Graduate Student Research Grants

Funding Agency:
Geological Society of America

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 2023, $676,701 was awarded to 302 graduate students (~57% of the 527 who applied), with an average grant of $2,235.

GSA strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to participate fully in this grants program.

Deadline: Feb 1, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Eligibility is restricted to GSA members. How to Join GSA.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a North American or Central American university or college in an earth science graduate degree program (with a geologic component).
    • Applicants do not need to be a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Resident Alien.
  • The research focus can be any subject matter within the geological sciences, such as paleontology, karst, geochemistry, stratigraphy, geoscience education, petroleum geology, and more. (See the full list of Subject Matter Categories .)
  • Students may receive a total of two GSA graduate student grants in their entire academic career, regardless of what program currently enrolled in.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Women and minorities encouraged


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

February 1, 2024