Grants & Fellowships

PSA Student and Postdoctoral Grants

The Phycological Society of America supports graduate student and postdoctoral members development through three programs: the Croasdale Fellowships, the Hoshaw Travel Awards, and the Grants-in-Aid of Research. Some grants and fellowships from other sources are also available.


The Hannah T. Croasdale Fellowships are designed to encourage graduate students to broaden their phycological training by defraying the costs of attending phycology courses at biological field stations. The purpose of the award is to broaden phycological training and not necessarily to further research goals. Proposals to study at field stations associated with universities other than the student's own are especially encouraged. Awards are made directly to the student in amounts up to $1,500 each. Completed application should be sent to Sophie McCoy (email - by March 1st. In recent years, funding rates for the Croasdale have been ~50%. Fellowship support to attend technique courses should be requested from the Grants-in-Aid of Research Program.


The Hoshaw Travel Awards are to help students with their travel expenses to the annual PSA meeting. All other factors equivalent, students who will present their research at the meeting (lecture or poster) will be given priority. The deadline for the completed application is April 2nd. In recent years, funding rates for Hoshaw awards have approached 100%, with a mean award size of approximately $650. Successful applicants will be notified prior to the meeting and the awards will be presented at the meeting. For further information, please contact: Sophie McCoy (email -


Grants-in-Aid of Research awards are made by the Phycological Society of America in support of graduate and postdoctoral research in any area of phycology. Graduate student grants are up to $2,000 per applicant and postdoctoral researcher grants are up to $5,000; the average award in recent years has been approximately $1200, with a funding rate of approximately 50%.  Grants are intended to enable the awardee to accomplish work not otherwise possible. Awards are made directly to the selected applicants. No part of the award may be used to pay indirect costs to the applicant's institution, or to pay stipends. Selection of recipients will be based primarily on the applicant's research proposal and two supporting letters. Additional criteria will include evidence of past research achievements and the perceived future of the applicant as a researcher. In the course of a student's graduate education or post-doctoral positions, no more than two grants in aid of research will be awarded. Travel to scientific meetings should be requested from other PSA programs. Tuition and expenses for taking critical techniques courses not available at the home institution will be considered. Applicants must submit one electronic copy of a brief research proposal, a proposed budget and two letters of recommendation to Sophie McCoy (email - by the deadline November 1st.

Other Grants

International Phycological Society - Paul C. Silva student grants for travel or research

The IPS will award up to eight IPS Student Grants of US $500 annually for: Travel to meetings including workshops in which the student is presenting work on algae, whether the meeting is phycological or more general (e.g. evolution or ecology). Research projects on algae, which must be student-led with support from the supervisor. Website:

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