Funding Resources

 Looking for some money to fund your own research proposal? Maybe you need some more money in order to complete some more data analysis to complete your next paper? Unsure of where to start looking ... wonder no more! We have listed some fellowship and funding schemes to help you undertake your own research.

This list is not exhaustive and will be updated. So if you know of other funding resources that should be listed here please let us know by emailing the ICPO office, and we can update the list.



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Young Tall Poppy Science Awards

The prestigious annual Young Tall Poppy Science Awards aim to recognise the achievements of Australia’s outstanding young scientific researchers and communicators.

Nominations are generally called early in the year for two months prior to the selection process. Selection criteria include outstanding research / academic achievement as well as excellence in communication and community engagement to promote an understanding of science.

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L'Oreal Women in Science Fellowships These fellowships help young women scientists from around the world take up research positions in other countries, allowing them to pursue their research in some of the world's most prestigious laboratories. There are 15 fellowships given out each year to support 'the faces of science for tomorrow' Worldwide Rolling
Australian Government - Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)

APA scholarships are awarded to students of exceptional research potential undertaking a Higher Degree Research in Australia. APAs are provided to assist with students' general living costs. From 2011 commencing International Postgraduate Research Scholarship recipients are eligible to apply for an APA.

Awards are available for a period of two years for a research masters degree or three years, with a possible extension of six months, for a research doctorate degree. Award holders receive an annual stipend and may also be eligible for other allowances.

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Australian Research Council -Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) The Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme is a separate element of the Discovery Program. The DECRA scheme will provide more focused support for researchers and create more opportunities for early-career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions.Researchers may be eligible to apply if they have been awarded a PhD within five years or, commensurate with a period of significant career interruption, have been awarded a PhD within eight years of the closing time of submission of Proposals. Australia  
Australian Research Council - Discovery Projects The Discovery Projects scheme provides funding for research projects that can be undertaken by individual researchers or research teams.

The objectives of the Discovery Projects scheme are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research by individuals and teams
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in the National Research Priorities
  • expand Australia’s knowledge base and research capability
  • encourage research and research training in high-quality research environments
  • enhance international collaboration in research
  • foster the international competitiveness of Australian research.
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Australian Research Council - Linkage Projects

The Linkage Projects scheme provides funding to Eligible Organisations to support research and development (R&D) projects which are collaborative between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system, which are undertaken to acquire new knowledge, and which involve risk or innovation.

Proposals for funding under the Linkage Projects scheme must include at least one Partner Organisation. The Partner Organisation must make a contribution in cash and/or in kind to the project. The combined Partner Organisation contributions for a Proposal (i.e. the total of the cash and in-kind contributions of the Partner Organisations) must at least match the total funding requested from the ARC.

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Leibniz-DAAD Fellowship Program

Launched in 2011, the Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship offers highly-qualified recent foreign postdocs the opportunity to conduct special research at institutes of the Leibniz Association in Germany. Fellows can do their research at one of the Leibniz-Institutes which are covered in the following (five) sections: Humanities and Educational Research; Economics, Social and Spatial Sciences; Life Sciences; Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Engineering; and Environmental Research. Grants for postdocs can be awarded for up to a maximum of 12 months.

Europe, Germany


NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship programme

This fellowship program is designed to provide an independent research opportunity to recently graduated PhDs who want to pursue interests that align with the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program ( The program focuses on observing, understanding, modeling, and predicting the climate system on seasonal and longer time scales.

Experienced scientists at U.S. universities and research institutions host the appointed fellows providing mentoring and a collaborative environment to carry out their research projects.




Marie Curie Fellowships

Marie Curie Fellowships are European research grants available to researchers regardless of their nationality or field of research. In addition to generous research funding scientists have the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector, and to complete their training with competences or disciplines useful for their careers.



Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

The Visiting Fellows program invites scientists ranging from recent doctoral graduates, to those on sabbattical, to senior scientists from many disciplines to continue their education in research positions that may foster interdisciplinary training and exposure to scientific assessments and policy research. These positions are open to scientists with research interests in the areas of the CIRES research themes.

