Lizard Island Fellowship Program, Australia

The Lizard Island Fellowship is now open. Both Australian and foreign students are welcome to apply. There are two types of awards are now available; Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowship and Ian Potter Doctoral Fellowship. A range of interesting benefits will be given to the winning students which is tenable for maximum three years. To apply, the preliminary application packet must be received no later than 8 September 2017.

Fellowship Description
The Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowship has been funded by the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation since 1984.The Ian Potter Doctoral Fellowship at Lizard Island has been funded by The Ian Potter Foundation since 2006. 

Both Fellowships support field-intensive coral reef research at the Lizard Island Research Station by outstanding PhD students based at any university worldwide. Funding is for field expenses for one, two or three years as required. Salary is not provided. Additional funding may be awarded to Fellows in the second or third year of the Fellowship to present their research at an international conference.

Award Value
Each of the winning candidates may expect to receive the benefits as described as follow:

  • For students enrolled at an Australian university, the maximum value of each 2016 Fellowship is AU$8,500 plus GST per year for up to three years. For students enrolled at overseas universities, the amount includes GST.
  • Overseas students may be awarded an additional $1,000 per year to contribute towards their higher travel costs. Additional funding of up to $4,000 may be awarded to Fellows in the second or third year of funding to present their research at an international conference.

Level and Area of Studies
PhD Research in any subject.

Place of Study
The program will be taken in Australia.

Eligibility and Criteria
All participants will be evaluated based on the given criteria as follow:

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  • Quality of the application, including spelling, grammar, providing information in the required manner, consistency of the funding request with the remaining duration of the PhD, and similar things.
  • The applicant has been accepted into a PhD program by the application date to undertake field-based coral reef research.
  • The applicant has a stipend from a scholarship or other source for the duration of the requested Fellowship period, as at the date of application.
  • The applicant has an excellent academic record.
  • The applicant has high research output in relation to career stage.
  • The project makes good use of LIRS facilities, requiring an average of at least 100 person days at LIRS per year of funding to conduct work that would be more difficult at other research facilities.
  • The applicant has relevant research and field work experience.
  • The project is feasible within the limitations of budget and safety regulations.
  • Efficient usage of Fellowship funds.
  • There is an actual or potential source of additional funding if the Fellowship does not cover all planned costs, or there is a plan for amending the proposal if such additional funding doesn’t become available.

Applicants’ Nationality
There is no nationality restriction.

Application Instruction
The detail guideline of the application procedure can be seen at the website and application link below.

Submission Deadline
8 September 2017.

Website and Application Link

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