There are many scholarships, grants, awards and fellowship opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences 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 Geological and Environmental Sciences offers a variety of scholarships and awards to its undergraduate and graduate students. This year's award ceremony has concluded. Please check back in spring 2020 for future scholarship instructions.
- Advisory Council Field Camp Scholarships
- Alan Kehew Endowment
- Core of Four Endowment
- Douglas Daniels Endowed Geoscience Scholarship and Award
- Envirologic Technologies Scholarship Announcement for Award
- John and Kelly Grace Endowment for Geosciences
- Kalamazoo Geological and Mineral Society Scholarship
- Laton-Lambright Field Camp Scholarship
- Lauren D. Hughes Environmental Scholarship
- Lloyd and Marilyn Schmaltz Professional Activities Award for Geology Museum
- Lloyd and Marilyn Schmaltz Undergraduate Scholarship to Geology for MGRRE
- Randall Kerhin Graduate Scholarship
- Roger and LuAnne Steininger Geology Scholarship in honor of Dr. Lloyd Schmaltz
- Shirley J. Aiken Geosciences Scholarship
- William and Linda Harrison Graduate Scholarship in Geology for MGRRE
College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships
- Climate Change Research Graduate Scholarship
- Graduate Research Assistantship Awards
- Arts and Sciences International Study Scholarship
- Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award
- International Study Scholarship
- New students
- Other WMU scholarships
Graduate and undergraduate students
- Diversity and Inclusion Student Writing Prize
- Private foundations
- Transfer students
- Undocumented students
External prizes and scholarships
External research and fellowship opportunities
- The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for the Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Full eligibility information and online applications are available on our website.
- The West Michigan Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association is pleased to announce the availability of individual scholarships, each in the amount of $2,500 to be awarded to selected students pursuing a career in environmental studies. Scholarship eligibility requirements and application instructions are listed on our website.
- Michigan Sea Grant is announcing four graduate fellowships. 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.
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in STEM fields and in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM and STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. NSF also encourages undergraduate seniors to apply.