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Small Grants Scheme

The Association now offers multiple awards each year, in honour of four donors, to fund palaeontological research, travel and fieldwork; these are integrated together as Small Grants Scheme awards. These grants are open to any applicant, although preference is given to students, early career researchers, and members of the Association who are retired.

  1. Sylvester Bradley Awards - Multiple awards up to 1500 GBP each, for palaeontological research.
  2. Callomon Award - An award up to 1500 GBP for a project which is normally field-based.
  3. Whittington Award - An award up to 1500 GBP for a project which is normally based on museum collections.
  4. Stan Wood Award - An awards of up to 1500 GBP for projects in vertebrate palaeontology, and ideally involving field work and fossil collecting.


There will be one application form and Council will decide on the allocation of the awards based upon the nature of the project made in the application.

Awards are open to all members of the Association and will be announced at the AGM. Electronic submission of applications will comprise a CV, an account of project aims and objectives and expected outcomes (5000 characters maximum and including references where appropriate), and a breakdown of the proposed expenditure. Each application should be accompanied by an e-mailed reference (sent to, to cover the project and a personal reference for the applicant. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that this reference is sent by the deadline.

The application should include a summary (up to 1500 characters) suitable for the non-specialist, which will be published in the Palaeontology Newsletter when the award is made.

The final project report will be published in the Palaeontology Newsletter and successful applicants are asked to consider the Association's meetings and publications as media for conveying the research results.

Before applying, applicants should first read the Terms and Conditions for Small Grants Awards (below):

Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions for Small Grants Scheme applications (comprising the Sylvester Bradley Awards, the Callomon Award, the Whittington Award, and the Stan Wood Award). Applicants need not specify which award they are applying for; this will be decided by the Association, as appropriate.

  1. Awards are made to assist palaeontological research (travel, visits to museums, fieldwork, analytical costs, etc.), with each award having a maximum value of 1500 GBP.
  2. Proposals will be ranked on the following criteria:
    1. Quality, novelty and timeliness, likely outputs.
    2. Fit to the charitable aims of the Association.
    3. Feasibility, value for money and cost effectiveness.
    4. The track record of the applicant
  3. Grants are not made to attend meetings.
  4. The total project should be achievable within the sum requested, and if applications to other bodies for funding the same project are successful, then payments will not be granted, or will be withheld.
  5. Applicants should be members of the Association.
  6. If an application is made for funding that relates to a Ph.D. or a Master's degree, then a case should be made as to why funding is required above that available for the normal degree programme.
  7. Funding will not be made retrospectively.
  8. Electronic submission of applications, through the website, is preferred and will comprise a CV, an account of project aims and objectives (5000 characters maximum including references), a breakdown of the proposed expenditure, and a summary of the proposed project suitable to appear in the Newsletter.
  9. Each application should be accompanied by a reference on the project and the candidate, to be e-mailed to with the same deadline as the project application itself. Applicants are reminded that it is their responsibility to approach a suitable referee, and to make sure that this happens.
  10. In normal circumstances awards are made to single individuals, and a case must be made for funding of people other than the applicant.
  11. Successful applicants must produce a final report for the Palaeontology Newsletter and are asked to consider the Association's meetings and publications as media for conveying the research results.
  12. Failure to produce a final report within 12 months of receipt of the award could result in the awardee being invoiced for the full value of the award.
  13. Receipt of the award must be acknowledged in all published work.

Application Proceedure

Complete the online application form (see below). Among other things, you will be asked to provide:

  1. A description of the proposed project (5000 characters max).
  2. Detailed costings. If the total project funding sought for an award is in excess of the specified amount, then details must be given of the amount of additional funding being sought, the potential funding body or bodies and the current status of any applications.
  3. An e-mail reference from a referee chosen by you to be e-mailed to before the closing date for applications.
  4. A 1500 character (max) summary of your proposed project suitable for printing in the Palaeontology Newsletter if your application is successful.


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Online Application

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Created by Alan R.T. Spencer on the 2010-09-24. (Version 2.0)