Lesslie Scholarship in Landscape Conservation & Ecology


A scholarship has been established on behalf of the Lesslie family, recognising the contributions to landscape conservation and ecology by Dr Rob Lesslie, an alumnus of the University

The purpose of the Scholarship is to assist students by providing financial support for research projects in landscape conservation and ecology.

Field of study

Landscape Conservation & Ecology


The Scholarship shall be awarded each year to a student (or students) who:

  • is an Australian citizen, Permanent Resident or New Zealand citizen;
  • is enrolled in an Honours year, graduate coursework, or graduate research program offered by the Fenner School of Environment & Society; and
  • is undertaking a research project in the natural science fields of:
    • Natural resources management
    • Land evaluation
    • Land use science
    • Ecological conservation

Selection Basis

The following criteria will be taken into account when making a decision:

  • The student's academic record
  • The scientific quality of the research
  • Relevance of applicant's research proposal to the Research Focus of this award
  • Potential for the research to lead to tangible outcomes for policy and management
  • Availability of suitable supervision

Research Focus means applied research in the natural sciences with the potential to promote Australian landscapes and ecosystems that are better protected and resilient against the background of a changing climate, population, and other threatening processes. This will include applied research work in the fields of: natural resources management sciences, land evaluation, land use science and ecological conservation. Particular interests include applied research and development advancing 'whole of landscape' land evaluation and conservation, integrated natural resources management, and measures to maintain the environmental integrity and productivity of our natural landscapes and ecosystems. Research should lead to tangible outcomes for policy and management.


Scholarships will be available for the purchase of essential equipment, data, software, and consumable materials. The funds will also cover essential field work, travel and research expenses, workshops/seminars costs and assist with publication expenses. The Scholarship is not to be expended on stipend or salary.

How to apply

The Scholarship application must include:

  • A statement of no more than two pages describing the intended research, its relevance to landscape conservation and ecology and outcomes
  • The applicant's academic record
  • A budget and budget justification endorsed by the applicant's supervisor
  • Contact details for two academic referees familiar with the applicant's work.

Applications should be sent to:  Lesslie.Endowment.Applications@anu.edu.au