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UCMP graduate student awards 2013-2014
Announcement from Charles Marshall, Director of UCMP

All graduate students in good standing and progressing adequately towards degree completion are invited to apply to the UCMP for:

1. Research grants
These are awards of up to $3,000 made possible by our endowments to facilitate your dissertation research, including (but not restricted to) field work, specimen or sample preparation, lab supplies, and/or purchase of special pieces of equipment (which will remain UCMP property). The endowments used to support these awards are (you will not need to specify which endowment might best suite your research):

  • Joseph T. Gregory Fellowship (vertebrate paleontology)
    1 award, up to $3,000. The Gregory Fund only supports $2,000/year, but the Welles fund will be used to top up the grant if needed.

  • William B.N. Berry Memorial Research Fund (invertebrate paleontology)
    1 award, up to $3,000. The Berry Fund has only just been established, and does not payout $3,000/year; the UCMP endowment will be used to top up the grant if needed.

  • Remington Kellogg (research on marine mammals)
    2 awards, up to $3,000 each.

  • Dorothy K. Palmer (research on invertebrates)
    1 award available, up to $3,000.

  • UCMP Graduate Student Research Grant
    Not taxon restricted, primarily for field research, 35 awards available, up to $3,000 each.

  • Doris O. and Samuel P. Welles Fund (vertebrate paleontology)
    Several awards available, up to $3,000.

Awards will be made based on the merit of the proposal and the availability of funds. If funding is limited, then priority will be given to previously unfunded or under-funded research.

Note: these Research Grants are not to be confused with the UCMP Graduate Student Travel Awards, which support travel for presenting at scientific meetings. You may apply for both in any academic year.

Application in pdf format

Funds may be used anytime within a 12-month period beginning May 11, 2012, the end of the Spring Semester.

2. Fellowship support
This is one semester stipend support. These provide one academic semester of stipend support free of GSI or GSR responsibilities. Students may only receive a Fellowship once in their graduate career. See application. The endowments used to support these awards are (you will not need to specify which endowment might best suite your research):

  • Annie M Alexander (vertebrate paleontology)
    1 award of one semester available.

  • Dr. Frank Elmer Peabody (reptiles, amphibians or fish)
    1 award of one semester available.

  • UCMP General Endowment (non-vertebrates)
    1 award of one semester available.

Application in pdf format

Information for all applicants

You may apply for both a Research Grant and one of the Fellowships at the same time.

Applications should be downloaded, completed and sent to Chris Mejia, along with a copy of your CV. Deadline for Applications: 5:00 pm, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Final decisions will be made and recipients notified by 5:00 pm, Friday May 3, 2013.

All recipients will be required to:

  1. Submit a brief report for publication in the UCMP Newsletter and/or website within a semester of spending the awarded funds.

  2. Write a letter of appreciation, where appropriate (for example, for the Gregory Fund) to the heirs of the original donor(s).

Additional information on the terms of these endowments