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Kendeigh Grants


The Champaign County Audubon Society annually offers grants for research in ornithology in Illinois for a maximum of $1000.

Applications must contain:

  1. The applicant’s name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address
  2. Description of the research to be carried out
  3. Proposed budget
  4. Evidence of your qualifications to do the research, including a brief CV and at least 2 references

Submit to:
Champaign County Audubon Society
Attn: Kendeigh Grant Committee
P.O. Box 882, Urbana, IL 61803

Applications must be received by March 25, 2017. Notification of awards will be made in April.

After the completion of the research, grantees must present the results in writing to CCAS. He/she will also be asked to give a presentation at a CCAS general meeting (typically the first Thursday in May, the year following grant award).


Since its beginning in 1982, the Charles S. Kendeigh Research Grant project has funded over $30,000 of research on Illinois birds. Many grant recipients have gone on to prestigious careers in the natural history field.

Dr. Kendeigh, eminent ornithologist, was a renowned professor of zoology at the University of Illinois. He was a charter member, president, and board member of CCAS, president of the Wilson Ornithological Society, and the Ecological Society of America, vice-president of the American Ornithologists Union, and co-founder of the Nature Conservancy and Animal Behavior Society. Perhaps Dr. Kendeigh's most enduring contribution was a standard method for censusing birds.