Friends of the ANBG Student Scholarships

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Friends of the ANBG Student Scholarship

The Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens (FANBG) Student Scholarship supports students (Honours, Masters, or PhD) engaging in collaborative research projects with the ANBG that bring direct benefits to the Gardens and its objectives. The scholarship aims to enhance the knowledge and conservation of Australia’s diverse plant heritage, contributing to the ANBG’s mission to inspire, inform and connect people with Australian flora. Projects that focus on the shared aims of the FANBG and ANBG are encouraged to apply. The shared aims are 1) protection and conservation of Australian native flora; 2) research that creates an improved understanding of Australian plants for horticulture, botany and conservation; and 3) providing scientific and conservation information to the community.

Don Beer Scholarship

As part of the FANBG Student Scholarship program, the Don Beer Scholarship is awarded in honour of the late Don Beer and his legacy of work with the ANBG, including as a Volunteer Guide and member of the Council of the FANBG.  He devoted some thousands of hours researching the history of the Gardens, culminating in the publication in 2020 of the 330-page book: Miracle on Black Mountain - A History of The Australian National Botanic Gardens (2020) Halstead Press.

Three scholarships are available in [2023-24]:

  • FANBG : two scholarships of $7,500 each
  • Don Beer Scholarship: $7,500

Scholarships of up to $7,500 will be awarded annually to Honours, Masters or PhD students.  Successful applicants undertaking Masters or PhD programs will be awarded the scholarship for each year of full-time study (to a maximum of three years full time equivalent, total maximum of $22,500 over three years), pending submission of a satisfactory annual progress report (see Reporting Requirements in the Application Guidelines linked below). Part-time students will be awarded the scholarship on a pro-rata basis. A maximum of 3 scholarships, including one Don Beer Scholarship, will be awarded in any single year.

How to apply

Complete the application form provided HERE and send as a pdf file by email to add FANBG in the email subject line.


Please contact the ANBG at with any questions.

Applications for this award will open on 1 August 2023 and close on Friday 27 October 2023 at 5.00 pm AEST. Enquiries and discussion on potential projects are welcome outside of these dates.

Application guidelines

Please review the guidelines before submitting an application.

Please contact the ANBG with any questions or to discuss project ideas:

Research areas and contacts

You can find a list of individual contacts and research areas HERE.  This list includes current examples of ANBG and CANBR research topics. The ANBG also invites alternative suggestions. Please contact ANBG or one of the potential co-supervisors or the ANBG to discuss project ideas.

About the Friends of the ANBG

The Friends of the ANBG is a not-for-profit community group with over 3,000 members, who provide important financial support to fund projects focused on visitor services and facilities, scientific and conservation research, and public education. More information about the Friends is online at