There are many scholarships, grants, awards and fellowship opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Geosciences 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

Please check back in spring 2016

University scholarships

Undergraduate students
Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award
International Study Scholarship
New students
Other WMU scholarships

Graduate students
Graduate College fellowships, scholarships and grants

Graduate and undergraduate students
Diversity and Inclusion Student Essay Award
Michigan programs
Private foundations
Transfer students
Undocumented students

External Prizes and Scholarships

MELA Bryce McHale Memorial Scholarship: Due Feb. 13, 2016
Foundation of AIPG William J. Siok Graduate Scholarship
: Due Feb. 15 2016
AIPG National Undergraduate Scholarship: Due Feb. 15 2016
The Ivanhoe Foundation

External research and Fellowship Opportunities

NASA's Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program pairs undergraduates and NASA-funded researchers for 8 weeks during the summer, and is accepting applications for the summer of 2016. Application deadline: Feb. 12, 2016

The NSF sponsored Lamont Summer intern program offers the chance for undergraduates to participate in summer research. Our program is open to both rising sophomores and juniors. Many of the other NSF REU sites restrict their acceptances to juniors. We have 20 different specific research opportunities for students who are not local (not from Columbia University or Barnard College). They are summarized in the attached brochure. Half of the students in the LDEO summer intern program and at other REU sites must come from small colleges or community colleges, defined as schools with no masters or PhD program in the students' major field of study. Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2016.

The Grants-in-Aid program, a joint program between the AAPG Foundation and AAPG, provides financial assistance to graduate students who are currently enrolled in a master's or doctorate geoscience program, and whose thesis research has application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy mineral resources, and/or to related environmental geology issues. There are 92 grants available, ranging from $500 to $3,000. For more information, visit the application page, contact Foundation Program Coordinator, April Stuart, or call 1 (855) 302-2743. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2016.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program
at Richard Gilder Graduate School is currently offering a teaching fellowship for qualified candidates. Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2016.

The Small Company Internship Award program provides matching funding to help small businesses within the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields hire students to work as interns on projects that are both beneficial to the company and academically relevant to the student. Application deadline: March 11, 2016.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is currently accepting applications for their 2016 Nebraska Summer Research Program. Priority review of applications begins on February 1, 2016. All applications are due by March 1, 2016.

Michigan Sea Grant is announcing four graduate fellowships for 2016-17. 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.