Vertebrate Paleontology Collections Study Grant

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $1,000

Next deadline: Apr 1, 2019

Later deadlines: Oct 1, 2019

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: California

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Description of Funding Opportunity

The NHM Vertebrate Paleontology Collections Study Awards were instituted to provide funding for undergraduate and graduate students to visit and study the collections of the Vertebrate Paleontology Department and Dinosaur Institute at both the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. 

Award Information

  • Individual award amounts can vary, but typically range from $500– $1000.
  • Applicants wishing to visit collections between July 1 – December 31 must submit their applications by April 1st.
  • Applicants wishing to visit collections between January 1 – June 30 must submit their applications by October 1st. 

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


  • Open to all undergraduate and graduate students that are currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting program.
  • International researchers are welcome to apply, but should contact museum curators if assistance is required to obtain a letter of invitation that could be used in a visa application.
  • Any proposed research that involves digitization, molding & casting, and/or destructive sampling of NHM specimens, must meet the appropriate department's collections use criteria, and also be approved by the appropriate curator and collections manager.
  • Projects can be any duration, but researchers planning collections visits over two weeks should contact an NHM or La Brea Tar Pits & Museum curator to arrange logistics regarding the use of museum facilities.
  • Awards are made in either partial or full support of travel, lodging, and incidental costs while visiting the NHM collections. 
    • Reimbursement for housing is limited to $150 per day. 


  • Preference will be given to proposals that:
    • demonstrate a critical role of NHM collections in the proposed research; and
    • enhance the NHM collections (through identification, curation, digitization, databasing, generation of new data, etc.


  • Researchers that are within daily commuting distance of the NHM and La Brea Tar Pits & Museum are not eligible for this award.
  • Researchers that have had proposals rejected are encouraged to resubmit, but an individual cannot receive more than one award within a three-year timeframe.