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Dahl Fellowships

Learn about the current Dahl Fellows here and see below for what the Fellowship has meant for past fellows.

Dahl Fellowships honour the memory of Bjarne K Dahl. They provide an opportunity for talented and deserving Australians to undertake a project related to eucalypts that is not readily fundable elsewhere.

Fellowships will be awarded to individual applicants for individual projects that advance the goals of Eucalypt Australia.

Priority areas for Fellowships are not limited to, but include: art and literature; development of eucalypt education resources, including indigenous cultural resources; and conservation initiatives.

Fellows are required to submit a report at the completion of their Fellowship, using the Dahl Fellowship Completion Report template (Word document).

  • Applicants must be Australian citizens.
  • Applicants must have an active ABN.
    For auditing purposes, Eucalypt Australia only makes awards to applicants with an ABN. If you do not have an ABN you can apply with the Australian Taxation Office, or nominate someone with an ABN who is willing to act as administrator of your Fellowship.
  • Applicants need to demonstrate experience in and commitment to the field of their project. There are no prescribed qualifications.
  • Tertiary level student projects (including at Masters and PhD level) will be not be funded.

Applications will be assessed, based on:

  • Need for the project
  • Benefits of the project
  • Achievability
  • How the project builds on the applicant’s current expertise or experience
  • Impact and sustainability: how the project will have impact after the Fellowship concludes
  • The ability and commitment to disseminate the project outcomes
  • References: a) Project Reference, b) Personal Reference
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Interview. Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview. This may be conducted by phone or online.
  • Eligibility – check the criteria to ensure that you are eligible.
  • Priority Areas – ensure your proposal fits with Eucalypt Australia’s priorities. Please don’t try to fit a square peg into a round hole.
  • Acronyms – assume we don’t know what they mean.
  • Budget – double-check that your figures add up and your request reflects the full cost of the project.
  • Be specific – we recommend that you don’t generalise. Include specific facts and figures.
  • Word limits – it is important we understand your project but please stick to the word limits.
  • References – we recommend you don’t draft the references for your referees. If they are genuine about supporting your work, they should be able to write the letter themselves.

Why do I need an ABN?

Eucalypt Australia only awards grants to individuals or organisations with an ABN. The name of the applicant should match the name of the ABN and the name of the bank account into which the Fellowship will be paid.

If you cannot provide an ABN and bank account that are in the same name as the applicant, you will need to nominate an individual or organisation with an ABN who can be the administrator of your Fellowship.

What does the Fellowship cover?

The Fellowship covers costs associated with your project such as salary, materials, and travel.

Can I use the Fellowship to add to support from other sources?

Fellowships are aimed at supporting projects that are not readily fundable. However, we would consider co-contributions.

Can I apply for an extension to lodge my application?

No.  Applications close on the published closing date at midnight AEST.

Can I submit multiple applications in the one year?

No.  Please only submit your best application each year.

Is it possible to receive more than one fellowship over different years?

Eucalypt Australia would typically only provide a fellowship to someone once, given that the fellowship is a means of personally developing an individual in the eucalypt space.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

You will be notified by 30 September 2024 for 2025 Fellowships.

Are there obligations if a Fellowship is awarded?

A Fellowship is subject to the Fellow agreeing to be bound by the conditions laid down in a contract document. The Fellowship is to be completed in the calendar year that it is awarded for.

How and when will I be paid?

After notification of success, a contract will be sent to you. You will be asked to submit a tax invoice with the signed contract. The full amount of your Fellowship will be paid into your nominated bank account within 30 days of receiving the signed contract and tax invoice, but no earlier than 1 December 2024 for 2025 fellowships.

Can a Fellowship be part-time?

Yes, a fellowship can be undertaken part-time but must be completed by the end of the calendar year it was awarded for.

Do I have to start my Fellowship by a specific date?

No. You can start anytime in the calendar year it is awarded for.

What are the tax implications?

Eucalypt Australia has no responsibility for the tax liability of a Fellow. Income tax is a matter for decision by the Commissioner of Taxation. It is recommended Fellows seek independent advice with respect to taxation.

Should I include GST in my budget?

If you are GST registered when you receive a Fellowship, Eucalypt Australia will pay the Fellowship amount plus GST. The budget provided in your application should be exclusive of GST.

What do you classify as Eucalyptus trees?

The genera Eucalyptus, Corymbia, and Angophora all fit under Eucalypt Australia’s classification of Eucalyptus trees.

  1. The Grantee will supply a tax invoice to Eucalypt Australia in order for the grant to be paid. The invoice should include an ABN and name on the bank account provided must match the ABN.
  2. The Grantee will provide a receipt for the grant amount within 30 days of receipt of payment.
  3. The Grantee will use the whole of the Grant exclusively for the project as described in the application and not for any other purpose.
  4. The Grantee must promptly advise Eucalypt Australia of any material change which may affect the Grantee’s ability to undertake or complete the Project within the time schedule specified in the application.
  5. The Grantee will expend the grant for charitable purposes within Australia.
  6. The Grantee must keep detailed financial records to enable the use of grant funds to be checked readily.
  7. The Grantee will acknowledge the support of Eucalypt Australia in published or display material that relates to the project.
  8. The Grantee must submit a final report and financial acquittal when the project is completed. The report is due within 30 days of the completion date specified in the Fellowship Agreement.
  9. The Fellowship is subject to termination if the Board of the Bjarne K Dahl Trust is of the opinion that continuance is not justified in accordance with the aims and objectives of Eucalypt Australia.

As well as the above Standard Grant Conditions, the Trust may set additional specific conditions as advised in writing in the Fellowship approval letter. These may include a completion date and specific milestones to be achieved.

