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Doris O. and Samuel P. Welles Research Fund

Sam Welles
The late Samuel P. Welles, former museum scientist at the University of California's Museum of Paleontology, left a generous bequest to promote research on the Museum's collections, particularly those of Mesozoic vertebrates from the Colorado Plateau and others on which he worked. Preference is given to registered students and to those with no other sources of support (especially foreign colleagues). The Fund prioritizes work on UCMP's collection of Mesozoic vertebrates from the Colorado Plateau, but applications for other projects using UCMP collections are also encouraged.

Application information
We have three target dates for applications each year:

  • April 1 for summer visits

  • August 1 for fall visits

  • December 1 for spring visits

Please use our application form in Word (preferred) or RTF format. Do NOT use PDF format. Email your completed application to Kevin Padian (kpadian@berkeley.edu) with the subject line as specified in the application form.

Allowable expenses include travel and lodging; food and supplies are generally not provided except to visitors from countries with a highly unfavorable exchange rate. Most awards are less than $1000. More details are available on the Terms for Recipients page. Please list other sources of support for your work, as applicable. We like cost-sharing when possible.

The Museum's collections database can be accessed through our website at www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/science/collections.php. For questions about vertebrate specimens, please contact Pat Holroyd. For fossil plants, contact Diane Erwin; for all other specimens, Mark Goodwin.

Important note for foreign applicants: If you are traveling from outside the United States, allow ample time to obtain the proper visa. Visitors without the proper visa may be turned back at port of entry and may be ineligible to receive reimbursement by the university. The information linked below is provided by the University. The UCMP will not be responsible for any discrepancy or lack of clarity between this information and any information and updates provided by the US government.