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Graduate Scholarships

First-Year Fellowship (FYF) Program

The FYF Program recognizes outstanding incoming graduate students in all of the research areas within the School of Earth and Space Exploration. The FYF Program seeks to award incoming graduate students who exemplify the interdisciplinary nature of the school and whose first-year activities would be enhanced through this award. Newly admitted students will be invited to apply to this program.

Summer Exploration Graduate (SEG) Fellowship Program

The SEG Fellowship Program encourages and supports summer exploration activities by graduate students (MS or PhD) in all of the research areas within the School of Earth and Space Exploration. The SEG Fellowship Program seeks creative and innovative ideas from graduate students to augment, improve or complement their ongoing research efforts via a new exploration-based activity. Current School of Earth and Space Exploration graduate students will receive information during the spring semester on the application process.

Graduate College Funding Opportunities

The Graduate College at ASU provides opportunities for graduate students, including the Completion Fellowship for students nearing completion of a PhD dissertation and the Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship for recently admitted graduate students. Conference Travel Grants reimburse graduate students the cost of airfare to support student participation in professional conferences. The academic office will notify students when applications are being accepted. 

NASA Space Grant Program

Space Grant supports graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of STEM disciplines to further their educational experiences in science, engineering research, and informal education programs.

The Nininger Meteorite Award

The Nininger Meteorite Award was established in 1965 through a gift from Dr. H.H. Nininger and his wife, Addie. Dr. Nininger is the individual from whom ASU purchased the meteorites that make up the core collection in the school's Center for Meteorite Studies. The award was established to promote the study of meteoritics among young scientists (undergraduates and/or graduate students can apply). Applicants submit papers which are reviewed by an international panel of planetary scientists.

Karin Valentine Science Communication Award

The Karin Valentine Science Communication Award recognizes undergraduate or graduate students in the School of Earth and Space Exploration who demonstrate a passion and ability for science communication. The award will honor the recipient’s efforts in communicating about the Earth and space sciences to a broad audience in an impactful way. 

Those eligible to receive the award must provide a portfolio of their work representing their recent science communication efforts in one or more of the areas of the Earth and space sciences to the general public. Examples may include individual work such as a science article, blog, video, or other documented activity promoting popular communication and making science more understandable and accessible to the general public. 

Students who wish to be considered for a scholarship should complete the Google application form

Geosciences Alumni Scholarship

The Geosciences Alumni Scholarship (GAS) is an annual scholarship based on the contributions of ASU Geoscience alumni and friends of the geological science. This scholarship is intended for junior or senior undergraduate students and first or second-year graduate students majoring in the geosciences.

Troy L. Péwé Vision Fellowship in Quaternary Studies

This award was established in honor of the late Troy Péwé, professor of geology at ASU. The Péwé Fellowship will support graduate students in field-oriented studies in environmental geology, including the interactions of humans and their environment. This is to include periglacial studies (Alaska and Antarctica), the Grand Canyon, and the Desert Southwest with a focus on some of these areas: climate change, permafrost, seasonal frost, mass movements, stratigraphy, natural hazards, and glacial chronology. The awardee can be a MS or PhD student and must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The school may elect to use either a nomination or application process.

Vivian Forde Graduate Fellowship (VFGF) 

Vivian Forde particularly loved astronomy and space exploration. She considered attending a NASA launch at Cape Canaveral as the thrill of a lifetime. In her parents' honor, Vivian endowed the Forde Family Scholarship and established a trust that benefits the School of Earth and Space Exploration through support for public outreach, research programs, and scholarships.  

The Vivian Forde Graduate Fellowship (VFGF) is a merit-based award that provides summer salary and research expenses for School of Earth and Space Exploration graduate students who are engaged in Space and Exploration Sciences. The VFGF Program is limited to graduate students (MS or PhD) in good standing who are enrolled in any of the degree programs in the School of Earth and Space Exploration during the spring. Preference will be given to applicants in the last year of their doctoral or MS degree program and to students with limited summer funding. Graduate students should seek approval from their research advisor(s) prior to submitting an application. Current School of Earth and Space Exploration graduate students will receive information during the spring semester on the application process.

Carleton Moore Graduate Scholarship

The Carleton Bryant Moore Memorial Geochemistry Scholarship is supported by an ASU Foundation endowment established by his wife Diane and his children Barbara and Robert in honor of Emeritus Professor Carleton Bryant Moore, a pioneering researcher in the field of meteorite studies, and the Founding Director of the Center for Meteorite Studies, one of ASU’s first-established research institutes that now houses one of the world's largest university-based meteorite collections. Dr. Moore is credited as the first scientist to detect different carbons within lunar samples, which took place on-site at ASU following the Apollo 11 mission. He and his team then oversaw lunar sample carbon content analysis for each of the remaining Apollo missions at NASA’s Lunar Receiving Laboratory in Houston, Texas. He also was one of the researchers who identified the first extraterrestrial amino acids in freshly fallen meteorites. During his 42 years as Director of the Center for Meteorite Studies at ASU, Dr. Moore thrived on mentoring students, especially his graduate students. This scholarship continues Dr. Moore’s legacy of scientific and educational advancement.


Academic Level: Graduate

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Additional criteria: Applicants are required to be enrolled full-time in a graduate degree program in the School of Earth and Space Exploration or the School of Molecular Sciences

Field of Study: Geochemistry and/or Meteoritics

Application information

Students must submit:

1) A 1-page cover letter summarizing their research activities and future career goals in relation to the fields of geochemistry and/or meteoritics.

2) A 2-page CV or resume.

3) A letter of endorsement from their graduate advisor.


Applications, including all required documentation, must be submitted by May 24, 2024.

Applications will be reviewed by an 8-member committee consisting of four members of each of the Graduate committees from the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Molecular Sciences.

Students who wish to be considered for a scholarship should complete the Google application form.