Student Funding Opportunities

The Department of Geology and Geophysics recognizes that it is becoming more difficult to obtain full financial support for graduate students. However, there are a number of competitive funding opportunities available within UAF and from other agencies that can help offset the costs. We encourage students to apply for additional sources of funding through scholarships, fellowships, and grants. While some opportunities can be extremely competitive, others may actually be undersubscribed with applicants and have a relatively high success rate. It is your responsibility to know the deadlines, apply for these competitive grants, and to seek and apply to other grant opportunities that are not as well advertised. Ask your advisor or other committee members for advice and assistance with applications as needed.

Some of the opportunities below offer small amounts of support for research or field work. Others offer 1 semester or more of stipend, tuition, and fee payment. The most competitive, such as the NSF Graduate Fellowship, can offer 3 or more years of full support including a small amount of funds for travel and research. Talk to your advisor and/or committee members and seek out examples of successful applications.Please see the listing below, grouped approximately by the level of support offered.


UAF Scholarships and Fellowships

A selection of smaller scholarships and grants


UAF Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research Student Grant Competition

UA Foundation Scholarship Information

Fellowships offering substantial support


UAF CASE Program GK-12 Fellowships

EPSCoR Alaska Fellowships

UAF Graduate School Thesis Completion Fellowship

Travel grants


CNSM Travel Grants

Geophysical Institute Student Funding

Funding Opportunities | Graduate School

URSA Awards


External Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships

Fellowships offering substantial support


Hertz Foundation Fellowships

National Physical Science Consortium

NASA NSPIRES Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

NSF - Multiple Opportunities and Announcements

American Geoscience Institiute -- Harriet Wallace Scholarship

A selection of smaller scholarships and grants


American Association of Petroleum Geologists

ASPRS Imaging and Geospatial Information Society Student Grants

Geological Society of America Graduate Student Research Grants

School Soup Scholarship Database

Udahll Foundation Scholarship (specifically for Native Alaskans)

Otto William Geist Fund

The Otto William Geist Fund was established by Otto Geist in 1963 to support scholarships or fellowship grants for undergraduate and graduate students in paleontology and archaeology or other fields if strongly tied into these disciplines. Submission deadlines are typically during the spring semester and award amounts range from $1,000 to $4,000.

Contact Dr. Patrick Druckenmiller, Geist Fund Chair ( or visit the link below for full details:


Otto William Geist Fund Scholarship Information


Internship Opportunities

ADGGS - UAF Internships: Contact Department Chair for more information


SERC Carleton College list of internship opportunities



September 2013

Alaska Association for Environmental Professionals Flyer and Application November 1 deadline
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program Flyer
January 5, 2014 deadline

October 2013

National Association for Abandoned Mine Programs Flyer May 30 deadline

December 2013

National Research Council Flyer February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1 deadlines
Alaska Geological Society Flyer February 1 deadline
Richter Scholarship (AGS) Flyer February 1 deadline

January 2014

National Science Foundation website Research Experience for Undergrads
Geophysical Society of Alaska Scholarships, January 31 deadline
IRIS Undergraduate Internship Program (seimology & geophysics) website, deadline February 1
Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students (RESESS) Internship
Program website, deadline February 1
Research Internship in Climate and Weather summer internship website, deadline February 1
AGI Workforce Program, NASA-funded summer program, February 3 deadline
American Institute of Professional Geologists Scholarship Program, February 15 deadline
Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) summer research website, deadline February 24
Society of Exploration Geophysicists Scholarships, March 1 deadline
Alaska Space Grant Graduate Research Fellowship website, deadline April 1
Alaska Space Grant Summer Internship website, deadline February through March

March 2014

British Petroleum scholarship flyer deadline April 1

April 2014

Mikami Scholarship for undergrads flyer deadline May 9

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