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Cushman Foundation Grants and Awards

The Joseph A. Cushman Award for Excellence in Foraminiferal Research

The Joseph A. Cushman Award was established to honor researchers who have made outstanding contributions in the field of foraminiferology.

Nominations are sought from the profession and will be considered at the Board of Director's regular business meetings. More information about nominations and a list of award recipients click on the title above.

Johanna M. Resig Foraminiferal Research Fellowship

The purpose of the fellowship is to recognize and forward the careers of outstanding doctoral candidates committed to the advancement of foraminiferal research. This fellowship is made possible by a gift from the estate of Johanna M. Resig, a lifelong specialist on Foraminifera and former editor of the Journal of Foraminiferal Research. Proposals are judged upon scientific merit and financial need. Deadline for applying is 1 March. For more information click here.

Student Research Awards

The Cushman Foundation offers several Student Research Awards. Deadline for applying is 1 March. A description of the Awards and details on applying, are available at the links below:

Proposals are judged upon scientific merit and financial need.  For more information click on the titles above.

W. Storrs Cole Memorial Research Award

The W. Storrs Cole Memorial Research Award was established to support research in invertebrate micropaleontology. It is given each year to a GSA Member or Fellow between 30 and 65 years of age who has published one or more significant papers on micropaleontology. More information about applying for this award can be found at the Geological Society of America website.

The Joseph A. Cushman Award for Student Travel

This award from the Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research supports current undergraduate, masters’ and doctoral students who wish to present their results on research projects at Foundation-approved professional meetings or workshops in either an oral or poster session. The research projects or workshops should address microfossils or the organisms that make them.
The currently approved meetings* (sponsored by the Foundation) include:

  • Annual meeting of the Cushman Foundation, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, 
  • Paleontological Society meetings co-sponsored by the Foundation, and the
  • Forams Meetings (approx. every 4 years at international venues)

*Note that other scientific meetings/workshops recommended by the student’s faculty advisor will be considered.
Student awardees will be notified after the abstract acceptance date. For meetings, they are expected to attend Foundation events (receptions, award ceremonies, and technical and poster sessions). For workshops, they are expected to attend the entire workshop. Awardees should acknowledge the Foundation’s funding in their presentations and publications on the research. 
To apply:

Applicants must be Cushman Foundation members at the time of application. Please provide these five items: 1) a statement of no more than two pages, including the abstract of your presentation, the workshop description (if applicable), the name and dates of the meeting/workshop you wish to attend, why this is an appropriate event; 2) an itemized estimate of expenses for airfare/vehicle between the home institution and city of venue, shared room at a moderately priced hotel, abstract fee, and registration or meeting fee at the members’ early registration rate (if applicable); 3) an itemization of all other sources and amounts of travel funds available (e.g., dept. or college student travel funds); 4)  a one-page curriculum vitae; 5) A signed letter of support sent by your faculty advisor that certifies your work as worthy of presentation, and explains why. No award will be made for more than $2000. The number of applicants may affect award amounts. The Board of Directors reserves the right to make no awards or to make awards that differ from the requested budget. Application materials should be sent to the Cushman Foundation by email in the form of one pdf file of the entire application. For fall and winter meetings please send the materials to be received by August 15th, and for spring and summer meetings by February 15th. If, by the deadline, an application is missing any of the five required items, it will not be considered for funding. Submit items to


Arthur James Boucot Research Grants for 2016
The Paleontological Society’s Arthur James Boucot Research Grants support early career paleontologists in the fields of morphology, taxonomy, and biostratigraphy, working on any taxa, preferably with some combination of these approaches and a significant fieldwork component.  Arthur James Boucot Research Grants support original research by current postdoctoral students, assistant professors (pre-tenure), and other early career paleontologists with a PhD, with the possible exception of an occasional individual deemed to be unusually qualified.  Paleontologists must be associated with universities, institutes, and academies of science, or equivalent institutions. 
Applicants must be Paleontological Society members unless there are extenuating circumstances.  In 2016, the Paleontological Society expects to have $15,000 to award.  Awards are typically less than $5000, but larger awards are possible. Awards are made directly to individuals and not to institutions.  Awards cannot be used for institutional overhead, publication costs, or modeling studies that rely on fossil or modern databases.  Applications are encouraged from the United States and elsewhere in the world, however, the Paleontological Society cannot award grants to applicants from countries with economic or trade sanctions imposed by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). 
The application can be downloaded as one document from the Paleontological Society’s web site: 
Required reporting information is also included in this document.  Deadline for receipt of applications is Feb. 1.



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