Scholarship Opportunities

  • A graduate student receives an award from a faculty member

    Ph.D. student, Esayas Gebremichael, accepts an award from the W. David Kuenzi Graduate and Undergraduate Student Research Fund.

  • A graduate student receives an award from a faculty member

    Ph.D. student, Hannah Pankratz, accepts an award from the Mohamed I. Sultan Endowment.

  • Reid Nicholson, an undergraduate, receives an award from the Advisory Council.

There are many scholarships, grants, awards and fellowship opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Western Michigan University. Most of our departmental scholarships are made possible through endowments and gifts and are awarded as they become available. Graduate students are eligible to receive financial assistance in the form of teaching assistantships and research assistantships; these awards are limited in number and awarded on competitive basis. Additionally, the department awards travel grants to eligible students for attending seminars, presentations and research conferences.

Departmental scholarships and awards

Each spring, the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences offers a variety of scholarships and awards to its undergraduate and graduate students. Following are the scholarships that are awarded on Friday, April 20, during our departmental awards banquet:

College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships

University scholarships

External Prizes and Scholarships

  • Desk and Derrick Educational Trust
    A scholarship program for assistance with tuition and books, is offered to qualified student citizens of the United States or Canada who have completed two years of undergraduate studies with a minimum 3.25 overall grade point average on a 4.00 scale and enrolled in a full-time program. The application deadline is on or before April 1, 2018.
  • AIPG MI - 2017 Student Poster Contest
    When: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm, November 30, 2017. Where: Weber’s Inn, Ann Arbor 48103. Prizes: First prize in the graduate and undergraduate categories is $1,000; runner up prize in each category is $500. All student members of AIPG are welcome and encouraged to bring a poster depicting their original geological research to the Michigan Section’s annual meeting. Posters will be displayed during the social hour and dinner. Judging will be done by attending members; votes will be collected by the executive committee immediately prior to the evening technical presentation.The winners will be announced following the presentation.

External research and Fellowship Opportunities

  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for the 2018 Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Full eligibility information and online applications are available on our website.

  • The West Michigan Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association is pleased to announce the availability of individual scholarships, each in the amount of $2,500 to be awarded to selected students pursuing a career in environmental studies. Scholarship eligibility requirements and application instructions are listed on our website.
  • Michigan Sea Grant is announcing four graduate fellowships. These paid 1 or 2 year fellowships are targeted towards students with a strong interest in marine and Great Lakes issues, including natural resources science, policy and law. Applications are currently being accepted online and are due in January or February, depending on the opportunity. Graduate students with a wide range of backgrounds (e.g., natural or physical sciences, policy, law) and a strong interest in Great Lakes, coastal, aquatic or marine issues are encouraged to apply. Programs require a full-time commitment, and fellows typically graduate from their degree program before embarking on the fellowship. Occasionally, students take time away from their graduate program while pursuing these fellowships. These fellowships come with financial support. See each posting for more details.
  • With support from key member societies, AGI's Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues Programs offer multiple internships for young and early-career geoscientists and two fellowships each year. These opportunities provide unique experiences to combine geoscience information and research with data analysis, outreach, and policy. Application deadlines vary according to opportunity.
  • The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in STEM fields and in STEM education.  The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM and STEM education.  NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. NSF also encourages undergraduate seniors to apply.