Stuart Leslie Bird Research Award

BirdLife Australia

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $5,000

Deadline: Mar 30, 2020 11:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student Graduate Student

Funding uses: Conference, 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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Stuart Leslie Bird Research Award

This Award was established in 1997 by Mr Stuart Leslie AM, who was then one of Birds Australia's long-time major donors and a keen bird watcher. Aware of the crucial importance of ongoing ornithological research and the financial challenges facing Australian students, Mr Leslie generously committed to giving $15,000 per year to support post-graduate field work and travel to scientific conferences. In late 2004, he was awarded a Fellowship of the RAOU.

Since establishment, the Award has provided $770,000 and has assisted more than 200 projects, including studies on threatened species such as the Powerful Owl, Regent Honeyeater and Hooded Plover. Each year, the number of applications received has increased steadily, evidence of the vital need for grant schemes such as the Stuart Leslie Award.

Mr Leslie chose to fund bird research because they are good indicators of the overall health of the environment. He encouraged other individuals and corporations to consider donating to research organisations.

"Wildlife research is vital to our future. Bird species are declining and we often don't know why. Many Australians are in the position, individually or through their business, to make a real difference to the future of our wildlife. It is a relatively easy and immensely satisfying thing to do."

The Stuart Leslie Bird Research Award (SLBRA) will continue into the future thanks to a generous bequest from Mr Leslie, who passed away in 2005, and the ongoing support from Mrs Leslie and the Stuart Leslie Foundation.

Award Details

This Award has two components:

  • Research Award: to support post-graduate research
  • Conference Award: to enable attendance at scientific conferences 

Grant Value

Typically, grants of between $500 and $5000 are awarded for research projects and up to $1000 for conferences. Successful applicants are eligible to reapply annually, provided satisfactory progress is made and reporting requirements are met. 

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 or for travel to a conference to present current original research.
  • Grants are awarded on the strict understanding that funds will be exempt from institutional administration charges. 
  • Applicants must be members of BirdLife in order to be eligible to apply. Student memberships are available here.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member.


  • Applications in the following areas are encouraged:
    • Alignment with BirdLife Australia's Conservation Strategy
    • Field work on the behaviour and ecology of native Australian birds
    • Conservation biology of threatened native birds and management of their habitats
    • Travel to conferences both within Australia and abroad by postgraduate students to deliver a presentation or contribute a paper or poster related to Australian birds
  • Preference is given to supporting researchers at an early stage of their research program.


  • Applications unrelated to native Australian birds are not eligible to apply for this award.