Grant Application Process

Awards are divided into half Master's and half Ph.D. applicants. Awards are announced in April or May.

Grants are based on merit, and in part, on the financial needs of the applicant. Although the focus of the program is the support of qualified candidates for Masters or equivalent degrees, qualified doctoral candidates are also encouraged to apply.

U.S. Applicants

Eligibility Requirements: Award recipients must be enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. program or their equivalent. Fourth year degrees or B.S. with honors are not eligible for grants. Students are eligible to win twice during the duration of their graduate studies. Any questions or concerns regarding eligibility, please contact the AAPG Foundation's GIA Program Coordinator, April Stuart at astuart@aapg.org.

The Grants-In-Aid Committee scores each application at least three times. Scoring is based on the following five areas:

The decision of the Grants-in-Aid Committee is final.

Grants range from $500 to $3,000 and are to be applied to expenses directly related to the student’s thesis work, such as field work, laboratory analyses, etc. Funds are not to be used for capital equipment, software, conferences, salaries, tuition, room and board during the school year.

To apply for a grant, you will need to:

Grantee, by submission of this application and if selected as a recipient, grants to the Foundation permission to use photographs, logos, published/printed information, and any other materials supplied by Grantee without further notice in press releases and/or other publications of the Foundation.

Non-U.S. Applicants

Eligibility Requirements: The AAPG Foundation must adhere to sanctions and regulations as set forth by the U.S. Department of Treasury. If you are a Non-U.S. student and are unsure as to whether sanctions have been placed on your country of residence, please review the list of sanctioned countries to determine if you are eligible for a Grants-in-Aid award at this time.

Grants to successful applicants are made in U.S. dollars via bank wire transfer to students living outside the U.S. or Canada. Students selected to receive grants will be contacted by the AAPG Foundation concerning banking information. A grant will not be sent to a third party or a third party account.

If you require further details, contact the Program Coordinator. All applications are held confidentially by the AAPG Foundation and access is limited to the student, the Grants-in-Aid Committee and the Foundation Staff.