Grant categories

Nature Foundation offers grants in a number of categories:

  • Grand Start Grants for Honours, Masters and PhD students
  • Nature Foundation Scientific Expedition Foundation RL & GK Willing Grant for Honours students
  • Roy and Marjory Edwards Scholarship for Masters and PhD students
  • Mike Bull Award for Early Career Nature Scientists
  • Research Project Grants
  • Community Grants.

Not all categories of grants may be on offer during each grant round.

Honours Year Grand Start Grants

Each Honours Year Grand Start Scholarship provides a grant of up to $2000 for 1 year to assist an Honours student undertaking research. Projects may be field-based or involve non-field-based research such as geographic information system or remote sensing related projects or data analysis.

PhD/Masters Grand Start Grants

Each PhD/Masters Grand Start Scholarship provides a grant of up to $3000 per annum for a maximum of 3 years to assist a PhD/Masters student undertaking research. Each grant recipient must reapply on an annual basis to receive new grants in subsequent years. A decision on whether to continue funding a scholarship will be based on the performance report for the previous year, submitted by the grantee, the comparative merit of other grant applicants, the alignment of the research with Nature Foundation’s science and conservation goals, and the availability of funds.

Nature Foundation Scientific Expedition Foundation RL & GK Willing Grant

The Nature Foundation Scientific Expedition Foundation RL & GK Willing Grant is an annual grant that provides up to $2000 for 1 year to support an Honours student.
 
The student’s research must focus on advancing the understanding of:

  1. Trends in the abundance and distribution of native populations of South Australian fauna and flora; or
  2. Soil, water, geology or climate where it will affect abundance and distribution of native populations of South Australian fauna and flora.

This grant was initiated in 2017 as a partnership between Nature Foundation and the Scientific Expedition Foundation.

Roy and Marjory Edwards Scholarship

The Roy and Marjory Edwards Scholarship provides $12,000 per annum for up to 3 years to support a postgraduate student (PhD or Masters) at an Australian University.
 
The student’s research must fall within the Nature Foundation's objectives and be:

  1. high quality scientific research that makes a significant contribution to the conservation of South Australia's biodiversity; or
  2. in the field of biological science with a view to the resolution of an environmental problem or the conservation of South Australian wildlife.

This scholarship was initiated in 2002 by a generous donation from Mrs Marjory Edwards to establish a perpetual scholarship in conservation biology.

Professor Mike Bull Award

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The Mike Bull Award for Early Career Nature Scientists provides support to a successful applicant to support their emerging careers. Applications are encouraged from across Australia (or more broadly) where the research focus is to the benefit of nature science in Australia.

This Award was established through the Professor Mike Bull Research Fund for Early Career Nature Scientists to continue Mike’s wonderful legacy in animal behaviour, ecology and conservation. Mike was an outstanding scientist and was well known and revered for his mentorship of students.


Research Project Grants

Research Project Grants are provided to support projects that assist South Australian wildlife in the natural environment. Research proposals that align with any of our potential research projects are strongly encouraged. Other specific research priorities may be identified for a particular grant round.

Community Grants

Community Grants are provided to education-based programs involving the interlinking of conservation and science in association with Nature Foundation nature reserves or projects.