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External Funding Opportunities


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.

Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for Women
Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for the 2016-2017 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)

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.


Application Deadline for Fall awards is March 31.