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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.”
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.
- Eligibility is restricted to GSA members. How to Join GSA.
- Applicants (US or non-US) must be currently enrolled in a U.S., Canadian, Mexican or Central American university or college in an earth science degree program (with a geologic component).
- NEW: Students may receive a total of two GSA graduate student grants in their entire academic career, regardless of what program currently enrolled in.
2014 Graduate Student Research Grant Recipients
- All applications must be submitted by Monday, 2 February 2015, 5:00 PM (MST).
- Results will be sent via email in mid April and award checks will be mailed by the end of April.
- Please read all instructions before starting your on-line application.
- No transcripts are required.
- Any application that has "Quaternary geology and geomorphology" selected under "general field of research project" will be eligible for consideration for a Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division award (J. Hoover Mackin Award- Ph.D., Arthur D. Howard Award- M.S., or Marie Morisawa Award- M.S. or Ph.D. female applicants). You do not have to be a paying member of the Division to apply. Please see the QG&G Division web page for more information.
- Any application that has a home state included within the Southeastern Section geographical region will be eligible for consideration for a Southeastern Section graduate student award. Please see the Southeastern Section Web page for more information.
- Appraisal forms are due Monday, 2 February 2015, 5:00 PM (MST).
- One appraisal is required with each application which must come from the primary advisor. Advisors do not have to be members of GSA or come from the same institution as the applicant.
- Requesting appraisals is one of the steps in the application process on-line.
- Once the application has been started and either submitted or "saved for later", a dialogue box asking you to invite your advisor to fill in an appraisal form will appear. This will prompt an e-mail to the advisor; that e-mail will contain a link which will connect the advisor to a personalized appraisal form. Once submitted, the form will then be automatically linked to your application.
- The Appraisal Forms must be submitted by the advisors electronically. No mailed or emailed letters of reference will be considered.
- Text boxes have character/word limits built in. CHARACTER COUNTS INCLUDE SPACES AND PARAGRAPH RETURNS. Some browsers do not have the same character count as set by GSA. If you experience this problem, keep editing your text until you do not get an error message.
- Applications missing the appraisal form will not be eligible.
PROGRESS REPORT FORMS
- All 2014 grant recipients are required to submit a progress report by 31 March 2015.
- A progress or final report, MS Word format, for any previous GSA research grant must be included with a current proposal regardless if one has already been submitted to GSA for other purposes.
- 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.
- It is the student's responsibility to forward any change in address to GSA to insure timely delivery of 1099 forms.
- 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.