Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships

Australian Museum

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Grant amount: Up to A $9,700

Next deadline: Oct 22, 2019 (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Sep 6, 2020 (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: PhD Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Australia

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Must travel to: Australia

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Overview:

Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships Program

The Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships program has operated continuously since 1984, supporting the research of 68 PhD students to 2019. It is funded by the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation and its donors. There are now five named fellowships within the program.

  • The Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowship is funded by the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation.
  • The Ian Potter Doctoral Fellowship at Lizard Island is funded by The Ian Potter Foundation.
  • The Zoltan Florian Marine Biology Fellowship is funded by a bequest from the late Zoltan Florian.
  • The Raymond E. Purves Foundation Doctoral Fellowship is funded by the Raymond E. Purves Foundation.
  • The Gough Family Doctoral Fellowship is funded by family members of the late John Gough AO, OBE who was a governor of The Ian Potter Foundation and a wonderful supporter of LIRS. This fellowship is offered for the first time in 2020.

The fellowships support field-intensive research at the Lizard Island Research Station by outstanding PhD students based at any university worldwide.

Applications are assessed by a panel of Australian Museum scientists that includes members of the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation Science Committee. Full applications are reviewed externally. A single application will be considered for all available fellowships.

Benefits

Funding is provided for field expenses at LIRS over one, two or three years as required. Salary is not provided. Additional funding to present at an international conference may be awarded to fellows in the second or third year of their fellowship.

For students enrolled at an Australian university, the maximum value of each 2020 fellowship is AU$8,700 plus GST per year for up to three years. For students enrolled at overseas universities, the amount includes GST. Overseas students may apply for an additional $1,000 per year to contribute towards their higher travel costs.

Fellowship funds must be spent on field work at LIRS including bench fees, travel, freight, and field/lab consumables.

They may not be used for salary, for living expenses (such as food while at Lizard Island), for equipment other than research consumables, or for research or travel by the fellow's PhD supervisor (or any other more senior researcher) except as outlined below. The fellow's university may not deduct a fee for administering the fellowship.

In the second or third year of a multi-year fellowship, fellows may apply for additional funding of up to $4,000 to enable them to present their research at an international conference.

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

Eligibility:

  • The fellow must conduct field-intensive research at the Lizard Island Research Station (LIRS) that will form a substantial part of his or her thesis.
  • The fellow must spend an average of at least 100 person days per year of funding, conducting research at LIRS. Most projects require at least one assistant so this usually means that the fellow and an assistant must both work at LIRS for an average of at least 50 days per year. Bench fees at the current applicable rate must be paid to LIRS for these visits.
  • The first field trip using fellowship funding should not be planned to start before April 2020.
  • If the fellow's supervisor or any other senior researcher wishes to accompany the fellow on field trips to Lizard Island, fellowship funds may not be used to cover any part of that person's travel costs. They may be used to pay bench fees for the supervisor or other senior researcher at the student assistant's rate for up to 5 days over the life of the fellow's project, providing that the senior person is actually assisting the fellow on those days rather than conducting his/her own research. Bench fees for any additional days spent at LIRS by the senior researcher must be paid at the current rate applicable to researchers and that amount may not be paid from fellowship funds.
  • Fellows who have been awarded two or three years of funding may apply at the beginning of the second year for up to $4,000 additional funding to assist them to present their research at an international conference. Conference funding is not offered to one-year fellows.
  • Funding in the second and third years, if awarded, is subject to suitable progress.
  • Reporting, outreach and acknowledgement conditions will be detailed in a contract with each successful applicant.
  • Any funds unspent at the end of each fellowship year must be returned to LIRS unless carry-over arrangements are approved.
  • Eligibility: At the time of applying, applicants must:
    • be accepted into a PhD program for a project that requires substantial field-based research at a coral reef location, and
    • show that they can support themselves for the duration of the requested fellowship period by, for example, having a stipend from a scholarship or other source.

Ineligibility:

  • Fellowship funds may not be used for salary, for living expenses (such as food while at Lizard Island), or to support research or travel by the fellow's PhD supervisor or any other more senior researcher.