Funding Opportunities

Students who wish to be considered for Department scholarships must complete the following by Feburary 10th:

  1. Submit an application through the CSU Apply for admission to SFSU. If you are admitted to the program (either B.S. or M.S.), then you are eligible to submit a separate application for scholarships.
  2. Submit a scholarship application by February 10th through SF State Academic Works. Enter into the Search bar the names of Department Fellowships, such as "Dempsey", "Monteverdi", "Grove", "Pestrong" in addition to searching through scholarships offered through COSE (College of Science and Engineering).

Some of the scholarships available on the SF State Academic Works application portal include but are not limited to:

  1. The Jon S Galehouse Scholarship in Earth Sciences for undergraduates
  2. The Professor Emeritus Dave Dempsey and Rebecca Douglass Scholarship in Earth and Climate Sciences
  3. The Monteverdi Fellowship for graduate students
  4. Grove/Ach Fellowship for graduate students

The criteria for each of these awards is unique and you should read each carefully to make sure that you qualify to apply. 

All applications must be completed online at SF State Academic Works.

Deadline for applications is April 15. All applications must be completed online at SF State Academic Works.

ARCS Scholarships ($10,000)
Awarded to ten graduate students in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Climate Sciences, Geography & Environment, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy

Robert William Maxwell Memorial Scholarships ($4,000)
Awarded to three to five graduate students in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Climate Sciences, Engineering, Geography & Environment, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, Psychology

College of Science & Engineering Advisory Board Scholarship ($2,500)
Awarded to one graduate student in the College of Science & Engineering

Bruce A. Rosenblatt CSL Scholarships ($1,250)
Awarded to four undergraduate or graduate students with 100 hours of Community Service

SF Resident (formerly David & Cary Cassa Memorial) Scholarship ($1,000)
Awarded to one College of Science & Engineering undergraduate student who live in San Francisco

WISE ($2000) Women in Science & Engineering. Awarded to an outstanding student in the graduate program in CoSE

Graduate and undergraduate student research grants opportunities:

Each Fall the E&CS grants committee welcomes applications for:

  1. Pestrong Geoscience Research Grants are to support student research in any area of the Geosciences, including geology, meteorology, oceanography and earth science education. The Pestrong fund was created by the generous donations of Professor Ray Pestrong.
  2. Dawdy Hydrology Research Grants are to support student research in any aspect of the hydrologic sciences, including all the disciplines encompassed by the Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union. The Dawdy fund was created by the generous donations of Doris and David Dawdy.
  3. Community Service Grants are to support student involvement in community service activities, particularly where students are contributing their skills and expertise in earth science to help solve environmental and social justice problems. Community service grants are supported by both the Pestrong and Dawdy funds.
  4. Atmospheric Sciences Education and Research Grants (ASERG) are to support student education, research and community service in meteorology.  ASERG grants are funded by the generous donations of several anonymous donors.

Eligibility for student research grants:  

Undergraduate students who are majoring or minoring in Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography or Earth Science, and graduate students working toward a MS in Geosciences are eligible to apply for an award.  Preference will be given to students currently enrolled in individual research courses numbered 697, 698, 699, 897, 898, or 899.  All applicants must have a Geosciences Department faculty research advisor or sponsor.

Award Uses:

Students may use awards only to fund costs involved with completing their research or community service projects.  They may not use awards to cover other academic costs.  Examples of appropriate uses for the awards include: purchasing field or laboratory supplies such as maps and aerial photographs, sample bags, chemicals or equipment; field work expenses including transportation, subsistence, permits and insurance; professional laboratory analyses; travel and registration costs associated with participation in conferences; printing expenses to reproduce written reports, or page charges for publishing papers in journals; specialized computer software, etc.  Equipment and software will be the property of San Francisco State University and must be left as permanent additions to the Department’s laboratories.  

Award Amounts:

Pestrong and Dawdy Grants:  Undergraduate students may apply for funds up to a maximum of $400; graduate students may request up to $800.

ASERG Grants: Undergraduate and graduate students may apply for grants ranging from $100 to a maximum of $500.

Depending on the number of applicants and quality of proposals in any given semester, it may not be possible to provide these maximum amounts to any single applicant.

Thalmann Award

This award, established in 1975 in honor of the late Professor Hans Thalmann, is presented annually to our most outstanding graduating senior for having demonstrated academic excellence and high standards of human concern, as best embodied in the memory of Professor Thalmann

Departmental Honoree

This award honors an outstanding graduate of the Bachelor Degree programs in either Geology or Meteorology. The award presentation is made at the University Honors Convocation, normally held the Thursday prior to graduation in late May.