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 2018, $778,594 was awarded to 381 graduate students (52% of the 730 who applied), with an average grant of $2,044.
Specialized Awards: The 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.
GSA strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to participate fully in this grant program.
A) Eligibility is restricted to GSA members.
B) 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).
C) Students may receive a total of two GSA graduate student grants in their entire academic career, regardless of what program currently enrolled in.