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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

Support for current undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral Students who wish to present the results of microfossil research projects at professional meetings either in an oral or poster session. 

The approved meetings (sponsored by CF) include:
Annual Meeting of the Cushman Foundation at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting
Paleontological Society meetings (cosponsored by CF), and the
Forams Meetings (every 4 years at different venues around the world)
**Note that other scientific meetings recommended by the student’s faculty advisor will be considered.

Student awardees will be expected to attend Cushman Foundation events (receptions, award ceremonies, and technical and poster sessions) at these meetings.

To apply:

Provide a statement of no more than two pages, including a copy of the abstract of your presentation, the name and dates of the meeting you wish to attend, why your presentation is appropriate for the meeting, and an estimate of travel and lodging costs. Also provide one-page curriculum vitae. A short letter of support must also be requested from your faculty advisor certifying that your work is worthy of presentation at the meeting. No award will be made for more than $2000.  The Board of Directors reserves the right to make no awards or to make awards that differ from the requested budget. All application materials should be sent to the Cushman Foundation’s Secretary/Treasurer in hard copy or by email. For Fall and Winter meetings, please send the materials by August 15th and for Spring and Summer meetings by January 15th. The preferred format for electronic submission is pdf. Other acceptable formats are MSWord and WordPerfect. Submit Items to:

Loren Petruny
Cushman Foundation
Department of Paleobiology, MRC-121
P. O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012 USA


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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