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12 July 2010
Environment Protection Minister, Peter Garrett, is calling for scientists with a passion for Antarctica to apply for a new $250,000 RJL Hawke Post Doctoral Fellowship.
The three year Fellowship, based at the Australian Antarctic Division in Hobart, will focus on Environmental Science projects in the region.
Mr Garrett said the Government announced the Hawke Fellowship last year on the 20th anniversary of former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke’s, push to ban mining in Antarctica.
“In 1989 the Hawke Government had the foresight to lead an international revolt against the proposed Mineral Convention in Antarctica, instead promoting the frozen continent as a natural reserve devoted to peace and science,” he said.
"Now 20 years on, this Fellowship honours that legacy and will help ensure that vision for Antarctica is continued with scientific study which will help us better understand and protect the fragile and unique Antarctic environment.”
The Fellow will be required to undertake a project in one of the following areas;
Applications close on Friday 30 July.
More information on the projects can be found at www.aad.gov.au