Essig Museum Visiting Taxonomist Grant

This program is supported by the Margaret C. Walker fund.

Period: Applications are accepted at any time, but must be received 3 months prior to the proposed travel.

Purpose: This fund is to help defer travel costs incurred by taxonomic experts whose visit will
enhance the state of the specimens in the Essig collection and associated electronic data.

Amount:Typical awards will be $600-$1000, provision being given for distance traveled and
duration of time spent working in the Essig collection. The award committee will make the
selection based on the requirements and preferences as listed below and contingent on the
availability of funds.

Eligibility:Any person with taxonomic expertise and currently active research may apply.
Applicants must have demonstrated the skills needed to enhance our collection. If the applicant
is not currently employed with an institution or private-sector business as an entomologist or
similar, then he/she must provide evidence of some actual connection, formal or informal, to the
mainstream community of researchers. A brief letter of recommendation or list of publications
would be sufficient for this purpose. All students should provide a very brief letter of
endorsement from an advisor, which attests to their taxonomic expertise.

Requirements:Applicants must agree to do the following.
1. Work in the Essig collection for a minimum of three days or equivalent (~24 hours)
during Bay Area visit. Activities must include physical curation of specimens, e.g. identifying,
sorting and databasing of Essig material.
2. Give an informal lunch talk or similar presentation to a group here on campus about
his/her research or topic of choice.

Preference given to:
1. Work on a neglected or poorly curated part of the collection.
Send all inquiries regarding collection holdings to Peter Oboyski poboyski[at]berkeley. edu
2. Applicants from out of state and beyond typical driving distance, i.e. not part of the
"local community."
3. Applicant who does not have access to funds or has insufficient funds to make the trip
otherwise.
4. Applicants who have not received funds in previous cycles.

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