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Awards and Fellowships


Richard A. Davis Endowed Fellowship in Geology

The Richard A. Davis Endowed Fellowship in Geology is presented annually at the Geology Alumni Society (GAS) banquet in February. Two graduate fellowships are awarded each year: one for an outstanding MS. student, and one for an exceptional Ph.D. student. Last year, $1,500 was awarded to the selected Ph.D. candidate, and $1000 was awarded to the chosed MS. candidate. The fellowship recognizes outstanding accomplishments in research and leadership among fellow graduate students and within the scientific community during the previous year.

  • The fellowship application is typically due in November.

To apply, please submit the following materials to Judy McIlrath.

  1. A letter of nomination, outlining the candidate's research accomplishments in the past year. Self-nominations are encouraged.
  2. A letter of support from the candidate's faculty mentor/advisor. If the nominator is the faculty mentor, this may constitute the letter of nomination.
  3. A short curriculum vita for the candidate, outlining their professional accomplishments during the past year. A NSF style biographic sketch is preferred
  4. If nominated by a faculty member, candidates are encouraged to submit a 250 word statement of their research progress and accomplishments during the past 12 months.

The Geology Alumni Society Fellowship Committee, will review all applications and determine the recipients.

You are highly encouraged to submit an application! Someone is going to receive this free money . . . . why not you?


National Science Foundation-funded Scholarships

NSF SSTEM: Nitrogen

Students seeking an M.S. degree in Geology or Environmental Science are eligible for scholarship support. Scholarships are need-based, provide up to $6,400 per year, and do not affect eligibility for Teaching or Research Assistantships. Geosciences M.S. students receiving scholarships participate in an interdisciplinary program of professional development, community engagement, mentoring, and cohort development with graduate-student peers in Integrative Biology, Environmental Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering. More information and scholarship applications can be found here.

Sloan UCEM URM Program


Graduate Assistantships

Departmental Teaching Assistantships

The School of Geosciences awards graduate teaching assistantships annually to eligible students. Teaching assistants are required to supervise labs, grade for large enrollment undergraduate courses, or teach specific courses. All incoming teaching assistants are assigned to an instructor support/grading role. Graduate assistantships are awarded based upon grade point average, GRE scores, and original application materials.

All applicants to the Geology M.S. or Ph.D. programs are considered for TA support.

Students applying to the M.S. in Environmental Science, M.A. in Geography, or Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Science & Policy should complete the Graduate Assistantship Application and forward it to Dr. Ruiliang Pu, Graduate Director, prior to the semester under consideration.

Please note that all international applicants interested in a Teaching Assistantship should refer to the Office of Graduate Studies International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Handbook for information regarding eligibility and English proficiency.

Departmental Research Assistantships

Research assistants are students who are hired to assist faculty with grant-funded projects. Usually one or two students per semester are hired by individual faculty to complete computer analysis, map drafting, field work, or laboratory analysis. Students may be hired on salary or on an hourly basis. The rate of pay varies from project to project. Students are selected by individual faculty based upon the skills needed for individual projects.


Other Financial Support

On occasion, graduate students in the department are hired by other units on campus. In the past, these units have been The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), the United States Geological Survey, and the Florida Center for Community Design and Research (FCCDR). Students may submit applications for employment at these offices. In addition, part-time and full-time jobs that become known to the department are posted on the bulletin board outside of the department office (NES 201).

University Graduate Fellowships

Fellowships are funds awarded to full-time students of outstanding academic potential to offset the cost of their degree. Information regarding the Office of Graduate Studies Scholarships and Fellowships can be found here.

Scholarships, Grants, Work study, and Loans

Information regarding other scholarship, grant, work study, or loan opportunities can be found at the Office of Financial Aid