Christine Allen Travel Grant

The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) has a Travel Grant program designed to assist members with the costs of attending the Society’s annual meeting. The Christine Allen Travel Grant is in memory of Christine Allen, who worked for University Products, Gaylord Bros and Hollinger Metal Edge during her long career in museum support.  She was a long time member and supporter of the Society and worked tirelessly with many of us to ensure that the products marketed by her companies reflected the needs articulated by our membership.  The grant is funded by her three former employers.  A single grant of $750 will be available for attendance at the 31th annual meeting of the Society in the Museum fuer Naturkunde and the Botanischer Garten and Botanisches Museum Berlin.

Applicants and Awardees’ Requirements

Applicants should be members of the Society. Preference will be given to graduate students or emerging professionals in fields related to the management and conservation of natural history collections and with a focus on physical care and conservation of collections. Applicants from the institution(s) hosting the meeting will not be eligible.

Awardees are required to make either an oral or poster presentation at the meeting and to be first author on the presentation. Receipt of the grant is contingent on the acceptance of the applicant’s abstract by the meeting local committee. As part of the conditions of the grant, successful applicants will also be required to produce a short article (1,000 words) based on their presentation for publication in the SPNHC Newsletter or publish their work in Collection Forum.

SPNHC Membership Application

To become a SPNHC member, please visit  Click on the Membership tab and scroll down to the form.  Please mail the application to the address listed on the bottom of the form.

Travel Grant Application

Applicants should submit the following:
  • A completed application form.
  • A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor or major graduate advisor.
  • A statement (maximum 350 words) from the applicant describing how attendance at the meeting will benefit them.
  • An abstract for the paper/poster they intend to present.
  • An estimate of the total costs for travel and accommodation.

Application Submission, Deadline, and Review Process

These documents should be emailed to Dr. Eva Haeffner:, clearly indicating that the application is for the Christine Allen Travel Grant.  The deadline for applications is 15.03.2016.  The Travel Grant Committee will review the grant applications and select recipients.  Successful applicants will be notified soon.  If you are not able to attend the SPNHC annual conference, please notify the Travel Grant Committee as soon as possible to ensure the grant can be awarded to another deserving applicant.

General Information

General enquiries about the SPNHC Annual Travel Grant program can be sent to


The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) is a global organization composed of a lively, active, and interdisciplinary community of professionals dedicated to the care of natural science collections.  SPNHC members are museum specialists; such as curators, collections managers, conservators, preparators, and database administrators, from more than 20 countries.  The Society holds annual meetings and sponsors symposia and workshops to foster the exchange of ideas and information.  To learn more about SPNHC please visit