Funding for Grad Students

This page contains a list of scholarships, fellowships, and other potential funding sources for graduate students, organized by scholarship name.

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NameDiscipline (may include others)OrganizationInfo / amountDue Date
AAPG Grants-in-AidPetroleum geology, economic geology, environmental geologyAmerican Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)$500 to $3,000 for research expensesJanuary 31
AASP Student ScholarshipsPalynologyAmerican Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists (AASP)Two scholarships of $2,000 eachMarch 31
AAUW American Fellowships (Dissertations)GeneralAmerican Association of University Women (AAUW)$20,000 for one yearNovember 15
AAUW Career Development GrantsGeneralAmerican Association of University Women (AAUW)$2,000 to $12,000December 15
AEG Foundation Research FundEnvironmental and Engineering geologyAssociation of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG)Amount and number vary (up to $5,000)Unknown - see AEG website
AEG Lemke Scholarship FundTravel grantAssociation of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG)Amount and number varyUnknown - see individual meetings
AEG Marliave ScholarshipEngineering GeologyAssociation of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG)UnspecifiedApril 15
AEG Martin L. Stout ScholarshipEnvironmental and Engineering geologyAssociation of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG)$1,000 scholarship for education-related expenses (tuition and fees, books, etc.)February 1
AEG Tilford Fund/ScholarshipEnvironmental and Engineering geologyAssociation of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG)Varies; geology field camp course or senior thesis field research for undergrad, field research for graduate students.February 1
AGI Harriet Evelyn Wallace ScholarshipGeneral (Women)American Geosciences Institute$5,000 first year with option for second yearJanuary 4
AGU Mineral and Rock Physics Outstanding Student Research AwardMineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, geophysicsAmerican Geophysical Union (AGU) $500 for support of travel or other professional expenses, a certificate and public recognition at the annual Mineral and Rock Physics Reception at the AGU Fall Meeting.Around May 1 (BY NOMINATION)
AGU Student Travel GrantsTravel grantAmerican Geophysical Union (AGU) Varies by meeting and disciplineSee meeting webpages
AISES Scholarship ProgramsGeneralAmerican Indian Science and Engineering SocietyVariesJune 15
Antoinette Lierman Medlin Award (GSA, Coal Geology Division)Coal geologyGeological Society of America (GSA)One $2,000 award for completion of laboratory/analytical research, one $1,500 award for completion of fieldworkSee webpage
ASPRS Awards & ScholarshipsRemote SensingAmerican Society for Photogrammetry and Remote SensingMultiple scholarships; amount variesOctober 10
AWG Chrysalis ScholarshipGeneralAssociation for Women Geoscientists (AWG)Amount varies, up to $2,000; covers thesis/dissertation costs such as typing or drafting expenses, child care, etc.March 15
AWG Winifred Goldring AwardPaleontologyAssociation for Women Geoscientists (AWG)One-year membership in both the Paleontological Society and AWGSeptember 15
AWIS Educational Foundation Predoctoral AwardsGeneralAssociation for Women In Science (AWIS)Varies January 30
Cave Research Foundation Graduate Research GrantsCave and karst studiesCave Research FoundationRanges from $1,000 to $3,0000March 1
Clay Minerals Society Student Research GrantsClay mineralogyClay Minerals Society (CMS)$3,000 and a one-year student membership in CMSMarch 31
Clay Minerals Society Student Travel AwardsTravel grantClay Minerals Society (CMS)UnknownMarch 31
Department of Energy Co-Op JobsGeneralDepartment of Energy (DOE)Up to $79,000 per yearOngoing applications depending on location
EPA GRO Graduate FellowshipEnvironmental scienceEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA)$37,000 per year per fellowship. Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of four years.October
EPA STAR Graduate FellowshipEnvironmental scienceEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA)Up to $37,000 per year of support, including $12,000 per year for tuition and fees, $20,000 per year in a monthly stipend, and an annual expense allowance of $5,000. Master’s level students can receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students can be supported for a maximum of three yearsOctober
Farouk El-Baz Student Research AwardDesert studiesGeological Society of America (GSA)VariesFebruary 1
Fred L. Scarf AwardPlanetary scienceAmerican Geophysical Union (AGU) Space Physics and Aeronomy$1,000, a ticket for the SPA dinner, and invitation to present a paper on the dissertation topic at appropriate SPA session at the 2009 AGU Fall Meeting.
