Grants: Merit, US early career
Two types of grants will be available:
Type 1. Geoscience Diversity Grants are open to undergraduate or graduate students (as of the time of the conference) who meet one of the following criteria:
A) US citizens or permanent residents who self-identify as members of underrepresented groups in the science and engineering student population, as designated by the NSF, in this case African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders;
B) Any US-based (including U.S. territories) students from underrepresented institutions, including Baccalaureate Colleges, M1, M2, M3 universities, tribal colleges or community colleges. Refer to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education to determine if your school is an eligible institution.
Type 2. Planetary Science Grants are open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars (as of the time of the conference) working at universities or institutions in the U.S. and its territories. Support is limited to students engaged in research that falls within the NASA funding purview (e.g., planetary geology, cosmochemistry, astrobiology). Applicants must submit an abstract related to planetary sciences, i.e. work on the origin and history of solar system bodies (work on meteorites, Lunar rocks, sample returned from NASA missions, planetary analogues, experiments or modelling), or related to a NASA mission, or studying the potential for life elsewhere or of planetary resources for human space exploration.
The number of grants for US-Based Students and Postdocs will be limited, and these will cover only a portion of the cost of attendance, so students should pursue additional funding sources. Please note that these grants are subject to the GS obtaining support from federal funding agencies.
How to apply?
To apply for a grant, you will need to provide:
- Completed online application form, including country of residence, highest degree, year of highest degree, grant type and amount requested
- Conference abstract (click here for instructions on how to format your abstract)
- Letter of reference and contact information for the referee (email and telephone number)
- CV in PDF format (maximum of 2 pages)
- Budget plan: estimate of your expenses for travel, accommodation, meals, visa application fees (including costs to travel to embassy/consulate), abstract and registration fees
- A brief essay (less than 250 words) explaining why attending the conference would be particularly useful
What is the deadline?
The deadline to submit your application is March 15, 2019.
How are grants evaluated?
Applicants who do not meet the criteria or whose application is incomplete by the deadline will be automatically notified that they are not eligible.
Once eligibility is verified, an international committee of scientists will review the applications based on the quality of their abstracts, CVs, references and essays. Referees may also be contacted between 16 March and 15 April.
The conference hopes to notify applicants of decisions by 15 April, well in advance of the early registration deadline.
Please contact the conference office if you need more information about this program.Apply for this grant