School of
Integrative Biology

The Edwin Banks Memorial Fund

Department of Evolution, Ecology, and
Behavior (EEB)

The Edwin Banks Memorial Fund was established by Dr. Banks' wife, Mrs. Hilda Banks, and family to honor his long and distinguished career as a faculty member in the Department of Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution (now EEB) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1957-1985). Dr. Banks was a pre-eminent researcher in the areas of mammalian sociality and reproduction.


To support graduate student research in animal behavior. Amounts will be awarded following a positive evaluation by the Graduate Programs Committee.


Any graduate student in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior (EEB) studying any aspect of behavior may apply.


To apply, please submit one copy of each of the following:
  1. A proposal describing the research to be conducted. The proposal should not exceed two (2) single-spaced pages, not including references.
  2. A current C.V.
  3. Letter of Support from the Advisor.
Applicants must complete this form and submit all required materials by February 27th, midnight. Questions may be directed to