Scholarship Opportunities

There are many scholarships, grants, awards and fellowship opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University. Most of our departmental scholarships are made possible through endowments and gifts and are awarded as they become available. Graduate students are eligible to receive financial assistance in the form of teaching assistantships and research assistantships; these awards are limited in number and awarded on competitive basis. Additionally, the department awards travel grants to eligible students for attending seminars, presentations and research conferences.

Departmental scholarships and awards

Each spring, the Department of Geosciences offers a variety of scholarships and awards to its undergraduate and graduate students. The scholarship deadline for 2016 has passed. Check back in early 2017 for next year's departmental scholarship and award opportunities.

University scholarships

External Prizes and Scholarships

External research and Fellowship Opportunities

  • The American Geosciences Institute would like to announce a funding opportunity for PhD candidates, post-doctoral researchers and Assistant Professors who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups to become involved with the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO).  The Deep Carbon Observatory is a global research program to transform our understanding of carbon in Earth. Four to five grants averaging $5,000 will be awarded to traditionally underrepresented geoscientists who are U.S. Citizens participating in deep carbon science.  For more information about the AGI-DCO Diversity Grants, who is eligible and how to apply, please visit:  For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Workforce Development Specialist Heather Houlton at Proposal submissions are due by June 6, 2016.

  • Michigan Sea Grant is announcing four graduate fellowships for 2016-17. These paid 1 or 2 year fellowships are targeted towards students with a strong interest in marine and Great Lakes issues, including natural resources science, policy and law. Applications are currently being accepted online and are due in January or February, depending on the opportunity. Graduate students with a wide range of backgrounds (e.g., natural or physical sciences, policy, law) and a strong interest in Great Lakes, coastal, aquatic or marine issues are encouraged to apply. Programs require a full-time commitment, and fellows typically graduate from their degree program before embarking on the fellowship. Occasionally, students take time away from their graduate program while pursuing these fellowships. These fellowships come with financial support. See each posting for more details.
  • With support from key member societies, AGI's Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues Programs offer multiple internships for young and early-career geoscientists and two fellowships each year. These opportunities provide unique experiences to combine geoscience information and research with data analysis, outreach, and policy. Application deadlines vary according to opportunity.