Frequently Asked Questions

One of the primary goals of AGeS2 is to foster new collaborations. Does this refer just to the students, or must the project also foster a new collaboration for the student’s advisor or research group?

You can apply to work with any lab, even if your advisor collaborated with that lab previously. However, one of the aims of AGeS is to promote new relationships between labs and scientists across the earth science community, so this factor is considered during the proposal evaluation. But please note there are also additional criteria that are used to evaluate the proposals, most of which are have greater weighting. Therefore the collaboration aspect alone should not prevent a proposal from being funded. For a more detailed explanation of the review criteria and weighting scheme, please see the AGeS2 Review Process and Criteria.

If I am not a graduate student in the United States can I apply to AGeS?

No. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a research-focused graduate degree program at an accredited college or university in the United States or its territories to submit an AGeS proposal.

If I am an undergraduate student can I apply to AGeS?

No. At this time, undergraduate students are not eligible to apply.

Can I submit more than one proposal per funding cycle?

No. Applicants are limited to one proposal per year.

Can I receive more than one AGeS award?

You may receive one AGeS grant during a graduate degree. If you received an AGeS grant during your M.Sc., but are now enrolled in a Ph.D. program, you may submit a new proposal. However, preference will be given to students who have not yet received an AGeS award.

Awards are for up to $10,000, but the average award will be ~$8,300. Will the reviewers give partial awards, or cut proposed budgets?

Part of the evaluation process examines whether or not the proposed budget is reasonable and efficient. Applications that request too much, or too little, money will score poorly in this category. The review committee may award partial grants.

How will the funds be distributed?

Most of the funds will be distributed by Professor Ramón Arrowsmith at Arizona State University via invoice. Costs for geochronology analyses, sample preparation, and other analysis-related activities will be invoiced directly to Dr. Ramón Arrowsmith, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University. Travel will be reimbursed directly to the participant.

What if a lab I want to work with isn’t listed as an AGeS lab?

Contact them and suggest that they join AGeS!

If I become an AGeS lab, am I required to work with any student who contacts me?

No. If the lab director feels that the proposed research is a mutually beneficial opportunity, then the lab will provide a support letter and help the student refine and clarify the proposal. If the lab decides that the project is not a good fit, then the lab is encouraged to suggest alternative labs that may be more interested in the project. Different labs that apply the same dating tool commonly specialize in specific techniques and problems, so certain projects may be better suited for some labs than others.