ASSAB Grant Opportunities, 2024

Welcome to the official grants page for ASSAB for the year 2024. The Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour is committed to supporting behavioural research within the Australasian region, with an emphasis on providing opportunities for earlier-career scientists. As such, in 2024 ASSAB will support innovative research by providing $2500 (AUD) towards research expenses for particularly promising projects and students undertaking research in the Australasian region.


About the awards:

- Up to 2 Grant Awardees, each receiving $2500 (AUD)

- Up to 2 Highly Commended applications

- The grant can be used for research costs and associated travel costs (e.g. conference, workshops, research lab visits)

Both Grant Winners and Highly Commended applicants will receive up to $200 towards registration for the next annual ASSAB Conference following the year of their award, at which grant winners will be invited to report on their project via spoken presentation.


How to Apply

Applicants are required complete a brief form detailing the significance, structure, and timeline of the proposed research, which is available to download:

ASSAB grant template 2024

ASSAB grants 2024 Information

See below for eligibility, conditions, and selection criteria. Once completed, applications should be emailed in PDF format to The closing date for applications is now June 16th 2024. Keep an eye on our social media and emails for updates.


Eligibility and conditions:

- Applicant must be a financial member of ASSAB at the time of submitting their application. To become a member, visit the society website -

- Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD, Masters or Honours program.

- Research must be undertaken within the Australasian region.

- Successful applicants are invited to give an oral presentation on their work at the ASSAB conference in the year following the award of the grant.

- Previous successful applicants are eligible to reapply.


Selection Criteria and Assessment:

Grants are blindly assessed by a panel of ASSAB Councillors or, where required, independent experts, chaired by the Grants Officer of ASSAB. All assessors are experienced researchers in the field of animal behaviour, but are not experts in all areas of animal behaviour, so applicants should describe their projects accordingly. All applications are judged on (1) the quality of the research proposed (including interest/novelty of the project, the quality of the research plan and experimental design), (2) the likelihood that it would deliver in the expected time frame, and (3) the likelihood that both the project and the lead researcher will benefit from ASSAB funds. Applications that seek funds for research on a thesis topic that should be funded by the department/institution or a research council are not favourably viewed. The decision of the ASSAB assessment panel is final.

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