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Funding sources and grants


The purpose of this page is to direct people towards smaller grants that might fund summer student research, or provide the means to carry out pilot studies. Organizations that are, at first glance, apparently only concerned with extant taxa and ecosystems can often make awards to palaeontological projects. The Palaeontological Association can provide no guarantee that the information on external sites is correct. The list below does not cover schemes that are designed to provide salaries for researchers, as these are usually well-known.
The schemes are ordered by deadline dates for applications. Schemes with multiple deadlines are listed based on the earliest deadline.

If there is a scheme that you think should be included on this page, or there are any problems with links, please contact Al McGowan at reporter@palass.org

Details of The Palaeontological Association's own schemes can be found here

Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences

The Linnean Society of London
  • Scheme: Percy Sladen Memorial Fund
  • Eligibility: Support for fieldwork outside of usual country of residence in the earth and life sciences
  • Maximum funding amount: 750GBP
  • Deadlines: January 30th and September 30th
  • Further details:
  • Website: http://www.linnean.org/index.php?id=332
    Email: gina@linnean.org

Royal Scottish Geographical Society

Nuffield Foundation

Geological Society of America
  • Scheme: W. Storrs Cole Memorial Research Award
  • Who is eligible?: GSA members or fellows aged between 30 and 65 who have published at least one significant paper on a micropalaeontological topic and wish to conduct further research on invertebrate palaeontology
  • Maximum funding amount: 9100USD
  • Deadline: February 1st
  • Further details: This award is administered by GSA, due to the stipulation that applicants MUST be GSA members or fellows.
    Website: http://www.geosociety.org/grants/postdoc.htm
    Email: awards@geosociety.org

Geological Society of America

Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) Paleontological Society
  • Scheme: PS Student Research Grants
  • Eligibility: Open to undergraduate and graduate palaeontologists who are members of the Paleontological Society
  • Maximum funding amount: 750USD
  • Deadline: February 25th
  • Further details:
    Website: http://www.paleosoc.org/grantin.html

The Jurassic Foundation

The Linnean Society of London
  • Scheme: Appleyard Fund
  • Eligibility: Open to Fellows and Associates of the Society who are not in full-time employment as biologists
  • Maximum funding amount: 2500GBP
  • Deadline: March 31st
  • Further details:
    Website: http://www.linnean.org/index.php?id=334
    Email: Contact the Executive Secretary of the Society

Paleontological Society
  • Scheme: PalSIRP Sepkoski Grants
  • Eligibility: Open to palaeontologists living in Eastern Europe and the republics of the former Soviet Union
  • Maximum funding amount: 1000USD
  • Deadline: April 1st
  • Further details:
    Website: http://www.paleosoc.org/palsirp.html

Palaeontographical Society
  • Scheme: Palaeontographical Society Research Fund
  • Eligibility: Open to anyone conducting palaeontological research (travel, visits to museums, fieldwork, etc.) within the Society’s remit of describing the fossil fauna and flora of the British Isles
  • Maximum funding amount: Two awards of 500GBP per year
  • Deadline: April 16th
  • Further details:
    Website: http://www.palaeosoc.org/site/home/
    Email: S.Long@nhm.ac.uk or P.Barrett@nhm.ac.uk
  • Scheme:Edward Forbes Prize
  • Eligibility: Awarded for publication excellence to an early career researchers in the field of taxonomic and systematic palaeontology in the British Isles
  • Maximum funding amount: One award of 250GBP per year
  • Deadline: March 2nd
  • Further details:
    Website: http://www.palaeosoc.org/site/home/
    Email: steve.donovan@ncbnaturalis.nl

The Cushman Foundation

The Cushman Foundation

The Cushman Foundation

Geological Society of America
  • Scheme: The Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate students, of any nationality, working in any country, in the disciplines of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, astronomy, or biology
  • Maximum funding amount: 2000USD
  • Deadline: September 9th
  • Further details:
    Website: http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/Shoemaker_Award/
    Email: awards@geosociety.org

Royal Geographical Society

Royal Geographical Society
Royal Geographical Society

Systematics Association and Linnean Society

Systematics Association, Linnean Society, BBSRC, NERC

Bodies with a range of schemes
Nuffield Foundation

Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE)

Royal Society of London
  • Scheme: Research Grants/Awards
  • Eligibility: The Royal Society of London administers a wide range of grants with different criteria. Please consult the webpages of individual schemes
  • Maximum funding amount: Varies
  • Further details:
    Website: http://royalsociety.org/page.asp?id=1112

Royal Irish Academy
  • Scheme: Grants and Awards
  • Eligibility: The Royal Irish Academy administers a wide range of grants with different criteria, many aimed at exchange visits. Please consult the webpages of individual schemes
  • Maximum funding amount: Varies
  • Further details:
    Website: http://www.ria.ie/awards/index.html

NATO
  • Schemes: Fellowship and sponsorship programmes at NATO
  • Eligibility: NATO maintains a wide-range of schemes, most are directed towards researchers from Eastern Europe and the republics of the former Soviet Union
  • Maximum funding amount: Varies
  • Further details:
    Website: http://www.nato.int/structur/sponsorships.htm

National Geographic
  • Schemes: National Geographic offers a wide range of grants and funding for field-based research and exploration
  • Eligibility: See website
  • Maximum funding amount: Varies among schemes
  • Deadlines: See individual scheme details
  • Further details:
    Website: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/field/grants-programsl

Royal Scottish Geographical Society

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