Graduate Scholarships/Grants

Geology Department Scholarships - Graduate Student Only



Please Note: Not all scholarships are available to Graduate Students on the application form. The scholarships below with an asterisk are those that are available to Graduate Students.  If you have any questions regarding the application process please do not hesitate to contact the Geology Department Office in ES 240.

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.

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 a developing country.

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.

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: Please apply and submit above.

  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.

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.

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.

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) - Contact this office for this fund. 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. Deadline is usually around January 1.

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.

Colorado Scientific Society - The Colorado Scientific Society invites junior and senior undergraduates and graduate students in Master’s and Ph.D. programs at accredited colleges and universities to apply for research grants to be awarded in late April, 2018. Several grants ranging from $600 to $1000 each will be awarded for field-oriented research on geology, geochemistry, and geophysics on the Rocky Mountain region. In addition, grants as large as $600 are awarded for engineering geology research (with no restriction on geographic area of interest) and one or more grants for as much as $1200 is offered for studies on the Heart Mountain fault in northwestern Wyoming or for Quaternary studies with no geographic restriction.

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

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