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TESS Opportunities


Scholarships, Training and Job Opportunities

  • Research Projects Officer - Field Vegetation Ecologist. CSIRO Land & Water is seeking a motivated Field Vegetation Ecologist to join the Living Landscapes Program. Click here for more details.
  • JCU Startup OnRamp Pre-Accelerator. Would you have a compelling business idea and entrepreneurial aspirations? Apply for highly sought-after startup 12-week program here.
  • IKERBASQUE has launched a new international call to hire 10 permanent researchers! Take a look here
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is recruiting 400 regular faculty in the next 4 years in all research areas, in addition to over 100 new regular faculty - Hong Kong campus. More information here
  • Fantastic opportunities for training: 2021 University Vacation Employment Program (UVEP) More info here
  • QDAF is looking for up to 7 staff (18 months, FT casual) for fruit fly work at Redden St and preferrable experience in classical entomology training. For more details contact
  • Postdoctoral research program in sustainable development. The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, NY, seeks applications from innovative, doctoral candidates or recent PhD, M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. recipients (within 5 years of degree receipt) interested in a broad range of issues in sustainable development. The Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates from historically underrepresented groups for its Diversity Fellowships
  • We are seeking volunteers to help us save the tropical forests! Millions of kilometres of new roads are set to be built in crucial biodiversity hotspots and carbon sinks all around the globe. Only half of roads are included in existing roadmaps. We need your help to document unmapped roads and contribute to vital conservation work. Contact us to know more!
  • Post-doctoral fellowship program, funded by the Forrest Research Foundation is open! Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents who have completed their PhD on or after 1 January 2019 are eligible to apply. Check out here.
  • PhD Scholarships in Zoology and Ecology Available at James Cook University in Cairns and Townsville. Check these fantastic opportunities to study at JCU. Here are some great examples to start your search:
  • The College of Science and Engineering is one of the 6 Colleges of JCU and is the home of JCU's expertise in Marine Biology, Zoology, Aquaculture, Engineering, Physical Sciences, Earth Science, and Environmental Management, which forms a strong grouping, uniquely placed to tackle the grand challenges facing the world, both fundamental research and application.

    Zoology and Ecology emphasises a diverse range of intellectual disciplines including zoology, ecology, botany, behaviour and evolutionary biology, within a diverse range of terrestrial habitats. The program provides graduates with the skills required to observe, explore and understand the biological world in all its diversity. Build your zoology and ecology tool-kit at James Cook University (JCU), join the scientific community, and make a global impact

  • Career opportunities at the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.
  • IKEBASQUE launched a new international call and is offering 20 positions for experienced postdoctoral researchers!

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Grants, Proposals and Awards

  • Threatened Species Strategy’s Action Plan 2021-2026 - The Minister has announced the $10 million grants opportunity to support action on the ground to recover these priority species. More information click here.
  • Plastic Pollution Research. Click here for more information
  • Grants up to $20k for engaging citizen science of general public. Click here for more information.
  • Landcare-funded Grants for Land & Habitat Rehabilitation. More information click hereClimateLaunchpad excited to introduce the ClimateLaunchpad 2021 National Finalists: Allegro Energy , Australian Circular Sucoil, WhirlWoodify. They have an amazing $50,000 development grant prize to give to one of the finalist teams at the national final, thanks to Humanitech. Plus, other prizes, fun times and excitement. The ClimateLaunchpad Australian National Pitch final will be held (digitally) on August 27th, 5.30pm AEST. Please register here!
  • Horizon Europe Launch in Australia & New Zealand is an European Union’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion for the period of 2021-2027.  Who should attend? Researchers of any nationality & discipline are welcome to join. The event is targeted at PhD candidates, Postdoctoral & established researchers, university research support offices, other research institutions, and business & industry actors. More detail here
  • The Capstone Editing Grant for Mid-Career Researchers. The grant for mid-career researchers. The grant provides A$5,000 for one researcher per year to assist with covering the cost of undertaking an innovative research project. Application closes on 24 Feb, 2022.
  • Birds Queensland (Queensland Ornithological Society Inc) Research Grants for 2022 - Birds Queensland (BQ) is offering a limited number of grants of up to $7,500 (including GST) for research projects due to commence in 2022 relating to the conservation of birds and their habitats in Queensland, especially those under threat. More information on the grant is available at the Birds Queensland (Queensland Ornithological Society Inc) website
  • Crawford Funds: Each year, the Queensland Committee of the Crawford Fund offers a small number of International Engagement Awards (up to $12,000 annually) to enable Queensland scientists to offer mentoring and training to scientists in developing countries in our region who are working on various aspects of food and nutrition security.
  • Crawford Funds: is seeking applications from university students undertaking degrees in agriculture, animal production, fisheries, forestry, natural resource management or any area related to food and nutrition security. Our student awards will help you bring an international component to your studies and research and enable you to gain valuable practical experience working online with colleagues in a developing country, or when travel permits, an actual practical, feet-on-the-ground, opportunity in a developing country.
  • Applications for ClimateLaunchpad are open now, until April 22. Apply here.– the world’s largest cleantech and green business ideas competition, taking place in over 50 countries this year.
  • The Drought and Climate Adaptation Program (DCAP) is seeking applications for funding of research, development or extension projects related to emissions reduction in the agricultural sector in Queensland.   DCAP Emissions Reduction funding will fund projects up to $150,000 within a total funding allocation of $250,000, for projects running up to one year. Projects must be completed by 30 June 2022. Unless otherwise negotiated, projects should demonstrate collaboration between research and industry organisations, and/or natural resource management organisations, at least one of which must be Queensland-based and the project lead.  Projects should be submitted for consideration by the assessment panel by COB April 28 2021. All applications should be marked ‘DCAP Emissions Reduction’ and submitted to the DCAP Program Manager at
  • UP to $20,000 for producer groups to boost on-farm technology adoption - applications close Thursday, 22 April 2021. submission at Smartygrants website, To find out more about the program, click here.
  • Free green business commercialisation pre-acelerator program and competition - CLIMATE LAUNCHPAD -The world's largest cleantech and green business. Applications open now until April 22. Apply here.
  • The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade administers an Indian Ocean regional development fund to support Australia’s Indian Ocean and Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) engagement. If you have projects or research relevant to or in the Sunderbans and/or Bay of Bengal that would benefit from Australian Government funding from as early as April/May 2021.  Funding up to a maximum of AU$50,000 is available for several new and existing projects through grants. Initial responses welcome by Wednesday 10th March, 2021 -  required proposal details including: brief description of the project, detailing how it would enhance Australia’s engagement in the Indian Ocean; the executing party; the total value of the project; and the amount to be expended in the 2021 financial year (which ends 30 June 2021. Contact:
  • Koala Applied Research South East Queensland grants now open for Round 4. Grants of up to $100,000 (ex GST) are available for eligible recipients.  Program guidelines and application details:Queensland Government website. For more information email to:
  • Expanding research collaboration between regional Australia and Southeast Asia
    Funding is available for:
    1. Up to ten travel grants of $5,000 each for researchers from Australian regional universities to travel to partner institutions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand or Vietnam to progress negotiations to reach agreement on the collaborative research proposed for the workshop(s).
    2. Logistical support for one or two workshop(s) to be hosted by an Australian regional university, including a contribution towards catering and incidentals if required.
    3. The attendance of researchers from Southeast Asia to participate in one or both workshops (up to ten incoming visits).