Graeme Caughley Travelling Fellowship


The call for nominations is currently closed

The 2024 awards are now closed for application.

The 2026 award round will open in early 2025.


The Fellowship commemorates the work of Dr G.J. Caughley, FAA in ecology and wildlife management. Dr Caughley was a chief research scientist with the CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology, Canberra, until his death in February 1994. The Fellowship is financed through the generosity of his friends and colleagues.

The inaugural Fellowship was in 1996. The Fellowship is offered every two years. Up to $10,000 (GST exempt) is offered.

The purpose of the Fellowship is to enable ecologists resident in Australia or New Zealand to share their expertise by visiting scientific centres in countries outside of the Fellow's own country to deliver lectures.

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

The Academy does not, in general, have the resources to offer support to partners and children to accompany an awardee of a travelling fellowship or scholarship, but will on a case by case basis and subject to the availability of funds, consider support for a carer to accompany an infant if this allows the carer to accept the award.

Fellowships are normally expected to have been undertaken within two years from the date of award. Awardees may apply for extensions due to extenuating circumstances or to apply for variations to remove or adapt to barriers encountered to their planned travel.


The Fellow will be an ecologist resident in Australia or New Zealand. Preference will be given to an applicant who indicates an interest in population ecology of wildlife and its scientific management.


Applications must include the following:

  • Brief curriculum vitae. Maximum of two pages using size 12 font.
  • Evidence of lecturing capabilities. Must be no more than 100 words. Provide a summary of lecturing capabilities, including the ability to communicate with scientific and lay-audiences.
  • ​A list of 5 of the most significant publications (of most relevance to this Fellowship), each including up to 50-words on why they are significant. Each must have an outline the candidate's specific role in the research and indicate percentage contribution.
  • Aims and benefits of the tour and an outline of the planned itinerary.
  • Contact details of two referees.


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