Awards & Fellowships
The Society of Ethnobiology offers a variety of awards that honor achievements in the field of Ethnobiology. These awards recognize the breadth of ethnobiology and the importance of supporting a broad range of ethnobiological research and researchers.
The Barbara Lawrence Award celebrates the life and accomplishments of Barbara Lawrence by recognizing and rewarding the scholarly efforts of young ethnobiologists. The award was initiated in 1987 by Dr. Elizabeth Wing and others and is presented for the best paper and presentation (in either oral or poster form) by a student at each annual conference. The prize carries a December 15 EXTENDED to DECEMBER 31
The Executive Board of the Society of Ethnobiology is delighted to announce three funded graduate research fellowships. We invite applications from graduate student members. The application deadline for all three fellowships is December 31.
Justin Nolan Ecological Knowledge Fellowship: $750, annual competition.
Jessica Mae Orozco Indigenous Ethnobiologist Fellowship: $750, annual competition.
Urban Ethnobiology Fellowship: $750, annual competition.
The Society of Ethnobiology announces its Distinguished Ethnobiologist award to honor an ethnobiologist who has made outstanding contributions to the field of ethnobiology and advancing the goals of the Society. In recognition of these contributions, the recipient will be awarded a lifetime honorary membership to the Society of Ethnobiology. The recipient of the award (or in special circumstances, a representative of the winner) shall present an address at the annual meeting the year of his/her selection. Lodging for the duration of the conference and conference registration fee will be covered by the Society of Ethnobiology. Please submit the nomination materials electronically by November 15 December 15:
a letter of nomination of no more than 500 words, including a short biographical sketch of the nominee, and
a current CV of the nominee.
The Undergraduate Ethnobiologist award is given to a keen undergraduate ethnobiologist who will sit on our Board as an appointed "Student Advisor." The student should come with ideas and energy to increase undergraduate student involvement in our Society. This is a one-year position that comes with a one-year membership in the Society, a waiver for our Society of Ethnobiology annual meeting registration, accommodation for 3 nights during the conference. If you feel you are well suited for this position, or know a student who is, send a one-page (maximum) letter to the Society of Ethnobiology Awards Coordinator explaining who you are, your interest in ethnobiology, and your ideas to increase undergraduate student involvement in our Society. Applications are due by November 15 December 15, and should be submitted via the online form (link coming soon). Questions? Contact email@example.com.
For the Best Ethnobiology Poster award, we are accepting applications for all poster submissions (student and non-student, single or multiple authored) presented at the Society of Ethnobiology's annual conference. All posters accepted to the annual conference are eligible; no additional application materials are necessary to be considered for this award. A panel of judges assesses the posters. The awardee is selected on the basis of both content and graphic appeal. The winner receives a cash prize of $300. Student poster submissions are also eligible for the Barbara Lawrence Award ($500), but must include all other Barbara Lawrence Award application materials. Application deadline: December 15 EXTENDED to DECEMBER 31
The Society of Ethnobiology is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Student Conference Travel Award. Monies are to support travel for a presentation at the Society of Ethnobiology's annual conference, by a Society member student (and must be enrolled at time of conference), graduate or undergraduate. This is a $500 grant. Award includes a year of online membership (to begin after award has been granted). Applicants cannot have received another SoE award within the past three years.
Applications are due by December 1.
The Society of Ethnobiology is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Indigenous Peoples' Conference Travel Award for the Society of Ethnobiology's annual conference. Monies are to support travel for any Indigenous individual who wishes to participate and contribute to these conferences. Conference contributions can include a table display, a workshop, sharing a story, giving a presentation, or a number of other options. This is a $500 grant. Award also includes a year of online membership (to begin after award has been granted). Applicants cannot have received another SoE award within the past three years.
Applications are due by December 1.
The Society of Ethnobiology is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Majority World Conference Travel Award. Monies are to support travel for a presentation at the Society of Ethnobiology’s annual conference by a new or existing member travelling from outside Canada and the United States. Preference will be given to presenters travelling from countries in South America, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa.
This is a $1600 grant. Award also includes a registration waiver and a 1-year online membership (to begin after award has been granted). Applicants cannot have received another SoE award within the past three years.
Applications are due by December 1 EXTENDED to December 15.
The Society of Ethnobiology is offering a limited number of Conference Registration and Membership Fee Waivers for people presenting papers or posters at the Society's annual conference.
We encourage applications for waivers from Indigenous participants and people of diverse backgrounds who are in financial need.
Please note that individuals who have received awards or waivers in the past three years are still eligible for registration waivers. Individuals who identify as Indigenous are always eligible to apply for registration waivers.
If you would like to be considered for such a waiver, please fill out the application form by December 1 December 15. Consideration will be given based on the order in which applications are received.
The Early Career Award in Ethnobiology is given to a professional or academic ethnobiologist who is entering their career and who presents and publishes outstanding scholarship at the Society's annual conference and in the Society's publications. No application is required. The recipient is selected by the voting board members present at the annual conference. The award includes three years of online membership with the Society and a registration waiver for the conference the year following the award. Up to one award is made each year, at the discretion of the Board.
The Citation for Distinguished Service recognizes ethnobiologists who have served the Society and its members in indispensable ways over many years. The recognition highlights the contributions of service leaders whose work, often behind the scenes, has been vital to the Society. Members of the Executive Committee may select up to three recipients on an annual basis. Recipients of the Citation for Distinguished Service are recognized at the annual conference.