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Photo of Douglas Boyes with a sweep net in a field

Launch of the new Douglas Boyes Fund, a grant to provide young people with entomology equipment to further their passion.


The Douglas Boyes Fund has today been launched by the RES in honour of Douglas Boyes (1996-2021), an esteemed entomologist specialising in Lepidoptera.

The Fund aims to provide young people aged 14-18 with access to entomology equipment, fostering their passion for insects and the natural world and inspiring them to engage and share their interest with other young individuals. The Fund will be launched during Insect Week 2023 (24th June 2023). 

The Grant: The RES awards grants from the Douglas Boyes Fund to successful applicants based on the specified criteria. The maximum individual grant will be £300-£500, with a total annual allocation of up to £1,500-£2,000pa.

Criteria for Selection: A successful applicant should submit a 3-minute video or 500 word statement to Selection will take into account their age and socio-economic background and other protected characteristics, aligned to RES EDI policies. Key considerations for selection include providing access to young individuals who may otherwise lack opportunities, ensuring the benefits of the grant extend beyond the applicant, and fostering a profound interest in entomology that will likely continue into adulthood.

If you are interested in the Douglas Boyes Fund, please read full details listed on our Awards & Grants page and fill in the form

Photo of Douglas Boyes with a head torch looking at insects in a forest at night.

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