The Bursary was established in 2012 by Dr Martin Cohen and Tim Parker, remaining directors of Wild About the Tropics, in memory of their third director, Julia Cooper who passed away in 2011 aged 33. Julia worked as a passionate advocate of wildlife education in both the UK and North Queensland having worked for the BBC Natural History Unit, the Wet Tropics Management Authority and in wildlife education and research businesses with her partner Dr Martin Cohen. Julia also co-authored several books about the plants and animals in the Wet Tropics.
As Julia was passionate about gathering and interpreting new information about wildlife of North Queensland this Bursary has been offered to assist honours or master students in the fields of terrestrial or marine ecology with support associated with their research. This bursary is for research fieldwork costs such as travel, accommodation or equipment or similar, but not for conferences. The fieldwork must either be conducted in or demonstrate a clear relevance to North Queensland.
This scholarship is subject to the provisions of James Cook University’s Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy.
Nature of the Scholarship
The value of the scholarship shall be $1,000 paid in one instalment. One new bursary will be awarded each year until the fund is exhausted.
The Julie Cooper Memorial Wildlife Research Bursary shall be open to competition among candidates who:
- are domestic students, i.e. Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa; and
- are enrolled in a JCU honours or masters course in marine or terrestrial ecology.
The Selection Criteria are:
- academic merit;
- how the research will contribute to wildlife conservation and/or a better understanding of particular species or ecology in North Queensland; and
- the applicant’s abilities to complete the research.
Applications must be submitted on the official application form no later than the date set by the Selection Committee for the year in which the award is to be made.
Applicants must submit with the official form, where appropriate:
- a certified copy of their academic record from any other academic institution;
- their curriculum vitae;
- a written statement: Not more than 2 pages outlining the research proposed and demonstrating how it will contribute to wildlife conservation and/or a better understanding of a particular species or ecology in North Queensland. The statement must include a total budget for the whole research project for which you are applying for support, and show what the bursary will be specifically used for;
- a short statement submitted from the applicant’s research supervisor about the applicant’s ability to complete the research;
- a statement acknowledging that bursary recipients will be required to submit a short summary of research outcomes which will be posted on the www.wildtropics.com.au and www.wildaboutaustralia.com.au websites, and that any outcomes presentations will contain an acknowledgement of this bursary; and
- any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.
Applications submitted without the relevant documentation will not be considered.
The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to verify any information provided by the applicant.
The award of the scholarship shall be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:
- Dean, College of Science and Engineering (Chair), or nominee
- Director of Wild About the Tropics, or nominee
- Director of the Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change, or nominee
The Selection Committee reserves the right not to award a Scholarship in any year if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, there is no candidate of sufficient merit to warrant an award.
The Selection Committee will determine all matters relating to the Scholarship.
Moneys payable to the recipient of an award shall be paid at in 1 instalment after the census dates of the first Study Period in the year of the award.
If the recipient suspends or defers their study for more than six months, the recipient will no longer be eligible for the award.
Conditions of the Bursary
In the event the Chair, Selection Committee terminates or suspends the student’s bursary, a student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with the provisions of the Student Appeals Policy.
The requirements of the Bursary shall not make the awarding of the Bursary conditional upon the recipient providing unremunerated services or products to the donor.
Administration of the Bursary
The Bursary shall be administered by the JCU School of Marine and Tropical Biology, on behalf of the Selection Committee.
The funds of the Bursary shall be held in an account in the name of the University and shall be administered by the officer of the University charged with administering the Bursary.
Where an award provides some benefit to the recipient from a body external to the University, or an obligation upon a body external to the University, the University, its servants and agents, shall not be liable for that benefit or obligation.
Please refer to Glossary of Terms