Margaret Middleton Fund for Endangered Australian Native Vertebrate Animals

Australian Academy of Science

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Anticipated deadline: May 31, 2021 3:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to A $20,000

Fields of work: Herpetological Conservation Ornithological Conservation Mammalian Conservation Vertebrate Zoology

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Australia

Location of residency: Australia

Location of citizenship: Australia

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 3 years of receiving their PhD

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This fund offers annual science grants of up to $20,000 each to support field-based, high-quality ecological research. The objective of the grant is to provide financial support for conservation-based research of Australian ecosystems (including off-shore islands and the continental shelf) that ultimately will lead to tangible outcomes for management. The scope of the research is open to terrestrial, marine and freshwater research on vertebrate animals. Grants are GST exclusive. 

The grant is open to postgraduate students and early career researchers (within 3 years of completing their PhD). Annual funding is intended for field research over 18-24 months. 

Grants are offered to successful applicants in early November each year for projects to be carried out in the next year. 

Exemptions for career interruptions may be sought from the Academy. Reasons for exemption can include (but may not be limited to) illness, birth of a child or carer requirements. To apply for an exemption, please include a short explanation stating the grounds for why an exemption is being sought and how long your research career was interrupted.

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


  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants should also either be enrolled for a PhD and hold an APA or university scholarship, or be within 3 years of obtaining a PhD (or equivalent) and hold a postdoctoral position at a recognised institution e.g. CSIRO or University. 
  • The research must address ecological and conservation problems in Australian systems.
  • The work should lead to publication in high quality ecological or conservation/management journals.
  • Journal page charges up to a maximum of $2,000 may be supported. 
  • This award is open to nominations for candidates from all genders.


  • Preference will be given to novel research which deals with empirical field-based data and ecological community processes with possible management implications rather than pure genetic or modelling research.


  • This grant does not provide funds for bench fees, managerial, visa, insurance or infrastructure costs, or salaries for research assistants.
  • University or research institutional on-costs are not supported.

This page was last reviewed June 01, 2020 and last updated June 01, 2020