Graduate Scholarships/Grants

Geology Department Scholarships - Graduate Only

The David A. Rahm Scholarship

This award is given annually to a Geology major who has demonstrated interest, accomplishment, and understanding of the principles of geomorphology.  This award, which will not exceed $500, is normally given to an upper-division undergraduate student; however, graduate students are eligible to apply as well.

How to apply: Submit the following to Kate Blizzard in the Geology Office - ES 240.

  1. a letter of application, including a statement of how you expect to include geomorphology in your career goals.

The Antoni "Jontek" Wodzicki Sholarship

This award of $900 is given annually to a student who is majoring in any of the specialties of the geological sciences, with preference given to students studying in fields related to economic geology, mineralogy, and/or who are attending summer or spring field camp. Also, special consideration will be given to students from developing country.

How to apply: Submit the following to Kate Blizzard in the Geology Office - ES 240. Deadline is typically Spring Quarter.

  1. An application letter addressing your career goals, academic interests, financial need, and relevance (if any) to the preference guidelines of the award.
  2. A current transcript for both WWU (unofficial is acceptable) and non-WWU coursework.
  3. A list of classes you are taking the current (Spring) quarter.
  4. Your expected graduation date.

The James L. Talbot Scholarship

This award is given to an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in any of the specialties of the geological sciences.

How to apply: Submit the following to Kate Blizzard in the Geology Office - ES 240. Deadline typically Fall quarter.

  1. An application letter addressing your financial need and career goals.
  2. A current transcript for both WWU (unofficial is acceptable) and non-WWU coursework.
  3. A current resume, including your work history, outside or community service, and professional affiliations.

Steven and Edith Grega Memorial Fellowship

The Graduate Fellowship will support a graduate student who has a special interest in engineering geology.

Peter Misch Metamorphic Memorial Fellowship

The graduate fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student who has a special interest in metamorphic petrology.

Geology Department Advance for Research

The Department of Geology will generally draws on its donation fund held by the Western Foundation to grant small advances for research expenses to undergraduate and graduate students in the department. Funds are available for field and laboratory expenses, which may include costs of analyses performed at other institutions. The amount of the advances will vary and will not exceed $800. All applicants are expected to apply for funds outside of the department. The effort you make to gather outside money will be a factor in our decisions to offer these grants.

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  1. A research proposal approximately 2 pages in length; or a proposal submitted for another grant to fund the same research, include a cover letter to the Chair outlining how you would use the Departmental Advance in your research.
  2. A statement of other support, including awards received or pending, including copies of the proposals submitted;
  3. A budget of total proposed field and laboratory expenses, and how much of the total is requested from the Geology Department;
  4. A transcript for any classes not taken at WWU (for undergraduates only);
  5. A statement of support from your faculty adviser.

Proposals should be submitted to the department chair's office not later than April 21, unless that falls on a weekend or holiday, in which case it will be the following school day.

Past recipients of Departmental Research Advances for Field Work may apply again, but preference will be given to first-time applicants. Recipients will receive a notification letter informing them of the award and outlining the reporting requirements of the Western Foundation; when that letter is signed and returned, an advance will be dispensed.

WWU Scholarship Center/RSP:

College of Science and Engineering - Scholarships

Graduate Student Scholarships 

WWU Ross Travel Grant

WWU Office and Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) - Fund for the Enhancement of Graduate Research

Other Scholarship/Grant Opportunities:

If you know of other scholarships/grant opportunities please let us know and we will add to this list.

AAPG Foundation Grants

AIPG - National Undergraduate Scholarship, Foundation of AIPG William J. Siok Graduate Scholarship Program

Alaska Geological Society - Scholarships

American Geosciences Institute (AGI) - Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for Female Graduate Geoscience Students

The Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship is available for female students pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree at an accredited institution of higher education in a recognized geoscience program. The scholarship is a merit-based award, which is $5,000 per year, up to two years. Current Status: AGI is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year! To read about applying for the Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship next year, please visit our applications page

Amercian Society for Engineering Education - Internship and Scholarships

Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists Foundation (AEG) - Norman R. Tilford Field Studies Scholarship Fund  Grants from the Tilford Fund are intended to recognize and support deserving undergraduate or graduate geology students who are Student Members of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists. The Tilford Fund does not support general and administrative (overhead) costs, technical or scientific consulting fees, or equipment purchase or maintenance costs of an educational institution employing or teaching individuals who receive grants from it.

Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists Foundation - Scholarships Graduates

Association for Women Geoscientists - Chrysalis Scholarship & AWG Minority Scholarship

AWG - The Association for Women Geoscientists Chrysalis Scholarship - The Chrysalis Scholarship provides degree-completion funding for women geoscience graduate students whose education has been significantly interrupted by life circumstances. Awarded funds are intended to cover costs associated with completion of her thesis/dissertation, beyond what is traditionally covered by primary research funding. Costs may include drafting expenses, child-care, defense travel, late-stage research and analyses, or anything necessary to assist a candidate during those critical, final days.

Evolving Earth Foundation - Grants

The Geological Society of America (GSA) - Specialized Research Grants

GSA - Division Research Grants

Geothermal Resources Council - Internships & Scholarships

Mazamas - Research Grants

Mount Baker Volcano Research Center - Scholarship (February)

National Science Foundation (NSF) - Graduate Student Opportunities

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) - Scholarship Opportunities

Sigma XI The Scientific Research Society - Grants-in-Aid Research Program