WH Gladstones Population and Environment Fund

This award is now closed for applications for 2014

The W H Gladstones Population and Environment Fund was established in 2010 through generous donations of the late Dr William H Gladstones.

The W H Gladstones Population and Environment Fund offers support for empirical research into how the size, distribution, material aspirations and other characteristics of Australia’s population are likely to affect our environment – not only our land and landscape, but also social cohesion, health, the economy and defence.  Population pressures in other countries which may have an impact on Australia could also be part of the research.

One grant is available for award every two years.  A Grant is initially awarded for one year with the possibility of additional funding in the following year.

The Grant in 2015 will be $12,000 (GST exclusive).  The renewed grant of $12,000 (GST exclusive) for 2016 will depend on the Academy of Science receiving a satisfactory progress report at the end of the first year.

This grant does not provide funds for bench fees, managerial, visa, insurance or infrastructure costs.

Focus of research

Research to be supported should aim to quantify various aspects of the human footprint, and to model likely ecological and other consequences.


Applicants should be employed in an Australian university or research institution and should have completed a PhD not more than 10 years ago.  Persons engaged in research for a PhD may also be considered if their thesis topics are judged to be highly significant.

Purpose of the Grant

The purpose of the Grant is to supplement the researcher’s existing resources and can be used for the purchase of such things as equipment, data, or the development of new measurement and analysis techniques.


Applications, in the form of a letter addressed to the ‘Selection Committee, W H Gladstones Population and Environment Fund‘, should set out the objectives and methods of research to be undertaken, together with a budget outlining the proposed use of the Grant over the two years.This should be no more than 5 pages in length.

A short CV and a list of publications relevant to the research are also required.

Two referees’ reports should also be attached to the application  Referee reports should be addressed to the ‘Selection Committee’ and be no more than two pages in length and indicate the referees’ knowledge of the research and the researcher’s ability to carry out the project successfully.

Applications should be sent in electronic format to awards@science.org.au.   

Grants are offered to successful applicants in early December each year for projects to be carried out in the next year.

All enquiries to awards@science.org.au


2015 - Dr M Hadjikakou: Our ‘foodprint’ matter – Australian diets and their environmental, economical and health impacts.
2013 - Dr Isaac Santos: Do residential canal estate developments increase greenhouse gas emissions from Australian estuaries?
2011 -Dr Daniel Ramp: Engagement of a growing Australian population.