The Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences (AAPS) maintains and administers several privately funded grants that are available to researchers and educators worldwide. Please follow the links below for more specific information on how to apply for each.
A. Allen Graffham Research Grant - AAPS will offer this research grant annually to a scientist, researcher, or student in paleontology, that will publish on specimens collected by, or in collaboration with, AAPS members.
Dan and Hope Rigel Educational Grant - this grant was instituted early in 2011, and is available to High School teachers or High School educators to promote the education of their students in geology and paleontology. The minimum grant is $250.00.
René M. Vandervelde Research Grant - available to qualified researchers working on the marine paleontology, geology, or stratigraphy of the Late Cretaceous Pierre and Bearpaw Shales of North America.
William H. Mason III Preparators' Grant - The William H. Mason III Preparators' Grant was created to assist both academic and commercial preparators working on fossil or meterorite specimens that will be displayed in a public museum, or will become part of a permanent research collection.
The Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences, AAPS, is a public charity under IRS section 501(c)(3). As such it is tax exempt for income tax purposes and is permitted to receive tax deductible gifts pursuant to the Internal Revenue Service. It is also able to receive tax deductible bequests for Estate Tax purposes. Donations to any of our scholarships and Grants are totally tax deductible here in the United States. 100% of all Scholarship and Grant donations are used for those purposes only. Specimens donated for our annual auction may also be deductible, but you need to check with your tax and estate planner.