LIZARD ISLAND DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP 1997
Coral Health and Monitoring Program
coral at aoml.noaa.gov
Tue May 28 14:13:44 EDT 1996
LIZARD ISLAND RESEARCH STATION
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
A facility of the Australian Museum
LIZARD ISLAND DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP 1997
The Australian Museum, in conjunction with the Lizard Island Reef
Research Foundation, is offering a Fellowship to a PhD student to
support field work on the Great Barrier Reef based at the Lizard Island
Research Station. The recipient will carry out significant field
studies in a scientific discipline relevant to coral reefs. The first
annual Fellowship was awarded in 1984, and applications are now invited
for the 1997 Fellowship.
The Fellowship is intended primarily to pay bench fees at the Lizard
Island Research Station for several months field work per year over a
period of up to three years. It may also be used for travel and freight
expenses and to purchase research equipment, but it may not be used for
living expenses or salary. Support will be granted for field work at
Lizard Island for a maximum of three years; however, applications for
funding for one or two years are acceptable. The amount granted in any
year of the Fellowship will be a maximum of A$6,000. The project should
result in a significant contribution to coral reef science and the data
from Lizard Island should form an important part of that work.
The Lizard Island Research Station was established in 1972 by the
Australian Museum to support research into all aspects of the biology,
geology and hydrology of coral reef ecosystems. Airconditioned
laboratories, boats, diving equipment, running seawater aquaria, and
accommodation units are provided at the Station. Lizard Island is
situated in an extraordinarily diverse marine ecosystem which is
carefully managed as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The
large size (7 km2) and height (360 m) of Lizard Island and its adjoining
smaller islands and reefs provides a wide variety of habitats and
ensures that field work can proceed in all but the most extreme weather.
Lizard Island (14o40'S 145o28'E) is located near the middle of the 50 km
wide continental shelf: near-by habitats include turbid coastal reefs,
mid-shelf platform reefs, inter-reef soft-bottoms including extensive
Halimeda beds, sheltered lagoons and high-energy ribbon reefs facing the
Coral Sea. Access to Lizard Island is easy with many flights into
Cairns from international and domestic ports and daily flights from
Cairns to Lizard Island.
CONDITIONS OF AWARD
Each year, the Fellow will be required to make an oral presentation at
the Research Station on his/her research and produce a written progress
report including revised budget estimates for the coming year(s).
Subsequent funding depends upon suitable progress. The Fellow must
lodge a bound copy of his/her thesis in the Station's library. Any non-
consumable equipment purchased with Fellowship funds becomes the
property of the Research Station when field work has been completed.
Six copies of the application
should be sent to:
Lizard Island Research Station Deputy Director
PMB 37 Australian Museum
CAIRNS QLD 4870 6 College Street
AUSTRALIA SYDNEY NSW 2000
lizard at amss.Austmus.oz.au Internet: alixB at ama.Austmus.oz.au
Phone and fax: + 61 (0)70 60-3977
Phone: + 61 (0)2 320-6224
Fax: + 61 (0)2 320-6056
CLOSING DATE 1 OCTOBER 1996
Please see application format, selection criteria and information on costs,
- Name of applicant
- University and Department
- Name of supervisor(s)
- Project title
- Objectives (100 words)
- Significance (100 words)
-Research plan (maximum 5 pages): outline experimental design and
methodology; show sequence of tasks on a yearly timescale; indicate
work already completed..
-Financial details (maximum 2 pages): indicate number of years for
which funding is sought; provide a detailed budget for each year of
funding for the whole project (not just the Lizard Island component),
including bench fees, travel and other costs (expenditure on equipment
exceeding $200 must be detailed); indicate which non-fellowship
funding is already guaranteed and how remaining funding (including
that for living expenses) will be obtained; justify expenditure in
terms of the research.
As well as the usual personal, educational and professional information,
include: a summary of academic record and achievements; list of
publications; date of enrolment in PhD program, and; the name of a
referee who may be contacted regarding the application.
A letter approving the project from the head of the university
department where the applicant will be enrolled must be included with
the application. Overseas students must also include a letter from
their supervisor indicating the acceptability of overseas field work to
the program at that particular university, and how closely involved the
supervisor will be with the project.
To assist in preparing budgets, the following costs involved in field
work at the Lizard Island Research Station in 1997 are provided. All
amounts are in Australian dollars.
Diving: The Station's regulations require that all scuba dives are done
by at least two divers; a boat attendant is also required under some
circumstances. All projects requiring diving should allow for at least
one dedicated assistant, for whom bench fees must be paid. Contact the
Research Station for further details.
Bench fees: PhD students are offered a highly subsidised bench fee
which includes self-catering accommodation, most laboratory and aquarium
facilities, use of a small boat, and scuba tanks and weights for
qualified divers. In 1997, the rate will be $29 per day for the student
and $25 per day for each assistant. For visits of more than 28
consecutive days, the bench fee is reduced by 10% for the entire visit.
Food and freight: Food must be ordered from Cairns for delivery by
barge every two weeks, or by air. Food costs are not covered by the
Fellowship. Air freight from Cairns is expensive at about $3.00 per kg.
Freight carried by the fortnightly barge is $9.00 per grocery carton-
sized container. Freight expenses may be paid from Fellowship funds.
Travel: Return airfare between Cairns and Lizard Island is $380. There
is no scheduled surface transport.
Selection will be based on the following criteria:
1) acceptance of the applicant into a PhD program to undertake research
on a topic related to coral reefs;
2) evidence that the applicant has stipend from a scholarship or other
source for the duration of the Fellowship;
3) significance, quality and innovation of the proposed research which
must be on an aspect of coral reefs;
4) feasibility of the proposed research within the limitations of budget
and safety regulations;
5) significant and efficient usage of the Lizard Island Research Station
during each year of funding;
6) evidence that sufficient funding will be available to complete the
project as planned, or presentation of a contingency plan for amending
the project if additional funding does not become available;
7) evidence of the applicant having relevant research and fieldwork
8) the applicant's academic and research record.
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