Ian McDougall Bursary Program Call for Applications


The Ian McDougall Bursary is a newly formed bursary program hosted by Future Earth Australia (FEA). Its aim is to promote cross-institutional collaboration in Early Career Researcher and Practitioners (ECRP).

Funding for an Ian McDougall Bursary is open to any topic in any discipline(s) that seeks to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals for societal transformation.  

To apply for an Ian McDougall Bursary, your Early Career Researcher and Practitioner collaboration must consist of ECRPs from at least 3 different institutions, 2 of which must be FEA financial members. For more details on the current financial FEA members, please click here: https://www.futureearth.org.au/about-us#founding-members-grid

If successful, the bursary amount awarded will be $4,000 per application, and at least three bursaries will be awarded each year. 

All applications will be assessed by a panel of experts and the FEA secretariat against the below criteria.

Application Process

To apply for an Ian McDougall Bursary, collaborators must complete the Application Form and send the completed form to futureearthaustralia@science.org.au

Applications close 5 PM AEDT Nov 22, 2019.

By applying for an Ian McDougall Bursary you agree to the following criteria, if successful:


  • Collaborators must spend money received within 8 months of receipt. Future Earth Australia must be provided with documentation to account for spending.  
  • Collaborators will provide Future Earth Australia with a mid-project written report by 30 April 2020.
  • Collaborators will provide Future Earth Australia with a final report to include:
    • Detailed outcomes and impact of the societal transformation.
    • Final report can be written but could also be chosen to present at an ECRP event in 2020.
  • Collaborators consent to having their names, reports and photos on Future Earth Australia marketing materials including the website and year in review documents.
  • Collaborators agree to the following timeline:
    • Project commencement: End of January 2020
    • Mid-project written report: End of April 2020
    • Final report and money spend: End of August 2020
  • Collaborators must be ECRPs, here defined as up to 5 years post-PhD, or up to 5 years into your first career (excluding career interruptions relating to parenting or carer requirements).

Please note that proposals from those who have not led prior successful proposals will be have preference.  

Please note that collaborations that have initiated from previous Future Earth Australia ECRP events are not essential, but will be looked upon favourably.

The Ian McDougall Bursary program has been made possible due to the generous support of the family of Ian McDougall. Professor Ian McDougall was a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and was highly respected in Australia and around the world for his pioneering work in the field of earth sciences.