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Entomology Graduate Student Awards and Grants

The Entomology Program is fortunate to have several awards and grant opportunities for enrolled graduate students. The Carl & Ruby Nettles Fellowship offers up to four years of support, while other fellowships and awards are evaluated annually. Research and travel grant applications are accepted once per year, in the Spring semester. Award and grant amounts are subject to variation based on funding availability. Deadlines will be announced in a timely manner, usually by e-mail, to Entomology faculty and graduate students. For more information consult award guidelines. Students may hold only one fellowship or award at a time, but grants may be awarded concurrently with a fellowship or award. 

Fellowships and awards

Carl & Ruby Nettles Memorial Fellowship in Entomology

This prestigious fellowship will provide a $25,000/year stipend (plus a remission of tuition and fees), up to a maximum of four years, to  a new applicant to Clemson's Entomology Ph.D. program. Students must enter with an M.S. degree in-hand, and provide a research proposal with their application. 

More information and application guidelines for the Carl & Ruby Nettles Memorial Fellowship ››

Joel A. Berly Research Fellowship

The Berly Research Fellowship will provide a $5,000 supplement to an excellent entomology graduate student (M.S. and Ph.D. students are eligible). The award is for one year, and is open both to new applicants and to enrolled students. 

Dr. & Mrs. John T. Creighton Research Fellowship 

The Creighton Research Fellowship will provide a $3,000 supplement to an excellent entomology graduate student (M.S. and Ph.D. students are eligible). The award is for one year, and is open both to new applicants and to enrolled students. 

More information and application guidelines for the Berly and Creighton Fellowships ››

Theodore R. Adkins, Jr. Award

This is a competitive award going to a graduate student in the Entomology Graduate Program who is conducting research in medical, veterinary, or forensic entomology. The award is $500 -$1,000 given annually depending on availability of funding.

More information and application guidelines for the Adkins Award ››

Dr. & Mrs. John Thomas Creighton Endowed Memorial Award

This award is designated for an outstanding Entomology Ph.D. student to be compensated for teaching a laboratory section(s) of an Entomology course of his or her choosing, with approval of the instructor of record, during the academic year following receipt of the award. Second preference is an outstanding MS Entomology Graduate Student. The award is up to $3,000 given annually depending on availability of funding.

More information and application guidelines for the Creighton Award ››

Grants

The E. W. King Endowed Memorial Grant Fund

The purpose of the King grant fund is to provide grants-in-aid to advance student professional activities and research in basic entomological sciences. Grants of up to $1,000 per proposal are available to support research-related travel, equipment, services, and supplies.

More information and application guidelines for the King grant ››

The W. Carl Nettles, Sr. Endowed Memorial Grant Fund

The purpose of the Nettles grant fund is to provide grants-in-aid to advance student professional activities and research in applied entomological sciences. Grants of up to $1,000 per proposal are available to support research-related travel, equipment, services, and supplies.

More information and application guidelines for the Carl Nettles grant ››

The W. Carl Nettles, Sr., and Ruby S. Nettles Memorial Endowment in Entomology

These funds are intended to support professional development for entomology students. Small grants help support travel to meetings at which an Entomology student will be engaged in professional activities such as presenting a research paper. Proposals are funded for up to $1500 depending on availability of funding.

More information and application guidelines for the Carl and Ruby Nettles grant ››

The Alfred G. Wheeler Endowment for Entomology

These funds are intended to support group expeditions for Entomology graduate students, to investigate ecologically interesting or unusual communities.

More information and application guidelines for the A. G. Wheeler expedition grant ››

About our donors

Theodore R. Adkins, Jr. Award - Dr. Ted Adkins was an Entomology faculty member at Clemson University for 28 years specializing in medical and veterinary entomology. He was recognized nationally for his work in forensics to which he devoted his full effort when he retired. He was known for the energy and passion he brought to his work, and for his affable and generous nature. While he enjoyed great success in his research, Dr. Adkins always said his students were his greatest accomplishment.

The Joel A. Berly, Sr. Endowed Award - Mr. Joel A. Berly, Sr., Class of 1914 formerly served as Head of the Department of Entomology at Clemson. The award was established by established by Joel A. Berly, III Class of 1978 in memory of his grandfather.

The E. W. King Endowed Memorial Grant Fund - Dr. King was a professor in the Entomology Department from 1957 until retirement in 1982. His enthusiasm for the study of insects because of their inherent interest, his love of teaching, and his demands for excellence led many students to rewarding careers in entomology. He was an avid illustrator of insect subjects and natural history.

W. Carl Nettles, Sr., and Ruby S. Nettles Memorial Endowment in Entomology and The W. Carl Nettles, Sr. Endowed Memorial Grant Fund - Mr. Carl Nettles served Entomology from 1928 until his retirement in 1972. His work includes an extensive collection of economically important insects and diseases.  He is responsible for the excellent tradition of extension entomology at Clemson University, specializing in the control of insects of agricultural importance in SC. When Mr. Nettles retired in 1972, he held the longest continuous service record in the School of Agriculture and nationally as an Extension Entomologist-Plant Pathologist. Mrs. Nettles was an accomplished artist and china painter. These awards were established by their children in their memory.

Dr. & Mrs. John Thomas Creighton Endowed Memorial Award - Dr. Creighton attended Clemson in the 1920s, before moving on to the University of Florida, where he ultimately spent his career. The award was a bequest from Mrs. Creighton to provide funding for Entomology graduate students.

Dr. Alfred G. Wheeler, Jr. Endowment for Entomology - Dr. Alfred G. Wheeler is currently an Adjunct Emeritus Professor in Clemson's Entomology program. He received his entomology training at Grinnell College (B.S. 1966) and Cornell University (Ph.D. 1971). He retired to Clemson following an illustrious career with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. He remains very active in research-related fieldwork, primarily involving the true bugs, and his personal speciality, the Miridae.

Other awards and funding opportunities for students

PEGS – Professional Enrichment Grants: http://www.grad.clemson.edu/pegas 

NSF – Graduate Research Fellowships: http://www.nsfgrfp.org 

Entomological Society of America: http://www.entsoc.org/awards/whats_available#1 

Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity Section, ESA: http://www.entsoc.org/syseb/2015-syseb-student-research-travel-award 

Plant-Insect Ecosystems Section, ESA: http://www.entsoc.org/p-ie-awards 

Southeastern Branch, ESA: http://www.entsoc.org/southeastern/southeastern-branch-awards-honors 

South Carolina Entomological Society: http://scentsoc.org/awards.htm