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 Graduate Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

The Graduate Program Committee (GPC) invites nominations for the scholarships and awards listed below.

All materials must be submitted in ONE file that is named: AwardTitle_LastName_FirstName.pdf (.doc, .rtf)

For example, if Albert Einstein were applying for a Krynine Award, his file would be called: Krynine_Einstein_Albert.pdf

Please do not send application materials in multiple files.



A rubric for evaluation of the applications is available online at:


Annual Travel and Research Funds

Applications for Annual Travel and Research Funds should include:

1. A copy of the abstract to be presented at the meeting, if you are requesting funds to attend a meeting.

2. All other information requested here


Please fill in the document and submit with your application.

*Note that we ask for only a simple acknowledgement of support from the academic advisor. Travel & Research fund applications do not require a letter of recommendation

Paul D. Krynine Scholarship
Purpose: The Paul D. Krynine award started with funds provided by faculty members and alumni of the Department of Geosciences.  Krynine awards provide financial aid for deserving graduate students in any program of the Geosciences.  Funds can be used for any purpose.
Typical award is $300-$400.

2015/2016 Application Deadlines are March 31 and September 30, 2015

Shell Research Travel Awards for AAPG
Purpose: Graduate students giving a talk or poster at the AAPG meeting. Statement should describe and document why travel cannot be supported by advisor and current research projects.
Typical award is $1000-$2000.

Next Application Deadline is 31 Jan. 2016



Nominations should include:

1) A nomination letter from the faculty advisor. This should be sent separately to the Graduate Program Office.


2) A statement by the student summarizing qualifications for the award and plans for the proposed research including a budget (~2 pages for statement and budget). 


Statements must include the following sentence: By submitting this application, regardless of the outcome of the selection process, I agree to participate in the Department of Geosciences Annual Graduate Student Colloquium ( during Spring 2016.


3) A current C.V., transcript of PSU grades, and a recent progress report

  In selecting awardees, the GPC will adhere to the wishes of the donors, as described below.

 Awards are open to graduate students enrolled in the Geosciences, unless otherwise noted.


Energy-Related Awards

Chesapeake Energy Scholarships in Geosciences
Purpose:Graduate students who have demonstrated an interest, via their research, through an internship or by other means, in the oil and gas industry.
Five $2,000 awards.
   Awardees are expected to meet with Chesapeake representatives, on campus, in late summer or fall.

Application Deadline for Fall awards is March 31.

ConocoPhillips Graduate Student Fellowship
PhD students only. Awarded on a meritorious basis to a student who has demonstrated a desire to pursue a career in the energy industry. The recipient is expected to participate in regularly scheduled campus recruiting activities in consideration of internship opportunities with ConocoPhillips.Two semesters of stipend, tuition, & fees

Application Deadline for Fall awards is March 31.

Hess Corporation Exploration & Production Technology Scholarship
Purpose:To recognize academically superior graduate students engaged in geophysics or field-based geology research. 
Applications for up to $5000 will be considered.

Application Deadline for Fall awards is March 31.

Shell Geosciences Energy Research Facilitation Award
Graduate students doing research with an emphasis on energy-related investigations. Awardees will be asked to make an informal presentation on their work to Shell researchers. Shell researchers will review proposals and provide input for award selection.
Ten $2,000 awards.

Application Deadline for summer 2016 awards is March 31, 2016.



Students may apply for only one from this group. In some cases, the selection committee may redirect nominations to a different award based on description, research, purpose, and/or eligibility. We anticipate that there will be one or in some cases two awardees for each of these competitive scholarships and fellowships.  

Dr. Gabriel & Mrs. Katherine Leblanc Fellowship in Geophysics
To recognize and support research by outstanding graduate students in Geosciences. Preference will be given to students conducting research in Geophysics. Award is $5000 and will be used to support a graduate stipend.

Application Deadline for Fall awards is March 31.

Richard Standish Good Graduate Scholarship in Geosciences
To recognize and support research by outstanding graduate students in Geosciences. Preference will be given to students conducting research in geobiology, geochemistry, or astrobiology and the origin of life.
Typical award is $1000-$2000.

Application Deadline for Fall awards is March 31.

John C. & Nancy Griffiths Scholarship in Geosciences
To recognize and support research by outstanding graduate students. Preference will be given to students who have a high level of financial need and who have a proven need for funds to meet their necessary expenses. Typical award is $2000-$5000.

Application Deadline for Fall awards is March 31.

