In 1990, within the spirit of the original Cockayne Trust Deed, the Trustees set up The Cockayne Research Fellowship as a separate charity, linked to and supported by The Cockayne Trust, to stimulate new work on Lepidoptera.
Fellowship awards are to support original research on variation in British & Irish Lepidoptera. Awards are limited to a maximum of £1000 per year and may be renewable annually for a maximum of three years.
Applications are invited to the Cockayne Fellowship for awards to support original research on variation affecting one or more species of Lepidoptera within Britain and Ireland. Applicants are encouraged to submit projects that also involve work on early stages in addition to adults and include at least some breeding or experimental investigations. Projects should, at least in part, be based on, re-interpret, or otherwise take into account information already stored in the National Collection, and will be expected to add new material to it where appropriate. A yearly report is required by the Trustees, on which any consideration of renewal will also depend. At the end of the project (maximum of three years), a final report will be required and publication of the results will be expected, if appropriate. A further grant could be requested to assist with publication, if required.