Graduate Research and Travel Support

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Please note that deadlines below may change year to year. See the individual websites for most current deadlines.

Research Grants and Scholarships

Geological Society of America

Graduate Student Research Grants

  • Deadline: February 2, annually.
  • Average award: $1700 (~50% success rate).
  • Eligibility:
    • Graduate students.
    • Must be a GSA member.
    • U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.

American Geophysical Union

Research Grants and Fellowships

  • Deadline: February 2, annually.
  • Awards: $2000-5000
  • Eligibility:
    • Graduate and undergraduate students.
    • Some require AGU student membership.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists

Foundation Grants-In-Aid Program

  • Deadline: February 15, annually.
  • Eligibility:
    • Graduate students.
    • Research must relate to the development of petroleum and energy-mineral resources, and/or related to environmental geology issues.
  • AAPG List of Grants
  • AAPG Call for Applications

Sigma Xi

Grants-In-Aid of Research Program

  • Deadline: March 15 and October 15, annually.
  • Award: up to $1000.
  • Eligibility:
    • Graduate and undergraduate students.
    • Does not require membership, but it helps if student or their adviser is member.
    • Non-U.S. citizens eligible.

Society of Economic Geologists

Student Research Grants

  • Deadline: March 15, annually.
  • Awards: $1000-5000 for one year.
  • Eligibility:
    • Graduate students.
    • Preference to SEG student members.

Society for Sedimentary Geology

Student Assistance Grants

  • Deadline: January 15, annually.
  • Awards: $500 minimum.
  • Eligibility:
    • Graduate students.

The Colorado Scientific Society Grants

  • Deadline: March 21, annually.
  • Awards: $600-1000 for field-oriented research on geology, geochemistry, and geophysics of the Rocky Mountain region.
  • Eligibility:
    • Graduate students.
    •  Accredited college or university.

Gulf Coast Association Geological Societies Student Grant

  • Deadline: Applications accepted October 1 to February 28, annually.
  • Awards: $2000 maximum for research in the Gulf Coast.
  • Eligibility:
    • Graduate and undergraduate students.
    • Research in the Gulf Coast region.

Tobacco Root Geological Society Field Scholarship

Deadline: February 15, annually.
Awards: Maximum $1000.
Eligibility:

  • Graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Research in the Northern Rocky Mountain Province.

The William L. Wilson Scholarship in Karst Science

  • Deadline: February 15, annually.
  • Awards: $1000
  • Eligibility:
    • MS student.
    • Karst research.

Association for Woman Geoscientists Chrysalis Scholarship

  • Deadline: Various.
  • Awards: Various.
  • Eligibility:
    • Women graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Awards Link: AWG Student Awards

Fellowships and Programs

NSF Graduate Fellowships

3 year research fellowships. For both MS and PhD students. Application can be made during the senior year of college, prior to or during the first year of graduate school, and at the beginning of the second year of graduate school.

Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellowship Program

Merit-based awards for outstanding graduate students to conduct research related to the International Ocean Discovery Program. The $30,000 per year award is to be used for stipend, tuition, benefits, research costs, and travel. Research may be directed toward the objectives of specific expeditions or may address broader themes.

EPA National Center for Environmental Research STAR Fellowships

Fellowships for MS and Ph.D. students conducting environmental research. (Application period July – Oct). 

NSF Summer Institutes in Asia and Australia Program

Program supports eight weeks conducting research and experiencing life in Australia, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. 

Travel to Meetings

Both the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union have student travel grants to attend meetings. Check their websites.

Geological Society of America Travel Grants

  • Eligibility: Graduate and undergraduate students.

American Geophysical Union Travel Grants

  • Eligibility: Graduate and undergraduate students.

University of Florida Grants