2018 Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships for Australian and International Students


Entries are been submitted for the Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships for Australian and International Students in Australia, and submissions continues  till 8 September 2017 (for preliminary applications).

The Ian Potter Doctoral Fellowship at Lizard Island has been funded by The Ian Potter Foundation since 2006. Both Fellowships support field-intensive coral reef research at the Lizard Island Research Station by outstanding PhD students based at any university worldwide

Level: PhD research program

Field(s): Fellows are outstanding PhD students who conduct field-intensive coral reef research at Lizard Island.

School(Institutions/ Country): Lizard Island |Australia

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships are targeted for Australian and International fellows

Funded By: Australian Museum




Value of Scholarship : For students enrolled at an Australian university, the maximum value of each 2016 Fellowship is AU$8,500 plus GST per year 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. Additional funding of up to $4,000 may be awarded to Fellows in the second or third year of funding to present their research at an international conference.

– Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships  funds must be spent on field work at LIRS including bench fees, travel, freight, and equipment. They may not be used for salary, for living expenses (such as food while at Lizard Island), or to support research or travel by the fellow’s PhD supervisor or any other more senior researcher.


Have what it takes to avail Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships ?

  •  Quality of the application, including spelling, grammar, providing information in the required manner, consistency of the funding request with the remaining duration of the PhD, and similar things.
  •  The applicant has been accepted into a PhD program by the application date to undertake field-based coral reef research.
  •  The applicant has a stipend from a scholarship or other source for the duration of the requested Fellowship period, as at the date of application.
  •  The applicant has an excellent academic record.
  •  The applicant has high research output in relation to career stage.
  •  The project makes good use of LIRS facilities, requiring an average of at least 100 person days at LIRS per year of funding to conduct work that would be more difficult at other research facilities.
  •  The applicant has relevant research and field work experience.
  •  The project is feasible within the limitations of budget and safety regulations.
  • Efficient usage of Fellowship funds.
  • There is an actual or potential source of additional funding if the Fellowship does not cover all planned costs, or there is a plan for amending the proposal if such additional funding doesn’t become available.


Scholarship Application Method

‣ Applications are submitted via electronically.

‣ 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 of sending your application, please contact the Research Station.

Deadline: 8 September 2017 (for preliminary applications), 6 October 2017 (Invitations made to submit full applications) and 20 October 2017 (Closing date for full applications). 30 January 2018-Offer made to successful applicants ; 1 April 2018


Preliminary application form for 2018 fellowships 

Full application form for 2018 fellowships 

Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation

The Ian Potter Foundation

For more Information about Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships

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