The Royal Society of Western Australia John Glover Research Support Grants

Advancing science in Western Australia

The RSWA John Glover Research Support Grants (natural sciences, anthropology and archaeology)


Current status:          OPEN

Current round:           2024

Applications close:    EXTENDED TO 31 July 2024

Outcome known:       September / October 2024

Funding available:     Early 2025


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 who are members of the RSWA (please visit if you are not a member yet).


$15,000 which will be allocated as follows:

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


One calendar year.


The grants are open to domestic and international students at any university in Western Australia. The application form available by clicking the link further down sets out the eligibility criteria. In summary:

Eligibility criteria



Current enrolment for a PhD at any university in Western Australia

Proof of enrolment included

You will be a full-time student in 2024


Actively undertaking your research during the calendar year for which the grant is being sought (i.e. 2024)

Research topic

Must be in the fields of natural sciences, anthropology or archaeology

Excluded fields

Research topic must not be in any of the following fields:
- Health and Medical research
- Engineering
- Agriculture Sciences except where relevant to natural sciences in Western Australia

Geographic relevance

While the research project MUST be on a topic physically linked to Western Australia, funding can be used to support travel to enhance the research project. The research does not need to be relevant to Western Australia only.

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 follow the instructions it sets out. Please carefully read the detailed instructions regarding Eligibility and How to Apply.

Submit your completed form (as a PDF, following the naming convention outlined in the application form) via email to [email protected]


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.