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 Chris Sutton in the Geology Office

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

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 $500. 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 15, 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