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Scholarships and Internships

Students from the Department of Geology and Geography win prestigious, nationally-competitive scholarships and fellowships at a higher rate than many other disciplines. 

WVU Scholarships and Resources

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships 

University-Wide Scholarships

ASPIRE Office

The WVU ASPIRE Office assists students to win nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships and/or gain admission to graduate school. Assistant Director Cate Johnson graduated with a Master of Arts in Geography and graduate certificates in both women's and gender studies and nonprofit management.  

External Scholarships

A number of organizations offer geology scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. Relevant scholarships are listed by the month they are typical due. 

Gateway to Federal Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
    • A database of all Federal Scholarships for Science and Technology Students
February

March

April 

May

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists  AAPG Military Vets Scholarship Program
    • Promotes education and career opportunities to veterans, aid in the transition of veterans to  civilian technical professions and promote geoscience programs in higher education institutions
  • U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation USGIF Endowed Scholarship 
June

The Geoscience Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, and Accessibility (IDEA) Scholarship
  • Encourages women from under-served communities to pursue an education in the Geosciences, or Earth Sciences. 
  • The scholarship provides up to $5000 (USD) in awards, annually, typically split between two or more undergraduate students, and matches them with AWG mentors to enhance their careers. 
  • Applicants must be a female, or female-identifying person, a high school senior or undergraduate-level student who: identifies as Black, Indigenous, LatinX, or another traditionally marginalized ethnic group and has declared Geoscience or Earth Science as a major of study. 
  • Questions about the Scholarship may be sent to IDEAscholarship@awg.org. June 30 application deadline.

Internships

January 
National Parks Scientists-in-the-Parks (SIP)
  • Discover meaningful, career-building experiences that cultivate your potential and connection with America’s national parks.
  • 18-30 years old or Vet up to 35.
  • Contact: sip@geosociety.org
US DOEMickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program:
  •  Provides students with educational opportunities to gain real-world, hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy.
  • 18 years of age, US Citizen, GPA >2.8, STEM student, at least a sophomore, available for 10 weeks in summer

February

GSA GeoCorps™ America
  • GeoCorps™ America offers paid short-term geoscience opportunities in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. 
  • 18 years old,US citizen or permanent resident, backgroundrouid check, have driver's license
  • Contact: geocorps@geosociety.org

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution-Summer Student Fellowship
  • All Fellows work on a project selected in collaboration with their sponsor(s) that will provide meaningful results in one summer’s work. Project topics span the vast spectrum of research in ocean sciences and engineering.
  • Students who are completing their junior year  and  have at least a tentative interest in the ocean sciences, oceanographic engineering, or marine policy. Members of groups underrepresented in ocean science and engineering are encouraged to apply. 
  • Contact: education@ whoi.edu
Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP)
  • Program between the 6 Woods Hole scientific institutions and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  10-week program designed  for college juniors and seniors from underrepresented groups in marine and ocean sciences who want to spend a summer gaining practical experience in marine and environmental science. The program consists of a four-week course in global climate change and a ten-week research project – all in the sea-side village of Woods Hole.
  • Rising junior and seniors majoring in the natural sciences who have had some course work in oceanography, biology, or marine and/or environmental science. Applicants should have a desire to spend a summer gaining practical experience in marine and environmental science. 
  •  Email rscott@sea.edu with the subject line “PEP 2021 Application Help – [Your first & last name]”.

March

April

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June

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August

September

October

USGS/NAGT Cooperative Field Training Program

  • Top student in Field Camp is nominated by the faculty.
  • Nominated students apply by sending a resume, letter of interest, and transcripts to the USGS Education Office. Candidates are then matched by their coursework, skills, and interests with up to five USGS projects. Students hired through this program have continually received outstanding reviews from our managers.
  • Contact: Dr. Kurtis Burmeister

November

December

DOD Science Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship
  •  Provides students with educational opportunities to gain real-world, hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy.
  • 18 years of age, US Citizen, GPA >2.8, STEM student, at least a sophomore, available for 10 weeks in summer


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