External funding opportunities

Below is a list of grants and awards offered by external organisations (presented in alphabetical order)

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  1. British Ecological Society. Currently offers research grants (up to £20,000) to individuals irrespective of career stage; training and travel grants to students (up to £1,000); and outreach grants (up to £2,000) to individuals and organisations.
  2. Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research. Offers three types of student grants and one student travel award (each up to $2,000); and research fellowships to doctorate candidates (up to $25,000). All of the awards are given annually, usually around early spring-summer.
  3. Ecological Society of America. The society operates numerous funding schemes covering all career stages, from students and postdocs to established researchers. Due to the diverse nature of the funding opportunities you are advised to visit their page for specifics.
  4. Ecological Society of Australia. Currently offering four student prizes (depending on prize up to $5,000, AUS), student research awards (up to $1,500, AUS),  and student travel grants for conference attendance (up to $750, AUS).
  5. IMarEST. Offers student bursaries (up to £500); a two-year grant of up to $7,000 (AUS) per year to doctorate and post-doctorate researchers; a three-year grant of a total of £12,000 to doctorate and post-doctorate researchers; a student/early career scientist bursary open to UK residents only (£1,000); 12 scholarships for undergraduate students interested interested in future employment in the Naval Defence Sector (up to £3,000 per academic year)
  6. Marine Biological Association of the UK. Currently offers small funds to established researchers (up to £1,500 per month, for max. of five months); two-month fellowships for postdoctoral scientists to work at at the Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth; two undergraduate-level bursaries for students wishing to gain work experience (up to £1,500); four student bursaries offered quarterly for attending conferences or meetings (£100).
  7. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Amongst others there is a one-year fellowship on marine policy (up to $56,000) open to students enrolled on a United States accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories; a fisheries fellowship open to US citizens only, who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories (up to $46,000 per year for a total of 2-3 years).
  8. North Pacific Research Board. Graduate Student Research Award in the amount of $25,000 to students enrolled in a Master’s or Doctorate programme related to marine research. Open to both US and foreign students.
  9. Royal Society of Biology. The Society offers travel grants (up to £500) to students and early career scientists; a range of studentships run over the summer for undergraduates having just finished their second year of studies; funds (up to £500) in order to run a small biology-related event or activity in your region; and teaching and workshop grants (up to £1000).
  10. Society for Conservation Biology. Offers two years of postdoctoral support to early-career scientists (a total of $150,000 including salary, travel and research expenses)
  11. Systematic Association. Up to £1500 are offered for the purpose of fieldwork expenditure, the purchase of scientific equipment or expertise, specimen preparation, and contributions to publication costs.
  12. The Challenger Society for Marine Science. The Society gives quartely student travel awards (up to £500 for international conferences, up to £250 for UK-based conferences); and bursaries (up to £1,000) to late-PhD (i.e. thesis submitted) and early career researchers that do not hold permanent positions.
  13. The Micropaleontological Society. Offers a suite of funds covering individuals from all career stages.
  14. Zoological Society of London. Amongst others, the society awards the best undergraduate project and best Ph.D. thesis for original work in zoology (£800 and £1,000, respectively) to students enrolled in a UK university.