Visiting Arthropod Systematist Program

Supported by an endowment from the Schlinger Foundation

Purpose: This award is intended to help offset expenses for visiting systematists to work in the University of Arizona Insect Collection (UAIC) on their specialty group during their sabbatical leaves. During their visit, awardees will enhance knowledge of their group in the Sonoran Desert Region and enhance the curatorial state of the specimens in the University of Arizona Insect Collection and associated digital data. 

Amount: $25,000. 

Selection: A committee makes the selection based on the criteria described below. 

Eligibility: Anyone with taxonomic expertise and a currently active research program may apply. Applicants must have demonstrated skills needed to advance the systematics of their target group and enhance the UAIC collection. 

Requirements. Applicants must agree to do the following: 

  • Work in the UAIC for a minimum of three months while studying the Sonoran Desert Region members of the taxon of their expertise.
  • Publish results from the Award on one or more of these topics: taxonomy, ecological plasticity, niche breadth, biogeography, or diversity of the taxon of their expertise.
  • Curate and database the specimens of that taxon in the UAIC.
  • Present a seminar to the Department of Entomology about their research.

Preference given to:

  • Applicants on sabbatical leave.
  • Applicants who plan to work on taxa neglected in the UAIC. Send all inquiries regarding UAIC holdings to UAIC Collection Manager, Gene Hall wehall(@)
  • Applicants from outside of Arizona.

Application procedure:

Send completed applications to Dr. Wendy Moore, UAIC Curator, wmoore(@)

The deadline for applications is the fourth Wednesday in March. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Awards will be announced by the first of May

To apply, email a single PDF document with the sections listed below by the application deadline: 

  • C.V. including contact information
  • Proposal (maximum of three pages): Project title, proposed dates of the visit, specific objectives of the proposed visit, methods for accomplishing the objectives, a budget, and statements of how the visit will benefit your research and the UAIC.