AMF/AMRI Postgraduate Award 2020 for Students and Researchers (up to $4,000)

AMF/AMRI Postgraduate Award 2020 for Students and Researchers (up to $4,000)

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Applications are open for the AMF/AMRI Postgraduate Award 2020. The AMRI Postgraduate Award offers local postgraduate students up to $2,500 and international postgraduate students up to $4,000 to work directly with the Museum and become involved in its research activities.

The AMRI/AMF Postgraduate Awards are available to both Australian and International students and researchers who are interested in collaborating with the Australian Museum on their extensive collections or work with one or more of their researchers.


The Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) focuses on some of today’s major environmental challenges: climate change impacts on biodiversity, the detection and biology of pest species, and understanding what constitutes and influences effective biodiversity conservation.

Their research is underpinned by outstanding scientific infrastructure including extensive natural history collections, wildlife genomics and microscopy laboratories, informatics and a coral reef research station at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef.

Applications should address AMRI research priorities.

Students are encouraged to apply to orientate their applications towards any of the Museum’s collections and research programs including cultural and anthropological as well as natural science collections.

Students must be supervised by an AMRI research scientist or collection manager while pursuing a postgraduate degree. Students are encouraged to spend time at the Museum as part of their research program.


  • The maximum amount of the fellowship is $2,500 for local applicants and $4,000 for international applicants to assist with living costs, travel and research expenses.
  • The award amount does not cover administration overheads that may be applied by your institution. The recommended duration is six weeks for doctoral candidates and less for lower degrees. Applicants must note that the budget put forward will be used as a measure for selection alongside merit. Please be aware that no more than $1,500 per week can be provided for per diem costs and that your budgeting of such items must remain competitive with other applicants.


  • Open to all students enrolled in any postgraduate qualification in a field relevant to the Australian Museum’s 2017-2021 Science Strategy.
  • Applications should address AMRI research priorities.


  • Relevance of intended outcomes to the research priorities (science clouds) as set out in the 2017-2021 Science Strategy
  • Significance of the scientific contribution to the field of interest
  • Quality and clarity of the proposal
  • Feasibility of the project as a topic and in light of available resources
  • Adequacy and reasonableness of the proposed budget
  • Contribution or significance of the intended outcomes to the broader Australian society.
  • Strength of recommendation from supervisor/s
  • Quality of the student’s summary academic record.


  • Read and understood the Terms and Conditions of the Award;
  • Completed application form;
  • Curriculum vitae, including a summary statement of academic record/transcript;
  • Statement of support for your application from your institution; and
  • Statement of support from an Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) staff member.

To apply, fill in the electronic application form. Save the completed form and attach it and accompanying documentation to an email addressed to: [email protected].

One (1) electronic copy should be submitted by 5pm Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Fellowships that are awarded in the 2020/21 round (for visits to the AM between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021) may be deferred if the scheduled visit is disrupted due to COVID-19.

Click here to complete the application form

For more information, visit AMF/AMRI Postgraduate Award.