The Cushman Foundation offers Student and Retiree Research and Travel Grants. Deadline for applying for all student grants is 1 March.  Proposals are judged upon scientific merit and financial need. A description of the awards and details on applying, are available via the links below.  The CFFR considers only individual merit and does not discriminate in any way in making these grants.  Click on the titles for more information and past grantees.


The Joseph A Cushman Award for Student Research supports Master's and Doctoral Students research projects dealing with the systematics, biostratigraphy, paleoecology, and ecology of fossil or living foraminifera.

Johanna M. Resig Foraminiferal Research Fellowship

This Fellowship recognizes and advances the careers of outstanding doctoral candidates committed to foraminiferal research. It is made possible by a gift from the estate of Johanna M. Resig, a lifelong specialist on Foraminifera and former editor of the Journal of Foraminiferal Research. Proposals are judged upon scientific merit and financial need. Deadline for applying is 1 March.  CFFR invites applications from all members or those within the broader community of foraminiferalogy.


Loeblich and Tappan Student Research Award supports undergraduate and graduate student research on any aspect of living or fossil foraminifera or other protists, including diatoms, coccolithophorids, dinoflagellates, acritarchs, or radiolaria.

William V. Sliter Research Award

The William V. Sliter Research Award supports graduate student research on Mesozoic and Cenozoic foraminifera.

The Joseph A. Cushman Award for Student Travel

This award from the Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research supports current undergraduate, masters’ and doctoral students, and those who have been awarded the Ph.D. no more than one year past the application deadline. The award funds those who wish to present the results of their theses or dissertations at Foundation-approved professional meetings or workshops in either an oral or poster session. It also funds (up to $500) students to attend workshops. The research projects or workshops should address microfossils or the organisms that make them.

Retiree Research And Travel Grants

Retired members of the Cushman Foundation without other financial resources may apply for funds up to $2000 for research and travel dealing with any aspect of living or fossil foraminifera or other protists, such as diatoms, coccolithophorids, dinoflagellates, acritarchs, or radiolaria.  Funds for research costs and travel for field work, museum study, or presentation at a professional meeting may be requested.  This grant recognizes that retired workers often continue their research after leaving their institution of employment and no longer have funding resources.