Charles E. Knopf, Sr., Memorial Scholarship
Purpose:To provide recognition and financial assistance for research by outstanding first-year graduate students.  Preference shall be given to students interested in pursuing an academic career in Geology. 
Typical award is $4000-$7000.

Application Deadline for Fall awards is March 31.

Hiroshi and Koya Ohmoto Graduate Fellowship in Geosciences
To recognize and support graduate students exhibiting academic excellence. Scholarships shall be awarded for one academic year and may be renewed for subsequent years providing the recipient continues to meet the conditions of eligibility. 
Typical award is $4000-$7000.

Application Deadline for Fall awards is March 31.

Richard R. Parizek Graduate Fellowship
To recognize and support research by graduate students exhibiting academic excellence. Preference will be given to students studying hydrogeology.
Typical award is $4000-$7000.
Application Deadline for Fall awards is March 31.

Scholten-Williams-Wright Scholarship in Field Geology
PhD students involved in summer field studies in geology that involve a significant component of geologic mapping. Preference to students with superior academic records and who have the ability to express ideas concisely, lucidly, and logically in speech and writing.
Typical award is $1000-$3000.

Application Deadline for Fall awards is March 31.

Donald B. and Mary E. Tait Scholarship in Microbial Biogeochemistry
Purpose: Scholarships are awarded to graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding ability,or potential, in research on the role of bacteria in geological processes, including microbial biogeochemistry. This scholarship is offered to graduates every other year when the beginning year is even. (e.g. 2016-2017). 

Typical Award is $1000-$2000. 

Barry Voight Volcano Hazards Endowment
Graduate students or professionals representing foreign volcanological organizations engaged in research or education to mitigate volcano hazards.  Preference will be given to international students or foreign professionals currently engaged in hazards-reduction activities. A demonstrated financial need may also be a consideration. Funds for graduate research, academic travel for students or visiting professionals, study abroad opportunities, etc.
Typical award is $1000-$2000.

Application Deadline for Fall awards is March 31.



Graduate Student Awards, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and Penn State
Awards include:  

Anne C. Wilson Graduate Fellowship

Arnulf I. Muan Graduate Fellowship

Carl H. and Helen H. Chelius Graduate Fellowship in Earth Sciences

EMS Centennial Graduate Research Travel Award

John Meacham Hunt Graduate Student Award in Petroleum Geochemistry

Marathon Alumni Centennial Graduate Fellowship in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences



NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Fellowships are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate study.

Applicants must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States by the application deadline. The term "national" designates a native resident of a commonwealth or territory of the United States, such as American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, or the Northern Mariana Islands. It does not refer to a citizen of another country who has applied for U.S. citizenship.

Individuals are typically eligible to apply: during the senior year of college; after graduating from college and prior to entering graduate school; during the first year of graduate school; prior to completing the fall term of the second year of graduate school.

Deadline is typically mid November.

SEG Foundation Scholarships
SEG Foundation scholarships are intended to encourage the study of the geophysics and related geosciences and to recognize students demonstrating outstanding academic merit.

Deadline is typically March 1.



Bernadette Ward

SEG Foundation

Grant Programs Administrator

PO Box 702740

Ford Diversity Fellowships/National Research Council of The National Academics

Ford Diversity Fellowships Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Full eligibility information and online applications are available on our website

Eligibility Requirements:

      U.S. Citizen or National


AAPG Foundation Grants

Grants-in-Aid Graduate Grants


Grants are made to provide financial assistance to graduate students (currently enrolled in Masters or Ph.D. program) whose thesis research has application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy mineral resources, and/or to related environmental geology issues.

Grants available range from $500 to $3,000.



Application information 


Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for Women

Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year.


The scholarship will be awarded to a full time female student pursuing a Doctoral degree in the geosciences, and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.  


The Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholar will receive $5,000 for her first scholarship year, and will be eligible for a second year scholarship of $5,000 upon successful completion of her first year.


Application deadline is January 4th, 2016.


For more information or to submit an application, please visit:


If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, or while submitting your application, please contact the scholarship coordinator Heather Haoulton at:




Society of Petrophysicists and Core Analyst's (SPWLA)

General Scholarships and Grants


Unconventional Resources Special Interest Group Scholarship Award


Student scholarships (in the amount of $2,000) to both encourage and support projects related to reservoir characterization of petroleum systems with an emphasis on unconventional resources.


ELIGIBILITY outline (see details here): (1) full-time student focused on the science of oil or gas. (2) Undergraduate or graduate student with GPA of at least 3.0,


National Research Council of the National Academies Research Associateship Program

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.    Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000.  These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S.  Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.