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FAQs and instructions for Jill Landsberg Trust Fund Scholarship applicants

The Jill Landsberg Trust Fund Scholarship

A grant of $6,000 will be awarded to support the field-based research of a postgraduate student working in applied ecology. The scope of research is open to terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecology.

Conditions of the award

Applicants must be enrolled as a postgraduate research student at an Australian university, and be a member of the Ecological Society of Australia. If you are not already a member, you can join the Society at the same time as submitting your application. Become a member of the Ecological Society of Australia.

Applications uploaded without both supervisor and end-user references will not be considered (so line up your referees early).

The successful applicant must be able to attend the ESA annual conference in the year of the award to accept the grant, and the following year to present their work as the “Jill Landsberg Applied Ecology Student Paper”. To assist with attendance at these conferences, the Trust will provide a travel support grant of up to $4,000. Travel, accommodation and conference registration will be organised by ESA.

A subcommittee of the Jill Landsberg Trust will decide on the award of the grant. The decision of the sub-committee is final. The Fund trustees include: David Gillieson, Sue McIntyre, Richard Hobbs, Jacqui Stol and representatives of the Ecological Society of Australia Board.

 

Frequently asked questions


Can I apply for both Jill Landsberg and The Nature Conservancy Scholarships?
Yes, you can! The application process is similar for both so it can be worthwhile to put your project in for both awards. However, you can only win ONE of these awards.

Do I need to be a current member of ESA to be eligible to apply?
You do need to be a current member of the ESA to apply BUT if you are not already a member you can submit your application for membership online at the same time as your application submission. As long as you have submitted your membership application and paid your subscription fee your application will be accepted. Confirmation of your membership will be sent at a later date.

Am I eligible if my fieldwork is based overseas?
Applications are open to any student who is currently enrolled in a postgraduate programme at an Australian University and is a financial member of ESA. This means that if your research is based outside of Australia or if you live outside of Australia but still meet these two criteria you are eligible to apply. If your research has relevance to Australian ecology, including this information can only strengthen your application.

Is there a word/page limit on the application?

Applicants should use the word template provided to structure their application. There is no word limit but applications are restricted to a 4 page limit overall NOT including references.

Do I need to include references in the project description?
Yes. This award is based on assessment by a committee of ecologists considering the merits of a postgraduate project in applied ecology. The summary of your project should therefore be presented as a sound scientific document as well as selling the merits of your expected research outcomes.

How much detail do I need to provide in the budget?
The purpose of this section is to indicate specifically how you would apply the $6000 grant to your project and how these funds would improve research outcomes eg broaden the scope, extend time in the field, improved data collection etc. This can be done as part of a complete project budget but the application of JLTF funds needs to be clearly identified.

Who do I contact for more information?
Gail Spina: executiveofficer@ecolsoc.org.au