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The 2021/22 applications are now open. The applications will close at 5 pm on Tuesday 22 June 2021.


The Australian Museum has a major project to digitise the natural history collections over the next 10 years. As part of this, in order to make the collection more discoverable digitally, we are seeking to improve the taxonomic description of parts of the collection for which the Museum does not have access to in-house expertise. This year, the AM welcomes applicants with a focus on particular target groups, as listed in the indicative taxonomic groups below. These areas will be prioritised in rankings of applications.

Please note that applications are open to domestic applicants to visit the Australian Museum. Given the current circumstances that restrict travel internationally, and the low likelihood of change in the near future, the AM is prepared to consider international applicants who believe that they can assist with the priorities above remotely via institutional loans, images or other solutions.


  • Arachnology

    • Acari (mites and ticks).
    • Pseudoscorpiones (false scorpion or book scorpions).
    • Opiliones (harvestmen).
    • Chilopoda (centipedes).
  • Herpetology

    • Larval amphibians (Lissamphibia) and geckos (suborder Gekkota).
  • Ichthyology

    • Trawl fishes of Australia’s East coast and NW Shelf.
    • Aulopiformes (lizardfishes and allies).
    • Trachichthyidae (slimeheads).
    • Scorpaeniformes (mail-cheeked fishes).
  • Malacology

    • Systellommatophora (Eupulmonata: Gastropoda).
    • Hypsogastropoda (Caenogastropoda: Gastropoda).
    • Cephalopoda (marine molluscs).
    • Brachiopoda (lamp shells).
    • Autobranchia (Bivalves).
  • Marine Invertebrates

    • Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea (brittle stars); Echinoidea (sea urchins); Asteroidea (sea stars).
    • Crustacea: Caridea (shrimp); Paguroidea (hermit crabs); Cirripedia (barnacles); Tanaidacea (tanaids).
    • Bryozoa (lace corals).
    • Cnidaria: Octocorallia (sea fans, soft corals etc); Actiniaria (anemones).
    • Tunicata (sea squirts).
    • Porifera (sponges).
    • Cnidaria: Scleractinia (stony corals).

AMF/AMRI Postgraduate Award

The AMRI Postgraduate Award offers local postgraduate students up to $2,500 and international postgraduate students up to $4,000 to work directly with the Museum and become involved in its research activities. Applications for funding between July 2021 and June 2022 are now open.

Please also note that honours students are welcome to apply however they will be judged against all postgraduate students.



AMF/AMRI Visiting Research Fellowship

The AMRI Visiting Research Fellowship offers researchers up to $8,000 to visit and work as collaborators in research projects with Australian Museum Scientists. Applications for funding between July 2021 and June 2022 are now open.



AMF/AMRI Visiting Collection Fellowship

The AMRI Visiting Collection Fellowship offers researchers up to $8,000 to visit and work with significant collections held by the Australian Museum. Applications for funding between July 2021 and June 2022 are now open.



Peter Rankin Trust Fund for Herpetology

The Peter Rankin Trust Fund for Herpetology provides up to $1,000 to herpetological projects in Australia. Applications for funding between July 2021 and June 2022 are now open.



Leo Fleischmann Visiting Fellowship in Pacific Islands Arts and Material Culture

The Leo Fleischmann Fellowship is offered every two years and gives researchers up to $2,500 to conduct research on the art and material culture of the Pacific Islands. Applications are closed.

Please visit the website in 2022 for more information on this fellowship.


Chadwick Biodiversity Fellowship

The Australian Museum's Chadwick Biodiversity Fellowship provides an exciting opportunity for a recent PhD graduate to establish a career in biodiversity research. More information will be made available in due course.


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