Tully Memorial Grant


The Stephen R. Tully Memorial Grant is given to support research, and conservation of raptors especially to students and amateurs with limited access to alternative funding. The award is given in memory of Steve Tully, a young raptor biologist, who lost his life in an automobile accident in 1978. Agency proposals are not accepted.

The Stephen R. Tully Memorial Grant was established in late 1983. The grant honours the memory of Steve Tully, who died in a car accident in 1978, at age 21. Steve was a falconer with an enthusiastic interest in raptor biology. A Colorado resident, Steve was married to Babette (nee Cranson), another early RRF member. It was a measure of Steve’s dedication to raptors that he was searching for his trained red-tailed hawk after the accident when he died of internal hemorrhaging before he received treatment for his injuries. Steve’s family and friends established the grant in homage to him and to perpetuate the conservation and study of the raptors he loved in life.

To apply, send:

A cover letter.

A proposal (no more than four pages)

a. background

b. objectives of your study

c. methods

d. anticipated budget

e. list of other funding sources, both requested and received.

Amount: $1,000 + waived page charges (winner must be the primary author and the paper must reflect what the award was for)

Number of Grants Issued per Year: 1

Deadline: June 30

Application Method: Apply online through June 30th. Please contact awards@raptorresearchfoundation.org with questions about your application. The online application opens in January each year.

Stephen R. Tully Memorial Grant Application

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    Past Recipients

    YearTully RecipientTitle
    2021Siddhartha RegmiBreeding Success and Conservation of White-Rumped Vulture in Syangja District, Nepal
    2020Brittanie L. LoftinPopulation Genetics of Mississippi Kites in the Great Plains
    2019Diego Ricardo Mendez MojicaSurveying critical sites for the conservation of the King Vulture in central Bolivia
    2018Jessica SchlarbaumPrey preferences and provisioning rates of American Kestrels in the Central Valley, California, United States
    2017Anoj SubediExploring the Status and Distribution of Owls and its Conservation Initiatives in the Raghuganga Gaupalika of Myagdi District, Nepal
    2016Paula Maiten Orozco ValorEffects of Agricultural intensification on the demographic and health on a typical raptor of agroecosystems, the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), in the center of Argentina
    2015Danielle FloydNorthern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) population dynamics in the Southern Appalachian mountain range
    2014Anna AutilioFeeding Behavior of Striated Caracaras (Phalcoboenus australis) in the Falkland Islands during Austral Winter
    2013Yarelys Ferrer SánchezPopulation size and effects of habitat fragmentation on reproductive ecology of the Cuban black hawk in the central region of Cuba
    2012Tate MasonThe impacts of anthropogenic noise on Northern Saw-whet Owl hunting ability
    2011Laxman Prasad PoudyalVulture Conservation Awareness Program in Chitwan National Park, Nepal
    2010Scolasticah NdegwaDistribution and population size of Martial Eagles in Kakemega Forest, Kenya
    2009Jessi BrownEcology of the Southeastern American Kestrel
    2008Mark JasperDetermining the effects of parasitic disease on the onset of migration of Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) using stable isotope analysis
    2007Corinne KozlowskiAndrogen allocation in the Eastern Screech Owl
    2006Michael A. PalladiniCooper’s Hawk foraging ecology in an interior ponderosa pine forest: response to experimental restoration treatments at an Adaptive management Area
    2005Ursula ValdezEcology and Habitat Use of Forest-falcons in the Amazonian Forest of Southeast Peru
    2004 No applications received
    2003Shelley Bayard de VoloGenetic fingerprinting for identifying individual Northern Goshawks in studies of survival
    2003Gabriel Jaime ColoradoMonitoring the migration of North American raptors in Northern Columbia
    1999Roberval Alameida and Eduardo BaldiocedaStrategies for conserving rainforest raptors in the buffer zones of Costa Rica national parks
    1998Nicole KorfantaPopulation genetics in resident and migratory Burrowing Owls
    1997Jennifer JacobyThe genetics of a reintroduced population of an endangered bird, Falco peregrinus
    1997Stacy LindemannFactors affecting biparental care in the American Kestrel
    1995Wendy A. KuntzRegional variation in the vocalization patterns of Mexican Spotted Owls
    1994Robert WarnockEffects of habitat fragmentation on Burrowing Owls
    1993Elsie V. SchmidtMorphological & genetic variation in migrating raptors
    1992Martha J. Desmond 
    1991Neal D. Niemuth 
    1991Kevin J. Merkel 
    1990Cynthia Sills 
    1989Dale K. Ward 
    1988Gian Basili 
    1987Kelly Hogan 
    1986Vicky J. Meretsky