Awards & prizes

Applied Forest Ecology Scholarship - Honours/Masters Grant Opportunity



The ESA and an anonymous donor are providing an Honours or Masters level student scholarship in the field of applied forest conservation science.  The scholarship supports a student conducting research into issues important to the management and sustainability of forests. Projects commencing in either first OR second semester 2017 will be considered.

The scholarship amount is $3500, of which $2000 is to fund research costs and up to $1500 is to cover travel, registration and accommodation costs for the successful applicant to attend the ESA annual conference to present the findings of their research. Applicants for this scholarship must fill in an application form and provide a brief (2 pages max.) description of their project and how it contributes to the sustainability of forest ecosystems (see below).

The award covers terrestrial and freshwater ecology, and is open to both field and lab based work. Projects which include social or economic components are welcome. Preference will be given to projects addressing conservation of broad suites of species or ecosystem processes rather than studies of single focal species.


Applicants must be

  • accepted into an honours or masters research program at an Australian University. A research project must constitute at least 30% of that program,
  • working on a project that relates to an Australian forest conservation issue,
  • able to attend the 2017 ESA Annual conference, and
  • a member of the Ecological Society of Australia.

Applications must include the following:

1. Description of the proposed applied conservation research, including background and aims, significance, methods and outcomes (maximum two pages).  This description should include:

  • A title
  • An explanation of how the award would add significantly to the planned project, and how the research will facilitate an improved understanding of ecological responses of Australia's forest biota to the impacts of humans and/or facilitate the improved management or protection of Australia's forest biodiversity.
  • Applicants should be able to describe their project clearly and simply to a wide audience (remember that the judges will not necessarily share your specialist expertise in entomology/marine biology/fire ecology etc).
  • You should include citations of previous relevant work in your application, to show how your proposed research advances the field. The reference list does not count as part of the two pages. Use a standard reference format (e.g. you could use the style of Austral Ecology).
  • Make sure you clearly spell out the implications of your work for conservation.
  • The judges will not read past the 2 page limit, so be concise.

2. Proposed budget for the grant, including a clear justification for each item of expenditure (maximum one page);

3. A one page reference from the student's supervisor.

4. A one page assessment of the significance of the proposed research either from an ecologist who is not involved in the project, or from a representative of a relevant end-user organisation, e.g. a partner organisation in the research (preferred).

The application (including the references) must be uploaded as a single PDF document. Applications that do not include references will not be considered. We will not give extensions for late referees reports, so line up your referees early.