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 application is April 16, 2021

Research Grant application details

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 2021 FOR THE DEB MOORE AWARD FOR EARLY CAREER PRIMATOLOGISTS.

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.

2021 Call for Conservation Award Nominations and Grant Applications

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

Awards: Students and Young Researchers

Student prize awards are awarded by the ASP Education Committee for the best oral paper and poster paper presentations at the society’s meeting. The Young Investigator Award, funded by a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, is awarded to facilitate the career transition from student/apprentice to independent researcher for a new- or recently-graduated scientist in any area of biological or biobehavioral science.

Student Prize Award Guidelines

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

Primate Welfare Award 

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

Awards: Recognition and Service

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