Over the past 12 months, the Ian Potter Foundation Travel program has been closed while undergoing an extensive review. This review has now been completed and the Board have decided to permanently close the Travel program area.
Travel grants have been awarded by the Foundation since 1964. The Foundation is proud to have been a leader in opening up this area of international training, experience and exchange for researchers. For many years, this grantmaking reflected the lack of opportunities for talented young Australian researchers and scientists to travel overseas to network and present at international conferences. Today, such opportunities are much more readily available.
The Foundation remains committed to finding new and profound ways to support and develop the research capacity of Australia. Hence, over the past decade, the Foundation’s support for early career and established researchers has consolidated through a range of Science and Environment & Conservation Research Fellowships such as the:
- Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation Doctoral Fellowships
- Ian Potter Fellowship in Landscape Conservation (Wentworth Group)
- Australian Landscape Trust Early Career Ecologist, and
- Ian Potter Fellowships for Biodiversity Research (Museums Victoria).
Closure of the Travel program area reflects the Foundation’s continuous evaluation of its grantmaking and the overarching strategy to focus its grantmaking to achieve the greatest impact.
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