DeWind Award F.A.Q.’s

What is the annual timeline for the DeWind award?

In years in which an award is made, the proposal period is open for approximately two months each year, from the beginning of November to the end of December. Proposals are usually due by December 31. The DeWind committee will then assess each proposal and assign scores, which are used to arrive at a final decision. Decisions are made no later than March 31, with awards usually given out by the end of May. All applicants will be notified of the results by email.

How many awards are granted each year?

Historically, two awards of $3,750 each are awarded each year.

Who is eligible for the award?

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.

What types of projects are eligible for the DeWind award?

Proposed research should have a clear connection to Lepidoptera conservation. In addition, proposed projects (or the portion of the project that would use DeWind funding) must be completed within one year of receiving funds.

I am an undergraduate student. Am I eligible for this award?

Yes. Applicants may be graduate or undergraduate students; however, please note that all but one awardee, to date, have been pursuing graduate research.

I am an international student based outside of the US. Can I apply for this award?

Yes. Applications from countries outside the United States will be considered but must be written in English. International applicant work cannot involve work in the United States.

I am an international student studying at a US university. Can I use the funds for work in the US?

Yes, since you are based in the US as a student, work can involve the US.

Can the DeWind award be used to pay for overhead or administrative fees?

No. It is the goal of the DeWind Award that the funds be used for direct research-related expenses; overhead and/or administrative fees are considered ineligible.

Can I use the DeWind award to fund stipends of interns helping with my research efforts?

Yes, you can use the award to pay interns or field techs helping you with your research.

Can I include figures or graphics in my proposal? Is there a limit to the number of types of figures and graphics?

Yes, you may include graphs or other figures in the proposal body. There is no limit to how many you may include, but note that the entire proposal body (including graphs and figures) should be no longer than 2 pages, and you will want to be sure to include all the other pertinent information mentioned in the application instructions.

My proposal was not selected this year. Can I get feedback on how to improve or strengthen it for next year?

Given the number of applications received each year, the DeWind committee does not provide feedback on individual proposals.

I was just notified by email that I will be receiving a DeWind award! What can I expect next?

Congratulations! You will be sent an official award letter and some paperwork to sign and send back to Xerces, including a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and a W-9 form (if applicable). The majority of the award funds ($3,250) will be released a few weeks after we have received the signed MOA. The remainder of the funds ($500) will be released once we have received a final report or status update on your project (which is due no later than June 30, approximately one year after release of funds). Failure to meet the report deadline will result in forfeiture of the final $500.

I am a DeWind award recipient and have published the results of my work in a scientific journal. Is Xerces interested in seeing the paper?

Absolutely! Please send your manuscript and/or a link to it to We will add it to our DeWind Publications page on the website.