Research and Travel Grants

Research and Travel Grants page – picture of a mandarin duck pair


An overview of all awards and funding opportunities of the Ethologische Gesellschaft, including deadlines, can be downloaded here. Usually, successful applicants will be awarded their funding after all receipts have been submitted to our treasurer. However, we understand that upfront costs can be prohibitive for some projects. We therefore encourage potential applicants to contact our funding officer, Ass. Prof. Alexander Kotrschal, so that we can arrange a way to transfer the grant funding upfront. If you have any questions or comments about our funding schemes, please also contact our funding officer.


Special call: Corona grant – closed

The aim of this special funding instrument is to mitigate impacts of Covid-19 on research by our society members, or to enable projects that arise because of the special corona situation. The Ethologische Gesellschaft will provide funding for projects that have been interrupted (or potentially enabled) due to the pandemic by awarding three special €1’000 grants in addition to the societies’ routine funding opportunities. The support is broad and all early career researchers (including early postdocs) are eligible to apply. Funding could, for instance, be used for consumables, equipment, travels, site access fees, etc. Please note that salaries cannot be covered.

The call is open until 31 May and all applications will be reviewed and assessed by members of the extended council of the society. Applications will be assessed based on the scientific quality of the project (and applicant) and the expected benefit of the funding for the project, including the potential to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the applicant’s career and research. Please use this form to apply.

Applicants need to be members of the Ethologische Gesellschaft for at least one year and need to be actively involved in all phases of the project. Please note that no other person than the applicant can be supported by this this grant.

Applications must contain the following:

  • Name, address and affiliation
  • Project title, summary, background information, research question with predictions and hypotheses, methods and time schedule, references
  • Estimation of costs, other available funds, and Covid-19 mitigation
  • CV of the applicant
  • Declaration of Ethologische Gesellschaft membership and active involvement in the project

Successful applicants render their funds according to the regulations for accounting and expenses of the Ethologische Gesellschaft. The results of the project should be summarized in a research report that will be published in EthoNews. Publications or presentations of projects that were funded by the Ethologische Gesellschaft should contain statements, highlighting the financial support. The council kindly requests a copy of scientific papers or other publications of projects that were funded by a grant of the Ethologische Gesellschaft.


Stipends for early-career researchers

The Ethologische Gesellschaft supports research of early-career research by providing funding up to €500 for MSc theses stipends and up to €1’000 for PhD-pilot-projects. The goal of these stipends is to support:

  • MSc theses.
  • Pilot studies for PhD-projects.

Deadline for submission is 31 March each year. Applications should be submitted by e-mail to our awards and funding officer, Ass. Prof. Alexander Kotrschal. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the respective forms, i.e. for MSc students and for PhD students, and will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of their application by e-mail. Each application, handed in complete and timely, will be reviewed by members of the extended council. Criteria are the scientific quality of the project (and applicant) and the expected benefit of the funding for the project.

Please note that applicants need to be members of the Ethologische Gesellschaft (for PhD students: member for at least one year; for MSc students: member at the time of application). In addition, applicants need to be actively involved in all phases of the project.

Applications must contain the following:

  • Name, address, and affiliation
  • Project title, summary, background information, research question with predictions and hypotheses, methods and time schedule, references
  • Estimation of costs, other available funds
  • Declaration of Ethologische Gesellschaft membership and active involvement in the project

Successful applicants render their stipends according to the regulations for accounting and expenses of the Ethologische Gesellschaft. Successful applicants are encouraged to present their project at one of the societies’ annual meetings or the ECBB and to summarize their findings in a report that will be published in EthoNews. Publications or presentations of projects that were funded by the Ethologische Gesellschaft should contain statements, highlighting the financial support.


Research funds

The Ethologische Gesellschaft provides up to €2’000 per research project. The funds can cover material expenses as well as travel and subsistence costs (of applicant only). The goal of funding is to support:

  • Particularly promising pilot studies or investigations at an early stage that would not normally be eligible for funding from governmental organizations or science foundations.
  • Smaller or additional projects that are – though important – due to their small volume not having chances to get funded elsewhere.

Deadline for submission is the 31 January in each year. Applications should be submitted by e-mail to our awards and funding officer, Ass. Prof. Alexander Kotrschal. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the provided form and will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of their application by e-mail. Each application, handed in complete and timely, will be reviewed by members of the extended council. Criteria are the scientific quality of the project (and applicant) and the expected benefit of the funding for the project.

Applicants need to be members of the Ethologische Gesellschaft for at least one year and need to be actively involved in all phases of the project. Please note that no other person than the applicant can be supported by this this grant.

Applications must contain the following:

  • Name, address, and affiliation
  • Project title, summary, background information, research question with predictions and hypotheses, methods and time schedule, references
  • Estimation of costs, other available funds
  • Declaration of Ethologische Gesellschaft membership and active involvement in the project

Successful applicants render their funds according to the regulations for accounting and expenses of the Ethologische Gesellschaft. The results of the project should be summarized in a research report that will be published in EthoNews. Furthermore, successful applicants are asked to present their project at one of the societies’ annual meetings or the ECBB. Publications or presentations of projects that were funded by the Ethologische Gesellschaft should contain statements, highlighting the financial support.


Conferences and meetings

Organizers of the Annual Meeting of the Ethologische Gesellschaft may apply for up to €1’000; the yearly Graduate Student Meeting which is organized in cooperation with the section Behavioural Biology of the DZG can be supported with up to €500. Furthermore, the Ethologische Gesellschaft funds the European Conference on Behavioural Biology (ECBB). Successful applicants can use the funds according to the aims of the society (support of Behavioural Biology in science and teaching) such as the organization of the meeting.

There are no deadlines or specific forms for submissions. Applications should be submitted by e-mail to our awards and funding officer, Ass. Prof. Alexander Kotrschal. Applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of their application by e-mail. Each application will be reviewed by at least one member of the council.

The applicant is rendering the funds according to the regulations for accounting and expenses of the Ethologische Gesellschaft and will usually obtain an advance payment on request. Please contact our treasurer for details. All meetings are open to the members of the Ethologische Gesellschaft and will be announced in the EthoNews and on this website.


Travel grants

Members of the Ethologische Gesellschaft may apply for a contribution of up to €500 for active participation (poster or talk) at the European Conference on Behavioural Biology and for up to €300 for the Annual Meeting of the Ethologische Gesellschaft. To reduce our individual and collective carbon footprints, the society encourages applicants to consider environmentally friendly forms of transport. Note that the society will not fund flights within the EU for distances shorter than 1’000km.

The deadline for travel grant applications is the same as the abstract submission deadline for the corresponding meeting. Applications can be submitted to our awards and funding officer, Ass. Prof. Alexander Kotrschal, at any time, using this form, and will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of their application by e-mail. Each application will be reviewed by at least one member of the extended council. Applicants need to be member of the Ethologische Gesellschaft (priority is given to long-term members and those who were not previously awarded).

The applicant is rendering the funds according to the regulations for accounting and expenses of the Ethologische Gesellschaft.