2021 YPRF diversity scholarship

Grant Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 13, 2020

The American Elasmobranch Society, the world’s oldest and largest professional society focusing on the scientific study and management of sharks and their relatives, is now welcoming applications for the 6th year of our Young Professional Recruitment Fund diversity initiative. Awardees will be given one year of Society membership, in addition to specialized professional development training, mentorship, and networking opportunities specific to their needs as scientists and professionals from developing nations or historically underrepresented minority groups.

Applications, found here, are open until Friday, November 13th. Applicants must both fill out the application and send a current resume or CV to Dr. David Shiffman (David DOT Shiffman AT gmail DOT com, subject line "YPRF RESUME").


To be eligible for a Young Professional Recruitment Fund award, applicants must fill out the application and demonstrate that they:

A) Have a demonstrated professional interest in the scientific study or management of elasmobranch fishes (to be described in your brief application essay); and

B) Are an undergraduate or graduate student (or prospective graduate student), postdoctoral researcher, or early career scientist or management professional within 5 years of earning their degree; and

C) Are a representative of a historically underrepresented group in marine science, and/or perform your research in a developing nation; and

D) Are not a current member of the American Elasmobranch Society and have not been a member in the past.


The American Elasmobranch Society's Equity and Diversity committee will evaluate applicants, and awardees will be announced in early December 2020. 

Application essays and photos of awardees may be made public on the Society blog and newsletter, but recipients will be given the opportunity to re-edit them. Awardees will be strongly encouraged to participate in discussions (mostly online to facilitate including differing time zones of international awardees) related to professional development training and networking.