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

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.


  • Peter Rankin and Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps), Northern Territory
    Peter Rankin and Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps), Northern Territory Image: Steve Wilson
    © Steve Wilson
  • Exmouth spiny-tailed gecko (Strophurus rankini), Western Australia.
    Exmouth spiny-tailed gecko (Strophurus rankini), Western Australia. Image: Steve Wilson
    © Steve Wilson


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.

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 5 pm, 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.