The Malacological Society of London makes a number of Awards and Grants. These are in addition to financial support for meetings, including travel bursaries to the Molluscan Forum.
The Research Grants Scheme was established to commemorate The Society's Centenary in 1993. Under this scheme, The Society anticipates making at least five awards each year, each with a value of up to £1000 to support research on molluscs that is likely to lead to publication. The closing date for applications each year is 15th December. Grants are preferentially conferred on students and researchers without professional positions, without regard to nationality or membership of The Society. Preference is also given to discrete research projects that fall within the subject areas covered by The Society's Journal of Molluscan Studies. Applications will be assessed by scientific merit, value of the project, and the extent to which the research will benefit the applicant's scientific aspirations. The successful applicants will be notified by 31st March and announced at the Annual General Meeting. The conditions of the award, notes of guidance and an application form are on The Society's website at www.Malacsoc.org.uk
Travel Grants are available as bursaries to support student attendance at a conference or workshop relevant to malacology. Applicants do not have to be members of The Society. The value of each of these awards is up to £500, and The Society anticipates that at least five awards will be made annually. The application should have the support of the project supervisor. In years when a UNITAS Congress is held, a number of these awards are likely to be used to support student participation at this meeting. There are two closing dates each year, 30th June for travel starting between 1st September of the current year and 28th February of the following year, and 15th December for travel starting between 1st March and 31st August of the following year. The conditions of the grant, notes of guidance and an application form are on The Society's website at www.Malacsoc.org.uk Preference will be given to student members of The Society.
Sir Charles Maurice Yonge Awards
Successful applications for Research Grants or Travel Awards that are concerned with the study of Bivalvia may be awarded as Sir Charles Maurice Yonge Awards.
This Award is a single award made each year for an exceptionally promising initial contribution to the study of molluscs. This is often a thesis or collection of publications. The value of the Award is £500. Candidates need not be a member of The Society but must be nominated by a member. There is no application form: the nominating member should send the material for evaluation with a covering letter or letter of support to the Honorary Awards Secretary. The closing date each year is 1st November. The winner will be notified by 31st March, and announced at the Annual General Meeting.
Applications for Research Awards and Travel Grants should be sent by post, not email, to the Honorary Awards Secretary, Dr Tony Walker, School of Life Sciences, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE. Enquiries may be made by post, or by email to T.Wa...@KINGSTON.AC.UK
In order to promote interest in the study of molluscs, The Malacological Society of London is introducing awards to schools for a completed practical project in which the primary focus was molluscs. Up to three prizes of £200 will be awarded annually for projects which are original, scientifically sound, well-presented and which would promote interest in the study of molluscs. The project must primarily involve the active participation of one or more children. However, the nomination should come via an adult who is familiar with the project. The report on the project can be in any medium - including a paper report, video, or Powerpoint presentation. The report should include a title, aims and objectives, methods, results and interpretation, and names and addresses of the participants. There should be a statement of how the work could be extended within the context of malacology. For an application form, contact Prof. G. Dussart, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU gbd...@cant.ac.uk. Final submissions should be sent to Prof. Dussart by 1st March.