The Royal Society of Western Australia John Glover Research Support Grants

Advancing science in Western Australia

The RSWA John Glover Research Support Grants


Current status:          OPEN

Current round:           2023

Applications close:    Friday 2 September 2022


The Royal Society of Western Australia received a bequest from Dr John Glover, aimed at advancing science in Western Australia. To honour Dr Glover’s passion for science, the gift has been used to establish a research support grant program for students of natural and physical sciences, anthropology and archaeology. In wishing to maximise the impact of Dr Glover's generosity, the Royal Society has partnered with The University of Western Australia, which has created an endowment to fund the grant program in perpetuity, and will administer the grants.

The grants are named “The Royal Society of Western Australia John Glover Research Support Grants”, and are open to students at any Western Australian university.


$15,000 which will be allocated as follows:

  • $5,000 directly to the recipient as a top-up
  • $10,000 towards research costs and project maintenance.


One calendar year.

Number of awards

Six grants will be made in the 2023 round. The number of awards in subsequent years will be determined by available income from the endowment.


The grants are open to domestic and international students at any university in Western Australia. Both of the following eligibility criteria must be satisfied:

  1. PhD candidature: You must be enrolled in a PhD program at a university in Western Australia, and expecting to remain enrolled for the duration of the 2023 academic year.

  2. Research eligibility: The research topic of your PhD must be related to natural or physical sciences, anthropology or archaeology in Western Australia.

Concurrent funding: you may apply for the grants even if you already hold a scholarship or other funding. However, you may wish to confirm that this is also permitted by the conditions of any existing funding you already hold.

Recipients' obligations

If your application is successful, you will be expected to:

  • Present your research at The John Glover Symposium, at the invitation of the Royal Society of Western Australia.

  • Provide a written report on research activities undertaken in the period you held the grant.

  • Appropriately acknowledge the support received via this grant program.

You agree to the above by submitting your application.

How to apply

Please download the application form by clicking the button below, and complete as follows:

  • Fill in all fields highlighted in blue.
  • Please take note of the work and page limits. 
  • Text should be in Arial 11 or equivalent, single line spacing may be used.

Save your completed form as a PDF, named in the format "RSWA John Glover RSG-your name.pdf".

Submit your completed form via email to


About John Glover

John Glover (1924-2020) was Head of the Geology and Geophysics Department at UWA from 1985 to 1988, and the prime mover in establishing the Edward de Courcy Clarke Earth Science Museum. Read more about John here.