Grants and Programs

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Student Grants

Paleontological Society Student Research Grants

The Paleontological Society invites applications from student members for a limited number of $1200 research grants. Undergraduate and graduate students conducting research on any aspect of paleontology may apply. International students are eligible. The top three proposals will receive Mid-American Paleontology Society (MAPS) Outstanding Research Awards.

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Professional Grants

Paleontological Society Arthur James Bourcot 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. These 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: February 1, 2020. Send inquiries and completed applications to Dr. Sally E. Walker.

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Norman Newell Early Career Grant Program

The Norman Newell grants complement the Arthur Boucot grants to support early career paleontologists for research projects in areas not covered by the Arthur Boucot grant areas of morphology, taxonomy, and biostratigraphy. Applicants can only apply to one of these Early Career Grants per funding year. To broaden the reach of Paleontological Society funds, recipients of a Norman Newell grant may not apply for an Arthur Boucot grant, nor may they apply for a second Norman Newell grant. Similarly, recipients of an Arthur Boucot grant may not apply for a Norman Newell grant. Awards are made directly to individuals and not to institutions, and awards cannot be used for salary, stipends, tuition, or institutional overhead.

Deadline: February 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Send inquiries and completed applications to Dr. Philip Novack-Gottshall.

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Paleontological Society International Research Program (PalSIRP)

The Paleontological Society is pleased to announce continuation of its expanded small grants program for paleontologists living in Eastern Europe and republics of the former Soviet Union,  Central and South America and island nations of the Caribbean (excluding possessions and territories of the USA and western Europe), Africa, southern Asia (excluding Japan, North and South Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar,  Israel, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Syria), and island nations of the Indian and Pacific Oceans (excluding Australia and New Zealand). 

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Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant

The Paleontological Society works to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of paleontology by enhancing formal and informal educational opportunities. The Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant provides support to our members for programs and activities involving educational outreach and community engagement.

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Awards

Paleontological Society Medal

The Paleontological Society Medal is the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Society, reflecting the objectives and standards of the Society. It is awarded to a person whose eminence is based on advancement of knowledge in paleontology.

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Schuchert Award

The Charles Schuchert Award is made to a Member early in his or her career whose paleontological work reflects excellence and quality. Ordinarily, the recipient of the Charles Schuchert Award will be no more than fifteen (15) years past completion of his or her Ph.D.

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Strimple Award

The Strimple Award recognizes outstanding achievement in paleontology by amateurs (someone who does not make a living full-time from paleontology). Contributions may be an outstanding record of research and publication, making outstanding collections, safeguarding unique paleontological materials through public service, teaching activities in the area of paleontology, and collaborations with others working in paleontology.

Anyone, including other amateurs, may make a nomination. Nominators do not have to be members of the Paleontological Society.

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Pojeta Award

The Pojeta Award was established to recognize exceptional professional or public service by individuals or groups in the field of paleontology above and beyond that of existing formal roles or responsibilities.

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Fellows of the Paleontological Society

Fellows are members of the Paleontological Society who have made significant contributions to paleontology through research, teaching, or service to the profession. Any member of the Paleontological Society may nominate another member for election to fellowship, but the nomination must also have the support of two active Fellows.

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AWG/PS Winifred Goldring Award

The Association for Women Geoscientists and the Paleontological Society co-sponsor the annual Winifred Goldring Award competition. The award, which consists of a $2000 cash prize and membership in the Paleontological Society and AWG for tenure of the awardee’s schooling, will be presented to an outstanding female student pursuing a career in paleontology. The award is named for Winifred Goldring, a pioneering woman paleontologist, who became State Paleontologist of New York State in 1939 and the first female president of the Paleontological Society in 1949. Please see the AWG website for application instructions: http://awg.org/awards


AWG/PS Undergraduate Excellence in Paleontology Award

The Association for Women Geoscientists and the Paleontological Society co-sponsor the annual AWG Undergraduate Paleontology Award. The award, which consists of a $1000 cash prize and membership in the Paleontological Society and AWG for the tenure of the awardee’s schooling, will be presented to an outstanding female undergraduate student pursuing a career in paleontology. Please see the AWG website for application instructions: http://awg.org/awards


Paleontological Society Geoscience Policy Internship [at the American Geosciences Institute (AGI)]

AGI plans to accept one student member of the Paleontological Society as a Geoscience Policy intern for the summer 2019 term (May through August) at a fixed salary of $5,000. This position is provided through a generous grant from the Paleontological Society. The internship lasts 12 weeks and the starting date will be determined based on the schedule of the successful applicant. Paleontological Society student members with an interest in geoscience policy are invited to apply. Applicants are encouraged to obtain credit for the internship from their university.

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