STEP – John Martyn Research Grant for the Conservation of Bushland

STEP – John Martyn Research Grant for the Conservation of Bushland

John Martyn Research Grant for the Conservation of Bushland (2018)

Applications for the inaugural John Martyn Research Grant for the Conservation of Bushland in Sydney are welcomed from honours, masters and PhD students.

To apply, complete the application form electronically, save it and email it to by
31 March 2018. We will announce the winner by 30 April 2018.


STEP is a community-based environmental organisation with members from Ku-ring-gai, Hornsby and surrounding suburbs. Our primary aim is to work for the conservation of bushland in northern Sydney.

We fund environmental education using funds from sales of our publications and donations and bequests made to our Environmental Protection Fund.

This award honours John Martyn who has worked tirelessly for STEP since 1990. John’s enthusiasm for the natural world, his knowledge of geology, plants, animals and weather, and his expertise in mapping, photography and book production, have resulted in a plethora of STEP publications – maps and books unrivalled in their breadth of knowledge, scientific documentation, usability, accessibility and beauty.

General notes

  1. The project must contribute to the knowledge that will assist  the conservation of bushland in Sydney, e.g. flora and fauna studies, biodiversity, management issues such as chemical pollution, weed invasion, erosion control and control burning.
  2. Applications will be assessed by STEP’s selection committee on the:
  • quality of the applicant
  • merits of the project
  • feasibility of the project being carried out within the timetable and with the available resources
  1. The maximum grant awarded will be $2,500/year.
  2. The grant will be paid to the student’s supervising institution.
  3. Funding may not be used to contribute to the cost of expensive capital items.
  4. Successful applicants (masters and PhDs) may reapply for the grant in successive years.

Requirements of the successful applicant

On receipt of the research grant, the successful applicant shall provide a short profile of their interests and a photograph for publication in our newsletter and on our website

Within 6 months of completion of the research, the successful applicant shall:

  • present a talk to STEP members on the background and results of the project
  • write an article for publication in our newsletter
  • provide a statement to STEP of how the money was spent

Value and tenure: $2,500 one off award



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