Funding Opportunities for Paleontology Research & Education

Funding opportunities for paleontology research and education are out there, but you have to know where to look. We've done our best to compile a comprehensive list, but if we've missed one please let us know about it.

As you can see, there aren't very many grants available to fund the many excellent students and research projects that rely on them. That's why your donations, memberships, and contributions are so important.  Please consider donating today to help us provide opportunities for students and to advance paleontology and earth science research and education.


 
 
 

Experiment

Experiment is a crowdfunding site for science.  It is an excellent way to harness the public appeal of paleontology to fund and grow interest in your research projects.  

The BBPI has been involved in every aspect of creating paleontology-themed Experiment campaigns, from creating and running successful projects, to helping other researchers create their own successful campaigns.  Check out some of our past campaigns below:

If you're interested in this funding model but would like more information or guidance, please feel free to reach out to us.  

We would love to provide additional funds and opportunities like this for student and professional paleontologists, and that's why your donations are so important.  Please consider donating today.

 

The Jurassic Foundation

The Jurassic Foundation provides grants of up to $3,000 for research on any aspect of dinosaur paleontology.  Jurassic Foundation grants support students, postdoctoral researchers, and other scientists with limited funding opportunities.  Applications are due in February and September of each year.   

BBPI associates have been awarded prestigious Jurassic Foundation grants.

  • Assistant Crew Cheif Brittany Malinowski won in 2015 for her research: "Searching for Answers: Suuwassea emelieae from the Late Jurassic Formation of Carbon County, Montana."
  • Research Associate Dr. Jennifer Anné won in 2014 for her research: “Bone Healing and Remodeling in Extant and Extinct Archosaurs as Revealed by Elemental Mapping”
 

Paleontological Society

The Paleontological Society offers four different grants to its members:

  1. A limited number of $800 Student Research Grants.
  2. Arthur James Boucot Research Grant to early-career Ph.D. paleontologists for research in morphology, taxonomy, and biostratigraphy.  
  3. Sepkoski Grants - Up to 20 $1,000 grants for international researchers.  
  4. Outreach & Education Grant - A limited number of grants, up to $2,500 each.
 
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Association of APPLIED paleontological Sciences

The Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences offers the A. Allen Graffham Research Grant. This is a $1,000 grant for research on specimens collected by or in collaboration with AAPS members.  

 
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Evolving Earth Foundation

The Evolving Earth Foundation offers up to 10 grants each year, for up to $3,000 each, to support research in the earth sciences.  These grants are restricted to undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students and projects that relate to the mission and priorities of the foundation.

 
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Dinosaur Research Institute

The Dinosaur Research Institute has several great grant opportunities, including:

  • the DRI Student Grants, which supports several graduate student projects each year for up to $3,000
  • field work in Alberta, Canada
  • the Rene Vandervelde Travel Grant to support attendance at the SVP Annual Meeting  
  • Scholarship Supporting Neoceratopsian Research, which supports any aspect of neoceratopsian dinosaur research and/or publications and presentations.