The call for applications will open in February 2018.
The Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship Award is an annual award of up to $20,000 per awardee to assist early stage PhD students or early career researchers with their research. It provides funding support toward the costs of travel, courses or research expenses. Grants are GST exclusive.
The award is named in honour of the late Dr Maxwell Frank Cooper Day AO FAA who spent a lifetime championing entomology, conservation and forestry, as well as helping other scientists. Through sponsoring this award Dr Day is acknowledging the support that he himself received as a young researcher to travel overseas to gain his PhD at Harvard. Following Dr Day’s strong belief in the strength of a multi-disciplinary approach to research, only applicants who are able to demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach to their research will be considered for this award.
Applicants must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach to their research work and conduct their research in one or more of the biological sciences relating to one or more of the following disciplines:
* 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 responsibilities. To apply for an exemption, please include a short explanation stating why an exemption is being sought and for how long your research career was interrupted.
Applicants may use the award in Australia or overseas but must demonstrate that the proposal has direct relevance to Australia in one of more of the four disciplines mentioned above.
Preference will be given to applicants who:
For PhD (or equivalent) research students, preference will be given to applicants who clearly demonstrate:
For post-doctoral researchers (or equivalent), preference will be given to applicants who clearly demonstrate:
Eligible expenses are all expenses that fall under the following areas of funding:
Applications should include the following information (noting that applications longer than the stipulated length will not be considered):
Applications and referee reports must be emailed to: email@example.com - tba.
Late applications will not be considered and applicants who fail to adhere to the above requirements will not be considered.
Applications are considered carefully against the selection criteria by a committee of scientists with diverse expertise. The decisions of the committee are 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.
The successful awardee will be notified of the award by early November for a Fellowship starting up to 12 months from the date of award.
The successful awardee(s) will also be offered travel and accommodation to attend the Science at the Shine Dome event as part of their award.
The Australian Academy of Science encourages applications from female candidates and from candidates from a broad geographical distribution.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Melissa Houghton, University of Queensland: Invertebrate monitoring and community ecology as a measure of change in island ecosystems to inform conservation decision-making.
Mrs Charlie Phelps, Edith Cowan University: Determining the cumulative effect of putative pathogenic microbes, increased temperature and herbivory on the ecologically important kelp, Ecklonia radiata.
Dr Tatiana Soares Da Costa, La Trobe University: Development of New Herbicide Cocktails for Effective Weed Management
Dr Emma Camp, University of Technology Sydney: Set-Up For Survival – The Holobiont Signature Facilitating Australia’s Coral Communities In The Face Of Climate Change.
Download the list of previous awardees (PDF, 21 KB).
This award has been made available through generous contributions from the following individuals:
Presidents Circle (Donations of or valued at $100,000 – $499,000)
Dr Maxwell Frank Cooper Day AO FAA
Jon Day PSM
Science Circle (Donations of or valued at $20,000 - $99,000)
Doug Hooley PSM
Donations of or valued at $1,000 – $4,999
Emeritus Professor Patrick De Deckker AM FAA HonGSL
Donations of or valued at $500 – $999
Mr Nicholas Benson
Mr Ian Hardy
Donations up to $499
Mrs Elizabeth Allen
Dr Peter Coyne
Dr Alana Grech
Professor Alec Lazenby AO
Dr Libby Robin
Ms Suzanna Rumon
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