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Two $10,000 Awards Supporting the Future of Lepidoptera Conservation

The Xerces Society offers annual awards to support students pursuing educational research in Lepidoptera conservation. This year, the awards will be $10,000 each, with two awards available. We're investing in the future of our planet and our field by sponsoring the next generation of butterfly and moth conservationists through these grants. Apply today for a 2024 award! 


Monarch caterpillar right after hatching

One previous awardee studied how invasive fire ants could be affecting monarch butterflies' reproductive success.

Great spangled fritillary butterfly on flower

Another recent awardee focused on how land use affects butterfly population connectivity and genetic structure. 

Person searching for insects with a butterfly net

The Xerces Society's roots are in butterfly conservation, before we expanded to invertebrates overall. 

Luna moth on branch

Lepidoptera conservation research can focus on any element of these important animals. 


Submission Process and Requirements 

DeWind Awards are given to students who are engaged in studies and research leading to a university degree related to Lepidoptera conservation and who intend to continue to work in this field. All proposals must be written by the student researcher. Proposed research should have a clear connection to Lepidoptera conservation and must be completed within one year from receiving funds. Applicants may be graduate or undergraduate students; however, please note that all but one awardee, to date, have been pursuing graduate research. Applications from countries outside the United States will be considered but must be written in English and international applicant work cannot involve work in the United States.

The submission deadline for 2024 DeWind Awards is Sunday, January 7, 2024, at 11:59 PM PST. All proposals must be submitted by email to [email protected]. Award winners will be announced by March 31, 2024, with initial award payments received by recipients by June 2024.

Full Writing and Submission Instructions


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Frequently Asked Questions     Previous Awardees

Joan Mosenthal DeWind's Legacy

Joan Mosenthal DeWind was a pioneering member of the Xerces Society. A psychiatric social worker by profession, she was also an avid butterfly gardener and an accomplished amateur lepidopterist. Her contributions of time, organizational expertise, and financial support were essential to the early growth and success of the Xerces Society, and helped found a robust organization that continued to expand in the decades since and become a conservation leader. Joan also had a keen interest in young people, supporting what became the Young Entomologists’ Society. In Joan’s memory, Bill DeWind established this student research endowment fund. The Xerces Society administers two awards each year for research into Lepidoptera conservation.