Prof Allen Keast Research Award

BirdLife Australia

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Grant amount: Up to A $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 31, 2021 12:00pm PDT

Fields of work: Ornithology Ornithological Conservation

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Australia

Location of residency: Australia

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This postgraduate student award was made possible through the generosity of Allen Keast, Emeritus Professor of Biology at Queens University, Kingston Ontario, Canada. Professor Keast was arguably Australia's most influential ornithologist if account is taken of the scope of his research, the number of scientists with whom he worked, and the part he played in educating the global ornithological community about Australia's birds.

He was made a Fellow of the RAOU in 1965 and awarded the D.L. Serventy Medal in 1995. Professor Keast sadly passed away in 2009.His desire to fund this award stems from a lifelong passion to encourage and support young ornithologists.

This prestigious award is allocated once annually and is reserved for the most meritorious applications.Successful applicants are eligible to reapply annually, provided satisfactory progress is made and reporting requirements are met.

BirdLife Australia is proud to be the nation's largest bird conservation organisation. As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, our aim is clear: to create a bright future for Australia's birds.

Our mission is to make a real and positive difference for Australia's birds. Over the years our conservation work has achieved beneficial results for a wide range of different species. Our experience and specialised knowledge combined with our ability to unite and inspire the bird-loving community means that we can act quickly and decisively at local, state and national levels.

It's not just about saving our precious birds -- we all enjoy watching birds as well. This is why we help people learn about birds and conduct a diverse array of activities so that you can get out into nature and appreciate birds with like-minded people.

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


  • Applications are open to Honours, Masters and PhD students alike.
  • Students are only eligible for funding toward current research being undertaken at an Australian tertiary institution.
  • Grants are awarded on the strict understanding that funds will be exempt from institutional administration charges. 
  • Funds are limited and not all applications may be funded.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Applicants must be members of BirdLife in order to be eligible to apply.


  • Preference is given to supporting researchers at an early stage of their research program.
  • Applications in the following areas are encouraged:
    • Field work on the behaviour and ecology of native Australian birds.
    • Conservation biology of threatened native birds and management of their habitats.