Name Affiliation Research Project Title
Benjamin Gearey University College Cork, Cork, Ireland The Pallasboy Project: Final Phase
Michael Grabner University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, BOKU, Vienna, Austria The History of Wood Culture – The Oldest Wooden Goods Around the Globe
Ellie Richards Penland School of Crafts, USA Process, Product, Place: Investigating Wood
Practices Behind the Ghanaian Fantasy Coffins

The World Wood Day Foundation (WWDF) is pleased to announce that the Research Grant application is now open for the submission. WWDF invites applications that focus on “Wood and Culture”, a historical perspective is particularly encouraged to apply, from scholars and graduate students, regardless of nationality. Both ongoing projects and new initiatives are encouraged to apply. The proposals will be evaluated on their originality and scholarly excellence by a group of professionals from various disciplines.

The WWDF is an US-based nonprofit organization that dedicates to raise public awareness of wood as an eco-friendly material and its significant role in world history, inspires academic research and promotes responsible wood usage for a sustainable future. By carrying out its missions, the WWDF supports interdisciplinary and integral investigation for exploring how wood has played a prominent role in human life. “Wood and Culture” is a broad and encompassing theme that encourages a wide range of academic research. We cordially invite all those who are interested to elaborate on the topic and participate in the great undertaking.

  2017-2018 WWD Research Grant Deadline Extenstion Annoucement

Please note that the submission deadline is extended to 17:00 GMT on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

Please again accept our sincere apology for any inconvenience.

How to Apply


Online application must be submitted by the deadline of 17:00 GMT on Monday, February 13, 2017. Please note that submission via email or mail will not be accepted.

Please read the Application Guideline below carefully before submitting the application.

Application Guideline

The grant is 12,000 USD, and the final decision of grant recipients will be announced on the World Wood Day (WWD), March 21, 2017. The funded projects will be requested to present by grant recipients on the following WWD in 2018. Accommodation and transportation to the event location will be fully covered by the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS). In addition, grant recipients will be required to submit a research article together with a financial report to WWDF by April 15, 2018. All research articles will be reviewed by the board committee of the Wood Culture Journal.

Accepted articles will be further informed for future publication. The grant recipients are also required to mention the financial support from the World Wood Day Foundation (WWDF) and IWCS in any related research article or publication. Please note that the grant cannot be used to pay tuition fees, personal or family pleasure.

Applicants shall complete the online application, including an application form, curriculum vitae (with publications), three-page research proposal, and one-page budget justification narrative. All uploaded documents shall be written in English and in PDF files ONLY.

The research proposal shall clearly describe:

  • How the research project is related to “Wood and Culture”
  • Significance, literature review, preliminary research, methodology, and timeline

The proposal shall be a maximum of three pages (single-spaced, with one inch margins, and in Times New Roman, 12pt size). A separate bibliography or appendix is allowed (three pages maximum). Proposals in inappropriate format will not be considered.

Please send inquiries to:

World Wood Day