Australian Lepidoptera Research Endowment Grant

Australian Lepidoptera Research Endowment

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Deadline: Apr 1, 2021

Grant amount: Up to A $4,500

Fields of work: Entomology

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Australia

Location of residency: Australia

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The Australian Lepidoptera Research Endowment, established by Drs Marianne Horak and Douglas Hilton within the Perpetual Foundation, wishes to support taxonomic and phylogenetic research on Australian moths and butterflies by professional and amateur entomologists and to enhance the curation of the Lepidoptera collection at the Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC).    

If material for study is housed in institutional collections evidence must be provided that the researcher will be provided access. On completion of the study, researchers must agree to lodge all holotypes, paratypes and the bulk of other material collected with the ANIC or applicable state museums and to donate any cabinets purchased to the ANIC.

Activities of interest include:

  • Support for visitors or students to curate parts of the ANIC Lepidoptera collection;
  • Collecting trips designed to obtain material for specific taxonomic studies;
  • Molecular, morphological and life-history research to generate data for taxonomic and phylogenetic studies;
  • Provision of cabinets to amateur collectors to ensure proper housing of material collected or on loan from Institutions;
  • Preparation and printing of scientific publications;
  • Travel and accommodation for international researchers to work in the ANIC to undertake taxonomic research and/or curatorial work enhancing the scientific value of the collection;
  • Scholarships to support undergraduate, MSc and PhD students undertaking taxonomic and phylogenetic research.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Any lepidopterist, amateur or professional, working on the Australian fauna, is eligible to apply for any of the activities considered for support listed in the Overview.
  • To be eligible, grants can only be handled by organisations that hold Australian Taxation Office Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR1) endorsement (covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997). 
  • Researchers must have required collecting permits from the relevant state and federal authorities. 

This page was last reviewed April 04, 2020 and last updated April 04, 2020