Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships
Two fellowships provide funding for field work by PhD students who plan to conduct field-intensive coral reef research at Lizard Island.
The Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowship and The Ian Potter Fellowship at Lizard Island provide financial support for field-intensive coral reef research at the Lizard Island Research Station by outstanding PhD students. Funding is for field expenses over one to three years; salary is not provided. Applications are assessed by a panel of Australian Museum scientists with input from external reviewers.
The Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowship has been funded by the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation since 1984.
The Ian Potter Doctoral Fellowship at Lizard Island has been funded by The Ian Potter Foundation since 2006.
A single application will be considered for both fellowships.
For students enrolled at an Australian university, the maximum value of each 2013 Fellowship is AU$24,000 plus GST (AU$8,000 per annum for up to three years). For students enrolled at overseas universities, the amount includes GST. Overseas students may be awarded an additional $1,000 per year to contribute towards their higher travel costs.
Fellowship funds must be spent on bench fees at LIRS and other expenses involved in fieldwork at Lizard Island including travel, freight, and equipment. Fellowship funds may not be used for living expenses (including food while at Lizard Island) or for salary. The fellowship may not be used to support research or travel by the fellow's PhD supervisor or any other senior researcher except as outlined below.
Conditions of Award
- The fellow must conduct field-intensive research at the Lizard Island Research Station (LIRS) for an average of at least 100 person days per year of funding. Most projects require at least one assistant so this usually means that the fellow and an assistant must both work at LIRS for an average of at least 50 days per year. Bench fees at the current applicable rate must be paid to LIRS for these visits. If an average of 100 person days per year are not used by the end of the fellowship period, an amount equal to the value of the unused days at the student rate must be returned to LIRS.
- The first field trip using fellowship funding should not be planned to start before April 2013.
- If the fellow's supervisor or any other senior researcher wishes to accompany the fellow on field trips to Lizard Island, fellowship funds may not be used to cover any of that person's travel costs. They may be used to pay bench fees for the supervisor or other senior researcher at the student assistant's rate for up to 5 days over the life of the fellow's project, providing that the senior person is actually assisting the fellow on those days rather than conducting his/her own research. Bench fees for any additional days spent at LIRS by the senior researcher must be paid at the current rate applicable to researchers and that amount may not be paid from fellowship funds.
- Each year during a field trip, the fellow is required to make an oral presentation at LIRS about his/her research.
- A progress report must be submitted each year, including details of expenditure and revised budget estimates for the coming year(s). Subsequent funding depends upon suitable progress.
- Any funds unspent at the end of each fellowship year must be returned to LIRS unless the LIRS directors approve carry-over arrangements.
- A bound copy of the Fellow's thesis must be lodged in the Station's library.
- Relevance of the research program to the Australian Museum's Science Research Strategy.
- Acceptance of the applicant into a PhD program to undertake field-based coral reef research.
- Stipend from a scholarship or other source for the duration of the Fellowship.
- The applicant's academic and research record.
- Evidence that the applicant has relevant research and fieldwork experience.
- A project that is field-intensive, requiring an average of at least 100 person days at LIRS per year of funding.
- A project that will make a significant contribution to knowledge.
- Feasibility of the proposed research within the limitations of budget and safety regulations.
- Substantial and efficient usage of LIRS.
- Efficient usage of fellowship funds.
- If the fellowship does not cover all planned costs, evidence that additional funding is available or a contingency plan for amending the project if it doesn't become available.
Preliminary applications must be submitted on the form provided (see link below), as an email attachment in Word or rich text format using the font settings in the original form.
Preliminary applications will be assessed against selection criteria 1 - 7. Highly ranked preliminary applicants will be invited to submit a full application.
Invited full applications
Full applications will only be accepted from people who have been invited to submit. Full applications must be submitted on the form provided (see link below), as an email attachment in Word or rich text format using the font settings in the original form. Use photographs and other illustrations only if essential. The completed form including any illustrations must be less than 350 KB.
Full applications must be supported by a letter from the head of the university department where the applicant will be enrolled. The letter must support the research proposal, including the proposed field work at Lizard Island. The letter must be sent by mail, fax or by email as a pdf.
Information for completing applications
To assist in preparing your application, please consult other sections of this web site to learn about LIRS facilities and the number of assistants you will need to bring to comply with the Station's scuba diving and boating regulations. Indicative costs for bench fees, travel between Cairns and Lizard Island, and barge freight are provided below for planning purposes only - please use these rates when preparing your budget estimates.
Budgets must be calculated differently by applicants based at Australian and overseas universities due to their differing tax status. Australian students can plan expenditure of Fellowship funds of up to $8,800 per year including GST. Overseas students can plan to spend only $8,000 per year including GST. Note that overseas students may be awarded an additional $1,000 per year to contribute towards their higher travel costs. International airfares are not subject to GST.
|Indicative rates including GST (AUD)||2013||2014||2015|
|Bench fee (per person per night)
|Airfare, Cairns/Lizard Island/Cairns||$590||$600||$610|
|Barge freight, Cairns/ Lizard Island
(per piece, large grocery box size)
|28 September 2012||Closing date for preliminary applications|
|19 October 2012||Invitations made to submit full applications|
|9 November 2012||Closing date for full applications|
|31 January 2013||Offer made to successful applicants|
|1 April 2013||Funds available to begin field work at Lizard Island|
Late applications and those in which word and page allowances are exceeded will not be considered. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by return e-mail. If you do not receive acknowledgement within three working days after sending your application, please contact the Research Station.
Dr Lyle Vail and Dr Anne Hoggett, Directors
Lizard Island Research Station
PMB 37 CAIRNS QLD 4870
Phone: + 61 7 4060-3977
Dr Anne Hoggett , Director, Lizard Island Research Station