Receiving a small grant can make or break many honours and post-grads research. I’ve talked to a few honours students lately that needed funding for what I thought was interesting research but without funds their project couldn’t run. With that in mind I thought that I should share a list of grants I’ve had sitting on my hard drive (and that I will add to if I see useful grants down the track) that may help fund small projects. The list has a bias towards grants in Australia that are aimed at aquatic science, but many are for ecology in general. This list is a work in progress and I’ll add to it as I come across more grants and awards. Feel free to add to the list as well, that would be helpful, as would any tips you might like to add on getting grants.
Some tips for anyone that hasn’t applied for some of the smaller grants from NGOs. Make your application is concise and easy to read and most importantly; try to demonstrate that the granting body will get something out of supporting you. Make sure to acknowledge any organisation that provides support in any media exposure you receive and also give them photos and videos that they can use on their social media, that always goes down very well and you should really go out of your way to do this.
(Edit: a few days after posting this my friend Kylie Soanes posted her grant list, seems we had been working on the same blog idea. Kylies list is more Victorian and terrestrial based plus has some good tips so it worth checking out if you don’t find anything suitable below. You can find her list here).
|Award Type||Date Due||Type||Amount|
|The Linnean Society of NSW||1st March each year||Honours/PG||$1500-2500|
|ESA Student awards||27th of Oct||Honours/PG||$1,500|
|ESA/TNC applied conservation award||27th of April||Post grad||$9,000|
|ESA/Wiley Fundamental ecology award||25th of May||Post grad||$5,000|
|ESA Jill Landsberg trust fund scholarship||30th of March||Post grad||$6,000|
|Australian Wildlife Society Uni Grants||31st May||Post grad||$1,500|
|Science Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry||3rd Oct||Honours/PG||–|
|The Youth Activity Fund Grant – Explorers org||5th of Nov||UG/Honours||$500 to $5,000|
|The Exploration Fund Grant- Explorers org||5th of Nov||Post grad +||$500 to $5,000|
|Ethel Mary Read Research Grant||30th of April||Honours/PG||$1,500|
|The Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)||Early each year||Honours/Postgrad Travel||Up to $1500|
|Marine and Freshwater|
|Paddy Palin||18th August each year||Post grad||$7,000|
|AMSA Allen Award||28 February each year||Post grad Travel||$2,500|
|Fisheries NSW student grants||Early each year||Honours/PG||–|
|Seaworld Research and Rescue small grants||Early each year||Anyone||Up to $25000|
|ASFB Student Awards Various||Early each year||Honours/PG|
|ASFB Michael Hall Student Innovation Award||30th April||Honours/PG||$2,000|
|ASFB Student International Travel Scholarship||31st May||Honours/PG||–|