Note: Funds for graduate student grants are not available for 2021.
The Collections & Research Division of the Delaware Museum of Natural History offers graduate student grants in support of research in the Museum’s collections. The awards are used toward travel and lodging expenses for a student to visit DMNH to study our world-class collections and library. Eligible students must be enrolled in a graduate degree-granting program and pursuing collections-based research leading to publication. Students do not need to be U.S. citizens and may be attending a school outside the U.S.A.
Applicants should submit a research proposal (not exceeding two pages) outlining the thesis project and specifically the work to be accomplished at DMNH, a brief CV, a budget, and one supporting letter from a faculty advisor. Applicants are strongly encouraged to investigate our holdings prior to submitting an application.
Requested amounts may be up to $1,000 for travel within the U.S.A., up to $1,500 for travel from outside the U.S.A., and cannot exceed the actual cost of travel. Applicants wanting to conduct research requiring destructive sampling or dissection should review our Policy on Destructive Sampling and submit the requested information as part of their application. Applications may be submitted electronically or by standard mail.
Students can apply for an additional $100 honorarium if they give a short (30 minute) presentation on their research to the general public while at the Museum or write a 200-word article for the Museum’s newsletter or blog. Presentations/articles do not have to be on the research being done during the museum visit but may be on any collections-based or natural history research the applicant has done in the past. A short description of the proposed presentation or article should be included with the grant application.
DMNH Collection Research Grants are made possible by the Museum’s Society of Natural History of Delaware Fund. The fund was created in 2015 to provide perpetual financial support of programs for the cultivation and study of the natural sciences at the Museum.