Great Hollow offers up to $5,000 in grants each year to support biological research at and beyond our preserve. The maximum amount awarded to a single project is $2,500. All areas of field biology are eligible, but those with a conservation application are the most competitive. Great Hollow Nature Preserve may be the only study site or may be one of multiple study sites used in the research. Applicants may be students or professionals of any age and career stage, but they must be affiliated with an educational institution or other non-profit organization. The grants may be used for field assistant wages or direct expenses such as field and lab equipment and supplies. Awardees are eligible for free, shared housing at Great Hollow for the duration of their field season, depending on availability.

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their novelty, scientific merit, soundness of the methodology, and ability to contribute significant new information to the published literature on the subject.

Applications are due March 1st and awardees are announced by April 1st of each year. To apply, please provide a brief cover letter, C.V., and a proposal of no more than 3 pages single spaced (not including references) that includes the project need, research question(s), methods, anticipated results, detailed budget and other sources of funding, and the expected contribution of the study to the relevant field. Please note whether you would like to be considered for on-site housing. Email applications as a single PDF document to with “GRANT APPLICATION_[Last Name]” in the subject line.


Past Recipients


Eliza Grames, University of Connecticut: “The functional roles of bird counter-singing behavior in relation to time in breeding season and habitat quality”


Nicholas Russo, University of Connecticut: “Avian spring migration as a dispersal mechanism for an invasive insect pest, the hemlock woolly adelgid.” Read Nick’s publication on this research here.