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AOC Scholarship

Northern Territory Field Naturalists’ Club Student Researcher Scholarship for the 2019 Australasian Ornithological Conference

Applications are now open for the Northern Territory Field Naturalists’ Club’s Student Researcher Scholarship to attend the 2019 Australasian Ornithological Conference.

The Northern Territory Field Naturalists’ Club is an active Darwin-based society that has a passion for the environment with many birdwatchers amongst its members. In addition to holding monthly meetings and field trips, the Club publishes a scientific journal Northern Territory Naturalist and a monthly newsletter Nature Territory.

The Club is pleased to sponsor a student to attend the 10th Australasian Ornithological Conference which is being held in Darwin in 2019. This biennial Conference is the primary meeting for BirdLife Australia and Birds New Zealand. It is the largest gathering for professional and amateur ornithologists from Australasia (that is, Australia, New Zealand, south-east Asia and the Oceania region).

The Conference, which will be held at Charles Darwin University between 3-5 July 2019, brings together scientists, conservationists, hobbyists and students with an interest in bird life. The program will be extended to accompanying family and friends with pre- and post-Conference field trips specifically for bird watchers and tours to other localities of special environmental interest.

The main aims of the Conference are:

  • To present recent ornithological research from across Australasia
  • To promote communication and interaction amongst ornithologists from across Australasia
  • Encourage participation by students

Details and conditions of the Student Researcher Scholarship:

  1. The Scholarship will be administered by the Northern Territory Field Naturalists' Club Inc.
  2. The Scholarship will provide funds to cover travel and the registration fee for the Congress for the winning student. The Scholarship will not provide funds for the student’s accommodation during the Conference.
  3. Applicants must indicate in their covering letter that they have already booked travel and paid their registration fee (early bird registration opened on 15 October) for the conference.
  4. The student must reside in northern Australia.
  5. Students undertaking research on any taxonomic group of birds (or any avian faunal assemblage) can apply. Preference will be given to students working on shorebirds (resident or migratory).
  6. The student must be enrolled for an honours, masters or PhD degree at a recognised tertiary institution between 15 October and 16 December 2018. Students enrolled in the third year of a BSc degree during 2018 can also apply.
  7. The winning student must agree to submit an Abstract for AND present a paper/poster at the Conference.
  8. The winning student must submit a manuscript to the Editor of the Northern Territory Naturalist OR give a talk at a monthly meeting in 2019.
  9. Intending applicants need to supply: (a) certification of enrolment, (b) a summary of their research project, (c) an outline of their intended presentation (either a talk or a poster) to the Conference, (d) one referee’s report, and (e) a resumé to the President, Northern Territory Field Naturalists’ Club, at info.fieldnatsnt@gmail.com
  10. The time for applications is 15 October to midnight 16 December 2018.
  11. The Selection Committee’s decision, which will be announced in January 2019, will be final.