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Joseph Grinnell Student Research Award


This award supports beginning research efforts of Ph.D. graduate students in their first or second year of enrollment. One award of $2500 awards will be designated, in the memory of Joseph Grinnell, to support basic research in any aspect of avian biology. Projects that deal with conservation issues in avian biology should be directed to the Mewaldt-King Research Awards Committee of the Cooper Ornithological Society. Students may not submit a proposal to both award committees in the same year.


View previous years' Joseph Grinnell Award recipients and titles here.




This award is open to all graduate students that are members of the COS and originally enrolled in a Doctoral program AFTER August 2010.


2013 Proposal Deadline


Proposals must be submitted electronically on or before 1 JANUARY 2013. Students lacking internet access may submit printed copies of their materials via mail (postmarked by 1 January 2013; see mailing address below) and should include a self-addressed envelope to facilitate notification of the committee's decision. Electronic copies submitted on floppy disks via postal service will NOT be accepted.


Proposal submission


To apply for the award, the student should submit one copy of:

  1. A short research proposal (no longer than 1800 words; see format below),
  2. His/her most current curriculum vitae, and
  3. A letter of support from his/her major faculty advisor. It is encouraged that materials be submitted as attachments via email directly to the chair of the committee


Scott Stoleson, Ph.D.

USDA Forest Service

Northern Research Station

PO Box 267

Irvine, PA 16329

Email: sstoleson@fs.fed.us


Acceptable electronic file formats are Word, rich text format, and pdf files. Files in other formats will not be accepted. Files should be named using the student's last name and first initial (e.g., SmithC_proposal.pdf; SmithC_cv.pdf). Please include "Grinnell Award" in the subject heading of the email. The letter of support should be submitted separately by the applicant's major faculty advisor. The letter should address the qualifications of the applicant and the importance of the research project. This letter must also state the academic semester or quarter in which the applicant first entered the Ph.D. program. Otherwise the application will not be considered.



  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction, including: (a) objectives with specific hypotheses to be tested (b) summary of any work completed to date © relation to present knowledge (d) significance
  3. Proposed methods, analyses, and timetable
  4. Literature cited. The complete proposal abstract and text, including literature cited, may not be longer than 1800 words (approximately 5 pages, double-spaced).

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