Doctoral Discovery Grants

YIBS Small Grants Program
2017 Doctoral Discovery Grants


The YIBS Small Grants Program Doctoral Discovery Grants are intended to provide support for doctoral students to pursue a better understanding of discoveries made during the normal course of their dissertation research. Preference will be given to individuals who would be unable to undertake the proposed research without YIBS support. These grants are intended for late-stage doctoral students who have already advanced to candidacy.

Eligibility: Students enrolled in a PhD program in one of Anthropology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Epidemiology and Public Health, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Geology and Geophysics, or a related program, who have advanced to candidacy on or before the submission deadline, are eligible to apply.

Maximum Award: $15,000

Deadline: The deadline for submission of all materials will be in Spring 2017 - check back in the fall for more details.

Application Requirements:

  1. See the requirements for the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.  
  2. In addition, you must include a one page summary of how the Discovery Award would allow you to go beyond the research proposed in the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award, and a revised budget and justification indicating how the additional funds would be used. 

Allowable Expenses: Travel, lodgings, supplies, and equipment related directly to the proposed research are allowable. The total request cannot exceed $15,000 and cannot include salaries. 

Application Procedure: Applications (including letters of support and supporting documents) will be submitted via the Student Grants and Fellowships website ​(search for “YIBS”). Please ensure that you begin the application procedure well in advance of the deadline to ensure adequate time for letters of support to be uploaded by the deadline. Note: To apply for the Discovery Award, use the application form for the Doctoral Dissertation Award application, and check the box that asks if you would like to be considered for the Discovery Award.