R. Jerry Britt, Jr. Paleobiology Scholarship,
Florida Museum of Natural History


UF alumnus Dr. Robert Jerry Britt, Jr. was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow in the Department of Geosciences and an outstanding young scientist working at the Florida Museum of Natural History in the field of paleobiology. He was recipient of the first Florida Museum Associates Dissertation Research Fellowship. Jerry died in 1987 at the age of 24 while engaged in fieldwork for his dissertation. He was awarded a posthumous Ph.D. from UF in 1988.

The Britt Endowment was established by Jerry’s parents, friends and colleagues to provide funds for an annual award in his honor. The Britt Award has been presented each year since 1988 to an outstanding UF student (undergraduate or graduate) working on paleobiological research in the Florida Museum of Natural History. A committee of museum faculty and staff select the winner from the applications that are received each year. The winner is recognized on a perpetual plaque that hangs in the museum and they receive a $500 award used to reimburse research expenses.


Advanced undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at UF who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and who are conducting paleobiologic research (especially field studies) in association with the Florida Museum of Natural History.

How to Apply:

Applications consist of three parts: 1) letter of application, including description of research topic, scientific significance, research plan, progress to date, and budget (including proposed use of Britt Award funds); 2) curriculum vitae, including undergraduate and graduate GPA; and 3) letter of recommendation from research supervisor.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Roger W. Portell at portell@flmnh.ufl.edu.

Candidates should submit applications by email to Roger W. Portell (Director of Invertebrate Paleontology and Micropaleontology) at portell@flmnh.ufl.edu.

Application deadline for receipt of proposals is 15 November. The successful candidate will be notified by 1 December.