Grants & Scholarships

Research Grants

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1712071.

Webinar:  GSA Research Grants - Steps to Success [2nd Offering]
Tuesday, 18 December, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (MST)
The current and former chair of the GSA Graduate Student Research Grant Committee will provide tips on how to write a successful grant proposal. The webinar will focus 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. Bring questions, and bring a friend! (Due to demand, this is a new, live presentation of the same content covered on 11/29/18.)Register now to reserve your spot.

Graduate Student Research Grants

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS - Click here for more information, guidelines, and tips.

Results of the 2018 Research Grant Program:

$778,594 was awarded to 381 graduate students (52% of the 730 who applied for 2018), with an average grant of $2,044.

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.

Other Research Grants, Awards & Scholarships

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 [ more ]

Travel Grants

See travel grant page for more information on …

  • GSA International grants
  • GSA Geographical Section grants

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