AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid Program for 2009

Submission deadline -- January 31, 2009

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation announces its Grants-in-Aid Program for 2009. The Program includes special grants named in recognition of the following individuals and institutions that have made substantial contributions to the Foundation, petroleum and energy-mineral sciences, teaching, or research:


Gustavus E. Archie Memorial Grants (2)
(Restriction - petrophysics and development geology)
Gustavus E. Archie Memorial International Grants (2)
(Restriction - study of petrophysics and development geology by students outside North America)
Gordon I. Atwater Memorial Grant
Marilyn Atwater Memorial Grant
Barrett Family Named Grant
(Restriction - student at Kansas State University)
Richard W. Beardsley Named Grant
(Restriction - Geological studies that have application to petroleum geology in the Eastern Section AAPG region)
Donald R. Boyd Memorial Grant
(Restriction - for study at universities located within geographic boundaries of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Sciences)
J. Ben Carsey, Sr. Memorial Grant
Garth W. Caylor Memorial Grant
Classen Family Named Grant
William E. & Jean Crain Named Grant
(Restriction - student at the University of Minnesota, Duluth)
Kenneth H. Crandall Memorial Grants (2)
Ike Crumbly - Minorities in Energy Grant
(Restriction - female students and/or ethnic minorities.)
Herbert G. & Shirley A. Davis Named Grant
(Restriction - student at Oklahoma State University)
Fred A. & Jean Dix Named Grant
Eastern Section Named Grant
(Restriction - student studying petroleum geology in the Eastern Section AAPG region)
Norman H. Foster Memorial Grant
Harold J. Funkhouser Memorial Grant
Lawrence W. Funkhouser Named Grant
(Restriction - student at Stanford University)
Jean G. Funkhouser Memorial Grant
Peter W. Gester Memorial Grant
Robert K. Goldhammer Memorial Grant
(Restriction - study of carbonates)
Merrill W. Haas Memorial Grant
Michel T. Halbouty Memorial Grants (2)
(Restriction - students at Texas A&M University)
William Dow Hamm Memorial Grant
(Restriction - student at University of Texas, Austin)
Bernold M. “Bruno” Hanson Memorial Environmental Grant
(Restriction - study of specific environmental issues related to exploration and production of petroleum and energy minerals, or application of technologies developed/ employed in petroleum or energy minerals industries to environmental problems)
Richard C. Hasson Memorial Grant
(Restriction - student studying in the U.S.)
Thomas A. Hendricks Memorial Grant
(Restriction - study of the Ouachitas, the Arkoma Basin and/or the Marathon/Solitario areas, or for study involving petrography or petrology)
James E. Hooks Memorial Grant
(Restriction - student at Florida State University or Texas A & M University)
The Institut Français du Pétrole Named Grant
John E. Kilkenny Memorial Grant
(Restriction - geologic study of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon or Washington, by student at a university in that area, i.e., Pacific Section AAPG)
Frank E. Kottlowski Memorial Grant
Allan & Eleanor Martini Named Grant
R. E. McAdams Memorial Grants (2)
Jay M. McMurray Memorial Grant
(Restriction - student studying uranium/nuclear fuel cycle)
Duncan A. McNaughton Memorial Grant
Arthur A. Meyerhoff Memorial Grants (2)
(Restriction - geological studies applicable to regional or global tectonics)
James W. Milliken Memorial Grant
(Restriction - students at Texas A&M University)
Hugh D. Miser Memorial Grant
(Restriction - study of geology of Arkansas and/or Oklahoma)
Raymond C. Moore Memorial Grant
(Restriction - paleontology)
Nancy Setzer Murray Memorial Grant
(Restriction - significant involvement with stratigraphy)
Paul Danheim Nelson Grant
(Preference given to: study of impact geology; geology of environment; resource development, management and conservation, including hydrocarbons; or geology of landscapes & formation [buried streams & valleys]; or linear pattern geology)
Donald A. & Mary O’Nesky Named Grant
Edward B. Picou Named Grant
(Restriction - student at Louisiana State University)
Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Grant
R. Dana Russell Memorial Grant
(Restriction - sedimentary petrology/petrography or oceanography)
SEAPEX Named Grant
(Restriction - student whose nationality is from Southeast Asia: Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Papua New Guinea or Timor)
Ohio Geological Society Named Grant
(Restriction - student studying the geology of Ohio or enrolled at a university or college in Ohio)
Frederick A. Sutton Memorial Grant
Suzanne Takken Memorial Grant
John Teagle Memorial Grant
J. Elmer Thomas Past-Presidents Grant
Donald F. Towse Memorial Grant
(Restriction - research in geology related to the occurrence and production of earth materials, except conventional oil and gas, capable of being used in energy production, and including remote sensing)
Horst & Jessie von Bandat Memorial Grant
Alexander & Geraldine Wanek Named Grant
L. Austin Weeks Memorial Grant
Marta S. Weeks Grant
Weimer Family Grant
(Restriction - student at the University of Wyoming)
Sherman A. Wengerd Memorial Grant
W. David Wiman Memorial Grant
Raymond D. Woods Memorial Grant
Jon R. Withrow Named Grant
(Restriction - student studying at the University of Oklahoma)
David Worthington Family Grant
(Restriction - study of paleontology)
David Worthington Named Grant
(Restriction - student at Rice University)


The purpose of the Program is to foster research in the geosciences by providing support to graduate students in the earth sciences whose research has application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-minerals resources, and to related environmental geology issues.

