GSA/ZEISS Research Grant


About the Grant

Deadline: Wed., 26 May 2021, 5 p.m. MDT

Eligibility: Candidates must be a current GSA Student Member or GSA Early Career Professional Member, and must be a Masters student, Ph.D. student, post-doctoral researcher, or early career researcher (most recent degree completed within the last five years) at an institution in North America or Central America. GSA invites the full participation of individuals currently being underserved in geoscience career fields. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals from racially and/or ethnically diverse communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from LGBTIQ+ communities, and individuals who experience intersectionality with one or more of these identities.

Grant Amount: $10,000

Number of Grants: Usually one, but may be split between two recipients.

Overview / Introduction

The mission of the Geological Society of America (GSA) is to advance geoscience research and discovery, service to society, stewardship of Earth, and the geosciences profession. The ZEISS Group (ZEISS) is a leading international technology company in the fields of optics and optoelectronics, promoting scientific and technological progress and aspiring to foster future generations of scientists. Together, GSA and ZEISS are offering GSA members a new research grant of up to $10,000 to be used for innovative microscopy in geoscience projects. ZEISS will also provide access to technology and expertise with the instrumentation.


The application deadline passed on Wed., 26 May. GSA is no longer accepting applications.



Tshering Lama Sherpa is the winner of the first GSA/ZEISS Research Grant award for 2020. Sherpa, who is a first-year Ph.D. student at the University of Arizona, advised by Dr. Peter DeCelles, won for a research proposal titled: "Elucidating the tectonic history of the western Nepalese Himalaya using in-situ monazite petrochronology." This is a relatively novel method combining geochronology and geochemistry using mass spectrometry. [Press Release ] [Interview (video) ]

Potential Corporate Sponsors

If your organization is interested in partnering with GSA to offer a research grant, scholarship, or award, contact the GSA Foundation.

ZEISS Zen microscopy system.
ZEISS Zen system. Photos: ZEISS