International Travel Grants to Study the Vertebrate Paleontology Collection at the Florida Museum

Prospectus - Revised February 2009


These grants provide funds for an international student, recent graduate, or postdoctoral fellow residing in another country, to help defray the costs of studying the vertebrate paleontology collections at the Florida Museum of Natural History. This grant is supported by the Vertebrate Paleontology Endowment Fund at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Frequency and Amount of Award

  • Normally, one per year in the amount of US $500.
  • The recipient will also receive a plaque and their name will be listed on a permanent plaque in the VP division of the Florida Museum.
  • There is no deadline; funds are available annually until one award is approved.
  • These funds are normally used to defray the costs of hotel expenses while visiting in Gainesville (direct payments to the recipients are only allowed for persons with a US Social Security card), although we can purchase research supplies on behalf of the recipient up to the award amount.

Application procedure

A brief application should address the following:

  1. Narrative (no more than 2 pages)
    a. The research objectives of the project.
    b. Why the collections will help advance the applicant's research project.
  2. Budget of how the $500 will be used, if other than for hotel.
  3. Student's CV
    Applications should be submitted electronically to either:
    Dr. Bruce J. MacFadden or Dr. Jonathan Bloch
  4. Applications can be submitted in English, French, or Spanish.

Previous recipients

  • 1996: Federico Anaya, La Paz, Bolivia
  • 1997: Marcelo Reguero, La Plata, Argentina
  • 1998: Gloria Esteban, Tucumán, Argentina
  • 2000: Thomas Tü tken, Tubingen, Germany
  • 2001: Eduardo Jiménez-Hidalgo, México
  • 2002: Rodolfo Salas Gismondi, Lima, Perú
  • 2003: Victor Manuel Bravo Cuevas, Pachuca, Hidalgo, México
  • 2004: Marcelo Stucchi, Lima, Perú
  • 2004: M. Susana Bargo, La Plata, Argentina
  • 2004: Edwin Cadena, Bucaramanga, Colombia
  • 2005: Francisco Juan Prevosti, La Plata, Argentina
  • 2005: Germán Mariano Gasparini, La Plata, Argentina
  • 2006: Ascanio Daniel Rincón, Caracas, Venezuela
  • 2006: Martín Ricardo Ciancio, La Plata, Argentina
  • 2007: Carolina S. Scherer, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • 2008: Aldo F. Rincón, Panama City, Panama
  • 2009: Elizete C. Holanda, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • 2009: Daniel C. Fortier, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • 2011: Barbara Vera, Mendoza, Argentina
  • 2011: Dimila Mothé, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2011: Laureano R. Gonzáles Ruiz, Esquel (Chubet), Argentina
  • 2012: Mariela C. Castro, La Plata, Argentina
  • 2012: Carlos De Gracia, Panama City, Panama
  • 2013: Masaya Iijima, Sapporo, Japan
  • 2014: Catalina Suarez Gomez, Bogota, Colombia
  • 2015: Alberto Valenciano Vaquero, Madrid, Spain
  • 2016: Jamie MacLaren, Antwerp, Belgium

For grant inquiries, contact:

Bruce J. MacFadden, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology - or - Jonathan Bloch, Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology
Florida Museum of Natural History - University of Florida, Gainesville FL USA
Contact: Dr. Bruce J. MacFadden or Dr. Jonathan Bloch

For permission to visit and study the collection contact:

Either Bruce MacFadden, Jonathan Bloch - or - Dr. Richard C. Hulbert (Collections Manager)
Vertebrate Paleontology
Florida Museum of Natural History - University of Florida, Gainesville FL USA