Shortterm Funding


Earthwatch Institute - Research Funding
Earthwatch funds field-based scientific research that is rigorous, relevant, and impactful. Earthwatch-funded projects conduct research around the globe. All research must incorporate citizen-scientist participation in data collection. Citizen-scientist participants are recruited by Earthwatch. Requests for pre-proposals are distributed annually. Pre-proposals must be submitted by the PI. All PIs must have a PhD and an affiliation with a university, government agency, or science-focused NGO. For additional project requirements and information, please visit:



Erasmus - Europäisches Austauschprogramm für Projekte, Geländearbeit u.ä. für Studierende.


Explorers Club

Since 1904 our international, professional society has been a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide. The Explorers Club is dedicated to the advancement of field research, scientific exploration, and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. We foster these goals by providing research grants, educational lectures and publications, expedition planning assistance, exciting adventure travel programs, and a forum where experts in all the diverse fields of science and exploration, can meet to exchange ideas."

Funding for scientific field work is also possible for non-members!




GEO - Die Zeitschrift vergibt Gelder für Geländearbeit.


Jurassic Foundation

Jurassic Foundation - Finanziert Geländearbeit, Reisekosten und Präparation für Projekte über mesozoische Reptilien (hauptsächlich Dinosaurier).

Für das Antragsformular muss man auf die angegebene Webseite!

The Jurassic Foundation
1201 Second Avenue West = Drumheller
Alberta, Canada, T0J 0Y2


National Geographic

National Geographic - Gelder für Geländearbeit und andere Projekte. Normalerweise werden nur promovierte Antragssteller akzeptiert.

Committee for Research and Exploration
National Geographic Society
P.O. Box 98249
Washington, D.C. 20090-8249


The Palaeontographical Society

Palaeontographical Society Research Fund

Awards from the Palaeontological Society Research Fund are made to assist palaeontological research (travel, visits to museums, fieldwork, etc.) within the Society’s remit of describing the fossil fauna and flora of the British Isles.

It is intended that two awards will normally be made in each year to a value of £500 each, although this may vary at the discretion of the Council. No definite age limit or other restriction is applied, although preference will be given to applicants at the start of their careers or those without alternative sources of funding. The award is open to both amateur and professional palaeontologists, but preference will be given to members of the Society.


Paleobiological Fund

 Der Paleobiological Fund hat ein "Student Research Grant" Programm, das studentische Forschung unterstützt.


Paleontological Society

The Paleontological Society invites applications from student members and members with postdoctoral research appointments for a limited number of $500 grants to support research in any field or aspect of paleontology



Sigma Xi

Sigma Xi, eine elitäre amerikanische Gesellschaft. Die Mitgliedschaft muss einem von der Gesellschaft angeboten werden.



SVP's Bryan Patterson Award

Der Bryan Patterson Award unterstützt Feldarbeit von Studenten im Fachbereich Wirbeltierpaläontologie. Diplom- und Promotionsstudenten können sich bewerben. Bewerber und ihre Betreuer müssen Mitglieder bei SVP sein. Im Jahr 2000 gab es einen Preis in Höhe von 2000 und zwei in Höhe von 1000

Anträge können nur für Geländearbeiten gestellt werden.
Die Arbeit muss innovativ, "abenteuerlich" und eher ungewöhnlich sein. Also echtes Neuland betreten... :-)

Informationen zur Bewerbung gibt es unter: - unter "Awards".
 Bewerbungsformulare können von der SVP Webseite als PDF-Datei runtergeladen werden.



Synthesys - EU-gefördertes Programm, dass den Zugang zu 20 großen europäischen Naturkundemuseen und botanischen Gärten ermöglicht. Gezahlt werden alle Forschungskosten in Form einer täglichen Pauschale. In einigen Museen haben Forschungsprojekte sehr gute Bewilligungschancen!



