Deb Moore Award for Early Career Primatologists

Purpose and Description of the Award

The society opens applications for a grant to memorialize Canadian primatologist, Dr. Deborah Moore. Deborah completed her graduate and doctoral studies at the University of Texas, San Antonio, following a community of unhabituated chimps in Tanzania, often travelling alone in harsh circumstances, as the chimps fled from human contact. She continued into her early career carrying out biological research on bonobos in the rain forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo through the Bonobo Conservation Initiative. All of her studies were completed as a mature student and in the face of her own repeated battles with breast cancer - first diagnosed in the field in Tanzania - but never dulling her commitment to continue in the field, deliver original findings and publish her work.

Deborah was acutely aware of the challenges facing early career researchers seeking to secure funding to support primatological studies without the security of a permanent academic position. 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.

In this funding round, a single grant of $2,000 USD will be awarded. The deadline for application is May 1, 2019.


The applicant must possess a Ph.D.; Ph.D. must have been awarded within the last 5 years and the applicant must not be in a tenure-track or tenure position.


Please complete the provided project proposal form. For questions concerning the award, please contact Dr. Daniel Gottlieb.


The Research Committee will evaluate the applicant’s full application; a single award will be given this funding round.


Proposals will be accepted that request up to $2,000 in support. An itemized budget of expenses and a budget justification should be provided. Allowable expenses include travel, per diem, equipment, salaries of local in-country support. Conference travel and PI salaries will not be supported.

Reporting to ASP

Candidates who receive the Dr. Deborah Moore Memorial Grant will prepare a two-page summary of the outcome of the study at the completion of project and within 18 months of receipt of the award.

Submission of Application

Completed applications must be submitted in a single PDF file.  You will need a login in order to submit your application. You can create a login and submit your application here