Applicants must be registered in a master's degree program (in even numbered years) or doctoral degree program (in odd numbered years) in wildlife biology, zoology, ecology or a related discipline at a university in North America, and must be a member of The Wildlife Society.
Awards are based primarily upon project merit, but also consider the candidate's academic achievement, field experience, appreciation of hunting (personally and professionally), and career interests.
Research projects must be endorsed by the candidate's academic supervisor. The award is intended to benefit students who show promise as wildlife teachers, researchers, and managers. A special TWS committee will select the recipient, and reserves the right to forego an award selection if no suitable candidates apply.