Attention science students! Applications are now open for the 2017/2018 Kings Park summer science scholarships for tertiary students.

Previous Kings Park summer scholarship program students

Past scholarship students have loved the opportunity to hone their research skills and learn from knowledgeable Kings Park Science staff.

The scholarships provide an exciting opportunity for students to undertake a funded research project with Kings Park's science team for 12 weeks. These scholarships are ideal for talented students contemplating honours or post-graduate research in native plant science, conservation biology or restoration ecology and include a tax-free stipend of $7,000 plus operating costs.  

Kings Park’s Science Directorate undertakes integrated research focused largely on the conservation of threatened native plants and bushland restoration and management. Research is focused on the key themes of restoration ecology, conservation genetics, conservation biotechnology, off-site germplasm conservation, seed biology, ecophysiology, plant and animal dynamics and fire ecology.

The Science team operates from the Biodiversity Conservation Centre in Kings Park, with offices and dedicated state-of-the-art research laboratories within a stunning natural setting.

Senior research staff include Dr Ben Miller (Director), Dr Siegy Krauss (Conservation Geneticist), Dr Eric Bunn (Conservation Biotechnologist), Dr David Merritt (Seed Conservation Scientist), Dr Jason Stevens (Restoration Ecophysiologist), Dr Shane Turner (Conservation Biotechnologist), and Dr Matt Barrett (Phylogenetics and Systematics). In addition, we currently have more than 20 externally funded research scientists, numerous postgraduate students and research support staff comprising a major research team of more than 50 people.

How to apply

Interested candidates should review information in the science and research section and approach scientific staff for discussion of possible projects.

Written application

Written applications should then consist of a one-page expression of interest giving a brief academic background, description of the intended summer scholarship research project and a transcript of your academic record. A brief covering letter, curriculum vitae and the names of two (2) academic referees should also be submitted.

Applications should be submitted by mail or (preferably) email to:

Dr Siegy Krauss
Botanic Garden and Parks Authority
Fraser Avenue,
Kings Park WA 6005
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Closing date

The closing date for applications is Friday, 3 November 2017.
Applicants will be notified of the decision by Friday, 10 November 2017 and scholarships will commence in early December 2017.

Further information

Please contact Dr Siegy Krauss via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (+61 8) 9480 3673.

Concert traffic interruptions

Road and carpark closures will occur in Kings Park and Botanic Garden during November and December 2017 due to concert events.

Naturescape opening soon

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park will re-open to the public at 9.00 am on 14 December 2017, with exciting new additions.

Bold Park access disruption

Vehicle access will be restricted in Bold Park from 5.30 am - 10.30 am on Sunday 26 November 2017 due to a community cycling event.

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New Naturescape adventures

New adventures await in Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park these summer holidays! We will re-open to welcome members of the community from 9.00 am on 14 December 2017, with eye-popping new places to explore.

Congratulations life members!

Kings Park and Botanic Garden warmly congratulate and thank three long-standing and dedicated volunteers who were recently awarded life membership of the Kings Park Volunteer Guides.

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