Each year, the Wilson Ornithological Society offers five categories of research grants. The focus of each differs somewhat, as does the amount of the award. Willingness to report results of the research as an oral or poster paper at an annual meeting of the Wilson Ornithological Society within the next 5 years and a brief write-up and a photograph of the awardees for the webpage is also a condition of all grants.
Applicants should be current WOS members or willing to become members of WOS.
Application instructions for 2021 award are available here as a PDF for download.
Applicants are asked to submit their proposals electronically to the following Google Form: https://forms.gle/6bD9CTeL8WQFyWgdA
Please have your adviser or another person familiar with your research upload a pdf letter of recommendation online at the following link: https://forms.gle/UVGiQvEXQy9M1F6h7
Deadline for applications and recommendations: 1 February 2021
Louis Agassiz Fuertes Grant
The Wilson Society’s most prestigious award is available to all ornithologists, although graduate students and young professionals are preferred. Any avian research is eligible. Up to two awards of $2500 are given annually.
George A. Hall / Harold F. Mayfield Grant
This award is limited to independent researchers without access to funds and facilities available at colleges, universities, or governmental agencies, and is restricted to non-professionals, including high school students. Any kind of avian research is eligible. Up to one $1000 award is given. Formerly known as the Margaret Morse Nice Award
Wilson Ornithological Society Research Grants
Up to four awards of $1500 are given annually, for work in any area of ornithology. Two of these awards will be limited to research by Masters students.
Paul A. Stewart Grants
Preference will be given to proposals for studies of bird movements (based on banding, radio or satellite telemetry, or similar methods) or an emphasis on economic ornithology. Up to four awards of $1000 are given annually.