The Peter Rankin Trust Fund for Herpetology is an Australia-wide fund which seeks to provide small grants-in-aid to herpetological projects. The Fund was established in 1979 to commemorate the memory of Peter Rankin, a young herpetologist who died accidentally while collecting in New Caledonia shortly after having graduated from university.

The Fund makes awards annually to a total of approximately $3,000 ($1,000 per award) to a budding herpetological researcher. Contributions to the invested capital of the Fund are continually being sought by the Committee overseeing the Fund. Contributions are tax deductable. Students and researchers without an ABN must ensure that their institution are able to administer the money received from the Fund - see terms and conditions of award.

Applications will be considered in any of the following categories:

  • private
  • honours student
  • postgraduate student

Individual grants will range to a maximum of $1,000. Projects (including field-work) must be conducted in Australia.

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



This application form must be used. The application should be brief and concise but with enough detail to allow the proposal to be evaluated.

In accepting an award, successful applicants will thereby agree to the following:

  • To comply with all State and Commonwealth fauna regulations
  • To submit a brief report within one month of the completion date
  • To acknowledge the Peter Rankin Trust Fund for Herpetology in any publications

Applications should be sent via email to:

Alexandra Durham
AMRI & External Partnership Support, Science & Learning,
Australian Museum Research Institute
Email Alexandra

Any questions should be directed to Alexandra Durham

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