This fellowship is for the purpose of supporting one or more female early career researcher(s) in ecology or environmental science in the School of BioSciences. The annual income of the fund in the Botany Foundation can be used to assist with the recipient’s careers and can be spent on costs associated with research, field work or conference travel including support for child minding.
The fellowship was the inspiration of Dr Jane Elith, winner of the 2015 Prime Minister’s Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year and elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. After completing her undergraduate degree, Jane raised a family and returned later to complete her PhD, acknowledging the encouragement and support she received from her mentors. She is now one of the world’s most highly cited researchers; her research has been critical to predicting distributions of organisms, making significant contributions to threatened-species management and the control of weeds and pests.
The Foundation encourages further donations to enhance the value of this fellowship to support female scientists.