The Paleontological Society

PS-AJBoucot Research Grants


Arthur James Boucot Research Grants are funded by an endowment generously provided by Art and Barbara Boucot to support early career paleontologists with a PhD to conduct research in the fields of morphology, taxonomy, and biostratigraphy, working on any taxa. The Boucots started two endowments for these grants, one with the Paleontological Society in 1996 (the PS-Boucot Fund) and the other at the Oregon Community Foundation in 2000 (the Arthur James Boucot Research Fund).  Art himself has an ongoing nearly seven-decade career devoted to field geology in invertebrate paleontology.  His research has covered all continents, including Antarctica, resulting in over 500 peer-reviewed publications and books.  Art has made major contributions to evolution, paleobiogeography, biostratigraphy, and refinements to the geologic time scale, including resolutions of problems concerning Ordovician, Silurian and Devonian boundaries.  The Paleontological Society will administer the Arthur James Boucot Research Grants, based on proceeds from one-half of the annual payout generated from the Arthur James Boucot Research Fund and PS-Boucot Fund.

Arthur James Boucot Research Grants support original research via payments to postdoctoral students, assistant professors (pre-tenure), and other early career paleontologists, with the possible exception of an occasional individual deemed to be unusually qualified.  Paleontologists must be associated with universities, institutes, and academies of science or equivalent institutions.  The grants support research on morphology, taxonomy, and biostratigraphy and cannot be used for institutional overhead, publication costs, or modeling studies that rely upon fossil or modern databases.

Deadline May 15, 2014.

Contact Sally Walker for further information.

Call for proposals and application materials here.