AMRI Postgraduate Award

The AMRI Postgraduate Award offers postgraduate students up to $2,500 to work directly with the Museum.

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Applications for funding between July 2014 and June 2015 are now closed.

The award is open to all students enrolled in any postgraduate qualification in a field relevant to the Museum’s Science Strategy. Students are encouraged to apply to work with any of the Museum’s collections and research programs including cultural and anthropological as well as natural science collections.

Students must be supervised by an Australian Museum research scientist or collection manager while pursuing a postgraduate degree. Students are encouraged to spend time at the Museum as part of their research program, with a desirable period of about six weeks for doctoral candidates, and less for those registered for lower degrees.

Proposed projects must aim to further the Museum’s research priorities as set out in the 2014-2017 Science Strategy .

Selection criteria:
a) Relevance of intended outcomes to the research priorities as set out in the 2014-2017 Science Strategy.
b) Significance of the scientific contribution to the field of interest.
c) Quality and clarity of the proposal.
d) Feasibility of the project as a topic and in light of available resources.
e) Adequacy and reasonableness of the proposed budget.
f) Contribution or significance of the intended outcomes to the broader Australian society.
g) Strength of recommendation from supervisor/s.
h) Quality of the student's summary academic record.

The maximum amount of the fellowship is $2,500 to assist with living costs, travel and research expenses. The recommended duration is six weeks for doctoral candidates and less for lower degrees.

Living costs: The maximum amount allowed for living costs is $800 per week.

DNA Facilities: If you plan to use the Museum’s DNA facilities to undertake molecular studies, please include this as a line item in your budget. If you need assistance with costings, please contact the DNA Lab Manager.

SEM Facilities: If your proposal involves use of the scanning electron microscope please specify this as a line item in your budget. For assistance with costings, please contact the manager of Microscopy and Microanalysis.

Conditions of Award: In addition to the general conditions for Fellowships and Awards, the following conditions apply to Postgraduate Awards.

1. A certified statement of expenditure from the Award must be provided by the University at the end of the financial year for which the Award is given.
2. Any funds unspent at the end of the financial year must be returned to the Australian Museum unless prior written approval is given by the Museum to carry such funds into the following year.
3. A report on progress within the project must be forwarded to the Assistant Director (Research and Collections) of the Australian Museum at the end of the Award year.
4. Where an Australian Museum Postgraduate Award is used, all or in part, for work involving the collection of animals, a representative series from such a collection should be lodged with the Australian Museum unless to do so would contravene the conditions of a State collecting permit or unless this condition is explicitly waived by the Museum at the commencement of the Award year.
5. Any major plant or equipment purchased with Award money remains the property of the Australian Museum and must be returned to the Museum at the closure of the Award year.

The Australian Museum gratefully acknowledges Anne and Kel Geddes for their generous sponsorship of the Postgraduate Awards for 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Applications: Applications should include a summary statement of the student's academic record. Where necessary, the university-based supervisor may be consulted regarding the student's quality and ability.

Applications for funding between July 2014 and June 2015 are now closed.  

Download the Application Form

Application checklist:

  • Completed application form.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and the names and contact details of at least two referees.
  • Summary statement of academic record/transcript.
  • Statement of support from an Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) staff member. 
  • One hardcopy and one electronic copy (via email) of the documents listed above must be sent to:

Maxine Kauter
Program Coordinator, Science & Learning and AMRI
6 College Street, Sydney NSW 2010
Tel: 61 2 9320 6457
Email Maxine

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