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Closing date

06 August 2017

Scholarship details


Dr Donald Livingstone McNair


The intention of the scholarship is that it will support an Honours candidate whose project involves ecology, identification or illustration of native flora thus aligns with the goals of The Don McNair Herbarium.

Dr Donald McNair, DSc honoris causa, University of Newcastle, lived his entire life in Newcastle. He combined a career as an auto-electrician with an extraordinary passion for plant taxonomy and ecology. He collected plant specimens within the Hunter Region, throughout NSW and interstate. His botanical training was formalized in the late 1950's by undertaking courses offered by The University of Newcastle, the Workers Education Association (WEA) and through interactions with plant taxonomists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

Don McNair's legacy to teaching and research is the donation of his herbarium now comprising 14,000 specimens to The University of Newcastle. The Don McNair Herbarium was formally opened in 2003 and Don and his volunteers worked to maintain and expand the collections until his death in 2014. He believed that his collection "will be vital in recording environmental and plant changes, particularly in response to climate change". His donation of the Herbarium and this scholarship was designed to foster postgraduate research in plant taxonomy, ecology and botanical illustration.


To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in the 4th year of a Bachelor of Science (Hons) with a Biological Sciences or Sustainable Resource Mgmt major, Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Hons), or Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Hons) program.
  • Demonstrate high academic achievement by a Grade Point Average (GPA) minimum of 6.0
  • Not have previously received this scholarship.
  • Not be the recipient of another UON Donor funded or sponsored scholarship concurrently.
  • Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Required Documentation

If documentation is not provided your application will not be processed. Please have all required documents available for upload as PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, or JPG files prior to completing the online application process.

  • A written statement (max 2 A4 pages) outlining your academic achievements to date, career aspirations in the relevant area of study/research, and how this scholarship would assist you.


The scholarship currently provides a benefit of $4,000 to be paid as two lump sums of $2,000 following Semester 1 and Semester 2 census dates.


Selection of the scholar will be on the basis of academic merit, and assessment of the applications and required supporting documentation against the eligibility criteria.


Faculty of Science

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