Applications closed


Number available


Closing date

07 November 2021

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 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.


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

  • Be enrolled in the B Science or B Environmental Science and Management programs in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle.
  • 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.


Four (4) 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 2022.

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 2021 to February 2022. 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.


Selection shall be based on the eligibility criteria and assessment of your:

  • Academic merit (cumulative Grade Point Average),
  • Consideration of your written submission and demonstrated interest in the research area, and
  • Your availability for the research project and access to own transport.

Selection will be approved on the recommendation of the Scientific Officer, Kooragang Island Bell Frog Monitoring Program, School of Environmental and Life Sciences.


Contact Details

Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
University Drive

Phone: +61 2 4921 5000
Fax: +61 2 4921 5759

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.