Applications for funding are now OPEN until 5pm, 26 April 2019.

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 and a coral reef research station at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef.

The AMF/AMRI Visiting Collections Fellowship is open to researchers working in a field relevant to the AM’s Science Strategy. Applications should address AMRI research priorities. This Visiting Fellowship is generously funded by the Australian Museum Foundation (AMF).

Selection Criteria:

  • Significance of the scientific contribution to the Australian Museum 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 2017-2021 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 fellowship amount does not cover administration overheads that may be applied by your institution. Please note that the budget put forward will be used as a measure of selection alongside merit. Applicants must also acknowledge that no more than $1,500 per week can be provided for per diem costs and that your budgeting of such items must remain competitive with other applicants. The maximum duration of the fellowship is 12 months.

ACWG (DNA) Facilities: If you plan to use the AM’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 David Alquezar, Manager, ACWG.

Salary and stipend: the successful applicant cannot use any of the Award 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 AM Collection Manager when planning their project. Application forms must be signed by that Collection Manager.

Successful candidates are responsible for arranging their own travel and visas (if required)

If you require assistance in contacting an appropriate AM staff member please contact Alexandra Durham



Application checklist:

  • Read and understand the Terms and Conditions of the Fellowship;
  • Complete 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; and
  • 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 electronic copy (via email) of the documents listed above must be sent to:

Alexandra Durham
AMRI & External Partnership Support, Science & Learning, Australian Museum Research Institute
Tel: 61 2 9320 6462
Email Alexandra

Applications for funding are now OPEN until 5pm, 26 April 2019.