Scientific knowledge is critical to underpin the conservation and management of our biodiversity, as well as to inform decision making for environmental sustainability and economic development. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) scientists undertake applied science to inform biodiversity conservation management activities across the State.

Science partnerships and collaborative research with academic institutions extends our capacity to understand species, communities and ecosystems, and approaches to effective conservation management. DBCA provides incentives for students to undertake postgraduate projects in applied science that assists in the delivery of effective biodiversity conservation.

Postgraduate project support

DBCA offers cash and in-kind support for Honours, Masters and PhD projects that provide scientific knowledge to inform conservation and biodiversity priorities. Project support will enable you to undertake a more extensive project than otherwise possible and in-kind support will facilitate projects that require broader operational resources or access to particular sites. Please contact the relevant DBCA scientist to discuss your interest in undertaking postgraduate studies in collaboration with DBCA.

Summer scholarships

Applications for Biodiversity and Conservation Science and Kings Park Science Summer Scholarships have now closed.

These scholarships provide high-achieving and promising students interested in pursuing further research the opportunity to work on a research project directly related to conservation outcomes for Western Australia. Scholarships with Kings Park Science are generously supported by Friends of Kings Park.

Summer Scholars receive a $7000 tax-free living allowance for a 12 week full-time placement commencing in December of each year. Further information for the 2023/24 Summer Scholarships will be available later in the year.


Summer Scholarships are available to students who:

  • Are enrolled at an Australian university
  • Are about to commence an Honours, Masters or PhD research project
  • Can attend a 12 week full-time placement in person from Monday 5 December 2022

Student projects currently available with DBCA

We work in a wide range of science disciplines and other project ideas can be considered if you have specific areas of interest. Please email the relevant DBCA Science Program: Animal Science, Plant Science and Herbarium, Perth Zoo Science, Kings Park Science, Ecosystem Science, Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, Fire Science, Rivers and Estuaries Science, and Marine Science