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COS Mewaldt-King Award Eligibility and Guidelines

Deadline: The application and a letter from the student's major faculty advisor must be received by the Mewaldt-King Award Committee on or before 15 January.

The COS gives Mewaldt-King Student Research Awards annually in amounts of $1000. Awards are announced at the annual meeting.

Eligibility Requirements

Any graduate student (of any nationality) accepted to or enrolled in a Master's or Doctoral program at a university in the U.S. or elsewhere is eligible to apply. Students may not submit a proposal for both the Joseph Grinnell Student Research Award and Mewaldt-King Student Research Award in the same year.

Application Format

To apply for a Mewaldt-King Student Research Award, students should submit one copy of:

  • A short research proposal (6 pages maximum, see below)
  • His/her most current curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum)
  • A letter of support from his/her major faculty advisor

Research proposals must include:

  • Cover page bearing the student's name, academic affiliation, mailing and email addresses, the title of the proposal, and the name and email address of the student's major faculty advisor
  • Abstract (250 words)
  • Introduction, including: (a) relevant background, (b) specific hypotheses to be tested, or questions asked, (c) relevance of proposed research to conservation biology
  • Proposed methods, analyses, and timetable (tables or figures are optional)
  • General categories of expenditures and total project budget including current and pending sources of support
  • Literature cited (follow format used by The Condor: Ornithological Applications)

The proposal abstract, text (including optional tables or figures but excluding literature cited), and budget must be less than 6 double-spaced pages with a 12-point font and 1 inch (25 mm) margins.

The proposal and CV should be submitted as a single document. The letter of support from the applicant's major faculty advisor should be submitted separately. Acceptable file formats are Word, Rich Text Format, and PDF files. Files in other formats, multiple documents, and proposals that are improperly formatted or exceed page limits, will not be accepted.

Email submissions are preferred. Files should be named using the student's last name and first initial (e.g. SmithC.pdf), with Mewaldt-King in the email subject heading. International students lacking internet access may submit printed copies of their materials by the published deadline and should include a self-addressed envelope to facilitate notification of the committee's decision. Electronic copies submitted on floppy disks via postal service will not be accepted. Applicants will not receive comments from reviewers.

Submit applications and letters of support to: Dr. Nicole Michel, Chair, Mewaldt-King Award Committee, National Audubon Society, 220 Montgomery St. Suite 1000, San Francisco, CA 94104. Email:

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