Rosemary Grant Advanced Award

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***The 2019 GREG - Rosemary Grant Advanced Award Applications are due September 15, 2019.***


The Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) is pleased to announce the 2019 Graduate Research Excellence Grant (GREG) – Rosemary Grant Advanced Award competition. These awards are to assist students in the later stages of their Ph.D. programs. These grants are part of the Graduate Research Excellence Grants award program.


Only advanced* Ph.D. students who are more than 12 months from defense date at the proposal due date are eligible. Eligibility can be confirmed by the advisor or graduate director stating that the student fulfills these requirements. 

*Advanced Ph.D. students are defined as:

  • 3rd year or beyond in a >4-year doctoral degree program (="post candidacy")
  • 2nd year of a 3-year doctoral degree program
  • Other (explanation required in the letter from your thesis advisor or graduate director for what makes you eligible for the "advanced" award)

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:

Funding is not limited to any particular aspect of research. This award is not limited to students in the United States.


Funds can be used to enhance the scope of dissertation research, such as to conduct additional experiments or field work.  Students should confirm that the proposed work is outside the scope of other funding held by either the student or their advisor. Awards will range from $2,000 - $3,500 and approximately ten awards will be made.

How to apply

***The 2019 GREG - Rosemary Grant Advanced Award Applications are due September 15, 2019. Access the application by logging in through the member homepage.***

Applications must be a single file in .pdf format with one-inch margins (= 2.5 cm) and 12 font. 

The application must include (as a single .pdf file): 

  1. Research proposal, describing objectives, methods, significance, and schedule, including how the award would enhance your thesis work (max. two single-spaced pages including literature cited and any figures and tables);
  2. Budget (1 page; no justification necessary, just a clear budget);
  3. Confirmation of eligibility as a signed letter from the thesis advisor or graduate director. This should include confirmation that:
    a. the applicant meets the “advanced” requirement defined above,†
    b. the applicant’s defense date is more than 12 months from the proposal due date, and
    c. the advisor has a current membership in SSE.‡ 

    †If the applicant selects "Other" as the reason they meet the "Advanced" criteria, the letter must include an explanation of what makes this student "Advanced". 
    ‡Applicants will confirm their own SSE membership in the application portal.

    Note: This letter is *not* a letter of recommendation; only include the information requested.

    Sample letter:
    Dear Selection Committee,
    This letter confirms that [Student Name] is eligible for the SSE GREG - Rosemary Grant Advanced Award. I am [Student Name]’s supervisor. [Student Name] is in the third year of our five year PhD program and is post-candidacy. [Student Name] is more than 12 months from defending her thesis. Both [Student Name] and I are currently members of SSE. 
    [Advisor/Graduate Director Name]

In your research proposal, focus on convincing the awards committee of the importance of the question, how the funds will allow you to reach certain objectives and expand the scope of your thesis work, and how these objectives fit into your overall thesis project.

We use an online submission process. To access the online application, click the link below to log in to the member homepage of the SSE website. From there you will be able to click the link to the application.

DEADLINE: 11:59 PM Eastern Time (GMT-4:00), September 15, 2019

You should receive an email confirmation of receipt of your materials within 72 hours. If you do not, please contact

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be reviewed on the following five criteria:

(1) Motivation of research: How well does the proposal situate the project in the context of the field by stating the big-picture question and/or the broader significance?

(2) Clarity of hypotheses or questions: Are the hypotheses clearly stated? Does the proposal provide sufficient rationale so that the evaluator can understand the logic behind the hypotheses?

(3) Clear contribution: Does the proposed project address a clear/novel/interesting question that is likely to move the field of evolutionary biology forward? Does the proposal link motivation with hypotheses?

(4) Explanation of methods / analysis:  Does the proposal provide enough explanation to justify the proposed methods to achieve the stated goals in language that can be understood by an educated but non-expert reviewer?

(5) Connection between objectives and design: Does the proposal clearly and explicitly tie the hypothesis and methods to the motivating question? Will the proposed methods test the stated hypotheses?

Next steps

All applicants will receive feedback and decisions on their proposals in December via email. In addition, award winners will be announced on the SSE website and at the following year's Evolution meeting during the SSE Presidential Address. SSE would be pleased if you consider submitting work funded by the Rosemary Grant award to Evolution or Evolution Letters. All work published with funds from the award should acknowledge the work as funded by the Graduate Research Excellence Grant - Rosemary Grant Advanced Award from SSE, and a full citation of the work should be submitted to SSE within 2 months of publication.

Awards are typically subject to 1099 reporting, and thus must be included as income by the recipient. All awardees will need to fill out an IRS W-9 form whether or not they are a US citizen, and whether or not they attend a US university. To avoid paying tax on the award, awardees may have their check deposited in a university research account. This award covers direct costs of research only; institutional indirect costs may not be charged to this award. Non-US citizens and those not filing US tax returns are required to set up a separate university account to receive this award.

Members are encouraged to contribute to the Graduate Research Excellence Grant award program!

Frequently Asked Questions

If I get the award, do I have to use the funds by a certain time?


My faculty advisor isn’t a member of SSE, but my postdoc or grad student mentor is - am I eligible?

Nope, both you and your faculty advisor must be members of SSE. Be sure to ask your advisor if they will purchase a gift membership for you - just $10!

I received a Lewontin Early Award already. Does this make me ineligible to receive a Rosemary Grant Advanced Award?

Nope! Receiving a Lewontin Early Award does not preclude you from receiving a Rosemary Grant Advanced Award, as long as you meet the other requirements.

I received the previous version of the Rosemary Grant Award - the one for 1st and 2nd year PhD students. Does this make me ineligble to receive the current Rosemary Grant Advanced Award?

Nope! Receiving the previous version of the Rosemary Grant Award does not preclude you from receiving a Rosemary Grant Advanced Award, as long as you meet the other requirements.


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