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WDHOF Scholarship and Training Grants Description

In celebration of International Women’s Day, 

Women Divers Hall of Fame and Scotch & Soda announce 

the Simone Melchior Cousteau $5,000 Research Grant


Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF®) is pleased to announce a competitive grant of $5,000 for women conducting research on the sustainability of marine or freshwater species or communities impacted by climate change.

In the context of this award,  "sustainability" is the ability of a species or community to maintain itself or adapt to climate change or other environmental stressors.   It is not limited to research on adaptation to stressors or mitigation of impacts, and can include basic research at the organism, species, or community level, as well as the development of technologies and predictive models related to sustainability of marine or freshwater species or communities.    

This grant is made possible by a donation from Dutch fashion brand Scotch & Soda, as a tribute to the French sea explorer Simone Melchior Cousteau for her numerous achievements in underwater exploration.  Simone was posthumously inducted as a member of  the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2013.

 About the WDHOF Simone Melchior Cousteau Grant

·      The grant period is for 18 months.

·      A progress report on research and use of funds is required at 12 months.

·      A final report is due 18 months after the award date.

Who is eligible to apply: 

·      This grant is open to women.

·      Applicants may be graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, or early career scientists (defined as within 10 years of completion of PhD).

Use of the funds: 

·      The grant is intended to support independent research and/or fieldwork.

·      Acceptable expenses include supplies used for research, travel to conferences or research locations, or conference fees. 

·      It does not support tuition, student loan payments, indirect costs, salary or summer salary, basic scuba gear, or previously incurred expenses.

·      A detailed budget, with justification, is required with the application.

Application deadline:

·      The grant is open for applications on March 8, 2021, International Women’s Day.

·      Completed applications are due by midnight EDT, on April 23, 2021.

Notification of award:

·      Applicants will be notified and the awardee will be announced on June 8, 2021, World Oceans Day.

·      In addition to the grant, the awardee will receive an outfit from Scotch & Soda.

•  Click HERE for complete instructions and applications.


Additional questions may be addressed to wdhofgrants@gmail.com.