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Awards

AWMS provides a number of incentives and grants to its members to further their careers and to acknowledge their contribution to the field of wildlife management. AWMS is also very focused on ensuring the continuing training and contributions of students to the field of wildlife management.

The Graeme Caughley Medal For Contributions to Australasian Wildlife Management

The Graeme Caughley Medal for Contributions to Australasian Wildlife Management is the highest honour bestowed by AWMS to recognise exceptional individuals who have dedicated their careers to the advancement of wildlife management in Australia and New Zealand. This medal pays tribute to Graeme Caughley, a prominent figure within AWMS who made significant contributions to the field and helped shape wildlife management practices in both countries.

Awarded on an occasional basis, the Graeme Caughley Medal acknowledges individuals who have made a lifelong impact on wildlife management in Australia and New Zealand.

Learn more about The Graeme Caughley Medal

The Prize

The prize associated with the medal may vary at the discretion of the current council, but it includes, at a minimum:

  • A specially designed medal engraved with the recipient’s name and the year of the award
  • An elegantly presented copy of the citation printed under the AWMS letterhead, signed by the current president
  • Full coverage of expenses for the recipient’s attendance at the Annual Conference where the award is presented
  • An opportunity for the recipient to deliver a keynote address at the Annual Conference on a subject of their choice

Award Criteria

While eligibility for the award extends to any professional whose career has primarily involved deriving or applying scientific information to managed wildlife in Australia and New Zealand, AWMS aims to recognise individuals who have made outstanding and exemplary contributions. Consistently generating a substantial body of scientific information or playing a pivotal role in shaping scientifically-based wildlife management policies aligns with the criteria for this prestigious award.

Process for Making an Award

Members of AWMS can submit nominations for the Graeme Caughley Medal to the AWMS council through the president (president@awms.org.au) at any time. However, only nominations received before June will be considered for the award to be presented at the subsequent Annual Conference in December.

Nominations should provide a detailed account of the nominee’s professional career, emphasising their specific contributions to the field and the impact these have had on wildlife management practices in Australia and New Zealand.

If a nomination is successful, the nominator(s) will be asked to prepare a concise one-page citation summarising the nomination. This citation will be awarded alongside the medal by the president of AWMS or their representative at the next Annual Conference.

Hands-on Management Award

The Hands-on Management Award, presented by AWMS, recognises and celebrates practitioners who have demonstrated exceptional implementation of wildlife management practices in the Australasian region. This award aims to acknowledge their outstanding contributions to the field.

Learn more about the Hands-on Management Award

Award Value

The Hands-on Management Award provides $2,500 of value, consisting of:

  1. Three years free membership @ $70 per annum
  2. Free registration to the conference (including the conference dinner) and a presentation time slot at the conference (up to $690).
  3. Travel costs to a maximum of $600
  4. A framed certificate from the AWMS to be awarded at the conference dinner, and
  5. A $1000 cash prize

Selection Criteria

To be eligible for the award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be an AWMS member at the time of application (Join Now)
  • Any agency, group or individual carrying out a wildlife management project within the Australasian region, which includes Australia, New Zealand, Papua/New Guinea, and neighbouring Pacific islands.
  • Must demonstrate excellence in their respective field of wildlife management
  • Must be willing to provide updates for AWMS social media and member communications
  • Must be willing to attend and present at the AWMS conference in the year of Award

Selection Process

Applicants are required to complete the Practitioner Award Application form, providing a concise summary (up to 200 words each) addressing the following key points:

  1. Problem definition: Clearly define the issue at hand, including details such as occurrence frequency, involved parties, and relevant context.
  2. Action plan with measurable goals: Present a well-defined action plan that outlines specific goals and objectives.
  3. Implementation of the plan: Describe the steps taken to execute the action plan effectively.
  4. Monitoring and evaluation: Explain how the action plan was monitored and evaluated, including the methods used and the extent to which the goals were achieved.
  5. Process improvements: Highlight any modifications made to the process based on the findings from monitoring and evaluation.

Applicants should also provide the name and contact details of a referee who can verify their achievements.

Selection Committee

The selection committee responsible for assessing the applications consists of:

  • President of the AWMS
  • An independent expert nominated by the AWMS president
  • A representative from the conference organising committee

The decision made by the selection committee is final, and no further correspondence regarding the decision will be entertained.

Applications for the Practical Management Award are accepted annually between 1 March and 30th April. Apply now.

Des Cooper Conservation Award

The Des Cooper Conservation Award, established by AWMS in 2011, recognises the outstanding achievements of student members who have demonstrated excellence in scientifically-based wildlife management research. This prestigious annual award aims to bring the student’s research to the attention of the broader AWMS membership and encourages ongoing active involvement with the Society.

