PALRC scholarships support emerging leaders from Australia, Asia and the Pacific to build their knowledge and skills in natural and cultural heritage protection, stewardship and conservation management. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants who can demonstrate a commitment to excellence in governance and management of protected areas.

PALRC courses are available in a range of subjects at collaboration institutions: Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute, Tasmanian Land Conservancy and co-founder University of Tasmania, Murdoch University, Charles Sturt University and Charles Darwin University.

Please view the Scholarship Prospectus:

PALRC Scholarship course prices and information


Applications are to be submitted online using the APPLY NOW button below. Please note the form cannot be saved and must be submitted in one sitting. If you have poor internet connection, you may wish to download and complete our offline application form. Please read instructions carefully.

Prior to applying, applicants should check eligibility against the Assessment Criteria.


Applications close at 5pm AEST 31 October 2019.

Download the offline application form here.

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Target recipients of scholarships

Anyone seeking to undertake a PALRC course is eligible to apply. We particularly seek and will give preference to capable, high-achieving students and emerging leaders in Australia, Asia and the Pacific who have a career ambition to advance the protection, sound governance and effective management of protected areas and other similar places of natural and cultural heritage significance in their country or region. We especially seek to support those who would not otherwise have an opportunity to undertake such a course.

We also seek applicants who can demonstrate productive engagement with indigenous and local communities associated with these areas.

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply. We also encourage other indigenous people and those with local community backgrounds to apply .

As far as possible PALRC will seek to offer scholarships over time to a spread of recipients and select the best candidates taking into account considerations such as regional distribution, career stage, gender and opportunities to access education.

Assessment criteria

  1. An intention to have ongoing engagement in and commitment to excellence in governance and management of protected areas and/or other similar places of natural and cultural heritage significance in Australia, Asia or the Pacific region.
  2. Relevant experience with protected areas and/or other similar places of natural and cultural heritage significance, including a history of contribution through work, study, community engagement, leadership, and/or influence with networks and organisations concerned with caring for these areas.
  3. Your academic record as relevant to the course for which you have applied.
  4. Experience engaging with indigenous and/or local communities in protected areas and/or other similar places of natural and cultural heritage significance, such as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and other indigenous or local communities.
  5. A needs-based requirement where without this scholarship it may otherwise be difficult to enter the proposed course.

Assessment process

Applicants are assessed against the assessment criteria taking into account individual opportunity. Applicants will be asked to address the criteria and include comments relevant to their own circumstances.

Applications are assessed by the PALRC Academic Programs Committee, with recommendations for recipients formally approved by the PALRC Steering Group.

Support provided by PALRC scholarships

Scholarships provide successful applicants with financial support to cover some or all of the course fees associated with undertaking approved PALRC courses. PALRC course fees vary from around AUD$2,000 (short course), AUD$5,000 (Graduate Certificate), AUD$15-45,000 (Bachelor or Masters domestic full fee), to AUD$88,000 (International full fee).

A range of scholarship opportunities are available:

  • Scholarships of AUD$2,000 are currently available for approved PALRC short courses.
  • Scholarships of up to AUD$5,000 are currently available for approved PALRC University Courses, including Bachelor Degrees, Postgraduate Certificates, Diplomas and Masters.
  • At least one scholarship of AUD$5,000 will be awarded for a PALRC university degree/course as an award for Academic Excellence, should a suitable outstanding applicant be available.

Scholarships may also be created for specific purposes such as: to support indigenous people to attend training courses; for the provision of a short course in a nominated location; for a designated group of people including agency or NGO staff; for international students from designated locations to attend courses in another country; or for attendance at a particular course at a particular university.

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