Lizard Island Postdoctoral Fellowships

Australian Museum

Grant amount: Up to A $12,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 5, 2019

Applicant type: Faculty Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Australia

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Lizard Island Research Station is a world-leading supplier of on-reef facilities for coral reef research and education. Located on the northern Great Barrier Reef (270 km north of Cairns, Queensland).

These fellowships provide financial support for research at the Lizard Island Research Station. Fellows make substantial original contributions to coral reef science. The fellowships are intended to stimulate scientific benefits in addition to the research outcomes through collaborations, research training, and contributing to larger projects.

The Isobel Bennett Marine Biology Fellowship is named in recognition of the late Dr Isobel Bennett who was one of Australia's eminent marine biologists. The Hermon Slade Raiatea Foundation has provided funding to the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation (LIRRF) to enable this fellowship.

The John and Laurine Proud Fellowship is named in recognition of the late Sir John Proud and his late wife, Lady Laurine Proud. Sir John was the founder of the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation and was a long-term passionate supporter of the Research Station. Lady Proud continued her support after the death of her husband. Their estate now supports this fellowship through the LIRRF.

The Yulgilbar Foundation Fellowship is funded by the Yulgilbar Foundation through the LIRRF. The Yulgilbar Foundation has also supported the capital upgrade program of the Lizard Island Research Station.

This year, we are seeking applications for projects that develop understanding of the impact of major events such as cyclones and bleaching on reefs and/or of recovery from those events

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


  • The applicant: 
    • Has a PhD degree awarded between 7 October 2011 and 7 October 2016 (unless an exemption to this requirement has been granted prior to the application closing date).
    • Will be employed at a research institution for the duration of the Fellowship year (April 2017 to March 2018) 
    • Has an excellent academic record.
    • Has high research output in relation to career stage.
    • Has relevant research and fieldwork experience.
  • The project:
    • Addresses impacts of, and/or recovery from, recent damage to the reef by cyclones and/or bleaching.
    • Makes good use of LIRS facilities.
    • Is feasible within the limitations of budget and safety regulations.
    • Makes efficient usage of Fellowship funds.
    • Has additional funding available if the Fellowship does not cover all planned costs.
    • Enables scientific leverage such as involvement of postgraduate students and/or collaborators funded from a source other than the Fellowship. 
  • Fellowship funds are intended to contribute towards the costs involved in conducting field work at Lizard Island Research Station. Expenditure of Fellowship funds is restricted to:
    • Bench fees at Lizard Island Research Station for the fellow and up to two assistants at the current applicable rates. Bench fees must be paid from a different source for any accompanying postgraduate students who are working on their own projects.
    • Economy class travel between the fellow's home institution and Lizard Island, for one trip only.
    • Additional research expenses incurred at Lizard Island. These may include freight charges for food and equipment between Cairns to Lizard Island, communications, use of a larger boat for work at reefs away from the Lizard Island group, research consumables, etc.


  • Fellowships do not provide salary.