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) - NOW OPEN
Student Research Grant Award (awarded yearly) - NOW OPEN
Early Career Research Excellence Award (awarded yearly) - NOW OPEN
Mid-Career Research Excellence Award (awarded yearly) - NOW OPEN
Distinguished Career Award - NOW OPEN
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. NOW OPEN
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.
The grants can fund economy class airfares or other travel, accommodation and registration to conferences and workshops relevant to the field of systematics and taxonomy. This includes registration for virtual workshops or conferences. Other activities, for example field work, travel to collections etc. will not be funded under this scheme.
Grant winners will be required to write a brief report on the conference or workshop they attended, to be submitted to the SASB Secretary by the end of the 3 months following the workshop or conference; this report may be disseminated to the SASB membership.
Funds of up to $1000 AUD can be applied for, however applicants are encourage to apply for only the funds they actually require.
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 30 June 2021 (Round 1) or the 1 September 2021 (Round 2) to the SASB Secretary (; refer to Late applications will not be considered. Students who are unsuccessful in the first round may apply in the second round, however individual students will not receive more than one travel grant (i.e., students who are successful in the first round cannot apply in the second round).
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 currently closed. Please read the detailed application information before preparing your application and emailing to the SASB secretary ().
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.
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 (; refer to 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.