The Paleontological Society is pleased to announce the Arthur James Boucot Research Grants to support early career paleontologists in the fields of morphology, taxonomy, and biostratigraphy, working on any taxa. Arthur James Boucot Research Grants support original research via payments to postdoctoral students, assistant professors (pre-tenure), and other early career paleontologists, with the possible exception of an occasional individual deemed to be unusually qualified. Paleontologists must be associated with universities, institutes, and academies of science or equivalent institutions.
Applications are encouraged from the United States and elsewhere in the world. Applicants must be Paleontological Society members unless they can demonstrate why membership is unfeasible for them. For 2014, the Paleontological Society has up to $10,000 to award. The amount and number of the awards may vary depending on the quality of the proposals. Therefore, budgets can be written for up to $10,000, but smaller and concise budgets are recommended. The award will be made directly to individuals and not to institutions. The award cannot be used for institutional overhead, publication costs, or modeling studies that rely upon fossil or modern databases.
Grantees will be selected by a committee of the Paleontological Society based on the quality and feasibility of the proposed research. The PS-AJ Boucot grants are named in honor of Dr. Arthur James Boucot, a vigorous field geologist/paleontologist and former President of the Paleontological Society (1980-1981). Art is an awardee of the R.C. Moore Medal (SEPM, 1985) and Paleontological Society Medal (1999). He has authored over 500 publications and books and is still going strong! His research has focused on evolution, paleoecology, biostratigraphy, paleobiogeography and solving geologic boundary disputes for the Ordovician, Silurian and Devonian systems using brachiopod and gastropod fossils.