SASB Awards Scheme
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)
Student Research Grant Award (awarded yearly)
Early Career Research Excellence Award (awarded yearly)
Mid-Career Research Excellence Award (awarded yearly)
Distinguished Career Award
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.
SASB is pleased to call for applications to the SASB Student Travel Grant for 2022. The SASB Student Travel Grant can fund economy class airfares or other travel, accommodation and registration to conferences and workshops relevant to the field of systematics and taxonomy. This also includes registration for virtual workshops or conferences. Grants are now also able to fund travel and accommodation to allow students to visit collections (e.g. museums) for essential research visits, and field work (note that this is a change from previous years, when field work and collection visits were not eligible). Travel can be within the state, interstate or international.
Grant awardees are required to submit a brief report on the conference, workshop, collection visit or field work they attended/conducted, which must be submitted to the SASB Secretary by no later than 3 months following the activity. This report may be disseminated to the SASB membership.
There are two grant categories for the current round:
Small grants: funds of up to $1000 AUD (ex GST) can be applied for, which are intended to fund smaller travel for field work activities, collection visits, and workshops and conferences within Australia.
Larger grants: funds of up to $2500 AUD (ex GST) can be applied for, which are intended to fund travel for larger field work activities, longer visits to collections, and international conferences or workshops.
For both grant categories, students are encouraged to only apply for the actual amount they require. All applications will be merit-based and the strength of the justification for travel.
Travel should be conducted before the end of 2022. There will be a future round of the travel grants held in late 2022 for travel during 2023.
The award is available to financial student members of SASB who are enrolled either full-time or part-time, and are within candidature in Honours (normally one year full time), Research Masters (normally 2 years full-time) or Ph.D. (normally 4 years full time). Student members of the SASB Council may apply.
All applications should be emailed before 11:59 pm AEST on 22 July 2022 to the SASB Secretary (SASBiologists@gmail.com; refer to https://www.sasb.org.au/contact). Late applications will not be considered. Applications must be submitted as a single PDF document, in Times New Roman 12 pt (or similar) font, single spaced with margins of at least 1 cm. Applicants will be notified of the outcome within two months of the round closing. Please follow this link for addition details on submission guidelines.
Student Research Award - Award details available here.
This annual award will be open to all student members that are within candidature and working on any relevant area of systematics. There will be a monetary award of $2,500 to cover research-related costs. The application should focus on a particular component or project that the student plans to include in their thesis.
The winner will be required to write a report on their work to be submitted to the SASB Secretary by the end of the 6 months following the end of the project; this report will be disseminated to the SASB membership. Initially there will be one monetary prize, but as funds become available a runner-up prize may be considered for highly ranked applications. Funds should be spent within 12 months of the award.
The award is available to financial student members of SASB who are enrolled either full-time or part-time and are within candidature for a Research Masters (normally 2 years full-time) or Ph.D. (normally 4 years full time). Student members of the SASB Council may apply. Note that the award is not available for students undertaking Coursework Masters, Postgraduate Diplomas, or other similar programs.
All applications should be emailed before 11:59 pm AEST on 1 September 2021 to the SASB Secretary (SASBiologists@gmail.com; refer to https://www.sasb.org.au/contact). Late applications will not be considered.
Applications must be submitted as a single PDF document, in Times New Roman 12 pt (or similar) font, single spaced with margins of at least 1 cm. Applicants will be notified of outcome by the end of October 2021.
The application should consist of the following:
1. Applicant’s details
2. Project proposal (max. 2 pages)
3. Budget and justification (max. 1 page)
4. Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
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. (NB. 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.
This biennial award will be awarded in 2021. 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.
All non-student professional members of the Society are eligible to be nominated, excluding current members of the SASB Council.
Nominators must address all the selection criteria listed below. Relevant career interruptions such as illness, caring responsibilities, or COVID-19 related career delays should be outlined clearly.
All applications should be emailed before 11:59 pm AEST on 1 September 2021 to the current Secretary (SASBiologists@gmail.com; refer to https://www.sasb.org.au/contact). Late applications will not be considered. Resubmission of updated nominations is encouraged. Nominators and nominees must be current financial members of SASB to be eligible.
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
Previous Travel Award recipients are listed here.