Eligibility and Grant Size

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. Monetary awards up to a maximum amount of $3,000.

Use of Grants

Grants are to be applied to expenses directly related to the student’s thesis work, such as summer field work, laboratory analyses, etc. Funds are not to be used to purchase capital equipment, attend conferences, or to pay salaries, tuition, or room and board during the school year. Funds must be spent within 18 months of receipt of the award. The educational institution attended by the applicant must not require or allow a grant to be turned over to the institution or decrease any funding or other benefit received by the applicant if a grant is awarded.

Basis for Awarding Grants

Grants will be based on merit and, in part, on the financial needs of the applicant. Factors weighed in selection of successful applicants include: qualifications of the applicant as indicated by past academic performance, originality and imagination of the proposed project, support by the department in which the work is being done, and perceived significance of the project to petroleum, energy-minerals, and related environmental geology. The program focuses on support of qualified candidates for masters or equivalent degrees. Qualified doctoral candidates with expenses beyond the usual scope of funding by other agencies are also encouraged to apply.

Candidates for Master's or equivalent degrees may receive a maximum of one grant, and Ph.D. candidates may receive a maximum of two grants. No more than two grants will be awarded to any one applicant during their graduate education.

Online Application Deadline:

Applications MUST be completed online by 11:59pm (PST) on January 31, 2009. Applications completed after that date will not be considered.

Award Notification:

Check the AAPG Foundation website foundation.aapg.org for the announcement of the 2009 recipients.

International Applicants:

Grants to successful applicants are made in U.S. dollars, usually by a check drawn on a U.S. bank. However, in some countries delivery of grants can only be assured by bank wire transfer. Students selected to receive grants will be contacted by the AAPG Foundation concerning delivery of their grants. They must confirm that they can safely accept mail delivery of the grant payable by U.S. check, or they must provide all the banking information necessary for wire transfer of the grant, including the appropriate bank account in the name of the student recipient. A grant will not be sent to a third party or wire transferred to a third party's account. Students who are unable to accept funds by one of these methods will be ineligible, and should not apply..

Top 10 Reasons Applications Fail

  1. Deadline for proposal submission not met
  2. Research does not meet GIA objectives
  3. Project lacks originality, imagination or potential to impact science
  4. Proposal is incomplete or not clear (for example vague workplans, unclear deliverables)
  5. Scope of work and timetable are not realistic
  6. Application guidelines are not followed
  7. The quality of the writing is poor
  8. Application contains mechanical errors (for example typos, missing words)
  9. The budget spreadsheet is incomplete or incorrect
  10. Budget contains inappropriate items (for example funds requested for capital goods)

Resume or Retrieve a Submission

If you have already submitted a grant and you wish to view, resume, or withdraw that submission, Click Here then log in using the ID# and Password# already provided to you. However, please note, you WILL NOT be able to edit your application after you "Conclude the submission".

Required Online Application Information

The online application is a step by step submission process in which you must complete all the required information on a step before the online system will allow you to advance to the next step. At any point in the online submission process, prior to the deadline, you can return to a previous completed step, simply by clicking the step name in the "Application Control Panel" (left frame) in which the online appplication process. However, please note, you WILL NOT be able to edit your application after you completed the Confirmation step i.e. clicking the "Conclude the submission" button.

Before beginning your submission, we recommend that you review the lists of required information. (Click on each hyperlink below to see more detail.)

  1. Applicant name and contact information
  2. Academic and employment history
  3. Project summary
  4. Description of research project
  5. Project budget and funding request
  6. Previous AAPG Foundation grant (if any).
  7. The name and email address for two separate references qualified to endorse you and your project. (Preferably your thesis/project supervisor and the Department Chairman or Director -- not the same person). The Department Chairman will only be required to verify your current student status. These references will be entered in the "Project Summary" step on the online application process.
  8. Official college academic transcripts from the last two years (or equivalent). This transcript MUST be mailed to AAPG Foundation, c/o Grants-in-Aid Program, 1444 S. Boulder Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma 74119 USA and cannot be submitted online. Xerox copies of transcripts are unacceptable. Transcripts are accepted up to 2 weeks after the January 31 deadline but should be sent by expediated mail service. Academic transcripts should be postmarked by January 31, 2009.

Once all of the above information has been submitted and have completed the "Confirmation" step of the online application process. Your two references will receive an email notification requesting their endorsement, with the requested information to provide their endorsement online. Please note, references MUST respond to that notification by submitting their endorsements online. Applicants can check the status of their reference endorsement by logging into their aplication (See "Resume or Retrieve a Submission" above), upon accessiong the online application, clicking "View Submission" in the "Application Control Panel" (left frame) then in the right frame scroll down to the "References" section for the "Endorsement Status".

You may assemble elements 1 through 7 online, resuming or revising your submission at any point between now and the submission deadline. Once you begin a submission, please note your ID# and password in the top left frame. You will need to utilize this information to login to your submission. - See "Resume or Retrieve a Submission" section above to login. However, please note, you WILL NOT be able to edit your application after you "Conclude the submission".

If you are ready to begin a new submission, click the button below.

If you run into any problems with the online submission process, please email your questions or comments using the hyperlink to "Report a Technical Problem" which also appears in the Application Control Panel. Technical support may also be obtained by calling (401) 334-0220 between 8:30 a.m and 6:00 p.m. EST, Monday - Friday.