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 Tasmanian Land Conservancy and co-founder University of Tasmania, Murdoch Uni, Charles Sturt University – CSU and Charles Darwin University.


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 listed below.


Applications close at 5pm AEST 30 April 2019.

Download the offline application form here.


PALRC is a tertiary and vocational education and research initiative dedicated to natural and cultural heritage protection, stewardship and conservation management, and capacity building for Australia, Asia and the Pacific. Key institutions of the collaboration are the not-for- profit Tasmanian Land Conservancy and co-founder University of Tasmania, and partner university course providers across Australia including Murdoch, Charles Darwin, and Charles Sturt universities. As it continues to grow and develop, PALRC is seeking to foster partnerships with quality education providers across the regions.

PALRC benefits professionals and community-based conservation practitioners working on protected areas and other area-based conservation activities across the regions. PALRC is funded largely through donations and in-kind support. It has received financial support from private donors, the University of Tasmania, and through partnership funding from the Australian Government’s Director of National Parks.

PALRC is currently providing a range of short courses, Graduate Certificate and Masters courses, all of which specifically address selected competences from the IUCN ‘A Global Register of Competences for Protected Area Practitioners’. International recognition is being sought for PALRC from the IUCN.


PALRC offers scholarship opportunities for all its courses.
Depending on the level of funds available, there will be up to two rounds of PALRC scholarships offered each year.

The purposes of PALRC scholarships are to:
1. Provide financial support to enable successful applicants to gain advanced professional training and/or qualifications in protected areas management from a leading Australian University or other approved PALRC course provider in Australia, Asia or the Pacific.
2. Support professional development, exchange of knowledge and experience, peer networking and collaboration to further the scholarship recipient’s career path in protected areas management and for other similar places of natural and cultural heritage significance.


PALRC scholarships intend to support and build capacity in students and practitioners in
Australia, Asia and the Pacific. 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.


  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
  5. A needs-based requirement where without this scholarship it may otherwise be difficult to enter the proposed course.


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

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


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; and, to attend a particular course at a particular university.


PALRC aims to have a scholarship pool of at least AUD$40,000 per annum available for distribution commencing in the 2018 academic year. The goal is to progressively increase the available pool in each successive year.

To support the above, PALRC is seeking to establish and build an endowment fund which will, over time, generate income to pay for a number of scholarships. The immediate goal is for an endowment of AUD$50,000 by June 2018. This would be sufficient to enable an annual scholarship for a short course participant or to contribute a small sum to a full time University course for the purposes of supporting course fees, travel and/ or accommodation.


Donors who contribute an amount sufficient to establish an endowment with an annual return on investment that meets the proposed annual scholarship entitlement in perpetuity will be entitled to agreed naming rights for that scholarship. For example an endowment of AUD$125,000 would support a AUD$5,000 annual scholarship for Academic Excellence.



Tax deductible donations can be made to the Tasmanian Land Conservancy to support PALRC scholarships and/or to grow the PALRC scholarship endowment.