Grants & Scholarships

Find out how GSA can help fund your research, studies, travel, and career.

Every year, GSA distributes hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships to help further the future of the geosciences. Learn more about specific programs, eligibility, and how to apply.

Graduate Student Research Grants

Get information, guidelines, and tips.

Current year application deadline has passed

Travel Grants

Get more information on travel grants and financial assistance provided by GSA Sections, Divisions, GSA International, and other programs.

Visit the travel grants page

Results of the 2021 Research Grant Program:

Over $796,000 was awarded to 341 graduate students in 2021, with 59 percent of applicants receiving funds. The average grant amount was $2,335.

Pound for pound, I doubt any group has a greater impact on the course of geological research than GSA’s Committee on Research Grants.”
Bruce Simonson, Past Chair, Committee on Research Grants

Other Research Grants, Awards & Scholarships

AGeS3: Advancing Geochronology Science, Spaces, and Systems

A multi-year micro-funding program aimed at supporting access to geochronology data, training, and expertise.

On To the Future (OTF)

Partial travel scholarship awards to those traditionally underrepresented in the geosciences.

Expanding Representation in the Geosciences Scholarships

For undergraduates.

Undergraduate Student Research Grants

Offered by the GSA Sections for undergraduate and graduate students.


Also known as the Cole Awards.

GSA Scientific Division Grants

Offered in Division fields of interest.

Specialized Research Grants

Graduate student research grant applicants are eligible for these specialized grants.

Farouk El-Baz Student Research Grant

This grant is to encourage and support desert studies by students either in their senior year of their undergraduate studies, or at the masters or Ph.D. level.

Current El-Baz Grant Awardees


Financial Aid

We generally do not offer scholarships to be used for tuition, housing, etc., nor do we assist students in seeking acceptance into graduate school. Please contact individual universities for information on their financial aid programs.


For more information on any of the Research Grant Programs contact:

Geological Society of America
P.O. Box 9140
Boulder, CO 80301-9140, USA

Sarah Crump, while a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, received a GSA Research Grant for her proposal: “Arctic ecosystems in a warmer world: Reconstructing past vegetation and climate using ancient DNA and paleothermometry on Baffin Island, Arctic Canada." (Video credit: Zach Montes, Orijin Media)

UC geology student Scott Reynhout talks about his research funded by a GSA grant.