Systematics Association

Systematics Association - Englische Organisation, aber offen für alle systematischen, phylogenetischen, oder taxonomischen Projekte. Verteilt Reisegelder, Sachmittelbeihilfen (Material, Präparation), Druckkostenhilfe, Hilfe für Geländearbeit. Bis zu 10 Beihilfen zwischen £ 100 und £ 1000 (normalerweise £500 - £ 700) werden pro Jahr vergeben.



Volkswagen Stiftung

Volkswagen Stiftung - Projektbezogene Unterstützung.

Kastanienallee 35
D-30519 Hannover
Fax: 0511 / 83 81 0


Funding for Museum visits

Achtung! Diese Informationen sind teilweise etwas veraltet! In Europa ist definitiv das Synthesys-Programm zu empfehlen.

American Museum of Natural History New York (AMNH)

Field Museum of Natural History Chicago (FMNH)

Natural History Museum London (NHM)

Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN): Visiting Fellowship Program 2001/2002

Applications are being sought from those interested in the Visiting Fellowship program at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Up to $1500 (Canadian) will be available to each successful applicant of this collection and research effort.

The Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) is Canada's national natural history museum. Approximately ten million specimens are housed within the new research/collection facility, the Natural Heritage Building, in Aylmer, Quebec. The intention of the Visiting Fellowship Program is to increase researcher access to the resources at the CMN facility, and to add to the value of natural history specimens through enhanced curation. Proposals will be accepted in three general categories,

· Collection-based research.
· Collection enhancement.
· Collaborative research with CMN staff involving use of CMN laboratories.

Awards are up to $1500 each. The funds are to be used to offset the cost of travel and accommodation related to the work at the Museum.
It is expected that each Visiting Fellow will provide a scientific seminar at the Natural Heritage Building on their research interests, and that the CMN will be appropriately acknowledged in all publications that result from the work. These funds are available to university faculty, graduate students, other research scientists and collection managers.

Your proposal must include the following.

Your name, title, organization, e-mail address, postal address, fax and phone numbers, and a clear indication of the name to appear on the Fellowship cheque.
Curriculum vitae and a list of all scientific publications in the last 5 years. Applications from graduate students should also include a letter of recommendation from their supervisor.
A list of names, titles and organizations of any collaborators in this work.
A detailed, concise proposal (no more than 1000 words), including the following.
Identify one of the three proposal categories
A description of the research and if applicable, how it relates to research projects at the CMN
A list of the taxa of interest Expected results (manuscripts, monographs, keys, etc.) and a timetable of when these can be
expected A timetable of completion, including when you expect to be at the Natural Heritage Building (CMN research
A detailed budget including the travel and accommodation costs that the Visiting Fellowship will be used against.

If you wish to discuss your proposal with our Research or Collection staff before submission you can find a full list of Staff at in the Research/Collection Sections of the site; which includes e-mail and phone coordinates. Completed applications can be submitted, preferably by e-mail, to Kieran Shepherd, A/Director of Collection Services, Canadian Museum of Nature, P. O. Box 3443, Station D, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 6P4, Canada .
Deadline for Proposals: September 30, 2001.
Notification to successful applicants: by October 7, 2001

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (LACMNH)

The Research & Collections branch of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is launching a new grant program (Research Study Grants) to support partial travel and subsistence for students and colleagues conducting research with our collections or with a curator.

The short term grants are offered to conduct research, with emphasis on collections based studies, at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The Museum houses a world-class collection of 33 million specimens in its Divisions of Human Studies, Invertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Zoology, Earth Studies and Botany divisions (please refer to the Museum's web site ( for further information about the strengths of departmental collections).

Grants partially support travel and subsistence while visiting the Museum, with a maximum award of $1,500. Visits must be first arranged with and approved by a Curator of the Museum.

