Joan Mosenthal DeWind Award

Now accepting applications!

The Xerces Society is now accepting applications for two $3,750 awards for research into Lepidoptera conservation.

The DeWind Awards are given to students who are engaged in research leading to a university degree related to Lepidoptera conservation and who intend to continue to work in this field. All proposals must be written by the student researcher. Proposed research should have a clear connection to Lepidoptera conservation and must be completed within one year from receiving funds. Applicants may be graduate or undergraduate students; however, please note that all but one awardee, to date, have been pursuing graduate research. Applications from countries outside the United States will be considered but must be written in English and international applicant work cannot involve work in the United States.

The submission deadline is Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 11:59 PM PST. Award winners will be announced by March 31, 2019, with the awards given by May 2019.

All proposals must be submitted by email to dewind@xerces.org. The proposal should be attached as a single file in PDF format, and the subject line of the email should read “DeWind Award Proposal 2019.”

Download full application instructions here.


Joan Mosenthal DeWind’s Legacy

Joan Mosenthal DewindJoan Mosenthal DeWind was a pioneering member of the Xerces Society. A psychiatric social worker by profession, she was also an avid butterfly gardener and an accomplished amateur lepidopterist. Her contributions of time, organizational expertise, and financial support were essential to the early growth and success of the Xerces Society, and helped found a robust organization that continued to expand in the decades since and become a conservation leader. Joan also had a keen interest in young people, supporting what became the Young Entomologists’ Society. In Joan’s memory, Bill DeWind established this student research endowment fund. The Xerces Society administers two $3,750 awards each year for research into Lepidoptera conservation.


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