As of 2017, the Society of Australian Systematic Biologists offers four awards, along with student travels grants. These awards will span the full career spectrum of members, from postgraduate level to retirement.
Student Travel Grants (awarded annually and now supported by the Australian Biological Resources Study, for conference or workshop attendance related to systematics or taxonomy) - OPEN, closes 30 October 2020
Student Research Grant Award (awarded yearly) - OPEN, closes 30 October 2020
Early Career Research Excellence Award (awarded yearly) - OPEN closes 30 October
Mid-Career Research Excellence Award (awarded yearly) - OPEN closes 30 October
Distinguished Career Award - closed
All awards generally open in the new financial year of each relevant year, and more information is available below.
Student Travel Grants - Application details available here.
These awards will be open to all student members that are within candidature and working on any relevant area of systematics. The awards are funded by the Australian Biological Resources Study, replacing their annual student travel grants, and will be administrated by the SASB. Similar awards are also administrated by the Australasian Systematic Botany Society.
In ‘normal’ years, the awards can fund economy class airfares or other travel, accommodation and registration to conferences and workshops relevant to the field of systematics and taxonomy.
For the 2020 round of these awards, as travel is currently severely limited both within and outside of Australia, the awards are intended to mainly fund conference registration for students to attend any relevant virtual conference or workshop. However, if there are relevant in-person workshops or conferences occurring, students may apply to attend those in this round. Other activities, for example field work, travel to collections etc. will not be funded under this scheme.
Applications are currently OPEN, and close 30 October 2020. Please read the detailed application information before preparing your application and emailing to the SASB secretary (email@example.com).
Student Research Award - Award details available here.
This annual award will be open to all Research Masters or Ph.D. student members that are within candidature, and working on any relevant area of systematics. There will be a monetary prize associated with the award that is not less than $2,500 to cover research-related costs. Winners will write a report on their work for dissemination to the SASB membership. Initially there will be one monetary prize award per year, but as funds become available a runner-up prize will be considered for highly ranked applications.
Applications are now OPEN and close 30 October 2020. Please read the detailed application information before preparing your application and emailing to the SASB secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Early Career Research Excellence Award - Award details are available here.
This annual award is aimed at recognising research excellence in systematics and the career development of ECRs. This award will be for researchers who are members of the SASB, and who are <8 years post-Ph.D. in the calendar year of their nomination. Ph.D. students who have not been awarded their degree will not be considered. This honorific award will be judged on performance relative to timeframe/opportunity.
Mid-Career Research Excellence Award - Award details are available here.
This annual award is aimed at recognising research excellence in systematics and the career development of mid-career scientists, many of whom remain dependent on short-term grants in an increasingly unstable salary funding environment. This award will be for researchers who are members of the SASB, and who are 8–15 years post-Ph.D. in the calendar year of their nomination. This honorific award is to be judged on performance relative to timeframe/opportunity.
Distinguished Career Award- Award details are available here.
This biennial award is aimed at recognising a member of the Society who has made an outstanding contribution to systematics, either because of their research, mentoring of ECRs and students, or other relevant professional aspects, or a combination of these activities. The award would normally be for someone in the second half of their career, but there are no limitations on who is eligible, and there is an expectation that the awardee give an invited presentation at the SASB conference. The due date for applications will be 1 September in the year of the conference, and the successful applicant will be notified by the end of September.
Guidelines and Judging
The student grants and honorific awards will be assessed by two different panels.
The Student Grant panel and its chair will be appointed by the President, and will consist of not less than three members of the SASB Executive, with gender balance considered. All student councillors are ineligible to serve on the student grant panel, and are therefore still eligible to apply for both the student travel grants and the student research award.
Nominations for honorific awards will include a clause that indicates the nominee is aware of their nomination.
Any current member of the society can forward a nomination; these are limited to two per award from a single nominator.
The Honorific Awards panel and its chair will be appointed by the SASB President, and include no less than five members of the SASB, with gender balance considered. Conflicts of interest will usually be dealt with by a nominator abstaining from judging relevant nominees. The SASB Council will make awards based on the panel’s recommendations.
The level of the monetary prize for the Student Research Award should be fixed by a majority vote of the Executive, and expended as per the standard business of the Society.
Important dates and schedules will be published on the SASB website and via email.
Previous award recipients
2017 and 2018 Travel Award recipients are listed here.