AMSA Allen Award

As Australia’s peak professional body for marine scientists from all disciplines and for over 60 years has promoted all aspects of marine science in Australia. AMSA operates with a membership network of individuals and corporate affiliates as a not-for-profit organisation.

The Australian Marine Sciences Association Allen Award offers two student travel awards:

  • Allen Student Travel Award
  • Allen Indigenous Student Travel Award

The Allen Award is in memory of Kay Radway and Rosa Allen, who were both active on AMSA Council for many years and is supported by a bequest from the estate of the late K Radway Allen and has been established since June 2008.

The Student Travel Award will provide full financial support to an outstanding postgraduate student to attend the upcoming AMSA conference with the aim of providing the student with the opportunity to gain experience and contacts.

The Indigenous Student Travel Award is a new award created in 2024 and will provide financial support up to $1000 to an outstanding Indigenous postgraduate student to attend the upcoming AMSA conference with the aim of providing the student with the opportunity to gain experience and contacts.

From 2025 onwards, both student travel awards will offer the same financial support.

AMSA Allen Award Recipients

Read a Conference Report from a previous winner


Annual Call for Applications – Closes 15 March each year
Student Travel Award – extended to 15 April for 2024
Indigenous Travel Award – extended to 6 May 2024

In your application, you must include:

  1. First Name, Last Name, Email, Institution/University, Degree enrolled in or just completed, Academic Supervisor Name (Primary), Academic Supervisor’s email.
  2. A scientific abstract for your conference presentation, including abstract title (<250 words).
  3. A statement addressing the personal benefit you would gain from attending the next AMSA conference (<200 words).
  4. A statement indicating the significance and innovation of your research, including overall project title (<250 words) – Why is your work significant? Is it innovative?
  5. Your CV (<1.5 pages, you may include links to publications).
  6. A statement of support from your supervisor (<200 words) – Where you are unable to get a statement, you may provide a statement from someone familiar with your work who is not a student.
  7. A statement addressing how you have contributed to AMSA, such as involvement with committees and events (<200 words).

Please compile all the above documents into a single PDF file with the filename “lastname_firstname_allenaward_2024.pdf” and email it to AMSA Secretary.

Judging Criteria

Applications are assessed by a panel of AMSA Councillors, according to the following criteria:

  1. The quality of the abstract.
  2. The benefit to the applicant in attending the AMSA conference.
  3. The significance and innovation of the applicant’s research.
  4. Track record of the applicant relative to opportunity.
  5. The contribution of the applicant to AMSA, relative to opportunity


    • Be a graduate research student enrolled (either part time or full time) at an Australian University who has, by the application deadline, either: (i) not yet submitted his/her thesis; or (ii) submitted his/her thesis no earlier than the calendar year preceding the deadline for applications.
    • Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin for the Allen Indigenous Student Travel Award.
    • Must have been a financial member of AMSA since the date of the close of abstracts for the conference at which the presentation is to be made and at the time of the conference.
    • The work presented has to have been done as the research project to fulfil the requirements of the award of a research degree (i.e. Honours, Masters or PhD) and presented within 18 months of thesis submission
    • Must submit an abstract for an oral presentation at the upcoming AMSA conference covered by this award.
    • The student must be identified and vouched for by the project supervisor(s).
    • The student is responsible for ensuring that approval from University and/or funding organisations has been granted for the presentation.
    • A candidate who has been awarded an AMSA Allen Award will be ineligible for the AMSA student prizes offered for student papers at the annual conference in the year of the award.
    • The winner will be expected to provide a short biography, an abstract of their paper and a short account of the conference for publication in the AMSA Bulletin as soon as possible after the conference.

Applications must be received by due date 15 March each year
(extended to 15 April for 2024 for Student Travel Award and 6 May 2024 for Indigenous Student Travel Award).
Late applications will not be considered.
If you have any queries, please send email to AMSA Secretary.