The purpose of the AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid program is to foster research in the geosciences. Grants are made to provide financial assistance to graduate students (currently enrolled in Masters or Ph.D. programs) whose thesis research has application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-mineral resources, and/or to related environmental geology issues.
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. Click here for a list of the Named/Memorial Grants.
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, 2010. Applications completed after that date will not be considered.
Check the AAPG Foundation website foundation.aapg.org for the announcement of the 2010 recipients.
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.
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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.)
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".
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If you do not have browsing access to the Internet, contact us by e-mail, or write to:
AAPG Foundation-Grants-in-Aid Program
P.O. Box 979
Tulsa, OK 74101-0979 USA