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The deadline for 2018 applications is March 1, 2018.
All applicants are required to be WIPS members on the application deadline and must have mailed their application for membership with payment by January 1, 2018.

The grants honor the memory of Karl Hirsch, a WIPS member who reached the acme of amateur paleontology. His contributions to the study of fossil eggs were recognized and honored by several paleontological organizations, including WIPS, The Paleontological Society, and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.

WIPS sets aside funds from the proceeds of the annual auctions and the biennial Symposia to fund grants and scholarships. Members may apply for a grant or scholarship to help fund their research and education in paleontology.

In 2017, a total of nearly $3000 was awarded for grants and scholarships. The funds available for 2018 will be announced later. The maximum award amount is $1,000 per grant or scholarship. Applications will be evaluated by the WIPS Science Committee, with final approval of all awards made by the Board.

Please send your application electronically to Joe Sertich rather than sending your application to the WIPS address. If you have questions regarding the application process or have trouble emailing your grant application, please contact Joe Sertich directly at any time - Joe.Sertich@dmns.org.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, 2018. No applications can be accepted after that time; late submissions will not be considered for awards. Membership in WIPS is required to apply for a grant or scholarship. Previous grant or scholarship recipients who have not fulfilled the reporting requirements will not be considered. Recipients have two years to fulfill the reporting requirements.

All applicants will be notified of the grant and scholarship results in early May and recipients will be announced at the May 2018 WIPS meeting.

  1. Applicant's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
  2. Applicant's position (e.g., student or professional).
  3. If a student, state institution, degree program, and year. If a not student, state institution or employer, if any.
  4. Short title of the research project.
  5. Scientific benefits of the project.
  6. Amount of funds requested.
  7. Breakdown of how the requested grant funds will be spent.
  8. Brief description of the project, including what, where, when, objectives anticipated completion data, and where collected specimens will be stored.
  9. Qualifications and/or paleontological experience of the applicant.
  10. Benefits of the project to WIPS membership.
  11. Statement of applicant's acknowledgment of and willingness to fulfill the reporting requirements.
  12. State whether or not a previous WIPS grant or scholarship recipient (which year or years?)
  13. If a previous recipient, state how and when the reporting requirements were met. (Presentation at WIPS meeting, report in Trilobite Tales, poster at WIPS symposium.)

Selection of each grant recipient will be based on scientific merit, originality, how the grant will be used, and benefit to WIPS.

2018 John Jenkins Memorial Scholarships
Call for Application

WIPS members are invited to apply for the 2018 WIPS John Jenkins Scholarship. The scholarships honor the memory of John Jenkins, a former WIPS President whose enthusiasm and leadership helped make WIPS the successful organization it is today.

Scholarships are given to fund tuition and other educational costs in paleontology, geology, or related sciences at any accredited university or college for the purpose of furthering his or her paleontological education. Course work may come from a number of disciplines that can contribute to the applicant's paleontological skill set. Under certain circumstances, to be determined individually, tuition for museum certification courses may be funded.

The Board particularly encourages elementary and secondary teachers who can make use of paleontological training in their classrooms to apply for a scholarship.

All scholarship recipients are required to report on how the funds were used and the results of their studies to the WIPS membership, either by making a short presentation at a regular WIPS meeting or by submitting a short note for publication in the WIPS newsletter, Trilobite Tales.

To apply for a 2018 John Jenkins Scholarship please supply the following information on no more than three pages. If applications exceed three pages, only the first three pages will be evaluated.

  1. Applicant's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
  2. Applicant's position (e.g., student or professional).
  3. If a student, state institution, degree program, and year. If not a student, state institution or employer, if any.
  4. Short description of the applicant's history and interest in paleontology.
  5. Amount of funds requested.
  6. Breakdown of how the requested funds will be spent (e.g., tuition, expenses).
  7. Statement of the applicant's overall goals in this course of study.
  8. Statement of applicant's acknowledgment of and willingness to fulfill the reporting requirements.
  9. State whether or not a previous WIPS grant or scholarship recipient (which year or years?)
  10. If a previous recipient, state how and when the reporting requirements were met. (Presentation at WIPS meeting, report in Trilobite Tales, poster at WIPS symposium.)

Selection of each scholarship recipient will be based on the applicant's educational goals, how the applicant will use the scholarship funds, and the paleontological objectives the applicant plans to pursue.