Fynbos Forum – Innovation Scholarships 2016

Post-graduate students at Masters or PhD level who are studying at South African Universities and Universities of Technology are invited to apply for a Fynbos Forum Innovation Scholarship.
Scholarships are to be awarded for 2 x Masters (R32,000 each) and 1 x PhD (R52,000) commencing January 2016.

These scholarships will be granted for one year, and depending on funding availability could be renewable upon the submission of satisfactory progress reports annually, up to the maximum term permitted being two years for an MSc and 3 years for a PhD and subject to the approval of the committee /scientific selection panel and TMF. Candidates must be working on a research project that is at the interface between science and application, and which is aligned with the Fynbos Forum Research Strategy. The Scholarships are wholly merit-based, and are a means to attract, retain and incentivise the best young researchers to work in the Fynbos Biome.

Interested students can email the secretariat at fynbosforum2014@gmail.com for application forms


Centre of Excellence (CoE-Pal) – Call for Funding 2016

This programme is focussed on supporting projects in Palaeontology, Palaeobotany, Palaeo-anthropology, Archaeology and cognate disciplines

Grants available to:

Postgraduate Bursaries (Honours, Masters, Doctorate), Postdoctoral Fellowship and Operational Support


Those who are eligible are postgraduate students (Honours, Masters and Doctoral), postdoctoral fellows and academic/research staff from one of the partner institutions: University of the Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, Iziko Museums of South Africa, Ditsong Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Bloemfontein and Albany Museum.

Application Deadline:

All applications must be submitted no later than Monday, 28 September 2015.

The Grant Application and the Funding Guide are accessible on the CoE-Pal website, http://www.ancient-earth.co.za.

See: Application Call 2016 and Funding Guide

Postdocs – American Museum of Natural History

The Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History (RGGS @ AMNH) seeks highly qualified applicants for our 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Fellowships programs. Postdoctoral Fellows may conduct research in any area supported by AMNH science divisions (interdisciplinary projects are possible and encouraged): Anthropology, Invertebrate Zoology, Paleontology, Physical Sciences, and Vertebrate Zoology. Newly graduated or soon-to-graduate Ph.D.s may apply.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program at the American Museum of Natural History provides training to postdoctoral investigators to carry out a specific project within a limited time period. Applicants must contact an AMNH curator(s) in their field(s) well before the deadline to discuss the feasibility of their project before applying. Appointments are typically made for up to two years, although some special programs may have longer terms. Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Museum. In addition to a competitive salary, limited relocation, research, and publication support is provided.

The AMNH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program also includes the potential for support through special programs, if a fellow’s area of specialization includes: 1) the study of North American natural history, particularly modern or fossil terrestrial and freshwater fauna (Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund), 2) marine biology and paleontology (Lerner-Gray Fund for Marine Research), or 3) research in biology, with an emphasis on genomics and computational biology, that informs human and medical research through understanding other species or advances our understanding of the evolution and diversity of species and the “tree of life” (Gerstner Scholars program, generously supported by the Gerstner Family Foundation). A separate program, the Frank M. Chapman Memorial Fund, supports research in Ornithology (http://www.amnh.org/our-research/vertebrate-zoology/ornithology/grants).

Complete applications will be due by 5pm, November 15, 2015. For details on the Museum’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program and directions on how to apply, visit http://www.amnh.org/our-research/richard-gilder-graduate-school/academics-and-research/fellowship-and-grant-opportunities/postdoctoral-fellowships

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum encourages Women, Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Vietnam Era and Disabled Veterans to apply. The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law.

ICDP Training ‪‎Course

ICDP Training Course‬ on Lacustrine Sediment Drilling, 14-16 September 2015, Lake Ohrid, Macedonia.

This training course will touch upon relevant aspects of scientific drilling in lakes, including project planning and management, pre-site studies, drilling engineering, drill core handling and storage, on-site core analysis, downhole logging, data management, and post-drilling activities. The training course is recommended for master students, doctorate students and post-docs involved in scientific drilling.

Application Deadline: 30.06.15. Date of Notification: 10.07.15

Fully funded if application is successful.

More info: http://tinyurl.com/kmpl6qm

PAGES opportunities

  • Host the PAGES OSM/YSM in 2017: call for expressions of interest.
  • PAGES working group proposal: call now open.
  • PAGES meeting support – 3 categories: Official PAGES Working Group, Educational, and Open Call.

AMQUA Travel Fund: ECR attending the INQUA2015

AMQUA can provide $2000 towards travel support for one tenure-track early career scientist to attend the INQUA Congress in Nagoya, Japan from July 26th -August 2nd.


  1. An AMQUA Member;
  2. Have an accepted abstract for the 2015 INQUA Congress and are the presenting author;
  3. Are currently in a tenure-track position and are not yet tenured;

To apply:

Send a letter in pdf format requesting consideration for travel support, and include along with the letter your INQUA abstract, your planned travel budget, your planned involvement in the meeting, and a 2 page NSF-style biosketch (resume).

Please send this to  alisonjs@kent.edu   by April 3rd, with AMQUA Travel in the subject line.

Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST)

PAST invites applications for grants, bursaries, conferences and publications from researchers, educators and post-graduate students at African institutions in support of projects involving palaeoanthropology, palaeontology, archaeology and cognate disciplines. Five categories of funding are available:

  • Post-graduate degree support
  • Technical training and capacity support
  • Young African scientist development support
  • Research project support
  • Conference and publication support

Applicants are requested to download, complete and submit the application form which appears in the following link: http://www.past.org.za/index.php/programmes/applying-for-funds