Jed Burtt Mentoring Grants

Wilson Ornithological Society

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Grant amount: Up to US $2,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 15, 2020

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student Faculty

Funding uses: Conference, Education / Outreach, Research

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

Location of project: Washington

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



 The Wilson Ornithological Society is pleased to offer grants available to mentors of undergraduate students working in collaboration on an ornithological research project. These grants are named in honor of Edward ("Jed") H. Burtt, Jr., a Past-President of WOS (1997-1999) and an exemplary mentor of undergraduates during his distinguished career. 

WOS will award annually up to two grants of $1,000 to research projects that demonstrate the greatest capacity of mentoring and collaboration with at least one undergraduate. In addition, each mentor-student team will receive up to $2,000 (i.e., up to $1000 for the faculty mentor and $1000 for the student researcher(s)) to attend a subsequent annual meeting of the Wilson Ornithological Society where the student(s) will present the findings of their grant-supported work. WOS expects the Mentor to supervise participation of the student(s) in the conference, with the goal of enabling the student(s) to get as much out of the experience as possible.

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  • The student(s) to be mentored:
    • must at the time of application be full-time enrolled in an institution of higher education, but not necessarily at the same institution as the mentor.
      • (The mentor could, for example, be an ornithologist working for a not-for-profit organization who mentors undergraduates at a local college.)
  • Ideally, applications should come from students not yet in their Senior year
    • However, projects involving work done in the spring/summer immediately following graduation may be considered as long as the proposal includes clear indication that the student is likely to continue work in ornithology in some capacity (e.g., graduate study or employment). 
  • Each particular Mentor-student team is restricted to a single award.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. The Mentor must be a member of the Wilson Ornithological Society at the time of application; must maintain membership through the period during which the research is done; and must be a member in good standing during the year in which the student presents the results at the WOS annual meeting. Receipt of funds supporting attendance at the meeting by both the student(s) and the Mentor will be contingent on the Mentor's continuing active membership in WOS.


  • No Mentor may be supported by two awards concurrently.