Funding Activities

Since its inception in 2010 the Jacka Foundation’s major focus has been the awarding of grants to support research and development in areas relevant to the naturopathy profession. In 2015 the Foundation also began offering scholarships for postgraduate studies.

All monies granted by JFNT to date have been for the purpose of supporting naturopathy and natural therapies in both practice and research. The Foundation is also interested in joint research enterprises involving medical and alternative approaches.

The following outlines current and recent recipients of grants and scholarships.



2015: Australian Research Centre for Complementary and Integrative Medicine - $45,000

2016: Ongoing support for Research Mentoring and Leadership program - $30,000 

The ARCCIM grant supports an international naturopathy research leadership capacity building program. The initial funding covered a series of research seminars plus networking activities to help identify potential applicants. Over 40 applications were received from around the world and eleven Research Fellows were competitively selected.

The Fellows receive mentoring from senior, highly published researchers and also collaborate with each other to identify and carry out research projects. Writing and publication skills are further developed. Each Fellowship includes travel and accommodation allowances for attendance at an annual four day residential program at UTS in Sydney, plus ongoing mentoring and collaboration.

2015: National Institute of Complementary Medicine - $2 million dollars over four years$2_million_grant

In recent years the Foundation’s major philanthropic effort has been to support the work of the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM), based at the University of Western Sydney (UWS). The funding supports academic leadership and promotes research into natural therapies.

NICM has put in place processes for the establishment of the Jacka Foundation Chair of Integrative Medicine Research, a milestone for natural medicine in Australia. Research led by the Chair will contribute to judicious use of complementary medicine and better integration into conventional care. It will contribute data on safety, quality and efficacy of interventions and provide greater guidance to consumers.

2015: Lifestyle Initiative - $60,000

The Lifestyle Initiative is an online comprehensive lifestyle change program It will be available to health practitioners for their patients and directly to the public, and people will be able to enrol in the program and track their progress online. This initiative will address a major gap in the healthcare system - prevention of lifestyle disease - and aims to reduce the incidence of chronic health problems such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. 

2011: Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists - $10,000

This grant was provided to support the establishment of a voluntary registration system for naturopaths and herbalists in Australia. 


In 2015 the Jacka Foundation awarded three postgraduate scholarships. All students are enrolled in the School of Health Sciences at RMIT University, which generously offered a 50:50 funding arrangement with JFNT. The recipients and their projects are:

  1. The Judy Jacka Scholarship for Doctoral Research was awarded to Dr Joy Hussein MD for a PhD project titled Repeated Sauna Therapy – investigating the benefits, risks, and potential mechanisms of action in terms of health, wellness, and its effects on bioaccumulated levels of environmental toxicants/ xenobiotics in humans using metabolomics analysis
  2. The Alf Jacka Postgraduate Research Scholarship was awarded to Ms Nicole Bijlsma for a Masters degree project titled Environmental Chemical Assessment in Clinical Practice: Uncloaking the elephant in the room.
  3. The Jacka Foundation Research Training Scholarship was awarded to Ms Lauren Burns for her project Investigating the effects of pesticides on human neurocognitive function and physiological performance. 

Applications for JFNT scholarships are currently closed. The next round of scholarships will be advised on this website when open for application.

Scholarships available at other Institutions

Postgraduate scholarships for CAM research are available at several Australian universities. 


National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM), WSU

NICM and Blackmores Institute Scholarships

UTS/ARCCIM PhD Scholarships

RMIT University School of Health and Biomedical Sciences

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