Marine Geoscience Postgrad Project Grants

Attention Honours & Postgraduates working in marine geosciences or related projects!

Are you looking for funding to cover research, field work or conference attendance?

Have you found a new method you would like to apply to your samples?

Look no further!

From left: Beth Novak (Assistant Laboratory Officer, IODP JRSO), Christophe Galerne (Physical Properties Specialist, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany), and Susan Boehm (Marine Laboratory Specialist, IODP JRSO) react excitedly to the sill obtained in a core. (Credit: Tim Fulton, IODP JRSO) [Photo ID: exp385_081]
Photo Credit: Tim Fulton, IODP JRSO.

ANZIC is offering one-off Honours or Postgraduate grants of up to $10,000 each to support ongoing work as a part of, or in addition, to your thesis.

By supporting Honours and Postgraduates in their pursuit of geoscientific inquiries, this top-up grant aims to help cultivate expertise vital for addressing pressing global challenges, from climate change to natural resource management (to name just two), through rigorous scientific exploration of the world’s oceans.

What we will fund

The grant will provide financial support to cover expenses directly related to the thesis, such as fieldwork, laboratory analyses, equipment and travel.
Conference and workshop support is also allowed.


  • You must be enrolled in a Honours, Masters or PhD program in an Australian ANZIC member institute for the duration of the project.
  • Your thesis, or research chapter, is related to the marine geosciences. Projects with interdisciplinary approaches, such as integrating geoscience with oceanography, biology, environmental studies, or computer sciences are also encouraged.

Grant awardees must complete a final report summarising the research findings and outcomes upon completion of the project. This report will be used in the ANZIC Bulletin and Annual Report.

How to apply

Applications must be made through our Smartygrants portal by June 17.
To complete the application, you will need to provide:
  • a brief CV (No more than 2 pages)
  • an academic referee support letter from a recent supervisor or lecturer highlighting your qualifications and the potential for the proposal’s success.
Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • Demonstrated excellence and potential for future contribution to the field of marine geoscience.
  • Quality and feasibility of the proposed project.
  • Relevance of the proposed project to the field of marine geoscience.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to carry out independent research.
  • Letter of recommendation providing insight into the applicant’s qualifications and potential for success.
Note that:
  • The amount and duration of funding will be specified in the grant award letter.
  • Funds will be disbursed according to the project timeline and in accordance with the institution’s policies and procedures
  • Due to our funding restrictions, grants cannot be deferred.
For inquiries or further information about the grant program, applicants can contact Kelly Kenney.