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Herb Levi Fund

The Herb Levi Memorial Fund for Arachnological Research was established by the AAS in 2015 to support non-student AAS members (including post-docs) who receive little to no institutional support for their research programs. Current AAS membership is required. The HLMFAR grant is primarily meant to provide seed money to fund fieldwork and to gather preliminary data for future grant proposals. Grants up to $2000 are awarded. Submission Deadline: February 15th each year. Chair, Dr. Petra Sierwald.

Student Research Grants

Arachnological Research Fund

Description: The Arachnological Research Fund provides support for undergraduate or graduate student AAS members whose work relates to any aspect of the behavior, ecology, physiology, or evolution of any of the arachnid groups. Awards may be used for field work, laboratory work, museum research (including travel), expendable supplies, identification of specimens, and/or preparation of figures and drawings for publication. Monies from the fund are not meant to augment or replace salary.

  • Typical Award: $250 to $1000 (maximum)
  • Submission Deadline: February 15 each year
  • Notification Target Date: May 15 each year

Vincent Roth Fund for Systematics Research

Description: The Vincent Roth Fund for Systematics Research supports undergraduate or graduate student AAS members whose work focuses on the taxonomy or systematics of any arachnid group. Awards may be used for field work, museum research (including travel), expendable supplies, identification of specimens, and/or for preparation of figures and drawings for publication.

  • Typical Award: $250 to $1000 (maximum)
  • Submission Deadline: February 15 each year
  • Notification Target Date: May 15 each year

Eligibility for both grants

  • Research grants are awarded only to student members of the AAS. Learn about membership here. If you are from a developing nation, sponsored memberships are available and must be obtained to be eligible for a grant. The AAS is unable to provide support for researchers or students who are from U.S. embargoed countries, but it can provide sponsored memberships.
  • The same proposal (or substantially similar) may not be submitted to both the AAS Student Research Grants and the International Society of Arachnology Oscar and Jan Francke Student Research Fund in the same year, though different proposals may be submitted to the two funds. In an effort to maximize the overall impact of arachnological research funding, the American Arachnological Society and the International Society of Arachnology are working together to promote and fund student research. Our primary goal is to increase the number and variety of funded student projects. Information about the ISA Oscar and Jan Francke Student Research Fund can be found at (http://arachnology.org/grants-awards/isa-student-research-grants.html).
  • Only student applicants may submit proposals. Proposals will not be accepted if submitted on behalf of a student by any other person.

To be considered for an award from either fund, please submit, in English, the cover sheet and proposal as an electronic file. PDF is preferred for all documents other than the cover sheet, but MS Word and Excel documents (doc, docx, xls, xlsx) are allowed.All proposals must be accompanied by a letter of support from a mentor or advisor. Letters should be submitted separately by email to the committee chair.
 

The proposal must be written in English, double-spaced, 11 pt or larger font, 2 cm or larger margins, and not longer than 6 pages (not including references and figures). The proposal should include the following parts:

  1. TITLE and NAME OF APPLICANT
     
  2. NARRATIVE including background information, justification for the proposed study, and the hypothesis to be tested (if applicable). 
     
  3. METHODS including materials, experimental design, and analyses to be used. 
     
  4. LITERATURE CITED 
     
  5. ITEMIZED BUDGET showing in detail how award money would be used in the proposed research. If the entire cost of the project is included (often far in excess of the maximum award amount), please be sure to indicate how the AAS grant funds would be used. 
     
  6. LETTER OF SUPPORT from a mentor or advisor (sent separately by the advisor).
     

SUBMISSION: Proposals, cover sheets, and cover letters should be submitted as email attachments to Dr. Brent E. Hendrixson at aasstudentresearchgrantsgmailcom