ABRS Capacity-Building Grants

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ABRS Capacity-Building Grants

The Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) within the National Taxonomy Research Grant Program offers Capacity-Building grants in Australia. The ABRS offers Honours scholarships, Masters scholarships and APA Top-Ups for pursuing PhD program under these grants. For Honors’, master’s scholarship and Australian postgraduate award (APA) top-up, applicants must hold Australian citizenship or have permanent residency status while for non-salaried researcher grant, applicants may be non-Australian citizens. Application should be submitted till 1 November 2013.
 
Study Subject(s): The research project of applicants must be focused on taxonomy or systematics analysis and address the 
ABRS Research Priorities: Biodiversity, conservation and vulnerable and endangered Species, public, plant and animal health and building taxonomic capacity.
Course Level: The 
ABRS offers Honours Scholarships, Masters Scholarships and APA Top-Ups for pursuing PhD program under the Capacity-Building Grants stream of the Program at an Australian institution.
Scholarship Provider: The Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)
Scholarship can be taken at: Australia
 
Eligibility: -Applicants submitting a grant for the 2014/2015 round using this application form MUST address each question completely. Failure to address every question may result in your application being ineligible.  (Note: some questions are not relevant to non-salaried researchers and do not need to be completed).
-Applicants submitting a grant for the 2014/2015 round MUST use this form when submitting an application.  If an incorrect form or a form from a previous year is used, your application will be considered ineligible.
-Honours Scholarship, Masters Scholarship and Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Top-Up applicants must hold Australian citizenship, or have permanent residency status. Non-salaried researcher grant applicants may be non-Australian citizens.
-Honours and Masters Scholarship applicants must have at least one year (from the closing date of applications – i.e. from 1 November 2013) of study remaining to apply.
-Scholarship and non-salaried researcher grant applicants must not be receiving another equivalent major award, scholarship or salary to undertake the same project.
-APA Top-Up applicants must have applied for an APA that commences in 2014. (Evidence of an APA and enrollment must be provided to the ABRS prior to the ABRS awarding the Top-Up to successful applicants, e.g. February 2014.)
-APA Top-Up applicants must be enrolled as full-time students. Honours and Masters Scholarship applicants may be enrolled part-time.
-Non-salaried researcher grants are available only to experienced researchers who are not employed professionally as taxonomists or biologists (experienced researcher is defined as a researcher with more than 10 years experience).
-The proposed research for all Honours and Masters Scholarship and APA Top-up applicants must be undertaken at an Australian institution.
-If you are a non-salaried researcher and not affiliated with an institution please indicate this on your application and speak to the ABRS Grants and Business Officer prior to submission.
 
Scholarship Open for International Students: Honours, master’s scholarship and Australian postgraduate award (APA) top-up applicants must hold Australian citizenship, or have permanent residency status. Non-salaried researcher grant applicants may be non-Australian citizens.
 
Scholarship Description: The National Taxonomy Research Grant Program (NTRGP) focuses on support for training and/or recruitment of taxonomists, especially for research on critical taxonomic groups. The ABRS offers Honours Scholarships, Masters Scholarships and APA Top-Ups under the Capacity-Building Grants stream of the Program. The ABRS is offering applicants starting a PhD on an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) in 2014 the opportunity to top up the existing APA rate ($24 653 in 2013) by $10 000 per year. The PhD research project of applicants must be focused on taxonomy or systematics analysis and address the ABRS Research Priorities. At least $5 000 of the Top-Up must be used to supplement research costs, with up to $5 000 of the Top-Up used to supplement living costs. Evidence of an APA and enrollment will need to be provided to the ABRS by 31 January, or with the acceptance of the grant.
 
Number of award(s): Not Known
 
Duration of award(s): Scholarship is offered for honors’ and masters scholarship —1 (or 2 part-time).
-For APA Top-Up — three years.
-For non-salaried researcher — one year.
 
What does it cover? Total offer is for honors’ scholarship — $10 000.
-For masters scholarship — $10 000
-For APA Top-Up — $10 000
-For non-salaried researcher — $5 000
 
Selection Criteria: All Capacity-Building Grant applications are assessed by the independent, ministerially appointed ABRS Advisory Committee according to the evidence provided in the application. The criteria used by the Advisory Committee to select successful Capacity-Building Grant applications are:
-Academic merit of applicant
-Feasibility of proposed research
-Suitability of supervisor (applicable to scholarships only) and research environment, including physical and intellectual resources available in the institution
-Relevance of proposed research to ABRS Research Priorities.
 
Notification: Applicants will be notified by February 2014
 
How to Apply: The mode of applying is by email or post.
 
Deadline: The application deadline is 1 November 2013.


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