Fitzgerald Travel Grant


Annual Travel Grant


The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) is pleased to announce the Third Annual Fitzgerald Travel Grant Program designed to assist members with the cost of attending the Society’s annual meeting. A total of $3,000 is available and individual awards will be for a minimum of $750 USD each.



Applicants and Awardees’ Requirements


Applicants should be current members of the Society. Preference will be given to graduate students and emerging professionals in fields related to the management and conservation of natural history collections. Applicants from the institution hosting the meeting will not be eligible.


Awardees are required to make either an oral or poster presentation at the meeting and to be first author on the presentation. Receipt of the grant is contingent on the acceptance of the applicant’s abstract by the local meeting committee. As part of the conditions of the grant, successful applicants will also be required to produce a short article (1,000 words) based on their presentation for publication in the SPNHC Newsletter.



SPNHC Membership Application


To become a SPNHC member, please visit  Membership applications can be sent in electronically,, and via postal mail using this form.  Applications should be mailed to the address listed on the pdf form.



Travel Grant Application


Applicants should submit the following:


  • A completed application form.
  • A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor or major graduate advisor.
  • A statement (maximum 350 words) from the applicant describing how attendance at the meeting will benefit him/her.
  • An abstract for the paper/poster the applicant intends to present.
  • An estimate of the total costs for travel and accommodation.


Application Submission, Deadline, and Review Process


These documents should be emailed to Patrick Sweeney ( The deadline for applications is March 1, 2012.  The 2012 SPNHC Conference Local Organizing Committee will review the grant applications and select recipients.  Successful applicants will be notified by March 15. If you are not able to attend the SPNHC annual conference, please notify the Conference Local Organizing Committee as soon as possible to ensure the grant can be awarded to another deserving applicant.


Application Form


General Information


General enquiries about the SPNHC Annual Travel Grant program can be sent to





The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) is a global organization composed of a lively, active, and interdisciplinary community of professionals dedicated to the care of natural science collections.  SPNHC members are museum specialists; such as curators, collections managers, conservators, preparators, and database administrators, from more than 20 countries.  The Society holds annual meetings and sponsors symposia and workshops to foster the exchange of ideas and information.  To learn more about SPNHC please visit