Funding Opportunities

We are always keen to chat about ways we can support great ideas and do more science! This page is designed to make it easy to find some of the funding opportunities for salaries and/or research to come and work with us in the Umbers Lab. There are many more than these, this is just a start. An even more excellent resource is the Keogh Lab website. To find out about the current projects on offer, visit the Projects Available page or just drop Kate a line.


Postdoctoral Fellowships

Australian Research Council - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
The DECRA is a national postdoc scheme and is awarded each year to researchers less than five years out of their PhD. It is highly prestigious and includes salary plus research funding for three years.
LINK: http://www.arc.gov.au/discovery-early-career-researcher-award

Science Industry Endowment Fund - John Stocker Postdoctoral Fellowships
LINK: http://www.sief.org.au/FundingActivities/Fellowships.html

Human Frontier Science Program
Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) are for applicants with a Ph.D. in a biological discipline, who will broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous Ph.D. or postdoctoral work.
Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF) are for applicants with a Ph.D. from outside the life sciences (e.g. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences), who have had limited exposure to biology during their previous training.
LINK: http://www.hfsp.org/funding/postdoctoral-fellowships/guidelines

Australian Biological Resources Study Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Research Grants stream provides support to Postdoctoral Fellows and established career researchers to undertake research relevant to the taxonomy and systematics of the Australian biota.
LINK: http://www.environment.gov.au/science/abrs/grants/research-grants

Branco Weiss Fellowships
his research fellowship is designed to support postdoctoral researchers after their PhD and before their first faculty appointment. Those in current postdoctoral positions are also eligible. Ideally, fellows pursue unconventional projects in new areas of science, engineering and social sciences.
LINK: http://www.society-in-science.org/

Endeavor Awards
Australian Government, Department of Education and Training: For researchers from almost any country to visit Australia for 4-6 months to carry out a research project or gain professional development.
LINK:  https://internationaleducation.gov.au/Endeavour%20program/Scholarships-and-Fellowships/Pages/default.aspx


PhD & Masters Scholarships

PhD & Masters Scholarships Western Sydney in the School of Science & Health and the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury supports a range of research scholarships for Masters and PhDs including the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) for domestic students and International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) for international students. In addition, WSU offers the Western Sydney Postgraduate Research Award (UWSPRA) with $7000 per year research funding. WSU offers a $10 000 stipend top-up scheme for their highest ranked students as well as generous project funding. Applications are usually due towards the ends of June and October each year.
Masters & PhD Research and Scholarships in the School of Science & Health at Western Sydney University
LINK: http://www.westernsydney.edu.au/graduate_research_school/grs/scholarships
Masters & PhD Research and Scholarships in the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University:
LINK: http://www.uws.edu.au/hie/opportunities

ABRS Postgraduate top-ups Australian Biological Resources Study
$10 000 for honours, masters and APA students.
$5000 awards are also available for non-salaried researchers
LINK: http://www.environment.gov.au/science/abrs/grants/capacity-building-grants

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship (non-Australian applicants only)T
he Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship provides financial support for international applicants to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a Masters or PhD level either by coursework or research in any field in Australia for up to four years.
LINK: https://internationaleducation.gov.au/Endeavour%20program/Scholarships-and-Fellowships/Pages/default.aspx

Elite Editing Thesis Writing Scholarships for writing up your thesis
LINK: http://www.eliteediting.com.au/scholarship.aspx?utm_source=Scholarship2015&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=14


Research Project Funding - Small Grants (< $5000, some student only)

Australian Wildlife Society: http://www.australianwildlife.net.au/grant_university.html

Joyce Vickery Fund, NSW Linnean Society: http://linneansocietynsw.org.au/

Ethel Mary Read Grant, NSW Royal Zoological Society: http://rzsnsw.org.au/

Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour: http://www.assab.org/student-grants/

Australian Society for Herpetologists: http://www.australiansocietyofherpetologists.org/research-grants/

Australian Ecological Society: http://www.ecolsoc.org.au/students/awards-and-grants

Australian Geographic Society: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/society/sponsorship/2013/11/apply-for-sponsorship

Rural Industries honeybee research grants:  http://www.rirdc.gov.au/for-researchers

Margaret Middleton Fund, Australian Academy of Science: https://www.science.org.au/margaret-middleton-fund-endangered-australian-native-vertebrate-animals-0

Sigma XI Grants in Aid of Research: https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/grants-in-aid

The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology http://www.sicb.org/students/awards.php3

Paddy Pallin Foundation Science Grants: http://www.paddypallinfoundation.org.au/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=69&Itemid=84


Research Project Funding - Large Grants (>>$5000)

Australian Research Council - Discovery Projects: http://www.arc.gov.au/ncgp/dp/dp_default.htm

Australian Research Council - Linkage Projects: http://www.arc.gov.au/linkage-projects

Saving our Species partnerships grants program: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/sospartnerships.htm

Ian Potter Foundation: http://www.ianpotter.org.au/

Australian Biological Resources Study: http://www.environment.gov.au/science/abrs/grants

Mohammed Bin Sayed Conservation Grants:  http://www.speciesconservation.org/grants/

Human Frontier Science Program Grants: http://www.hfsp.org/funding/research-grants/information-and-guidelines


Travel Funding (come for the conference, stay for more science!)

Travel to the Australian Society for Herpetologists conference: http://www.australiansocietyofherpetologists.org/travel-grants/

Travel to the Australian Ecological Society's Conference: https://www.ecolsoc.org.au/students/awards-and-grants/student-travel-grants

Australian Biological Resources Study student travel grants: http://www.environment.gov.au/science/abrs/grants/bursaries

Godfrey Hewitt Mobility Award too visit a lab anywhere! Come and visit!: http://eseb.org/prizes-funding/godfrey-hewitt-mobility-award/


Short Term Research Project Funding opportunities for students that include salary

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment Summer Scholarships: $3000 tax-free stipend for a WSU undergraduate students to take part in a research project over the summer break. https://www.uws.edu.au/hie/opportunities/hie_summer_scholarships#tabs-2

WSU Undergraduate Student Research Project: Undergraduate students at WSU can apply for a $3500 scholarship to undertake a small research project on offer from the University. http://www.uws.edu.au/dvcresearch/dvc_research/uws_student_research_program2

Endeavor Awards - Australian Government, Department of Education and Training: For researchers from almost any country to visit Australia for 4-6 months to carry out a research project or gain professional development. https://internationaleducation.gov.au/Endeavour%20program/Scholarships-and-Fellowships/Pages/default.aspx

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Research Grants: For pilot / small studies on Animal Behaviour for members of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour: http://asab.nottingham.ac.uk/grants/research.php

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes - National Science Foundation (US) & Australian Academy of Sciences: For US postgraduate students to spend 8 weeks of the northern hemisphere summer in one of several countries in Australia, New Zealand and East Asia.

Scholarships for Students from USA to visit Australia: https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/usa/australian-education/scholarships/other-usa-scholarships

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust for British or Australian Citizens to travel anywhere: http://www.wcmt.org.uk, https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/