Up to 12 awards may be made to Ph.D. scientists at all levels (Visiting Fellowships) and faculty planning sabbatical leave (Sabbatical Fellowships). Postdoctoral fellowships are awarded for one year; a second year may be available from other funding sources. Sabbatical fellowships are awarded for up to one year. Selections for this Visiting Fellows Program are based in part on the likelihood of interactions between the Visiting Fellows and the scientists at CIRES and the degree to which both parties will benefit from the exchange of new ideas. To further this goal, priority is given to candidates with research experience at institutions outside the Boulder scientific community.

USA, Boulder Colorado


Voss Environmental Fellows Programme


The Voss Environmental Fellows Program is a different kind of independent research experience, introducing undergraduate researchers to the dynamic interface between environmental scholarship, policy, and practice. Student-faculty-practitioner teams develop research projects to meet shared objectives – directing scientific discovery into channels that will inform current and future management choices.

The Voss Environmental Fellows Program is made possible through the generous support of the Henry David Thoreau Foundation and Peter and Pamela Voss. Additional support has been provided by Brown University’s Swearer Center, the Woods Lectureship Fund, the Center for Environmental Studies and Environmental Change Initiative.




The Environmental Fellows programme

The Harvard University Center for the Environment created the Environmental Fellows program to enable recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Harvard's extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental problems. The Environmental Fellows will work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department to create new knowledge while also strengthening connections across the University's academic disciplines. The Center will organize a co-curricular program to ensure that the fellows get to know each other and each other's work. All fellows will attend biweekly dinners with their colleagues, faculty members, and guests.

USA, Harvard


Commonwealth Academic Fellowships

Commonwealth Academic Fellowships support mid-career academics from developing countries to spend three months at a UK university. These fellowships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).



The Columbia Science Fellows Programme

With the creation of Frontiers of Science, a new postdoctoral position was established for young scientists interested in developing their skills in both research and science education. These "Science Fellows" are instrumental in developing new course material. However, Science Fellow positions are not purely teaching appointments. Because one goal of Frontiers of Science is to expose students to the way scientists work and think, Science Fellows actively pursue their own research projects within their department. Yes, being a Science Fellow can certainly make for a busy life, but if you love to teach and don't want to give up research, this may be the perfect position for you!

USA, New York


Natural Environmental Research Council  Research Fellowship Scheme

The new scheme is designed to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists, by giving all Fellows five years' support, which will allow them sufficient time to develop their research programmes, and to establish international recognition.

As part of this scheme, NERC will expand its fellowship networking and training activities, working with host institutions, to support the development of future leaders in NERC science.




National Geographic Society, Young Explorers Grant

An initial grant from National Geographic helped launch the careers of many of the Society’s, and our planet’s, most renowned explorers. We are committed—as we have been for more than a century—to supporting new generations of archaeologists, anthropologists, astronomers, conservationists, ecologists, geographers, geologists, marine scientists, adventurers, storytellers, and pioneers. Today, Young Explorers grants help cover field project costs for hard-working, passionate, creative individuals with great ideas. We focus on the disciplines we're known for, and also on emerging fields that matter most to understanding—and improving—the world we share. oung Explorers Grants help cover field project costs for individuals ages 18 to 25 pursuing research, conservation and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic's grant programs, including: the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC) and the Conservation Trust (CT).



The Daphne Jackson Trust

If you are considering returning to a STEM research career after a break of two years or more, take a look at the current Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowship opportunities at the Open University, University of York and Scottish Universities.



Trudeau Foundation

Every year, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation recognizes fellows who have set themselves apart through their research achievements, their creativity, and their social commitment to one or more of the Foundation’s four themes. The fellows are selected in light of their leadership, their productivity, their reputation, and their ability to communicate. Canada Rolling

CNST Student Awards Program

Various awards are offered annually through the Canadian Northern Studies Trust Scholarship Program. Canada Various

Marshall Sherfield Fellowships

Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.

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Fulbright fellowship The Fulbright Program, the U.S. Government’s flagship international exchange program, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

A number of programs and grants are available to applicants in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The Fulbright Specialist Program, which provides grants for U.S. faculty members and professionals to engage in short-term collaborative projects with higher education institutions in over 100 countries, is seeking applicants in the disciplines of agriculture, computer science and information technology, and environmental science. U.S. faculty and professionals apply to join a Roster of Specialists for a five year term. Roster candidates are reviewed by peers in the same discipline, and by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

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