CHS Grants for 2019

- Past CHS Grant Recipients

- Rules for Applying

The mission of the Chicago Herpetological Society is education, conservation, and the advancement of herpetology.  To further the mission, the CHS provides grants of up to $1000.00 in the following categories:

  1. Illinois Herpetology
  2. Graduate Student Research in Herpetology
  3. Undergraduate Research in Herpetology
  4. Conservation
  5. Captive Management, Husbandry, and Propagation

The number of grants awarded in each category will depend on the grant applications received; it is possible that not all categories will receive awards and some categories may receive more than one award. The Grants Committee reserves the right to reassign the category under which a given proposal is submitted.

To qualify for a grant, the applicant must be a member of the Chicago Herpetological Society as of December 31, 2018. In accepting a grant, the recipient agrees to acknowledge the Chicago Herpetological Society in any publications or public presentations of research funded by this grant. Furthermore, the recipient agrees to abide by all state and federal laws. 

Recipients must submit a short report of their research findings to the CHS within 6 months of their anticipated completion date.  The report should be written for a general audience and be suitable for publication in the CHS Bulletin or on the CHS website. The requirement may be waived if results will be published in a peer-reviewed journal within a year.  Recipients may be invited to present a program at a CHS general meeting. 

Applications must include the following:

  1. Project title
  2. Applicant's name, address, phone and email
  3. Submission category
  4. Introduction - Provide background for the proposed work. Include a clear statement of the objectives of the proposed work.
  5. Materials and methods - Describe the study site and the materials and methods (in non-technical terms) that will be used to accomplish the objectives of the proposed research.  Attach plans, diagrams and maps as necessary. Indicate whether you have an approved Animal Care (IACUC) protocol covering the proposed methods or whether you will be submitting such a protocol.
  6. Applicability and broader implications- How does this work apply to conservation, education and the advancement of herpetology?
  7. Budget - Indicate the budget for the entire project and make clear what portion the CHS grant money will fund.
  8. Anticipated completion date of the research.
  9. Applicant curriculum vitae
  10. Letters of support - Student applicants must include a letter of support from a faculty advisor. For non-academic individual and institutional applicants, letters of support from collaborating partners or institutions are strongly encouraged. Letter(s) of support may be emailed and should include an address and phone number at which the writer can be contacted. Letter(s) of support may also be sent by postal mail.

Proposals should be submitted as email attachments. Attachments should include the applicant's name in the file name. Proposal text should not exceed 5 double-spaced pages (excluding literature cited, applicant's CV, and letters of support) and should be typed using a common font (e.g., Arial, Times, Courier) no smaller than 10 pt. Applications must be received by December 31, 2018, and awards will be announced by February 15, 2019.

Grant proposals should be emailed to