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Sources of information

To date, there is no Australian source dedicated to ecology opportunities (if we're wrong, please let us know!). Opportunities at the University of Queensland can be found on the UQ employment page.  There are international sources that post job and volunteer opportunities from around the world, including Australia. If you are interested in exploring new opportunities, try the following:

  • Ecolog  An excellent source of daily information on grants, jobs and news in ecology around the world is the ECOLOG-L listserv list hosted by the University of Maryland. It is for use by members of the Ecological Society of America and other people interested in ecology. Its focus is primarily on academic ecologists, but is also available for other appropriate use. The opportunities contained in the daily email are too numerous for us to post here.

  • Job postings through the Physiological Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America  Another US-based site, hosted by Duke University, that posts a significant portion of the job opportunities in the US and abroad.

If you are aware of other sources of opportunity information, or if you would like to post an opportunity you have on our website, please email us at

Funding Opportunities

The Fitzroy River and Coastal Catchments Inc. site provides a list of Australia based funding programs for researchers, students, not-for-profit and community groups. The list includes a description of the types of projects funded and links to the source.

Lizard Island Fellowships Program

Each year, the Australian Museum offers financial support for coral reef field research at its Lizard Island Research Station on the northern Great Barrier Reef thanks to the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation and its donors.

The 2014 Lizard Island Fellowships Program is now open, as follows:

Two fellowships for PhD students, AU$8,000 per year for up to three years plus, for the first time, the opportunity to be awarded up to $4,000 in the second or third year to present at an international conference. Preliminary applications for these fellowships close on 20 September 2013. Applicants must be enrolled or officially accepted into a PhD program at any university at the time of application.

Three fellowships for early-career postdoctoral researchers, AU$11,000 to be spent in one year. Applications for these fellowships close on 10 November 2013. Applicants must have obtained a PhD within the past five years or provide evidence of a similar level of postdoctoral research experience.

All fellowships provide funding for field expenses only. Salary is not provided.