SSHB research grant scheme

The Society for the Study of Human Biology (SSHB) is offering financial grants to support research projects in human biology. It is anticipated that one award of up to £1000 will be made in 2017.

The purpose of the grant is to support original research in human biology. The research project must fall within the remit of the SSHB – the general advancement and promotion of research in the biology of human populations in all its branches, including human variability and genetics, human adaptability and ecology, and human evolution. Retrospective applications are not permitted.

Successful applicants must submit a report on the pro forma provided on award of a grant within one month of the stated end date of the project. Those who receive a research grant are strongly encouraged to present their work at a meeting of the SSHB and to submit the results of the project they undertook to the Annals of Human Biology for publication. The submission can be in the form of a full paper or a short report and will be subject to the same editorial and review processes as other submissions.


Applications are open to all members of the Society. Full members are encouraged to apply, and applications from full and student members will be judged by the same criteria. Applicants who are not members of the Society are permitted to apply for membership at the same time as they submit their application. Membership application forms can be found on the SSHB website.

How to apply

Please read the guidelines here and then fill out the application form. Applications include a short abstract (250 words) and a 1000 word summary of the proposed project. The research environment and facilities for the research should also be outlined, along with the start and end dates of the project. A brief CV  should also be included.

Applications will be assessed in relation to the quality of the work submitted and the relevance of the topic to the aims and scope of the Society for the Study of Human Biology. Applications which fail to adhere to the guidelines will not be considered. All applications will be reviewed by referees appointed by the SSHB committee, none of whom can be staff at the institution at which the applicant is based.

Deadline and submission

The deadline for receipt of applications is by 12 noon on Saturday 1st July 2017. The decision will be communicated to applicants via email no later than 31st August 2017. Applications should be submitted as an electronic PDF by email to the Grants and Awards Officer, Dr Silvia Costa (

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