Learn more about the Des Cooper Conservation Award

Award Value

The Des Cooper Conservation Award includes the following benefits, with a maximum value of $3,000:

  1. Three years of AWMS membership contribution, up to A$70 per annum
  2. Free registration for the AWMS conference, including the conference dinner, in the year the award is received, and a time slot at the conference for presenting their research, up to A$690
  3. AWMS conference travel costs reimbursement, up to a maximum of A$600
  4. A certificate from AWMS to be awarded at the conference dinner
  5. A cash prize for use towards project costs

Selection Criteria

To be eligible for the award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be an AWMS Member at time of application (Join Now)
  2. Must be a current or former tertiary research student (at Honours, Masters, or PhD level) enrolled in a degree that requires the submission of a research thesis.
  3. Must have studied within the field of wildlife management in a university in the Australasian region, which includes Australia, New Zealand, Papua/New Guinea, and neighbouring Pacific islands.
  4. The thesis must have been examined, and examiners’ reports received within the preceding 12 months from the closing date for award applications.
  5. Must be willing to provide updates for AWMS social media and member communications.
  6. Must be able to deliver a presentation about their thesis research at the AWMS conference in the year the award is given.

Selection Process

Applicants must complete the Des Cooper Conservation Award declaration form and provide the following information:

  1. AWMS Des Cooper Conservation Award Supervisor/Head of School report (download).
  2. Copies of the examiners’ reports (in the event that reports are not available for an Honours thesis, a brief evaluatory statement by the supervisor will suffice).
  3. The Abstract/Summary from the thesis.
  4. Information outlining the relevance of the body of work to wildlife management, including:
  • Context
  • Aims
  • Key Results (within the context of methods)
  • Conclusions
  • Wildlife Management Implications.

Applications will be judged based on the significance of the project to wildlife management, and achievements will be assessed relative to the length of candidature for the degree in which the student was enrolled.

Please ensure all required documents are scanned and submitted as one document before starting the online application.

Selection Committee

The selection committee consists of 4–6 members:

  • President of the AWMS
  • One or two academics nominated by the president of the AWMS
  • One or two wildlife practitioners nominated by the president of the AWMS
  • The conference organiser or a representative from the conference organising committee.

The decision made by the selection committee is final, and no further correspondence regarding the decision will be entertained.

Conditions of Entry

In addition to the points mentioned in the selection criteria, the following should be noted:

  • All requested documentation must be supplied, and AWMS may verify the examination process with the relevant Head of School or Faculty.
  • AWMS reserves the right not to award a prize in any year if the entries do not meet the minimum standard of academic excellence and relevance to wildlife management.
Applications for the Des Cooper Conservation Award are open annually between 1 March and 30 April. Apply now.

President’s Early Career Award

The President’s Award recognises excellence in research undertaken by a member of the Australasian Wildlife Management Society within 5 years of the awarding of their PhD (Early Career Researcher) or in their professional capacity.

Learn more about the President’s Early Career Award

Award Value

  • Presentation slot at the next AWMS conference.
  • Free conference registration.
  • Travel costs (up to $2000) to attend the next AWMS conference.

Selection Criteria

  1. Only members of AWMS are eligible for the award.
  2. The award is made on the basis of outstanding contributions  in the field of wildlife management in Australasia conducted during the post-doctoral period (not necessarily within a formal post-doctoral position) or in a professional capacity, up to maximum of 5 years after being awarded a PhD.
  3. A further year is allowed (to the opening day of the conference) to make the submission.
  4. A panel will be appointed by the AWMS President to assess applications.

Selection Process

Applicants must complete the online application form and provide the following:

  1. A summary of the work carried out in the 5 years following the awarding of your PhD, including the background, methods, results and discussion of the study (450 – 500 words).
  2. A list of your publications.
  3. A list of any prizes and/or awards received.

Selection Committee

Will be comprised of at least 2 members:

  • President of AWMS
  • One other committee member

The selection committee’s decision will be final, and no further correspondence regarding the decision will be entertained.

Conditions of Entry

AWMS reserves the right not to award a grant (or grants) in any year if the entries are judged not to reach a minimum standard of quality of application.

Applications for the President’s Early Career Award are accepted annually between 1 March and 30 April. Apply now.

Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Travel Grant

New in 2024, the Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Travel Grant aims to support First Nations’ people and organisations working in wildlife management and research to attend the annual AWMS Conference and share their work.

Learn more about the Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Travel Grant

More information coming soon!

Applications for the Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Travel Grant can be made at the same time as Abstract submissions for the annual AWMS Conference.

Best Student Presentation

At the annual AWMS conference, all students can be judged in the Best Student Presentation. Entry is not compulsory.

