The Ernst Mayr Travel Grants in Animal Systematics

Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology

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Next deadline: Oct 15, 2020

Later deadlines: Apr 1, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $1,500

Fields of work: Systematics

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Conference, Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

University restriction: Harvard University

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The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University periodically awards travel grants for research in animal systematics, known as the Ernst Mayr Grants. The principal objective of these grants is to stimulate taxonomic work on neglected taxa. These include taxa with numerous poorly described species, genera and families known to have many undescribed species in institutional collections, taxa for which it is unknown what proportion of the nominal species are synonyms and difficult genera without keys.

The study of type specimens and their correct identification is the greatest need in poorly known taxa. This typically requires visits to other museums, which is what the Ernst Mayr Grants program tries to facilitate.

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


  • This grant is open to all.
  • Funds can be spent on things like:
    • travel
    • lodging, and meals for up to a few weeks while conducting research at the museum(s)
    • reasonable services purchased from the host institution and research supplies


  • Preference is given to studies that use the MCZ's collections, although applications to work at other museums will be considered.


  • It is not the aim of these grants to support largely phylogenetic studies of taxa in which the species are reasonably well known, or to support biogeographic studies.