Australian Conservation Taxonomy Award - for young scientists
The Australian Conservation Taxonomy Awards are designed to foster research by young scientists into important taxonomic problems that have significant implications for conservation in Australia. The Nature Conservancy created these awards, thanks to generous support from The Thomas Foundation. Initially (2012 and 2013) the awards supported plant systematics, but for 2014, 2015 and 2016 there will be separate Botany and Zoology awards each year.
Both the Botany and Zoology awards include $5000 toward research costs. The Botany award also includes up to $2000 to assist with attendance at two ASBS conferences. Judging of awards will be done by The Nature Conservancy with the assistance of the ASBS Research Committee (Botany Award) and Society of Australian Systematic Biologists (Zoology Award).
Applications for an Australian Conservation Taxonomy Award are welcomed from all current financial members of the Australasian Systematic Botany Society (Botany Award) or Society of Australian Systematic Biologists (Zoology Award). Applicants must either be currently enrolled as postgraduate research students or planning to enrol in a postgraduate research degree within twelve months of the closing date for applications. The project must contribute to Australian systematic botany (including plants, cryptogams, macrofungi and algae) or zoology, must be carried out within Australia, and must have relevance to a conservation issue.
Applications will be assessed on the quality of the applicant and the proposed project. The project should have a clearly-defined scope and preferably result in a publication.