Funding Opportunities


Schmidt Charitable Trust  Ruth A. M. Schmidt

The Trust provides financial assistance to Alaskans of any age to enable them to pursue education in the earth sciences so that they may become better stewards of the land and serve as positive role models for others.
A priority focus is on Alaska Native and other minority Alaskans in financial need who reside in either rural or urban areas. Qualifying expenses include, but are not limited to, tuition, housing and food, travel, childcare, and necessary equipment.  



Each year the American Geosciences Institute sponsors two scholarship programs for graduate students, the Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship and the AGI Advancing Diversity in the Geosciences Scholarship.

Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for Women Geoscience Graduate Students

The Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship is a $5,000, renewable award with one award to a Master's student and one award to a Doctoral student each year. All women pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree in the geosciences at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education in a recognized geoscience program are eligible. Successful applicants will be thesis-based, full time students and must either be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Applicants must also be a member of at least one of AGI's Member Societies.

AGI Scholarship for Advancing Diversity in the Geoscience Profession

The scholarship is a one-time $5000 award for students entering graduate school straight from their undergraduate program. The award is paid upon confirmation of active enrollment in a geoscience graduate program. The scholarship is open to geoscience students who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color and are within 2 semesters of completing their bachelor's degree in a geoscience. Student must be US Citizen or permanent resident. The scholarship will be awarded to a qualified applicant based on merit for potential of applicant to succeed in a geosciences graduate program and go on to a career in the profession. Member Societies.


Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Activity 

URSA (Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Activity) is UAF's resource for the development and promotion of experiential learning activities that engage undergraduate students to support UAF's goal to become a leading student-focused research university.



UAF Scholarships and Fellowships

At the University of Alaska, we recognize the importance of a quality education and are dedicated to helping you achieve your higher education goals. The University of Alaska Foundation offers more than $3 million in scholarship awards annually, making higher education possible for any student who seeks it.

Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

Alaska NSF EPSCoR seed grants are awarded each year to UA faculty and students to conduct research or education/outreach projects with the potential to expand the depth and breadth of Fire & Ice efforts.

 UAF Graduate School Funding Opportunities

Thesis completion fellowship and travel awards

 Geophysical Institute Funding

GeoFORCE Learning Community

The GeoFORCE Learning Community (GeoLC) is designed to enhance participation and academic success of geoscience students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, particularly those from underrepresented groups. These groups include, but are not limited to: 1) Racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the geosciences [Black or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, or Pacific Islanders]; 2) Graduates of rural or inner-city high schools; and 3) First-generation college students.

Freshman and Sophomore Geoscience majors are invited to apply for financial and academic support available to members of the GeoLC, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Students who are accepted into the GeoLC will receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 per semester.

For additional information about the structure, purpose, or requirements of the GeoLC, please contact Dr. Sarah Fowell, Director of the GeoFORCE Alaska Program and faculty in the UAF Dept. of Geosciences: (907) 474-7810

Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship

The scholarship is available for female students pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree at an accredited institution of higher education in a recognized geoscience program. Each scholarship award is $5,000.  One Master's candidate and one Doctoral candidate will be selected for the 2021-2022 scholarship cycle. Applicants may either be entering graduate school or already enrolled in a graduate program in the geosciences.  We strongly encourage incoming Master's students to apply. Successful applicants will be thesis-based, full-time students and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The application deadline for the 2021-2022 academic year is February 7th, 2021.

Please send any inquiries to Christopher Keane, the scholarship coordinator, at

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Undergraduates majoring in science or engineering may be eligible for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a national merit-based competition that provides $7500/year for up to two years. Applicants must have a strong academic record and intend to pursue a career that includes research.

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The Kosciuszko Foundation is dedicated to promote educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Poland and to  increase American understanding of Polish culture and history.

Emergency sources of funding

There are several funding mechanisms to provide emergency funds for graduate students. Both may be applied for through the Student Support Fund Application: the Student Support Fund, administered by the Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability (ORCA), and the Emergency Scholarship Fund, administered through the Office of Financial Aid. These are one-time awards.

If the request for funds is related to health and safety then it is usually funded by ORCA.  Otherwise, it is forwarded to the Emergency Scholarship fund. To be eligible for the Emergency Scholarship fund, students must have submitted a FAFSA and exhausted all other sources of funding, including loans. For both programs, students must be in good academic standing and making good progress towards their degree. The maximum award for an Emergency Scholarship is $1,500- $2,000 and for the Student Support Fund, $1,000 - $1,500.

The Student Support Fund applications are reviewed as they are received; the Emergency Scholarship applications are reviewed weekly.