Foundation Scholarship in Biodiversity and Conservation

Botanic Gardens are more than serene landscapes of unique plants. and attractive exhibits. They are vital scientific institutions. playing a crucial role in plant biodiversity conservation and educating the community.

That's why the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation is embarking on a new initiative to nurture the next generation of Botanical science and conservation leaders - creating an immediate impact that will be felt for generations to come.

The Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation Biodiversity and Conservation Scholarship will:

  • Address the need to develop a new generation of experts in plant identification, taxonomy and conservation.
  • Tackle pressing research surrounding the biodiversity crisis.
  • Cultivate a diverse cohort of scientists, overcoming financial and cultural barriers.
  • Provide a tangible career trajectory for early-career scientists and conservationists.
  • Attract and retain top-tier scientific talent in South Australia.

The Gardens are custodians of endangered plant species, where the discovery of new species of plants occurs and biodiversity is preserved. We are instrumental in informing the State's responses to habitat loss, invasive species and climate change, and play a key role in safeguarding rare flora amidst natural disasters such as bushfires and floods.

However, despite our pivotal role, opportunities for young scientists remain scarce, and financial pressures of postgraduate study remain prohibitive.

The need for a Foundation scholarship comes at a critical time, yet our dream is that this appeal will set up a programme that can continue for years to come. Your donation to the Foundation supporting scientific research will not only establish this, but leave a lasting legacy, shaping the lives and careers of future conservationists who will confront the challenges of tomorrow.

“This scholarship will not only bridge financial gaps; but will inspire the next generation of scientists to understand native flora, work to discover new species and identify urgent conservation needs.”

Chief Botanist, Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium, Prof. Michelle Waycott

Foundation Scholarship in Biodiversity and Conservation


Every donation, regardless of size, is invaluable.

By supporting our early career researchers, you are safeguarding the future of our remarkable Australian plants.

We invite you to join us today and be a catalyst for change.

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