The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Closing date

01 November 2020

Scholarship details


Research into successful conservation of amphibians is a field of increasing need due to unprecedented declines of amphibian populations globally. Locally, the green and golden bell frog was once a common species which has suffered a substantial range contraction and is now listed as a threatened species.

The School of Environmental and Life Sciences is providing three summer scholarships to students demonstrating a keen interest in and commitment to conservation biology. This also includes an opportunity to participate in a field ecology research experience within the monitoring program for the threatened Green and Golden Bell Frog on Kooragang Island.

For more information, please read the full scholarship Terms and Conditions.


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

  • Be enrolled in a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management with the Faculty of Science, UON.
  • Have completed units in Environmental Science and Ecology.
  • Demonstrate an interest in gaining experience in a conservation research project over the summer vacation period.
  • Be available to participate in research at night (usually 8pm – 1am) with access to own transport preferred.

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 brief statement (maximum 300 words) outlining your experience and/or interest in field ecology and amphibian conservation biology and availability to participate in a monitoring program over the Summer vacation period.


Three (3) scholarships are available valued at $2,000 each. This benefit will be paid in equal instalments of $1000 on acceptance of the scholarship and at the project’s conclusion in February 2021.

Whilst not compulsory, the scholarship offers the valuable opportunity to actively participate in the monitoring program for the threatened Green and Golden Bell Frog on Kooragang Island. This runs over an 8 week period from November 2020 to February 2021. This will provide an opportunity to gain experience in field research and environmental management over the vacation period. There will be a need to participate during hours from 8pm and 1am and it is preferable that you have access to your own transport for this.

The number of scholarships available and scholarship value may vary in accordance with available funding.


Selection shall be based on the eligibility criteria and assessment of your written statement. There may be a short interview with the supervisor for the research project. Consideration may be given to academic merit, demonstrated interest in field research and environmental management, and availability for participation which may include nights.

The project co-ordinator may nominate recipients and/or base selection on applications received.


Faculty of Science

Contact Details

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Phone: +61 2 4921 5000
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