The Margaret Middleton Fund for endangered Australian native vertebrate animals


Applications will open in early 2019.


This fund offers annual science grants of up to $15,000 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 PhD 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.

This grant does not provide funds for bench fees, managerial, visa, insurance, infrastructure costs, or salaries for research assistants.

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.

The Australian Academy of Science encourages applications from female candidates and from candidates from a broad geographical distribution.

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Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. Applicants should also either be enrolled for a PhD and hold an Australian Post-Graduate Award (APA) or university scholarship, or be within 3 years of obtaining a PhD 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. 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.

The work should lead to publication in high quality ecological or conservation/management journals. Successful grant winners will be expected to present a 1 page progress report of their work to the Secretary after 6 months and a full report within 3 months of the termination of the grant. Conference travel is not supported.

Journal page charges up to a maximum of $2,000 may be supported.

University or research institutional on-costs are not supported.


Applications should include the following information:

  • A completed cover sheet (DOC, 49 KB). If there are 2 applicants, supply 2 cover sheets.
  • A Research Proposal structured under the following headings: aims and background; significance of the research; methodology; and management implications of the project (maximum of 2 A4 pages using 12 font)
  • Itemised Budget with brief justification for each item, the names and details of research funding already received (project title, funding body, amount) (maximum of 1 A4 page using 12 font)
  • Brief CV including qualifications, summary of professional/research experience, publications/presentations (maximum of 1 A4 page using 12 font)
  • For PhD students a letter is required from their supervisor indicating briefly that such a research proposal can be conducted from within the department
  • For post-doctoral fellows, two referees’ reports should also be attached to the application. The reports should be addressed to the Selection Committee and be no more than one page in length and indicate the referee’s knowledge of the research and the researcher’s ability to carry out the project successfully
  • Please type name of applicant on top right of each page

Applications and referee reports (where relevant) must be emailed by to

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

This grant does not provide funds for bench fees, managerial, visa, insurance or infrastructure costs, or salaries for research assistants.

Applications are assessed  by a committee of scientists with diverse expertise based on the assessed competitiveness of the proposal. The Academy is not able to enter into discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why an application is successful or not.



  • Ms Rebecca Jane Webb, James Cook University: A novel conservation tool for controlling chytridiomycosis in Australian amphibians.
  • Dr Teigan Cremona, Charles Darwin University: Can predator enclosures support recovery of small mammal populations in Kakadu National Park?
  • Ms Heather Neilly, Australian Landscape Trust: Malleefowl as ecosystem engineers and drivers of restoration.

Previous years

Download the list of previous awardees (PDF, 48 KB).

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