AMRI Postgraduate Award

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

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Applications for funding between July 2015 and June 2016 are now open, closing 5pm Friday 17 April 2015.

The Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) focuses on some of today’s major environmental challenges: climate change impacts on biodiversity, the detection and biology of pest species, and understanding what constitutes and influences effective biodiversity conservation. Our research is underpinned by outstanding scientific infrastructure including extensive natural history collections, wildlife genomics and microscopy laboratories, informatics, research library and a coral reef research station at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef.

The award is open to all students enrolled in any postgraduate qualification in a field relevant to the Museum’s Science Strategy. Applications should address AMRI research priorities.

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 AMRI 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.

Selection criteria:

  • Relevance of intended outcomes to the research priorities as set out in the 2014-2017 Science Strategy.
  • Significance of the scientific contribution to the field of interest.
  • Quality and clarity of the proposal.
  • Feasibility of the project as a topic and in light of available resources.
  • Adequacy and reasonableness of the proposed budget.
  • Contribution or significance of the intended outcomes to the broader Australian society.
  • Strength of recommendation from supervisor/s.
  • 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 Dr Rebecca Johnson.

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 Sue Lindsay.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A report on progress within the project must be forwarded to the AMRI at the end of the Award year.
  • Where an AMRI 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.
  • 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.

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 2015 and June 2016 are now open, closing 5pm Friday 17 April, 2015.  

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:

Marcela Pacheco
Executive Assistant to Assistant Director, Science & Learning & Head, Australian Museum Research Institute
6 College Street, Sydney NSW 2010
Tel: 61 2 9320 6106
Email Marcela


Dr Jodi Rowley , Co-ordinator, Australian Museum Research Institute
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