John W. Wells Grants-in-Aid of Research Program
The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) invites applications from undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers for the 2021 John W. Wells Grants-in-Aid of Research Program to support collections-based research in any field of paleontology. The program awards grants of up to $500 to visit PRI’s collections. Please note that the 2021 application deadline has been extended until March 15, 2021.
This grant honors John W. Wells (1907 – 1994), past President of the PRI Board of Trustees, a long-time geology faculty member at Cornell University, and one of the world’s leading authorities on fossil
and living corals.
PRI houses one of the largest collections of invertebrate fossils in North America, with particular strengths in Cenozoic mollusks from the Western Hemisphere, and marine invertebrates of the northeastern
U.S., especially the Devonian of central New York.
Applications should include a brief (one page) description of the research project, a budget justification and a letter of recommendation.
Application deadline is March 15, 2021.
Please e-mail your application material or any questions to Dr. Gregory P. Dietl, Curator of Cenozoic Invertebrates at
J. Thomas Dutro, Jr. Award
In recognition of the importance of basic systematic research to the science of paleontology, the Paleontological Research Institution annually presents the J. Thomas Dutro, Jr. Student Award in Systematic Paleontology to a deserving graduate student. This award of $500 is available to any student enrolled in an advanced degree program (Masters or Ph.D.) who is pursuing research in any area of systematic paleontology. Acceptable costs are research supplies, bench fees, and/or travel in support of fieldwork, museum visits, or to present research at a scientific meeting.
Successful proposals will include clearly articulated hypotheses, descriptions of how anticipated data will help to test them, and why the work is significant. Studies of living taxa must clearly articulate
the connection to deep time and evolutionary history.
The application deadline is March 15 of each year. To apply, email a brief description of the research project (two-page maximum, including a simple budget of how the funds will be used, references, any
images, etc.) to firstname.lastname@example.org. The student's primary research advisor must email a separate letter of recommendation in support
of the project to email@example.com, also by March 15.
Award recipients are expected to provide a progress report on supported research within one year of the award.