The Xerces Society’s 2021 DeWind Awards for Lepidoptera Research

The Xerces Society is now accepting applications for two awards for research into Lepidoptera conservation

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 has continued to expand in the decades since and become a conservation leader. In Joan’s memory, Bill DeWind established this student research endowment fund. Award amounts are determined annually, but are a minimum of $3,750 each.

Submission Requirements: The 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.

Submission Deadline: The submission deadline is Sunday, January 3, 2021, at 11:59 PM PST. Award winners will be announced by March 31, 2021, with initial awards payments sent out by June 2021.

For more information on how to apply, and to view previous winners, please visit:

The DeWind FAQs page can be viewed here: