Society Awards and Prizes

2019 Deadlines

January 15: Stephen Jay Gould Prize
January 18: Small Grants Program for Local and Regional Outreach Promoting the Understanding of Evolutionary Biology
January 31: Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize
January 31: R. A. Fisher Prize
February 15: Graduate Research Excellence Grants - R.C. Lewontin Early Awards
March 23: Thomas Henry Huxley Award
March 31: Co-sponsorship of symposia organized by non-US based evolution societies
March 31: Evolution International Events Awards
March 31: International Travel Stipends
March 31: Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution Program
April 15: Hamilton Awards (Application part of Evolution 2019 registration)
April 15: Graduate Student and Postdoc travel supplements  (Application part of Evolution 2019 registration)
June 1: Sponsored Symposia
September 15: Graduate Research Excellence Grants - Rosemary Grant Advanced Awards
Accepted on a rolling basis: Early-Career Vocational Opportunities Workshop Grants

Award Descriptions*


Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize

The Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize is awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognize the accomplishments and future promise of an outstanding young evolutionary biologist. The prize was established in memory of Professor Dobzhansky by his friends and colleagues, and reflects his lifelong commitment to fostering the research careers of young scientists.

R.A. Fisher Prize

The R. A. Fisher Prize is awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution for an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation paper published in the journal Evolution during a given calendar year.

Stephen Jay Gould Prize

The Stephen Jay Gould Prize is awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognize individuals whose sustained and exemplary efforts have advanced public understanding of evolutionary science and its importance in biology, education, and everyday life in the spirit of Stephen Jay Gould. 

W. D. Hamilton Award

The Hamilton Award will be given to a student or recent graduate who has presented an outstanding talk at the annual meeting, as judged by a committee of SSE members. Applicants will present their papers during regular sessions of the meeting, appropriate for their topic. The most competitive talks will be those that can convey a complete story.

Thomas Henry Huxley Award

This award named in honor of Darwin's very public supporter T. H. Huxley, was established in 2013 to recognise outreach and education achievement for early and mid career scientists. Winners of this award are provided with support to present on behalf of the Society for the Study of Evolution at the annual meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). Annual calls for nomination will be advertised on the SSE web site and through appropriate Evolutionary Biology web sources such as EVOLDIR in late January/early February.


Graduate Research Excellence Grants (GREGs)

R.C. Lewontin Early Awards: The GREG – R.C. Lewontin Early 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). Awards up to $2500. Students need to confirm that the proposed work is outside of funding already held by the student or advisor. 

Rosemary Grant Advanced Awards: The GREG - Rosemary Grant Advanced Awards are to assist students in the later stages of their Ph.D. programs. Funds can be used to enhance the scope of dissertation research, such as to conduct additional experiments or field work. Awards up to $3500. Only Ph.D. students who have completed at least 24 months of Ph.D. work and are at least 12 months from degree completion at the proposal due date are eligible. Eligibility can be confirmed by the advisor or graduate director stating that the student fulfills these requirements. Students should confirm that the proposed work is outside other funding held by either the student or their advisor. Proposals will be due September 15, 2019.

Early-Career Vocational Opportunities (EVO) Workshop Grants

The SSE Council and GSAC invite proposals for grants up to $3,000 to help support Society-sponsored Early-career Vocational Opportunities (EVO) Workshops. This is a new program to provide valuable learning opportunities for Society graduate students and postdocs. The topic of the workshop can be anything, and material can be presented in any format, as long as it is interactive and its content serves to provide foundational skills that are appropriate for early-career SSE members in the areas of conceptual understanding, data collection, data analysis, or professional development. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Small Grants Program for Local and Regional Outreach Promoting the Understanding of Evolutionary Biology

The SSE provides opportunities for SSE members to apply for awards up to $1,000. Deadlines for applications are announced annually and usually take place in late October/early November. Awards are announced in December. The Committee encourages partnerships between other bodies engaged in outreach, such as museums, local schools, etc.

Co-sponsorship of Symposia Organized by Non-US Based Evolution Societies

The goal of this award is to foster communication between scientists from different countries by stimulating scientific dialogue through co-sponsored symposia. Evolution societies with limited financial resources will have the opportunity to invite speakers (SSE members) to their meeting. This will provide growth opportunities for both societies, since it will not only benefit the hosting society but also create the opportunities for new collaborations for the invited speakers.

Evolution International Events Awards 

These events are aimed at furthering the purpose of the Evolution Society by fostering international collaborations amongst evolution oriented societies and scientists. Eligible events would include specialized symposia, workshops and short courses in any aspect of evolutionary biology. The events could be hosted either in the US or abroad and preference should be given to events that specifically include participants from countries other than the USA.

Sponsored Symposia

The Society for the Study of Evolution supports symposia (typically two) at its annual meetings in order to highlight new topics, provide new perspectives, or generate new syntheses. The exact configuration of symposia may vary from year to year, but proposals should tentatively assume six half-hour slots. The Society provides support for organizers and participants in sponsored symposia to attend and present at the annual meeting (up to $9000 per symposium). Proposals for each meeting are accepted until June 1 of the previous year. Learn more here.


Travel award recipients are not eligible to volunteer at the conference.

SSE Graduate Student and Postdoc travel supplements

Graduate student and postdoc members of the SSE can request to be considered for a $500 US travel award. To be eligible, they must present a talk or poster and must provide a written explanation of why they need the funds (150 words maximum). They must also not have received the travel award in the previous year, and postdocs must be fewer than 6 years post-PhD without a permanent position. Travel award recipients are not eligible to volunteer at the conference.

Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution Program

The Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution (UDE) program sends undergraduate students to the annual Evolution meeting, the joint meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB), and the American Society of Naturalists (ASN). At the meeting, students will (i) present a poster, (ii) receive mentoring from graduate students, postdocs, and faculty, and (iii) participate in a career-oriented 'Undergraduate Futures in Evolutionary Biology' panel and discussion. The program is funded by SSE and the BEACON Center for Evolution in ActionEach selected awardee receives conference registration, round-trip airfare, dorm accommodations (double occupancy), a $200 meal stipend, and a ticket to the Super Social. Deadline March 31. Learn more here

International Travel Stipends

These stipends are for students and young scientists to attend the annual Evolution meetingAwards may also be used to attend the annual meeting of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology. Scientists working in a country with high GDP are not eligible.

*Please note that indirect costs may not be charged to any of our awards or grants.

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