The award was named after the late David Given in recognition of his considerable influence on plant conservation in NZ and worldwide over his lifetime.The Scholarship will be granted for research that assists the protection and recovery of New Zealand’s threatened plant species and communities.
Applicants must be New Zealand residents or citizens but the work could involve overseas researchers who collaborate with the principal researcher. Threatened species and communities can be either nationally or regionally threatened. Plant species include vascular plants, ferns, cryptograms. Fungi are also covered by the scholarship.