Grants and Awards

The society provides a wide variety of grants and awards. These support conservation and other primatological research projects, recognize senior levels of service and achievement in pursuit of the society’s aims, and reward promising new primatologists.

Research Grants

Grant proposals are invited for either captive or wild primate-oriented research projects. Preference is given to research projects with clear testable hypotheses that will add to the general knowledge in primatology not related to conservation or conservation education (see Conservation Awards and Grants). Applications for start-up funds, supplementary funding for students, and innovations in animal care and research technology are welcome. Award amounts range from $500 to $1500, and are funded out of ASP’s general fund as an ongoing commitment to research and developing young investigators. The deadline for applications in 2023 is TBD.

Research Grant application details

Conservation Awards and Grants

Funded from the ASP Conservation Fund, these are a mechanism to recognize deserving colleagues and students, especially those from primate habitat countries – countries with native primate fauna – for whom the prestige of an ASP award or grant can be a valuable aid to the recipient’s conservation efforts.

2022 Call for Conservation Award Nominations and Grant Applications

The American Society of Primatologists and Re:wild ‘Saving Primates Where They Live’ Partnership Initiative Grant

Grant overview:

In 2022, ASP, in partnership with Re:wild, will provide small grants of up to $5,000 for habitat country students, researchers and communities to study and conserve primates and their habitats.  The “Saving Primates Where They Live” grant is supported by funds from Re:wild and crowdsourced funds raised by the American Society of Primatologists Conservation Committee.  Grant applications will be reviewed by a joint committee from Re:wild and members of the ASP Conservation Committee.

Call for Grant Applications and Details found HERE

Recognition Awards

The Society provides awards to those within primatology who have made extensive and significant contributions. The Distinguished Primatologist Award honors an outstanding career and significant contributions. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes long-term service to the Society. The Senior Research Award honors significant research contributions supporting or enhancing scientific knowledge in primatology by individuals who have not received the highest degree offered in their field. The President’s Award is given to individuals or to organizations that have made unique and exceptional contributions to primatology.

Details & Request for Nominations

Ruppenthal Student Travel Award

This award, in memorial of Gerald C. Ruppenthal, is designed to help students who would otherwise not be able to attend the annual meeting of the ASP. Latin American students are especially encouraged to apply, as one travel award per year will be specifically designated for a student enrolled at a college and/or university from this region.

2021 Call for Ruppenthal Student Travel Award Applications

Student Prize Awards at ASP Meetings

Student prize awards are awarded by the ASP Education Committee for the best oral paper and poster paper presentations at the ASP’s annual meeting.

Student Prize Award Guidelines

Primate Welfare Award at ASP Meetings 

The Primate Care Committee (PCC) annually awards one prize to an outstanding oral presentation or poster presentation given at the annual ASP Meetings. This award is intended to recognize high quality research that directly and significantly enhances the welfare and/or psychological well-being of captive nonhuman primates, or for research that provides a better understanding of the welfare of captive nonhuman primates. 

Primate Welfare Award

Melinda Novak Primate Welfare Grant

Application Deadline: June 1, 2022

Applications Available: January 4, 2022

Funding for the ASP Melinda Novak Primate Welfare Grant will be awarded to research projects designed to improve the lives of nonhuman primates in any setting (captive, semi-free ranging, and wild) which are highly impactful and innovative.

Primate Welfare Grant

Legacy Awards

In recognition of the role that the Society has played in career development, a fund has been established to facilitate interdisciplinary training for an ‘early-career’ professional in primatology. The intent of the award is to provide for a period of short-term training in a discipline, or development of a skill-set, that is outside the recipient’s area of expertise, but will add to the ability of the recipient to make unique contributions to primate research or to the agencies and organizations that affect primate research.

ASP Legacy Awards

Dr. Deborah Moore Memorial Grant for Early Career Primatologists

This award, in memorial of Deborah Moore, is in honor of Deborah and her passion for primate research and conservation. This grant is open to application from exceptional early career researchers who can demonstrate their passion and dedication for extending knowledge through original research of primates in their natural environment. Promising new primatologists able to continue the legacy set by Dr. Deborah Moore should apply. UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO LIMITED FUNDS, ASP WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING PROPOSALS IN 2022 FOR THE DEB MOORE AWARD FOR EARLY CAREER PRIMATOLOGISTS. Donations are gratefully accepted for future awards.

Brumback Aotus Conservation Grant

This award was named after Dr. Roger Brumback upon his generous donation to support owl monkey (Aotus spp.) research. This grant is open to those who are conducting research that is relevant to the conservation of owl monkeys. UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO LIMITED FUNDS, ASP WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING PROPOSALS in 2022 FOR THIS GRANT. Donations to build up the fund are gratefully accepted.

Maderas Rainforest Conservancy Scholarship for Education and Training in Field Primatology

The Maderas Rainforest Conservancy generously provided scholarships annually to 1-2 students desiring experience in conducting primatological field research. This scholarship is currently on hiatus.