AMRI Visiting Collections Fellowship

The AMRI Visiting Collection Fellowship offers researchers up to $8,000 to work with significant collections at the Australian Museum.

Joseph's coat moth

Joseph's coat moth
Photographer: David Britton © Australian Museum

Applications for funding between July 2015 and June 2016 are now closed.

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 AMRI Visiting Collections Fellowship is open to researchers working in a field relevant to the Museum’s Science Strategy. Applications should address AMRI research priorities.

Selection Criteria:

  • Significance of the scientific contribution to the collection of interest
  • Significant research into collections held by the Museum for which there is no resident staff specialist
  • Clear and appropriate budget
  • The project enhances the respective collections and collection data or places the collection within a new field
  • Relevance of intended outcomes to the research priorities as set out in the 2014-2017 Science Strategy.
  • Experience of the applicant relevant to his or her proposed activities

The maximum amount of the fellowship is $8,000 to assist with living costs, travel and research expenses. The maximum duration of the fellowship is 12 months. 

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 Lindsday.

Salary and stipend: the successful applicant cannot use any of the awarded amounts to pay salary or stipend. A statement on letterhead from an applicant's employer certifying that his or her salary or stipend and associated expenses will be paid by that institution during the tenure of the fellowship must accompany the application.

Applicants are advised to liaise with the relevant Australian Museum Collection Manager when planning their project. Application forms must be signed by that Collection Manager.

If you require assistance in contacting an appropriate AM staff member please contact Marcela Pacheco

Download the Application Form


Application checklist:

  • Completed application form, signed by the associated collection manager.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and the names and contact details of at least two referees.
  • A statement on letterhead from your employer certifying that your salary or stipend and associated expenses will be paid during the tenure of the fellowship.

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

Applications for funding between July 2015 and June 2016 are now closed.

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