Grant Categories

Nature Foundation offers grants in several categories from Honours and PhD work to early career research and other specific projects.

Painted Dragon; photo A Sinel

2023 Student Research Grants round is NOW CLOSED. Applications will be considered in May and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in June. The next round of funding will be available in March 2024.


Nature Foundation’s grants program provides funding in the following categories:

Not all categories of grants may be on offer during each grant round.

The selection committee will favour research projects that are based on Nature Foundation Reserves and inform conservation management of the threatened fauna and flora species present on those nature reserves.

Early Career Nature Scientists

Mike Bull Award for Early Career Nature Scientists

This award supports the emerging career of a nature scientist. Applications are encouraged from across Australia (or more broadly) where the recipient’s research focus benefits nature science in Australia. Only Australian research institutions are eligible as hosting organisations.

The award includes a medal for academic excellence and a $3000 grant to support the career of the recipient. The grant is to be used to:

  1. Support a research program, including purchase of equipment for field expenses,
  2. Attend a conference or important seminar (including registration fees, flights), and/or
  3. Visit another lab or potential future collaborator.

The selection committee will favour research projects that are based in field work, or which utilise robust field data, aligning with the successful career of Professor Mike Bull. For more information, and to find out if you are eligible, please refer to the Grants Program Guidelines.

To apply for the Mike Bull Award, please submit the following in PDF:

Please submit your application to: [email protected] 

This award was established with the support of Mike's family and colleagues through the Professor Mike Bull Research Fund for Early Career Nature Scientists to continue his important legacy in animal behaviour, ecology and conservation research and mentorship of students.

Honours students

Grand Start Grants

These grants provide up to $2000 for one year to assist an Honours student undertaking research. Projects may be field-based or involve non-field-based research such as geographic information system or remote sensing-related projects or data analysis.

Nature Foundation Scientific Expedition Foundation RL & GK Willing Grant

This annual grant provides up to $2000 for one year to support an Honours student.

The student’s research must focus on:

  1. Trends in the abundance and distribution of native populations of South Australian fauna and flora; or
  2. Soil, water, geology or climate where it will affect abundance and distribution of native populations of South Australian fauna and flora.

This is a partnership between Nature Foundation and Scientific Expedition Foundation.

PhD/Masters students

Grand Start Grants

PhD/Masters Grand Start Scholarships provide grants of up to $3000 per annum for a maximum of three years to assist a PhD/Masters student undertaking research.

Grant recipients must reapply on an annual basis to receive new grants in subsequent years. Continuation of funding a scholarship is based on the performance report submitted by the grantee for the previous year, comparative merit of other grant applicants, alignment of research with Nature Foundation’s science and conservation goals and the availability of funds.

Roy and Marjory Edwards Scholarship 

This scholarship provides up to $12,000 per annum for up to three years to support a student at an Australian university. We welcome applications from current or intending PhD students to investigate the following areas of research interest on Nature Foundation reserves:

This scholarship was initiated in 2002 by a generous donation from Mrs Marjory Edwards to establish a perpetual scholarship in conservation biology.

Next steps

For more information on how to apply for a grant see how to apply for a grant.

To discuss your project idea with Nature Foundation or for any other grant queries, please call 08 8340 2880 or email us.

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