John Sanders Endowment Fund

Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

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Grant amount: More than US $500

Anticipated deadline: Jan 15, 2020

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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This fund is named in honor of the late John E. Sanders, a well-known sedimentologist who taught at Yale (1954-1965) and Barnard College of Columbia University (1969-1989). Sanders was born in 1926 and completed his undergraduate work in Geology at Ohio Wesleyan University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1953. His work on the Triassic Rift System, turbidity currents, and coastal sedimentation remains pioneering to this day. As a concerned environmentalist, he was one of the earliest scientists to recognize that geologic principles can be applied in documenting and mitigating environmental problems. Author and co-author of numerous papers and several textbooks, including the Principles of Sedimentology, Sanders died in 1999.

The minimum award will be $500, the maximum is determined by investment income.

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


  • The fund will be used to support student research in the areas of coastal or environmental geology.
  • Student must be in good academic standing and have completed at least 1 semester of graduate study.
  • You may receive a total of two SEPM Foundation graduate student grants in your entire academic career.