A description of the proposed research and a budget are required. The successful applicant will have contacted the appropriate museum personnel (including curatorial and collection management staff) regarding the suitability and availability of the collection for proposed research. Applicants are also encouraged to deliver a presentation about their research to the scientific staff of the Museum. A final, one-page report should be sent soon after completion of the visit. Applicants are also required to acknowledge the Research Study Grants in any publication featuring the research conducted at the Museum and to provide to the Museum two reprints (or photocopies) of the publication.

Any national or international researcher (predoctoral and doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows or senior scientists) is eligible for this grant provided that he/she does not reside within daily commuting distance of the Museum. Applications should be submitted electronically. Two application deadlines are set annually (January 31st and June 30th). Announcements will be made in March and September.

For further questions or for mailing correspondence please contact:

Research Study Grants Committee, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA.

New Brunswick Museum


The New Brunswick Museum is pleased to announce the year 2001 G.F. Matthew Research Grants in Geology. Normally, one grant of $1,000 (CAN) and one of $500 (CAN) is awarded each year. We are trying to advertise the grant primarily via the internet this year. Please feel free to forward this message to your colleagues.

George Frederic Matthew MA, DSc, LLd, FRSC (1837-1923) was a founding member of the Natural History Society of New Brunswick, formed in 1862. He
published over two hundred papers on geology, palaeontology and archaeology. Although he maintained his career at the Custom House, he became internationally known for his studies in palaeontology. Much of his collection is now part of the holdings of the New Brunswick Museum. This grant programme recognizes his enormous contribution by supporting field and laboratory work and encourages collections-based research of a museum nature.

Proposals of high quality in the areas of palaeontology, stratigraphy, paleoecology, mineralogy and petrology are invited. All, or most, of any field research must be carried out in New Brunswick.

Research Fellowship - $1000.00 - open to established scientists attached to universities, museums and government agencies, as well as graduate students.

Research Scholarship - $500.00 - open to students only, both graduate and undergraduate.

Application forms available at your department office or write the NBM.
Applicants should send research proposals, accompanied by a detailed budget and application form, by December 31, 2000 to:

Dr. R.F. Miller
Curator of Geology
New Brunswick Museum
277 Douglas Avenue
Saint John, New Brunswick
Canada E2K 1E5
(506) 643-2361


Funds available for short visits via the SYNTHESYS-Programme.


UCMP Berkeley: Sam and Doris Welles Fund

The late Samuel P. Welles, retired museum scientist of the University of California's Museum of Paleontology, left a generous bequest to the Museum to promote research on the Museum's collections, particularly those of Mesozoic vertebrates from the Colorado Plateau and others on which he worked. We issue a call for applications to the Fund, effective through the end of each Summer , with an application deadline of January 15.

Applications to the Sam and Doris Welles Fund

o -- Preference is given to registered students and postdocs, and to those with no other sources of support (especially foreign colleagues).
o -- The Fund emphasizes work on the UCMP's collection of Mesozoic vertebrates of the Colorado Plateau, but applications for other projects in the UCMP collections are also strongly considered, irrespective of age, taxon, or presence of backbone.
o -- The Museum's collections database can be accessed through our website (; for questions about specific specimens, please contact Pat Holroyd.
o -- Allowable expenses include travel and lodging. Food and supplies are generally not provided, unless the applicant has no other source of support. Most awards are less than $1000.
o -- Please list other sources of support for your work, as applicable. We like cost-sharing when possible.
o -- To apply, please provide a statement of your proposed research, no longer than a page, including an approximate budget. Please stress the relevance of the UCMP collections to your research, and provide approximate dates of your visit. Send your application to
Kevin Padian, Chair of the committee, as an e-mail attachment.
o -- Applications that most closely fulfil the above criteria have the best chance of being funded.

For more information ask Kevin Padian.


Weitere Förderungsmöglichkeiten können evtl. auf den folgenen Seiten gefunden werden:

Das Dritte Mittel


Diese Zusammenstellung konnte erst durch die Mithilfe von Walter Joyce und Oliver Rauhut entstehen, weitere Beiträge sind höchst erwünscht!