Our department offers a number of scholarships and awards to our students each year, due to the generosity of our alumni and donors. These awards help our students to fund their academic pursuits, take advantage of a field experience or study abroad, and participate in research. Our faculty selects the winners of scholarships and awards based on academic performance and specific criteria for each award.
Fellowships & Awards
Applications are now open via IU Scholarships in One.IU for awards and funding for students of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.
First step is to complete the 7 required questions (*) on the University-level application. Skip other questions about past experience, etc. and enter N/A for scholarship essay.
General EAS application
Simply complete the four required EAS questions to be eligible for the following awards:
- E.R. Cumings Award for best thesis on Indiana geoscience
- Best AI Award (Droste Award)
- Graduate Citizenship Award (Life is a Ride Scholarship)
- Graduate Achievement Award
- Publication Award
- Don and Margie Hattin Field Course Scholarship
Instructions for EAS general application
- Do you want to be considered for year-end awards? (yes or no)
- Are you currently working on a thesis or dissertation? (yes or no) If yes, you will be asked for title, name of advisor, and whether it involves materials or questions related to state of Indiana
- Have you published a scientific paper since last May? (yes or no) If yes, you will be asked for full citation and DOI if available
- Do you plan to take a field course other than X429 that has special fees including conference field trips? (yes or no) If yes, you will be asked for information about the course and its fees
Awards with special applications
The following awards require specific application materials. Search for "IUB-EAS" in the "further opportunities" section. (note if you are ineligible you will not be able to see these awards)
- Research Grant-In-Aid (grads and undergrads) submit project title, summary of research goals and project, itemized budget, and summary of other applications you submitted to support your research
- Conference Travel Support (no deadline, but unavailable in August; grads and undergrads) submit information about conference, your presentation, and the cost of the conference
- John Barratt Patton Award for Indiana geoscience research (grads only) submit proposal and budget with justification
Research Support Fellowships
Rudman/Pavlis Geophysics Fund
In honor of Professors Albert Rudman and Gary Pavlis, this fund provides assistance to the geophysics group. It may include but not be limited to scholarships, student support, faculty support, research, and the acquisition of equipment, and will be determined by a committee of Geophysics faculty.
Norman R. King Graduate Field Research Fellowship
This award is used to support fellowships for Master's or Ph.D. students in the Department of Geological Sciences who are conducting field studies in the area of soft-rock geology including stratigraphy, sedimentology, and paleontology.
Coller Family Graduate Fellowship
Supports graduate students pursuing their M.S. or Ph.D. in Geological Sciences within the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
Kauffman Paleobiology Fund
In recognition of Dr. Erle Kauffman's contributions to paleobiology and stratigraphy, this fund was established upon his retirement in 2002 to provide a special source of support for graduate students. The use of funds will be for outstanding graduate students for field and/or museum support.
Parke Graduate Fellowship in Geological Sciences
Supports fellowships for graduate students in our department who are entering their final year of study. The fellowships are awarded to students who are no longer eligible for regular department support but who, in the estimation of the Fellowship Committee, have demonstrated good progress toward degree completion. The fellowship is not renewable.
Noel C. Krothe Hydrogeology Graduate Student Conference Fund
This fund is used to support graduate students majoring in hydrogeology, who are presenting research at national and international meetings. Expenditures may include, but are not limited to, conference fees, lodging, travel, and meals. Monies from this fund will not replace normal department support for hydrogeology graduate students, including travel.
William D. Thornbury Fund
The fund is used to support student research in physical geology with special preference for projects involving geomorphology and glacial geology. Activities eligible for support will include field expenses and other unusual costs of student research in the fields listed.
William Post Rawles Geology Award Fund
The Award shall be made to a student (undergraduate or graduate) enrolled as a full-time student at Indiana University and whose major interest is in the area Geology.
Robert C. Saenger Scholarship
This gift is used to support scholarships for undergraduate and/or graduate students pursuing a degree in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences or have been accepted and enrolled for summer field courses at the IU Judson Mead Geologic Field Station. Recipients enrolled in summer field courses are not required to be IU students so long as they meet the enrollment goals and admission standards for the field station.
E.R. Cumings Award
The E.R. Cumings Award is given "for the best thesis on some phase of Indiana geology."
Conference Travel and Research Support
CONFERENCE TRAVEL AWARDS have a separate application. If you want funds for conference travel, search for IUB-EAS Conference Travel Support. Requires budget and statement of other funding. Applications are accepted any time.
RESEARCH GRANT-IN-AID has a separate application. If you want funds for thesis or dissertation research, search for IUB-EAS Research Support. Requires a proposal and budget. DEADLINE IS APRIL 15, 2024.