GSA Graduate Student Research Grants

Geological Society of America (GSA)

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Grant amount: Up to US $7,500

Anticipated deadline: Feb 3, 2021 4:00pm PST

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Central America, Canada, Mexico, United States

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About this funder:



The primary role of the GSA research grants program is to provide partial support of master's and doctoral thesis research in the geological sciences for graduate students enrolled in universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. In 2019, $812,000 was awarded to 392 graduate students (~52% of the 748 who applied), with an average grant of $2,071.

ExxonMobil Student Research Grants

ExxonMobil will sponsor 10 research grants at US$5,000 per grant. All applicants in the GSA Student Research Grant Program are eligible for these awards, regardless of the topic or location of their research. ExxonMobil will select the top ten proposals based on merit as recommended by the GSA Research Grant Review Committee.

Specialized Awards

he Committee on Research Grants selects recipients of special awards from applicants to the general research grants program. A student may not apply directly for a specialized grant, however may indicate on the application if he/she would like to be considered for an award. These are generally recognition awards only with no additional funding. However, some specialized awardees may be funded for an amount greater than US$2,500.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligibility is restricted to GSA members.
  • Applicants (US or non-US) must be currently enrolled in a North American or Central American university or college in an earth science degree program (with a geologic component).
  • Students may receive a total of two GSA graduate student grants in their entire academic career, regardless of what program currently enrolled in.
  • If fully justified, funding can be used for:
    • Travel costs to the research area
    • Travel in the field
    • Per diem (during research-related travel)
    • Room and board
    • Services of a technician or field assistant
    • Funding of chemical and isotopic analyses
    • Specialized equipment
    • Internal university research expenses (rental of university equipment, supplies, computer time, thin sections and in-house charges for analytical instruments)
    • External university research expenses (expenses for equipment, expendable supplies, and machine charges will be considered by the committee if fully justified and not available from other sources)

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member.


  • GSA strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to participate fully in this grant program. 


  • Funding cannot be applied towards:
    • Salary/stipend (for student or advisor)
    • Ordinary field equipment (cameras, GPS, software)
    • The purchase of some services to conduct research
    • Maintenance of the families of the grantees and their assistants
    • Reimbursement for work already accomplished
    • Travel, registration, or presentation for professional meetings
    • Advisor participation
    • Tuition costs
    • Publication costs
    • Institutional overhead, or "indirect" costs
    • Reimbursement for work already accomplished
    • Augmenting a project to be completed after the time period for which funding is requested
    • Funding a secondary research topic not directly connected to the student's graduate thesis.