Funding Opportunities

Duke Lemur Center Director’s Fund

Intent of Award

The DLC is committed to research! To help researchers utilize our living laboratory and thus expand the scope of our research program, we are expanding the scope of our Director’s Fund award. Awards are intended to provide seed money for new protocols, although applications to fund project continuation will also be considered. The monies must be used for research conducted at the Duke Lemur Center, either with the living, fossil, or tissue-bank collections. Up to 10% of the award amount can be used externally for equipment, supplies or services necessary to complete the research. Allowable budget items include animal-use or other collection-related fees, supplies, equipment, and core facility fees (e.g., DNA sequencing facilities). These awards do not support previously incurred DLC Research Fees, tuition, salary, or stipends. Any equipment purchased using this award becomes DLC property and must stay on-site upon completion of the project.

Awards of up to $10,000 are available for researchers of any level (e.g., graduate, postdoc, faculty) with the stipulation that the funds must be used within one year. Please only request the amount necessary; a detailed budget justification must be included. The DLC Director’s Fund Review Committee will award monies based upon the number and scope of selected projects; therefore, it is possible that an application will be funded partially.

How to Apply

Applications should be made directly to DLC Director Dr. Anne Yoder ( When submitting, please cc Research Manager Dr. Erin Ehmke ( Proposals should be no longer than 3 single-spaced pages (excluding references, figures, tables, and budget page). A successful proposal will describe the research topic to be addressed, the significance of the topic, and why the topic is best addressed through use of the Lemur Center collections.

Application deadlines:

  • February 15th (award start date of March 1st)
  • August 15th (award start date of September 1st)

Award Reporting

A final report must be submitted at the completion of the 12-month award period itemizing how the funds were used and summarizing research activity with preliminary results included. All publications that result from the supported research should acknowledge support from the Duke Lemur Center.

Final Note

Apply, apply, apply! Writing proposals is good for your soul (and your career!).

Molly Glander Award

The Molly Glander Award was established to encourage and support involvement of undergraduate students in research projects at the DLC. Grants will be awarded to undergraduate students who are engaged in an approved research project at the DLC, with priority given to Duke University students.  Eligible students must have an approved protocol, a submitted protocol, or must be approved to work under an approved professor’s protocol. A one- time award of $200-$300 can be used to cover DLC research fees, project supplies, and/or equipment. Please contact the DLC Research Manager (Dr. Erin Ehmke,  for an application and more information.

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