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Marlies Eichler Postdoctoral Fellowship

photo: Marlies & Hansjorg Eichler
Marlies and Hansjörg Eichler, 22 August 1981,
International Botanical Congress, Sydney, Australia
Photographer: unknown (image supplied by A.S.George)

The ASBS Council is pleased to be able to offer a postdoctoral funding scheme, the Marlies Eichler Postdoctoral Fellowship. The fellowship is named in honour of Marie-Luise (Marlies) Eichler, a life member of the Society, whose extraordinary generosity over many years made this funding possible. Fellowships were first offered under the scheme in 2017.

Details of the fellowship is given below, with a link to the application form. Applications are due each year on 31 July.

Aim

These grants aim to support research in systematic botany and the career development of recent PhD graduates, by providing top-up funds to researchers already successful in attracting other postdoctoral support. Such top-ups are considered useful because many postdoctoral schemes are not fully funded, in terms of either salary or research costs, and this can limit the research and career opportunities of early career systematists. Providing strategic support to already successful early career systematists aims to facilitate quality research in systematics and also help recent graduates to capitalise on postdoctoral opportunities and improve their competitiveness for more permanent positions.

Eligibility

These grants are for research projects focused on the systematics of plants, algae or fungi. This can include studies of taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography.

Grants are open to applicants who meet the following criteria.

  1. Are members of the Australasian Systematic Botany Society.
  2. Hold a PhD relevant to systematics of plants, algae or fungi that was completed within the last 10 years. At a minimum, a PhD must be completed (letter of acceptance by university) by the commencement of grant funding. Exceptions on the 10 year limit will be considered for applicants with career interruptions associated with family commitments or other extenuating circumstances.
  3. Hold a short-term postdoctoral position at an Australasian research institution. Generally this includes postdoctoral fellowships obtained on a competitive basis from funding agencies (e.g. Australian Biological Resources Study, Australian Research Council, Marsden Fund), or through internal institutional schemes (e.g. university postdoctoral fellowship grants). Other postdoctoral positions will also be considered, but Applicants with ongoing salaried positions are not eligible for these grants.

Size and duration of grants

The grant scheme will provide two years of funding. Up to $10,000 (AUD) per year is available, and a maximum of $20,000 over the two years. Funds can be spent on salary for the applicant or project costs (including consumables, essential minor equipment <$5,000, travel associated with fieldwork, contracted services such as DNA sequencing, technical assistance).

Assessment criteria

Applications will be judged on: research track record of the applicant, relative to opportunity (40%); merit of the research project (40%); and value for money (20%), which includes the value of the grant in supporting the activities of recipient, and the nature of additional research the grant will facilitate.

Timing

Grant applications will close on 31 July. Funding for successful applicants will commence from 1 November after the completion of necessary agreements, including the Society's standard grant conditions (available for download in Microsoft Word .docx format).

Application form

The application form is available in Microsoft Word .docx format here.

Submission

Completed applications can be submitted either as .pdf files by email (preferred) or in hard copy. They should be sent to the Secretary of the Society in time to meet the deadline.

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