Myrtle Wolf Student Research Grant

California Native Plant Society: East Bay Chapter

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 13, 2020

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in California: Alameda County, Contra Costa County Other eligible locations: California

Location of residency: Counties in California: Alameda County, Contra Costa County

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California Native Plant Society - East Bay Chapter Background

The mission of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats; and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants. The East Bay Chapter, which serves Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, offers the Myrtle Wolf Student Research Grant in honor of Myrtle Wolf (1913-2012), a longtime Oakland teacher, who on retirement, devoted herself to California’s native flora. As a member of CNPS for over 30 years, she worked on annual plant sales and promoting the use of native plants for landscaping and was made a CNPS Fellow in 1987. Myrtle Wolf also supported the UC Botanical Garden, which named its library in her honor in 2000.

Educational Grants Program: Myrtle Wolf Student Research

Subject Matter 

The Myrtle Wolf Student Research Grant supports research on all aspects of the plant science of California native plants such as horticulture, taxonomy, biochemical processes, diseases, and interactions with the environment.


$3000 will be awarded. The maximum grant size will be $1000. We anticipate awarding two $1000 grants and two or more grants of smaller amounts; actual amounts are at the discretion of EBCNPS.

Review Criteria

 EBCNPS proposal evaluation criteria are: the project’s potential to advance the current state of knowledge, suitability of the methodology, suitability of the researcher for the project, and degree to which the project supports the CNPS mission stated above, especially for taxa native to Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. EBCNPS encourages non-traditional applicants, notwithstanding the eligibility requirements.

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


  • Applicants must be registered students, undergraduate or graduate, at an accredited institution of higher learning located in Alameda or Contra Costa County.
  • Awarded grant money is to be spent on research expenses including project travel within California ($0.545 per mile), excluding travel for conferences or communication; equipment (under $500); software; supplies such as laboratory or field materials; and space fees (e.g., greenhouse fees)


  • Grant money is not to be used for indirect cost, stipends, or salaries.