It would be appreciated if Grantees provide photographs of the project that Eucalypt Australia may use. If photographs are provided, it will be assumed that all rights, consents, licenses and permissions have been obtained prior to submitting the images. Images should include appropriate captions, names of people pictured and any acknowledgements required. The provision of information and images will be taken as permission to reproduce and publish.

To apply for a Dahl Fellowship you must complete the following three forms:

Save your application as a PDF and email to

You will receive an email confirmation that your application has been received. The office is staffed part-time so the response may not be immediate.

Fellows are required to submit a report at the completion of their Fellowship, using the Dahl Fellowship Completion Report template (Word document).

  • Applications open – Monday, 17 June 2024
  • Applications close – Tuesday 13 August 2024, midnight AEST
  • Notification of outcomes – Monday 30 September 2024
  • Fellowship to be undertaken – during 2025
Samorn Sanixay 2022

Samorn Sanixay 2022

My year as a Dahl Fellow has transformed me, in mind and character… Overall, I have gained immense confidence in myself and my work. It allowed me to make quick decisions during uncomfortable situations…  It has made me more resilient with the ability to embrace discomfort and to find positivity in any situation. … I’ve gained immense knowledge of eucalypts; seeing them in their natural habitat, especially in Southwest WA, was really special. Standing in the middle of nowhere in Walpole, seeing Corymbia ficifolia in their natural habitat and flowering felt like the first time I went to Paris. I had achieved a lifelong dream.

Samorn has published her astounding Eucalypt Dye Catalogie at


Viki Cramer 2021

Viki Cramer 2021

My Dahl Fellowship has allowed me to take the seedling of an idea – that our eucalypt forests and woodlands might be in trouble – plant it in the ground and nurture the growing sapling with time to travel and talk to eucalypt experts in south-west Australia and beyond. In 2023, this sapling grown up with the support of Eucalypt Australia will mature into full bloom, when the book I am writing on the future of our forests and woodlands will be published by Thames & Hudson.

“The Memory of Trees” is available through all good bookstores.  Eucalypt Australia are so excited that Viki has been able to produce this wonderful work.

Jodi Frawley 2022

Jodi Frawley 2022

My Dahl Fellowship was the highlight of my 2022 working year. I am very proud of the engaging story, rich soundscape and generous interviews that are combined in the final product.

Jodi’s podcast “Maiden’s Eucalypts” is available through ABC National’s “The History Listen” .

This story is set on Worimi and Biripi country in the year 1894. The avid colonial botanist Joseph Maiden is making a trip through the forests around the NSW towns of Stroud and Gloucester and he’s enthralled by the natural world around him. He’s recording every tree, leaf, and plant he encounters, writing it meticulous detail in his journal. Over a century after Maiden made his trip through these forests his journal is taking on a whole new life. With the botanist’s original notes in hand, environmental historian Jodi Frawley retraces Joseph Maiden’s journey.

Phil Docherty 2021

Phil Docherty 2021

I’m most appreciative of being a Eucalypt Australia fellowship recipient and am revelling in the opportunities it has provided me with in getting to know our Kimberley eucalypts. Apart from a handful I have viewed all of them in situ in their natural state and have a much greater appreciation of their range, the soil and rainfall conditions they prefer as well as being fairly confident in being able to identify them using leaf, bark, flower and fruit. As of this moment in time I’ve collected seed of about 50 species, have propagated about 40 and with the assistance of the community have about 25 species planted out and growing. I’ve been able to share this knowledge via the radio, through displays and by presenting talks. I’ve met plenty of new people, amateur and professional, and are having a thoroughly enjoyable time doing so. Thank you!!

Phil Docherty has also published “Kimberley Eucalypts – A Guide” available via Environs Kimberley here.

Dr Dean Nicolle 2020

Dr Dean Nicolle 2020

The Dahl Fellowship grant has allowed me to research, compile, and submit for publication a scientific peer-reviewed paper presenting the findings of my long-term taxonomic research of the semi-cryptic narrow-leaved mallees (Eucalyptus ser. Porantherae). This work is both important and has broad implications, as the correct identification of a species, as well as a sound understanding of its features, distribution, ecology, and conservation status, is essential for the understanding and management of all ecosystems that include taxa from the series, both in the wild and when grown in cultivation.

Dean is pictured crouching with Malcolm French standing as they collect juvenile re-growth from a fire-impacted site.

David Wong 2022

David Wong 2022

The Dahl Fellowship gave me vital time and resources to be able to develop and realise ideas that I had been thinking about for a long time. What resulted was a project, Woodlands, Forests, Life, that I will continue to build on into the future. Along the way, I got to know local artists and community members passionate about the environment and creativity. I am extremely grateful to have had this opportunity to work on a project that combined my interests in ecology and creativity and that hopefully encouraged people to think about the conservation of eucalypt ecosystems.

Brian Martin 2021

Brian Martin 2021

The Dahl Fellowship allowed me to focus on looking at specific eucalypt trees that have been modified by various Indigenous peoples. These included trees from Kamilaroi, Boon Wurrung and WaddaWurrung Country. The research materialised into a series of large charcoal drawings and expanded my artistic practice into drawing these beautiful culturally modified trees. The fellowship allowed me to produce a substantial exhibition of these new works and a catalogue at William Mora galleries.

Paul Gadsby 2020

Paul Gadsby 2020

The Dahl fellowship has been a massive boost to my project. It has allowed me to work towards my dream of producing Eucalypt educational resources that include books and Apps to cater for bushwalkers through to botanists. As producing the educational resources are financially and time consuming the fellowship has been invaluable in supporting the project.

Paul is pictured here with Smoko

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