The Herpetologists’ League Graduate Research Award

If you are a graduate student with research results, consider participating in the annual competition for The Herpetologists' League Graduate Research Award!

Up to five prizes are possible each year. This competition is more demanding than those of other herpetological societies, but the chances of winning something are higher, and you will get a lot out of the experience whether you win the first prize or not.

Participation Guidelines
For eligibility in the HL Graduate Research Award competition, you must:

  1.     Be a member of The Herpetologists’ League in good standing.
  2.     Be either a registered graduate student or have completed your graduate degree within 14 months of your presentation.
  3.     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 Meetings, indicating your desire to compete for the HL Graduate Research Award.
  4.     Submit a one-page lay summary of your work (due 9 April 2020; click here for application instructions)
  5.     Give the oral presentation at the meeting.

All presenters will receive evaluations from the judges after the meeting. The top five presentations, as ranked by the judges, will be announced at the Meeting Banquet. 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, depending on its length. The Herpetologists' League will commit to publishing this manuscript, following 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.

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


Matt Lattanzio
Department of Organismal and Environmental Biology
Christopher Newport University
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606, USA


Renata Platenberg, PhD
Secretary, Herpetologists' League

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 2020

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.