Research Support

Malacological Research Grants


To assist outstanding graduate students and others in undertaking research in malacology.


There are no restrictions on who may apply, but the committee granting the awards will generally give preference to candidates who are not employed as professional malacologists.


  • Up to $2,000 will be available annually and it can be granted as one or more awards. A further $1000 may be made available at the discretion of the Council if high quality applications are received and funds permit.
  • Grants will normally be made to assist with costs associated with field trip or research consumables required for the project.
  • Any project which plans to increase knowledge of Australasian molluscs will be eligible, but preference will be given to projects seeking to resolve problems in molluscan taxonomy or whole animal biology. Projects of a broad physiological or ecological nature in which molluscs are ancillary to the main aim of the project will be given low priority.
  • Successful applicants will be required to provide a popular article for the Society’s newsletter within 12 months of receiving the grant.


Candidates are to supply:

  • A research proposal (max. 4 pages) including
    1. Project title
    2. Background and significance
    3. Aims and objectives
    4. Approach and methodology
    5. Expected outcomes
    6. References
    7. Budget. The budget should be itemised and briefly justified.
  • A curriculum vitae, including current position, educational qualifications, publications and other relevant information.
  • Names and addresses of two referees to whom the committee may refer.
  • Forward an electronic copy of the application to:
    Wayne O’Connor, Chair, 2017 MSA Grant Committee

CLOSING DATE: 30th June every year except conference years (see below)


Between 1981 and 1996, the Keith Sutherland Award funded over 40 molluscan research projects undertaken by both amateurs and research students. More than 50 publications in respected international scientific journals were published from these grants, as were a number of books.

Initially funded solely by the Australian Museum, in 1993, the Malacological Society of Australasia became a co-sponsor of the award. Regretfully, in 1996 the Australian Museum decided to discontinue its support for the award.

Travel Grants

Every three years in lieu of our Research Grants (see above), the MSA will instead offer MSA Conference Travel Grants to support attendance at our triennial conference by early career researchers. The next round of these will be in 2018 to coincide with Molluscs 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand.

The MSA will occasionally offer travel grants to other conferences. Details of these opportunities will be listed here, and MSA Members will be notified via email.