Attention science students! Applications are now open for the 2020-21 Kings Park summer science scholarships for tertiary students.

Kings Park Science summer scholarship students are supported by the Friends of Kings Park. Photo: S. Krauss.

Past scholarship students have enjoyed 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 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 Science undertakes integrated research focused largely on practical outcomes in the conservation of threatened native plants and ecological 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 Kings Park Science team is part of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and 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 Jason Stevens (Program Leader), Dr Siegy Krauss (Conservation Genetics), Dr Eric Bunn (Conservation Biotechnology), Dr David Merritt (Seed Science), and Dr Ben Miller (Fire Ecology). In addition, we currently have 15 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 Kings Park Science section and approach Kings Park 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 email to Dr Siegy Krauss via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Closing date

The closing date for applications is Friday, 30 October 2020.
Applicants will be notified of the decision by Friday, 6 November 2020 and scholarships will commence in early December 2020.

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.

The Kings Park Summer Scholarship program is complementary, and runs in parallel to the broader DBCA Biodiversity and Conservation Science Summer Scholarship program for which further information can be obtained from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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