Scholarship Opportunities

  • Ph.D. student, Hannah Pankratz, accepts an award from Dr. William Harrison, Director of Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education.

  • Neal Turluck and Karem Abdelmohsen

    Graduate students, Neal Turluck and Karem Abdelmohsen, are presented with the Kalamazoo Geological and Mineral Society scholarship at the 2018 awards banquet.

  • Stephanie Buglione is presented an award

    Undergraduate student, Stephanie Buglione is presented with the John and Kelly Grace scholarship by Dr. Mohamed Sultan, Department Chair.

  • Tyler Norris receiving an award.

    M.S. student, Tyler Norris, accepts an award presented by Dr. Alan Kehew at the 2018 annual awards banquet.

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. The following are the scholarships that will be awarded on Friday, April 12 at the annual departmental awards banquet.

Scholarship application deadline: Friday, March 15

College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships

University scholarships

Undergraduate students

Graduate students

Graduate and undergraduate students

External prizes and scholarships

External research and fellowship opportunities

  • The DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship is a program that provides outstanding benefits and opportunities for students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex problems in science and engineering. Application materials are due Jan. 9, 2019.
  • 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.