Founder's Award

The Willi Hennig Society

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Grant amount: Up to US $4,000

Deadline: Dec 31, 2020

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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About this funder:



The Hennig Society was founded in 1980 with the expressed purpose of promoting the field of Phylogenetic Systematics. Hennig's idea that groups of organisms, or taxa, should be recognized and formally named only in cases where they are evolutionarily real entities, that is "monophyletic," at first was controversial. It is now the prevailing approach to modern systematics.

This research award, in honor of our Founder J. S. Farris, will fund parsimony-based research on systematics by graduate students. 

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


  • Applicants must be already enrolled at a university, and well into their thesis research
  • The funds may be used for:
    • Thesis-related fieldwork
    • Museum visits
    • Equipment
    • Other expenses not easily funded by grants for graduate students
  • The research must either be:
    • Theoretical/methodological on the basics and fundamentals of parsimony analysis, or
    • High-quality empirical research using parsimony in novel and creative ways


  • Lower budget projects may increase chances of being funded.


  • Money is not to be spent on bench fees, meetings, nor tuition fees (nor on stipend except in unusual circumstances).