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Graduate Student Fellowship Fund

In 2006, the Board of Trustees of the Society of Economic Geologists Foundation (SEGF) established the Graduate Student Fellowship Program to provide grants to students beginning a course of graduate study in economic geology leading to a master of science (M.Sc.) or doctoral (Ph.D.) degree. Since inception, more than US$1.4 million has been awarded to 198 graduate students, from SEGF, representing over 40 universities and more than 15 different countries. This trend continues in 2015 with the top 28 students selected, out of several eligible applicants who applied, to receive grants from either SEGF or SEGCF (SEG Canada Foundation).


The SEGF Graduate Student Fellowship Program is one of the Foundation's three core student funds to help develop a new generation of economic geologists. The recipients represent some of the top new talent seeking to advance in the field of mineral resource research, exploration, and production. The program has been supported by major grants from global minerals companies, including Anglo American Plc, AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, Barrick Gold Corporation, Gold Fields Exploration Inc., and Newmont Mining Corporation. A committee of geoscience professionals, representing industry and academia, has the responsibility of independently reviewing the applications and selecting fellowship recipients. SEGF allocated US$200,000 to establish the program and has continued to expand it with the support of mining and minerals exploration companies. Individual fellowship awards range up to US$15,000. The number of qualified applicants seeking grants has been increasing steadily since 2007. With future increased support and contributions, additional qualified applicants may be considered for grants.

This program provides fellowships to students who intend to pursue a course of study in economic geology leading to a Master of Science (M.Sc.) and/or Ph.D. degree, with preference given to those who will be entering graduate school following completion of a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, or equivalent.

Students throughout the world with an expressed interest in pursuing graduate studies in economic geology are encouraged to apply and must meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed, or are in the process of completing, a BS or equivalent degree in the geosciences or related fields.
  • Have been accepted, or are in the process of being accepted, as a first year graduate student at a recognized college or university offering a graduate program leading to an M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. degree in economic geology as it relates to the study of mineral and ore deposits, geochemistry, or geophysics with applications to minerals exploration and mine geology.
  • Have manifested a strong interest in the study of economic geology as it relates to mineral and ore deposits, geochemistry, or geophysics with applications to minerals exploration and mine geology, or in a discipline directly related to the field of economic geology.
  • Must be an SEG Student Member, or have applied for SEG student membership. Join the Society.
  • For more information on applying for an award and to see previous award recipients, visit the Graduate Student Fellowship Program.

Your contribution will make a difference. These fellowships reach a large, global pool of potential new talent for the minerals industry. Whether or not you are a member of SEG, you can support this fund. Funding goes directly to the students and this funding pool is needed each and every year. Thank you for your support!