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Applications for funding are now OPEN until 5pm, 30 June 2020.

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

Research fellows must be nominated by an AMRI staff member who is the leader of a research project. The fellowship is offered to researchers intending to work across any of the museum’s collections including cultural, anthropological as well as the natural science collections. This fellowship is proudly funded by the Australian Museum Foundation.

Research Fellows are chosen for the skills, knowledge and/or expertise they bring to a specific project. Proposals must aim to further the museum's research priorities as set out in the Australian Museum's 2017 - 2021 Science Strategy. Applications should address AMRI research priorities.


Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated link with AM collaborator
  • Relevance of intended outcomes to the research priorities (science clouds) as set out in the 2017 - 2021 Science Strategy
  • Significance of the scientific contribution to the field of study
  • Quality and clarity of the proposal
  • The extent to which the proposal provides the museum with access to research skills or knowledge that are not available on site
  • Clear and appropriate budget
  • Quality of the applicant’s research track record.

The maximum amount of the fellowship is $8,000 to assist with living costs, travel and research expenses (e.g. bench fees and specialist analyses). The fellowship amount does not cover administration overheads that may be applied by your institution. Applicants must note that the budget put forward when applying will be used as a measure of selection alongside merit. Please also note 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 awarded amounts 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 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;
  • Completed application form, accompanied by a statement of support by the nominating AMRI researcher;
  • 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; 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

Tel: 61 2 9320 6462
Email Meagan

Applications for funding are now OPEN until 5pm, Tuesday 30 June 2020.

Fellowships that are awarded in the 2020/21 round (for visits to the AM between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021) may be deferred if the scheduled visit is disrupted due to COVID-19.