Honours and post-grad funding list (for ecology research) Updated!


This is an updated version of what has been one of our most read blog posts. There are new grants added, details updated and its now in date order so its easier to see which ones are close to submission date. It does have an Australian focus but there are some international ones as well, we hope to add to those down the track.

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 (throw in a link in the comments), 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 sure 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.

(My friend Kylie Soanes posted her grant list around the same time as this one was originally posted, seems we had been working on the same blog idea. Some have been added here, although Kylies list is more Victorian and terrestrial based plus has some good tips so it’s worth checking out if you don’t find anything suitable below. You can find her list here).


Award Type Date Due Type Amount
General Ecology
Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator Awards 1 January each year Post grad $500 prize + travel allowance for Young Investigators Symposium
Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund grants for endangered species conservation 29th of February, 30th of June, and 31st of October deadlines Anyone Up to US$25,00
Norman Wettenhall Foundation February, May, August, November Anyone Up to $10,000
The Linnean Society of NSW 1st of March each year Honours/PG $1500-2500
The Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) Early each year Honours/Postgrad Travel Up to $1500
The Australia and Pacific Science Foundation 4th of March Post grad Up to $15,000 per year for up to 3 years.
Wentworth Group Science Program Scholarships 4th of March PhD Expenses for the 2016 Master Class
Nature Foundation SA grants 18th of March Honours/Postgrad $1500- $3000
ESA Jill Landsberg trust fund scholarship 30th of March Post grad $6,000
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment Round 1; 31st of March

Round 2; 31st of July

Post grad Up to $7,500
Ecological Consultants Association student research grants 31st of March Honours/Postgrad $2000
ESA/TNC applied conservation award 27th of April Post grad $9,000
Australian Geographic Society Sponsorship Round 1; 30th of April

Round 2; 30th of November

Anyone Up to $10,000
Ethel Mary Read Research Grant 30th of April Honours/PG $1,500
Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships to undertake research overseas April PG Up to $130,000
ESA/Wiley Fundamental ecology award 25th of May Post grad $5,000
Australian Wildlife Society Uni Grants 31st of May Post grad $1,500
Australian Academy of Science 15th of June (for most grants) Postgrad +


Conference funding

$2,500- $25,000
Elite Editing Thesis Write-up Scholarship 30th June each year Post grad Up to $6000
Margaret Middleton Fund for Endangered Australian Vertebrate Animals 30th of July Post grad Up to $15,000
The Bommies Award 28th of September Honours/PG + $3000-$5000
RSPCA Alan White Scholarship 30th of September UG/PG ~$9000
Science Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 3rd of Oct Honours/PG
ESA Student awards 27th of Oct Honours/PG $1,500
Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour October Honours/PG $1000
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
Nature Conservation Society of South Australia, Conservation Biology Grant Honours/Postgrad $1000
Lirabenda Endowment Fund Grant 11th of December Honours/Postgrad + Up to $3000
Rufford Small Grants- for nature conservation projects in the developing world Any time Post grad Up to£5000

Marine and Freshwater

AMSA Allen Award 28th of 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 of April Honours/PG $2,000
ASFB Student International Travel Scholarship 31st of May Honours/PG Airfare and expenses up to $3000
Paddy Palin 18th of August each year Post grad $7,000
Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships           11th of September Post grad Up to $8,500 pa for up to 3 years.
Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section Conservation Research, Small Grants program October Anyone US$500-700
 Recreational Fishing Trusts funding  21st of March  Anyone No official limit


Also have a look at this nice little article on grant writing for PhD students by Rhiannon Dalrymple. There’s lots of interesting and helpful tips!

6 thoughts on “Honours and post-grad funding list (for ecology research) Updated!

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