GEM PhD Science FellowshipGeneralNational Gem Consortium$16,000 stipend, summer internship, tuition and feesNovember 15
Graduate Fellowships in the Physical SciencesGeneralNational Physical Science Consortium $16,000 stipend for up to 2-6 yearsNovember 5
GSA Graduate Student Research GrantsGeneralGeological Society of America (GSA)Up to $4,000; given once at MS and once at Ph.D. levelFebruary 1
Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship AwardsGeneralThe Hertz FoundationMultiple awards up to $36,000/year plus tuition expensesOctober 30
Horton Research GrantsHydrologyAmerican Geophysical Union (AGU) Hydrology SectionNumber and amount varies; recently awards have been $10,000April 17
Hudson River Foundation Graduate Fellowship ProgramEstuarine studiesHudson River Foundation (HRF)$15,000 for one year and an incidentals research budget of up to $1,000 for Ph.D., $11,000 for one year and an incidentals research budget of up to $1,000 for MSMarch 23
Hudson River Foundation Polgar FellowshipEstuarine studiesHudson River Foundation (HRF), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation$3,800 summer research grant and limited research fundsFebruary 23
International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) - Young Scientist ProjectsGeneralUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)Maximum $5,000 per ear to support field meetings, travel to international scientific conferences, participation in training courses, and research equipmentOctober 15
Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation FellowshipEnvironment, natural resources, energyResources For the Future$18,000 for the academic yearFebruary 22
LANL Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) ProgramGeneralLos Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)Salaries vary; acceptance depends on ability of researchers to hire studentsContinuous
Ludo Frevel Crystallography ScholarshipsCrystallographyInternational Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD)Amount varies; up to 10 scholarshipsOctober 30
Mazamas Graduate Student Research GrantGeneralMazamasMaximum $1,500January 29 / February 5
MSA Grant for Research in Crystallography, Mineral Physics, Mineral Chemistry, and MineralogyMineralogy…Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)Up to $5,000 for research-related expensesJune 1
MSA Grant for Student Research in Mineralogy and PetrologyMineralogy, petrologyMineralogical Society of America (MSA)Up to $5,000 for research-related expensesJune 1
NASA Graduate Student Researchers ProgramGeneralNational Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)$30,000 grant, renewable 1 year for MS and 2 years for Ph.D., max 3 yearsFebruary 1
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate FellowshipGeneralDepartment of Defense$31,000 stipend, tuition and fees for 3 yearsJanuary 5
National Geographic Society Grants for Research and ExplorationGeneralNational Geographic SocietyMaximum $15,000-$20,000; no more than 250 grants are awarded each year.Continuous; submit at least 10 months prior to anticipated project start date
NOAA Educational Partnership ProgramOceanic, environmental, atmospheric sciences, remote sensing, geography, hydrology, or geomatics National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)Varies; pays for tuition, books, lab fees, a housing allowance at the selected university, travel expenses, and salary during 16 weeks of NOAA work experience per year for each participant at a NOAA research facilityJanuary 30
NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer InstitutesGeneralNational Science Foundation (NSF)Round-trip airfare, $5,000 stipend, in-country living expensesDecember 8
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship ProgramGeneralNational Science Foundation (NSF)3-year award over a 5-year period. $30,000 annual stipend, $10,500 cost of education allowance, $1,000 international travel allowanceNovember
Paleontological Society Student Research GrantsPaleontologyThe Paleontological Soceity (PS)Limited number of $750 grantsFebruary 25
Rocky Mountain Research FellowshipGeneralRocky Mountain Nature AssociationPark housing and a stipend of $5,000 plus up to $3,000 for expenses related to research and program fulfillmentFebruary 1
Roy J. Shlemon Scholarship Awards (GSA, Engineering Geology Division)Engineering GeologyGeological Society of America (GSA)Two scholarships of $1,000 eachMarch 15
Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) ScholarshipGeneralDepartment of Defense$25,000-$41,000 stipend, tuition and health insurance, paid summer employment for up to 5 years. MUST BE WILLING TO ACCEPT POST-GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT WITH THE DODDecember 15
SEG Foundation Scholarship ProgramGeophysics, geosciences, physics, geology, or earth and environmental sciences.Society for Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)$5,000 to $14,000 per academic year (some scholarships may be renewed)March 1
SEG Student Research GrantsEconomic geologySociety of Economic Geologists (SEG)Up to $5,000 ($10,000 for particularly meritorious projects)February 1
SEPM John Sanders Endowment FundCoastal or Environmental GeologySociety for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)Minimum $500 awardDecember 31
SEPM Weimer Student Research GrantSedimentary geologySociety for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)Minimum $500 awardDecember 31
Sigma Delta Epsilon Graduate Women in Science FellowshipsGeneralSigma Delta Epsilon Graduate Women in Science$1,000 to $10,000January 15
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR)GeneralSigma XiUp to $1000March 15 / October 15
Smithsonian Institution Native American Visiting Student AwardsGeneralSmithsonian InstitutionStipends include $150 per day for up to 21 days, $400 per week for three to ten weeks, a travel allowance, and a small research allowance.February 1
Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce FellowshipsMarine geologySmithsonian Institution$6,000February 15
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Graduate Student FellowshipsGeneralSmithsonian Institution$6,000 stipend for 10 weeksJanuary 15
SPWLA Scholarships and GrantsPetrophysics and formation evaluationSociety of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA)Scholarship awards of $500 and up in increments of $500 are usually offered. Grants are offered in similar amounts but may be adjusted to cover all or part of the estimated research project budget.April 1
SVP Patterson Memorial Grant for Field WorkPaleontologySociety for Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP)$2,700 will be awarded to one person or divided equally between two people.January 15
TSOP Spackman AwardOrganic petrology, coal petrology, kerogen petrology, organic geochemistry The Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP)Up to two $1,000 awardsMay 15
UNCF/Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation FellowshipsGeneralUNCF/Merck Sciecne InitiativeUp to $53,500 (stipend plus research funds)December 1
WAIMME ScholarshipsMineralogy, related fieldsSociety for Mining, Metallurgy and ExplorationOver 50 scholarships totalling $150,000 in 2008February 1
WHOI Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Fellowship Program (GFD Fellowship Program)Atmospheric Sciences, Fluid Dynamics, Geophysics, Marine and Ocean SciencesWoods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI)Stipend of $5,200 and an allowance for travel expenses within the United StatesFebruary 15