Apply to OTF

A group sits at a round table listening to one member speak at GSA Annual Meeting.
OTF participants at the GSA 2019 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

Applying is easy. Simply determine your eligibility and complete the online application.

The application deadline for 2020 has passed.


Eligible applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate/graduate student at an accredited North American institution or a recent college graduate who resides in North America.
  • From a community underrepresented in the geosciences, such as low-income, ethnic, minority, first generation, non-traditional, women, veterans, LGBTQ+, and/or persons with disabilities.
  • Never attended an Annual Meeting.

Application Details

  1. Application Questions:
    • Explain how you can enrich GSA’s goal to support a diverse and inclusive geoscience community (300 characters)? Read through GSA's Position Statement on Diversity if you do not know how to answer this question.
    • Explain your academic and professional goals and how your attendance to the Annual Meeting will help you reach these goals.
    • Describe your financial need and indicate how much you are requesting including how these funds will be used. Use this budget template and associated tips to help you answer this question.
    • Explain why you are requesting these funds and any hardships you may have encountered that would make you a deserving awardee.
    • OTF is a partial travel award program. Explain your plan to find additional funds to support your travel to the Annual Meeting. Read through the Funding Guide for suggestions.
  2. One Letter of Recommendation

OTF Contact:

Tahlia Bear, Career and Diversity Officer

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