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Graduate Fellowships, Unconventional Resource Play Development,
Basin Modeling and Petroleum Systems Analysis, Texas A&M University

The Berg-Hughes Center (BHC) for Sedimentary and Petroleum Systems and the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A&M University invite applications from outstanding students for graduate fellowships in Unconventional Resource Play Development, Basin Modeling and Petroleum System Analysis. Up to five Ph.D. or M.S. graduate fellowships will be awarded beginning in the Spring and Fall semesters of 2018. These fellowships are $30,000 per year for at least two years.

The fellowships comprise an integral part of a robust research and education program initiated within the Berg-Hughes Center and Department of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A&M University. The Berg-Hughes Center integrates geoscience, engineering and other disciplines to collaborate with industry and others to advance research and education in petroleum system studies. In Berg-Hughes, we strive for scientific rigor and technical excellence and ensure that students are provided opportunities to develop skills to become leaders in the industry, academia and in the community.

The following are the main research programs in the Berg-Hughes Center where admitted graduate candidates will develop their projects: 1) Chevron Center of Research Excellence in Basin Modeling focused on the understanding, modeling and simulation of fundamental controls in charge and distribution of hydrocarbon from source to trap of unconventional petroleum systems; 2) Unconventional Resource Play Development, research in collaboration with the Crisman Institute of Petroleum Research of the Texas A&M Department of Petroleum Engineering, that is designed to solve complex oil and gas development problems through integrated solutions. In addition, as potential research interfaces for the candidates, the BHC also pursues research programs in Production Geophysics and Carbonate Reservoirs with close industry collaboration. Our focus areas are the Permian and Eagle Ford plays. Candidates should have interest and strong background in one or more of the following areas: 1) basin analysis, petroleum systems modeling, geochemistry and petroleum charge; and 2) reservoir development, production geophysics, 3D geological modeling, geomechanics and rock physics.

Interested students should send a letter of application giving their background, research experience, industry experience, career goals, academic record including transcript and letters of references to Dr. Mukul Bhatia, Director of the Berg-Hughes Center ( by February 15, 2018. Strong interest in the upstream oil and gas sector and in multidisciplinary studies, in line with the mission of the Berg-Hughes Center, is most desirable.

The Berg-Hughes Center and the Department of Geology and Geophysics  are part of the College of Geosciences, which also includes the Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geography, and Oceanography; the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG); and the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). Texas A&M University, a land-, sea-, and space-grant university, is located in a metropolitan area with a dynamic and international community of 172,000 people. Texas A&M University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty and student body and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We encourage applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Texas A&M University also has a policy of being responsive to the needs of dual-career partners.