GSA Student Grants

     GSA stands for The Geological Society of America. This organization allows scientists to grow as specialists in sectors starting from business to government and industry. Mainly, GSA organizes conferences and meetings for scientists. It also publishes books and journals and gives students a chance to build their careers in the field of biosciences. Its system of grants is made up of: 

  •    - travel grants for graduate students;
  •    - graduate student research grants;
  •    - travel awards;
  •    - other research grants, awards and scholarships.

Travel Grants for Graduate Students

     GSA provides financial support to graduates who became members of this organization. These students get an opportunity to travel to two types of events:

  •    - GSA Geographic Section meetings;
  •    - the national GSA Annual Meeting. 

     The most well-known program is GSA Student Travel Fund. It offers financial aid for covering some graduate student conference expenses which are registration, transport, accommodation, and nutrition. Who can apply? All graduate students traveling both in the USA and other countries.  Each year there brings you an award.

     Students who are part of underrepresented groups and have degrees in geosciences can apply for On To the Future (OTF) Travel Awards. This system provides scholarships aiming to help those who are about to travel to their first Annual Meeting of GPA.

     Division Travel grants are given to graduates within the particular fields of interest, namely: 

  •    - structural geology and tectonics; 
  •    - limnogeology;
  •    - energy/archaeological/sedimentary/planetary/environmental and engineering/quaternary geology and geomorphology.

GSA Student Travel Fund

     This is another option to choose from the GSA grants. There are three cycles of the GSA Student Travel Fund:

  •    - autumn (from July 1st to December 31st), plus, the summer travel is a part of the fall semester;
  •    - winter (from January 1st to March 31st);
  •    - spring cycle (not announced yet).

On To the Future (OTF) Travel Awards

     On To the Future (OTF) Travel Awards is connected to the GSA’s commitment to engage various groups of students to be a part of the geoscience community, regardless of their background.

Each student visiting the Annual Meeting has a mentor who:

  •    - shares their knowledge and experience;
  •    - helps students to assimilate in a new environment;
  •    - introduces them to GSA’s governance and structure.

Division Travel Grants

     Overall, Division Travel Grants are linked to 22 specialties. In addition to the fields mentioned above, there are: 

  •    - continental scientific drilling;
  •    - geoarchaeology;
  •    - geoinformatics and data science;
  •    - mineralogy, geochemistry, petrology, and volcanology;
  •    - soils and soil processes, and others.

Graduate Student Research Grants

     The mission of the GSA graduate student grant program is to guarantee partial financial support to students who are currently completing their master’s and doctoral thesis research. To be eligible for a GSA research grant, students should:

  •    - be completing a graduate degree in geological sciences;
  •    - be currently enlisted in a college in the USA, Canada, Mexico, or Central America.

     It is important to know that you don’t have to be a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Resident Alien to apply for the grant. 

Graduate Student Research Grants Biology

     A special GSA division is devoted to geobiology and geomicrobiology. It stands for an interdisciplinary approach. Such spheres as lithosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere play a huge role in this research. 

     Besides, GSA members are also invited to the lunch banquet which takes place every year. At this event, Outstanding Contributions to Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Awards’ winners are honored.

Other Research Grants, Awards & Scholarships

     Specialized Research Grants are recognition awards without additional funding. The recipients may not apply for a specialized grant as they can simply mention their willingness to be considered for an award.  

     Post Docs Awards is also known as Cole Research Grant Awards. The W. Storrs Cole Memorial Research Award is aimed to support scientists in the field of invertebrate micropaleontology. This award can be given to: 

  •    - a GSA fellow or member researcher aged 30-65;
  •    - a scientist whose publications on micropaleontology are significant.

     Those who received the award before can reapply in case they need additional support to finish their research.

     The Gladys W. Cole Memorial Research Award is connected to two spheres only: the investigation of the geomorphology of semiarid and studying the arid terrains in the USA and Mexico. The award can be received by: 

  •    - a GSA fellow or member researcher aged 30-65;
  •    - a scientist having significant publications on geomorphology.

     Another grant is called Awards for Geochronology Student Research2 (AGeS2) Program GSA grant. Students can apply for it if they are currently enlisted in a research-concentrated degree program at an accredited university in the USA. Of course, a GSA membership is necessary.

     Traditionally, the award is ~$8,300 and 18-20 awards are given each year. The winners also get to:

  •    - visit an AGeS lab for more than a week;
  •    - take part in analysis and sample preparation;
  •    - study methods and techniques used in analytical facilities these days. 


     As an international society, GSA unites thousands of professionals in over 100 countries all over the world. The goal of society’s members is to examine miracles and mysteries of the Earth and beyond, and then share their discoveries with others. Thanks to GSA student grants and awards, the number of scientists and amazing discoveries is growing.

     Traditionally, all information about openings and deadlines for each cycle of GSA grants is announced on GPA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can also use the weekly Graduate School listserv email to learn more.

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