Chapman Collection Study Grants

American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,500

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Unaffiliated Researcher Graduate Student Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: New York

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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About this funder:



The Frank M. Chapman Memorial Fund of the American Museum of Natural History was set up by Ms. Elsie M. B. Naumburg in memory of Dr. Chapman, a long-term Chairman of the Department of Ornithology at the Museum. Grants for research in several aspects of ornithology are supported by the Fund. A Committee composed of Curators in the Ornithology Department at the Museum, along with the Museum's Richard Gilder Graduate School and other representatives of the Museum and non-Museum communities, handles the administration of the Fund and the grants.

Collection Study Grants

Collection Study Grants are awarded, competitively, to avian systematists without other funds who wish to perform research on the specimens in the Ornithological Collections of the American Museum of Natural History.

A Collection Study Grant provides financial assistance to enable predoctoral and recent postdoctoral investigators to study the ornithological collections at the American Museum. Applicants should contact a curator to discuss the proposed project. Projects of four days or longer are encouraged.

There is no deadline for application for these grants; they are considered when they are received. However, it normally takes a month or more to evaluate and process the applications; so grants should be submitted at least two months prior to when the researcher would like to visit the Collection.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Awards are made in partial support of travel and subsistence while visiting the Museum. 
  • Projects of four days or longer are encouraged.
  • These grants are for expenses only, no stipends, and cannot exceed $1,500.


  • This program is not available to investigators within daily commuting range of the American Museum of Natural History.