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Graduate Student Research Grants

“Pound for pound, I doubt any group has a greater impact on the course of geological research than GSA’s Committee on Research Grants.” — Bruce Simonson, Past Chair, Committee on Research Grants
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The deadline for student applications and advisor appraisals (2/2/15) has passed.
Students will be notified of their status in mid-April.

The primary role of the GSA research grants program is to provide partial support of master's and doctoral thesis research in the geological sciences for graduate students enrolled in universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. In 2014, $683,535 was awarded to 401 graduate students (52% of the 774 who applied), with an average grant of $1,680.

New! Starting in 2014, ExxonMobil will sponsor 10 research grants at US$7,500 per grant. All applicants in the GSA Student Research Grant Program are eligible for these awards, regardless of the topic or location of their research. ExxonMobil will select the top ten proposals based on merit as recommended by the GSA Research Grant Review Committee.

Specialized Awards: The Committee on Research Grants selects recipients of special awards from applicants to the general research grants program. A student may not apply directly for a specialized grant, however may indicate on the application if he/she would like to be considered for an award. This is a recognition award only; no further financial will be awarded.

GSA strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to participate fully in this grants program.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.1354519.

The Geological Society of America is required to issue 1099 forms at the end of each calendar year according to rules set by the IRS. Issuance of a 1099 does not necessarily mean the income is taxable to the recipient. You need to make that determination which may require professional advice. GSA cannot offer such advice.


2014 Graduate Student Research Grant Recipients

For additional information please contact:
Sharon Hollister
Recognition Programs & Membership Recruitment Manager
Geological Society of America
P.O. Box 9140
Boulder, CO 80301-9140
Phone: (303) 357-1060

Thank you for your interest in our program.