Graduate Student Research Grants

We will begin to accept applications for 2021 grants on 1 Dec. 2020

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Webinar:  GSA Research Grants - Steps to Success
The Chair of the GSA Graduate Student Research Grant Committee and a recent student grant recipient provided tips on how to write a successful grant proposal. The webinar focused on the GSA Graduate Student Research Grant program, but many of the strategies discussed would be beneficial when applying to other grant opportunities, including GSA's Undergraduate Research Grants. Media Sponsors: American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Geoscience Alliance, National Association of Black Geoscientists (NABG). Visit the GSA webinar library to view a recording.

The primary role of the GSA research grants program is to provide partial support of master's and doctoral thesis research in the geological sciences for graduate students enrolled in universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. In 2019, $812,000 was awarded to 392 graduate students (~52% of the 748 who applied), with an average grant of $2,071.

Goals

  • Support graduate student research in the geosciences and ultimately enhance the geoscience workforce.
  • Provide career development opportunity for students by gaining experience with grants writing, project development and research.
  • Increase the diversity of the geosciences through opportunities for students of underrepresented communities to achieve success in research


Specialized Awards: The Committee on Research Grants selects recipients of special awards from applicants to the general research grants program. A student may not apply directly for a specialized grant, however may indicate on the application if he/she would like to be considered for an award. These are generally recognition awards only with no additional funding. However, some specialized awardees may be funded for an amount greater than US$2,500.

GSA strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to participate fully in this grant program.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1949901.

Eligibility

  • Eligibility is restricted to GSA members. How to Join GSA.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a North American or Central American university or college in an earth science graduate degree program (with a geologic component).
    • Applicants do not need to be a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Resident Alien.
  • The research focus can be any subject matter within the geological sciences, such as paleontology, karst, geochemistry, stratigraphy, geoscience education, petroleum geology, and more. (See the full list of Subject Matter Categories .)
  • Students may receive a total of two GSA graduate student grants in their entire academic career, regardless of what program currently enrolled in.

Deadlines

  • 2020 application deadline: 3 February, 11:59 p.m. (MST).
  • Results are reported to applicants via email in late May.
  • All students chosen to receive a grant will need to confirm acceptance and provide their Social Security Number (SSN) or Tax Identification Number (TIN), if they have one. Failure to respond promptly may result in the forfeiture of the grant.
  • Grant checks will be mailed sometime in June.

Applications

Appraisal Forms

  • Appraisal forms are due 5 February, 11:59 PM (MST).
  • One appraisal from the primary advisor is required with each application. Advisors do not have to be members of GSA or come from the same institution as the applicant.
  • The Appraisal Forms must be submitted by the advisors electronically through the online application system .
  • Applications missing the appraisal form will not be eligible. The applicant is responsible for ensuring their advisor submits the appraisal form.
  • Appraisal Worksheet: Advisors may use this to compose their responses to all appraisal questions.
  • Advisors/appraisers may learn more on the Information for Advisors page.

Progress Report Forms

  • All grant recipients are required to submit a progress report by 1 February of the following year.
  • A progress or final report (MS Word format) for any previous GSA research grant must be included with a current proposal regardless if one has already been submitted to GSA.

Taxation

  • The Geological Society of America is required to issue 1099 forms shortly after the end of each calendar year according to rules set by the IRS. Issuance of a 1099 does not necessarily mean the income is taxable to the recipient. You need to make that determination which may require professional advice. GSA cannot offer such advice.
  • It is the student's responsibility to forward any change in address to GSA before 31 December (in the same year they received their grant) to ensure timely delivery of 1099 forms.

Contact

Matt Dawson
Geological Society of America
P.O. Box 9140
Boulder, CO 80301-9140
Phone: +1-303-357-1025
researchgrants@geosociety.org

Thank you for your interest in our program.

IMPORTANT RESOURCES
Complete Policies and Procedures (PDF)

Instructions (PDF)

Application Worksheet (Word format)
Students may use this to compose their responses to all application questions


Writing a Successful Grant Proposal; Essential Tips and Best Practices

Information for Advisors

Award Recipient Designation Form (Word format)
For grant recipients who want their grant money paid directly to their institution on their behalf.
Save the completed form to your computer, then send as an e-mail attachment to GSA


Progress Report Form (Word format)
Save the completed form to your computer, then send as an e-mail attachment to GSA by 1 Feb.., the year after you receive a grant (must also be included on current application form).


Address Change Form (Google form)
Grant recipients must submit this form by 1 Dec. to inform GSA if they have a new address to which their IRS Form 1099 should be sent between 1 Jan. - 28 Feb. (the year after they receive the grant).

2019 Graduate Student Research Grant Recipients