The Wilson Ornithological Society

Research Grants


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 a condition of all grants. Applicants must use the Research Awards Application Form, in conjunction with our online application system.

Deadline for applications and recommendations each year: 1 February

The next deadline will be 1 Feb 2017.
The online application page, including detailed application instructions, will be available beginning 1 Oct 2016.

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.



Jed Burtt Mentoring Grants

These grants, for mentor-student teams, were new in 2015. They have an earlier deadline (1 Dec 2016) relative to the regular research grants; a separate committee will evaluate applications. More


General Eligibility Rules and Requirements

  • Applicants may be a citizen of any country.
  • Membership in the Wilson Ornithological Society is required (except for the Wilson Undergraduate Mentoring Awards, for which either the student or the Mentor must be an active member of the Society)
  • Applicants may be of any age.
  • Generally, any avian research is eligible (but see Stewart and Hall Award restrictions, above), conducted anywhere in the world.
  • Grant monies are expected to be used for equipment, supplies, travel, and living expenses. Salaries for applicant and field assistants should not be included; however, stipends that cover only basic living expenses are allowed.
  • Individuals are limited to one award per degree program or project.
  • Applicants may apply for more than one award.

Grant winners are announced at the banquet during the annual meeting of the Wilson Ornithological Society, or at another time depending on the scheduling of the annual meeting. Winners (if not present at the meeting) will be notified within two weeks of annual meeting. A list of winners will be posted on this website within two weeks of the annual meeting.

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