Learn more about the Best Student Presentation

The Best Student Presentation award is a highlight of the AWMS conference, recognising and encouraging outstanding achievements by student participants. All students who are members of AWMS and serve as senior authors of their presentations are automatically eligible for consideration.

A distinguished panel of academic members evaluates each student presentation based on a carefully crafted set of criteria, including content, delivery, originality, and relevance to wildlife management.

The winner of the ‘Best Student Presentation’ award receives the esteemed prize of three years’ membership to AWMS, fostering their continued engagement with the Society and its invaluable network of wildlife management professionals.

Best Student Poster

At the annual AWMS conference all students can be judged in the Best Student Poster. Entry is not compulsory.

Learn more about the Best Student Poster

A panel of academic members judges each of the student posters, and the winner is selected based on a set of criteria.

To be eligible, students must be a member of AWMS and the senior author of their presentation. All students meeting these criteria are automatically entered. If you choose not to participate, please inform one of the committee members.

The winner of the Best Student Poster award receives the esteemed prize of three years’ membership to AWMS, fostering their continued engagement with the Society and its invaluable network of wildlife management professionals.

Conference Travel Subsidy

AWMS actively promotes and facilitates student participation at the annual conference. We offer travel subsidies to AWMS student members, allowing them to present their work at the event. To qualify for the travel subsidy, students must have their supervisor’s approval and deliver a talk or present a poster during the conference.

Learn more about the Conference Travel Subsidy

Student subsidy amounts

Full-time students registered for the full conference:

  • $300 for those who have been paid members of AWMS for three years or more,
  • $200 for students whose past and future paid membership totals less than 3 years.

The subsidy will be reduced proportionally for students registered for part of the conference. For part time students the subsidy will be at 75% of the above full time rates.

In years where the application for subsidies is high, preference will be given to those people whose experience is most relevant to the symposia planned for the conference. Information on claiming the subsidy will be provided at each conference.
To apply for the subsidy please fill in the form and submit it, with copies of your travel receipts, at lunchtime on Day 1 to the AWMS Committee Member near the registration desk.

Indigenous People

Travel subsidies and registration for indigenous people will be considered (as per students) where Indigenous delegates cannot get full support from their member organisation and where it is considered desirable for them to attend a specific symposium. If appropriate to their circumstances, free registration may be considered. Subsidies will be considered where applicants can:

  • Identify themselves as an Indigenous person of Australia or New Zealand (other countries will also be considered)
  • Are involved in wildlife management in that country
  • Will present a paper (spoken or poster) or have experiences relevant to a conference symposium.
To apply for the subsidy, please send an email to conference@awms.org.au. Include the estimated travel costs, details of any other financial assistance you may be receiving, and provide comments explaining your circumstances. Additionally, please submit this information to the Treasurer during the conference.

Braysher Management Fund

Many wildlife management issues are identified as ‘Wicked Problems’ – problems that are too difficult or complex to solve because of social complexity.

The Braysher Management Fund aims to support studies and other initiatives that address practical wildlife management problems where community involvement is fundamental to the success of the program. The funding will support projects where community consultation and action are clearly articulated and integral to the outcomes of the project.

Learn more about the Braysher Management Fund

Award Value

Up to a maximum of $10,000 over two years, with the successful applicant receiving half at the time of receiving the award and the remaining half upon the submission of a suitable 12-month report.

Selection Criteria

The applicant:

  1. Must be associated with an institution or organisation involved with wildlife management;
  2. Must be a financial member of AWMS at the time the application for the grant is submitted;
  3. Must agree to submit an interim report at 12 months and a final report of no less than 1000 words at 24 months summarising their research project outcomes to the AWMS Committee and for publication in the AWMS newsletter; and
  4. Must give a presentation on their project outcomes at the AWMS annual conference immediately following the completion of their project.

Examples of suitable projects/initiatives:

  • Support for workshops (venue costs, travel) that bring stakeholders together to discuss wildlife management issues.
  • Publication costs for collaborative initiatives that address community-led wildlife management issues.
  • Travel to enable engagement opportunities with or by community participants.
  • Education initiatives.
  • Research projects addressing community-led wildlife management issues.

The following principles will be used to guide the selection of successful recipients:

  • The nature of the Wildlife Management (WM) or Natural Resource
  • Management (NRM) issue and the management required will vary with the assessor and their perspective.
  • Most WD/NRM needs to be planned and undertaken at a landscape-scale, almost always involving several land tenures and different land managers.

