who have previously received the Margaret Baird Award are ineligible to apply.

Application procedure (2021 round):

  1. Click here to download the Margaret Baird Award application form (2020 and 2021 rounds).
  2. Include a C.V. (max 2 pages) plus a list of publications from the last 10 years.
  3. Combine the files into a single pdf and save your file as "LASTNAME_YYYY_Margaret Baird”.
  4. Log in to your member profile and click on 'Applications'. 

Assessment Criteria:

  • Degree to which funds and recognition by ASI will make a major difference to career advancement.
  • Preference will apply to outstanding individuals not already recognised by awards of this stature, taking into account the prior achievements relative to opportunity (CV), evidence of their support and mentoring of women in immunology. 

The selection of the awardee will be made by the ASI Executive committee (or their delegates). The committee reserves the right not to make an award.


AUD 5000 for approved costs.  This includes AUD 500 as a personal award.

Successful Recipients- how to claim your ASI Award: 

Please log in to your member profile to submit your Newsletter contribution, receipts to support your claim, and to initiate the reimbursement process.

Applicants must be willing to contribute to the ASI Newsletter about how the award has been used.
An award ceremony with a formal presentation of the award will be part of the closing ceremony at the next ASI Annual Scientific Meeting.

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