***The 2019 competition is now closed. The 2020 GREG - R.C. Lewontin Early Award competition will open in November 2019.***
These grants are part of the Graduate Research Excellence Grants award program.
These awards are to assist students in the early stages of their Ph.D. programs by enabling them to collect preliminary data (to pursue additional sources of support) or to enhance the scope of their research beyond current funding limits (e.g. by visiting additional field sites, or working at other labs). Students need to confirm that the proposed work is outside of funding already held by the student or advisor.
Applicants AND their mentors must be members of SSE, and are advised to join SSE, if not already members, as soon as possible to facilitate their applications (to join go to: https://payments.evolutionsociety.org/joinsse/. Previous awardees of an SSE graduate award may not re-apply, but previous applicants who were not selected for funding are welcome to re-apply. Awards will range from $1,500 - $2500 and approximately twenty awards will be made.
Focus on convincing the awards committee of the importance of the question, how the funds will allow you to reach certain objectives, and how these objectives fit into your overall thesis schedule, while also demonstrating that the research is sufficiently independent that funds from your mentor cannot be applied. Only Ph.D. students in their FIRST TWO YEARS are eligible. Funding is not limited to any particular aspect of research. This award is not limited to students in the United States.
Members are encouraged to contribute to the Graduate Research Excellence Grant award program!