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Applications for the 2023/24 year 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 and a coral reef research station at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef.

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
  • 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.

Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics (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 awarded amounts to pay salary or stipend. A statement on letterhead from an applicant's employer certifying that their salary or stipend and associated expenses will be paid by that institution during the tenure of the fellowships must accompany the application.

Applicants are advised to liaise with the relevant AM research project leader when preparing their application. Application forms must be accompanied by a statement of support by that AM researcher. Successful candidates are responsible for arranging their own travel and visas (if required).

Application checklist:

  • Read and understand the Terms and Conditions of the Fellowship;
  • Complete and submit the application form;
  • Submit a Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and the names and contact details of at least two referees;
  • Provide a Statement of support from an Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) staff member; 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; or
  • If the applicant is a student, a signed statement of support for your request signed by the applicant's University Supervisor and Head of University Department, including an undertaking that the Department will administer the funds.

One electronic copy (via email) of the documents listed above must be sent to:

Meagan Warwick
AMRI & External Partnerships Coordinator
Australian Museum Research Institute
Email AMRI.