The Dennis Stanfield Memorial Fund

Funding up to £2,000 supporting botanical research on tropical African plants.

Established in 1972 to celebrate the work of Dennis Stanfield in Africa. The award is recognised as a mark of real distinction and takes the form of a sum of up to £2,000 to assist persons of scientific merit to undertake botanical research on tropical African plants.

Awards are made at (even numbered) two year intervals. The recipients are selected by a Committee appointed by Council, chaired by a Secretary and composed of persons having special knowledge of tropical African botany.

  • Proposals are to be no longer than 2 A4 pages including tables and references and should be submitted to There is no standard application form. Illustrations may be enclosed on an additional page.
  • Normally a successful proposal is for basic research in the areas of plant taxonomy and plant ecology.
  • The proposal should have well-focused aims and objectives with specific outputs.
  • The topic must be clearly circumscribed, achievable within defined time limits, and include a realistic budget.
  • Owing to restrictions imposed by our bankers, grant funds cannot be paid directly or indirectly to individuals in countries subject to sanctions imposed by the UK government or otherwise where our bankers restrict payments.
  • Proposals showing evidence of collaboration with other individuals and organisations will be favoured.

This grant is awarded every two years. The next application closing date will be Monday, 30 September 2024.