HL Graduate Research Award

The Herpetologists' League

Grant amount: US $200 - US $500

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Conference

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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About the Herpetologists' League

The Herpetologists' League, established in 1946, is an international organization of people devoted to studying the biology of amphibians and reptiles. The history of the first 50 years of the Herpetologists' League can be found in Hobart Smith's 1986 paper in Herpetologica: "Chapman Grant, Herpetologica, and the Herpetologists' League" (Volume 42, pages 1-32).

HL publishes two scholarly journals -- the quarterly Herpetologica, which contains original research papers, essays and book reviews; and the annual supplement Herpetological Monographs (HM), which contains lengthy research articles, syntheses, and special symposia. The 1998 supplement issue of Herpetologica contained several articles based on the theme of “Points of View on Contemporary Education in Herpetology.” In 1993, HM included the symposium on "Amphibian Relationships: Phylogenetic Analysis of Morphology and Molecules," and in 1994, the symposium "Conservation Biology of the Desert Tortoise." The 1995 issue of HM highlighted the symposium "Reptilian Behavioral Ecology."

HL Graduate Research Award Competition

HL encourages continued dialogue among persons interested in herpetology at our annual meeting. Our society continues to recognize student achievement in herpetological research by presenting the HL Award for Graduate Research from among our student members at each annual meeting.

All presenters will receive evaluations from the judges after the meeting. The top five presentations, as ranked by the judges, will be announced at the Meeting Banquet. Presenters of the second to fifth ranked presentations will receive $200 awards. The presenter of the best presentation as ranked by the judges will receive $500, ten years of back issues of Herpetologica, and an invitation to submit a manuscript based on the work presented to either Herpetologica or Herpetological Monographs, depending on its length. The Herpetologists' League will commit to publishing this manuscript, following successful peer review and editorial revision, as a lead article identifying the author (or senior author) as the winner of the Herpetologists' League Graduate Research Award.

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


  • For eligibility in the HL Graduate Research Award competition, you must:
    • Be either a registered graduate student or have completed your graduate degree within 14 months of your presentation.
    • Submit an abstract (of which you must be the senior author and have done the majority of the work) by the deadline for submission of abstracts to the Joint Meetings, indicating your desire to compete for the HL Graduate Research Award.
    • Give the oral presentation at the meeting.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. You must be a member of The Herpetologists’ League in good standing.