SIL Trust Awards

Dear members,

The Trustees of the SIL 1987 Trust Fund are pleased to invite applications for the Trust Fund Travel Award for 2013. Guidelines for eligibility and criteria are shown below. Please note the closing date of 30 November 2012, and that all material, including letters of support, must be sent electronically, not as hard copies:

Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information.
Brian Sorrell, Secretary/Treasurer, NZFSS (

S.I.L. 1987 Trust Fund Travel Award
Objective: To enable outstanding young scientists to attend overseas conferences, seminars or workshops, or to visit institutions to learn techniques, develop expertise, use equipment, collections or library facilities not available in New Zealand.
Eligibility: Applicants shall be New Zealand based members of the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society. Preference will be given to candidates less than 35 years of age, or who graduated in the previous 10 year period.
Previous awards: No person shall be ineligible for an award because of a previous award.
Applications: Applications shall be made on the electronic form available either on the website or from the Secretary of the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society ( by the date shown below.
Applicants will need to state their aims and objectives, submit a draft itinerary, supporting letters from relevant institutions, overseas contacts, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a draft budget showing other sources of financial support obtained or being sought, and name two referees.
Criteria: Applicants will be judged on the benefits that are likely to accrue to the candidate and limnological research in New Zealand as a result of the trip.
Reporting: The successful candidate will submit a trip report for publication in the Society’s newsletter. Where appropriate, the successful candidate will also describe the work done during the trip at the next annual meeting of the Society.
Award: The award will cover the costs of travel (up to 100% for the grantee only) together with a contribution towards accommodation and living expenses up to $2000.00 or such higher sum that may be determined by the Trustees.
Tenure: Such period/periods as the Committee thinks fit.
Frequency: The award may be made annually provided there are suitable candidates. The Committee may decide not to make an award in any particular year.
Closing date: Applications must be submitted to the Secretary/Treasurer by 30 November 2012 for travel in 2013. All material (including letters of support from referees) must be submitted electronically to the Secretary/Treasurer. Applications should be a single Word or pdf (preferred!) file, plus pdfs of letters of support. Please note that material received as hard copy cannot be considered.

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