The Herpetologists’ League Graduate Research Award


If you are a Master’s or Ph.D. student with research results, consider participating in the annual competition for The Herpetologists’ League Graduate Research Awards. To participate, you must:

  • be a member of The Herpetologists’ League in good standing
  • be either a registered graduate student or have completed your graduate degree requirements within 14 months of your presentation
  • submit an abstract (of which you must be the senior author and have done the majority of the work) by the deadline for submission of abstracts to the Joint Meeting, indicating your desire to compete for the HL Graduate Research Award
  • (NEW) submit a brief synopsis highlighting the broader relevance of your work by  11:59 PM EST on May 20, 2021. Click here for instructions (PDF).

All presenters will receive evaluations from the judges after the meeting. The top five presentations, as ranked by judges, will be announced at the Herpetologists’ League Business Meeting. Presenters of the second to fifth ranked presentations will receive $250 awards. The presenter of the best presentation as ranked by the judges will receive $750, ten years of back issues of Herpetologica, and an invitation to submit a manuscript based on the work presented to either Herpetologica or Herpetological Monographs. The Herpetologists’ League will commit to publishing this manuscript, following a successful peer-review and editorial revision, as a lead article identifying the author (or senior author) as the winner of the Herpetologists’ League Graduate Research Award.

For further information or questions concerning The Herpetologists’ League Graduate Research Award, please contact the following:

Dr. Matthew Lattanzio

Organismal and Environmental Biology

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA 23606

Click here for full application instructions. For further information or questions concerning The Herpetologists' League Graduate Research Award, please contact:


E.E. Williams Research Grant

Graduate students needing funds in support of their research are encouraged to apply for the E.E. Williams Research Grant. Named in honor of HL's first Distinguished Herpetologist, these awards can provide up to $1000 for research in each of five subdisciplines within biology.

Click here to download grant criteria and an application form.

The E. E. Williams Grant is due 15 December 2021

Jones-Lovich Grant in Southwestern Herpetology

Thanks to the generosity of Larry Jones and Rob Lovich, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of their book, Lizards of the American Southwest (2009, Rio Nuevo Press), goes to support herpetological field research in the American Southwest. HL student members have the chance to compete for a single $1000 award each year.

Click here to download grant criteria and an application form.

The Jones-Lovich Grant in Southwestern Herpetology is due the first Friday in December every year.