Due to the above two principles:

  • All key stakeholders need to be actively engaged and consulted.
  • Rarely can the WM/NRM issue be addressed with a single or a relatively simple action. Invariably, several factors need to be considered and managed in concert.
  • WM/NRM needs to focus on the desired outcome, in the case of pests, the reduction in damage, not just killing pests.
  • A whole of system approach is required.
  • Most WM/NRM occurs in ecosystems in which our knowledge is imperfect; hence an effective monitoring and evaluation strategy is essential for all management interventions.

Selection Process

Applicants must complete the online application form and provide a summary of the following (no more than 200 words each):

  1. Problem definition—describing the issue, when and how often it occurs, who is involved etc.
  2. Community integration—how is community engagement and consultation integral to the outcomes of the project and how community stakeholders will be actively involved in achieving the outcomes of the project.
  3. Evaluation criteria—a plan explaining how outcomes of the project will be evaluated.
  4. A budget—detailing what funding is currently available to the project, how will these additional funds be used to enhance community consultation and action).

Applicants will be assessed according to the quality of their applications (written communication, clear goals for the proposed project, and provision of evidence that the project is feasible), and the benefit the program will provide for development of practical solutions for wildlife management through community consultation and action.

Selection Committee

Will be comprised of at least 3 members:

  • President of AWMS
  • At least one, and up to two, experts in the field of community engagement and wildlife management nominated by the President of AWMS

The decision made by the selection committee is final, and no further correspondence regarding the decision will be entertained.

Conditions of Entry

AWMS reserves the right not to award a grant (or grants) in any year if the entries are judged not to reach a minimum standard of quality of application.

Applications for the Braysher Management Fund are open annually between 1 June and 31 August. Apply now. 
Please note that this is an online form, and saving progress is not possible. We recommend preparing your answers in a separate document and then copying and pasting them into the form once you have addressed all the criteria.

Joan Southgate Southern Africa-Australasia Travel Fund

Joan’s principal intent for the fund was to support reciprocal travel and associated expenses between Australasia and Southern Africa for Masters, PhD students, and early career practitioners focusing on wildlife conservation and management. The aim is to provide opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange with practitioners in related fields.

Learn more about the Joan Southgate Southern Africa-Australasia Travel Fund

Award Value

The award is available annually for members needing assistance to travel to the affiliate country for study.  Funds are available for travel, living expenses and accommodation. Up to a maximum of $5000 plus support of registration fees for attendance of either an AWMS or SAWMA annual conference.

The principles to guide the selection of successful recipients from the fund are:

  1. The travel will assist in sharing knowledge and skills in some aspect of conservation management between the two southern hemisphere regions.
  2. The travel for study should endeavour to provide broad-scale, low-intensity management solutions for the conservation of wildlife.

The results will be presented to either SAWMA or AWMS annual conference.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this program, the applicant must:

  1. Be a Masters, PhD student enrolled in a course related to wildlife management at a University or other tertiary institution, or an early career researcher  in the Australasian/ Southern Africa region (Australasia includes Australia, New Zealand, Papua/New Guinea and the neighbouring islands in the Pacific Ocean);
  2. Be a financial member of AWMS or SAWMA, for at least a year, at the time the application for the travel grant is submitted;
  3. Submit a two-page summary of the proposed project outlining how the study will address the selection principles, the benefits the work provides to both the applicant the field of study, and how the project will be delivered
  4. Complete an AWMS  Travel Scholarship Declaration form (signed and dated by the applicant and the Head of their Faculty/School/Organisation);
  5. Provide a statement of approval or support and authorisation for the applicant to undertake the research, signed by an appropriate representative of the host organisation.

Reporting

Applicants must complete the application form and provide the following documentation:

  1. A 500-word report of their study program/work experience to the AWMS/SAWMA Committee within one month of the completion of their travel grant;
  2. A report on their study program/work experience in the AWMS/SAWMA newsletters immediately following the completion of their travel grant; and
  3. A presentation at the AWMS or SAWMA annual conference immediately following the completion of their travel grant.

Please ensure you scan your completed declaration form along with your two-page summary, and statement of approval or support, into one document before beginning your online application.

Applicants for the study grant program will be assessed according to the quality of their applications (written communication, clear goals for the proposed study/work experience program, and provision of evidence that the study/work program is feasible), and the benefit the program will provide for their professional development in wildlife management.

Selection Committee

Will be comprised of at least 3-5 members:

  • Two representatives working in the wildlife conservation field as decided by the AWMS Executive Committee.
  • Two representatives working in the wildlife conservation field as decided by the SAWMA Executive Committee.

The selection committee’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Conditions of Entry

The AWMS reserves the right not to award a grant (or grants) in any year if the entries are judged not to reach a minimum standard of quality of application, and/or benefit for the applicants’ professional development in wildlife management.

Applications for the Joan Southgate Southern Africa-Australasia Travel Fund are open annually between 1 June and 31 August. Apply now.

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