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Student Research Grants

The SEG Foundation (SEGF) and the SEG Canada Foundation (SEGCF) have provided Student Research Grants since at least 1999. Individual grants are for one year and typically range from US $1,000 to US $5,000. These grants support graduate student research projects leading to master's or doctoral degrees, and exceptional BS Honors or "BS Titulo" projects. Students in mineral resource study programs throughout the world are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Student Membership Application

How to apply for student research grantsInformation at bottom of page.

The SRG application submission deadline is February 15, 2016. Preference will be given to those applicants who are SEG Student Members. Inquiries may be directed to

Grants Have Been Awarded from the Following Funds:

Previous Student Research Grant Awards: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

  • Hugh E. McKinstry Fund supports "study, research and teaching of the science of economic geology or for related projects," with preference given to field and related laboratory research by graduate students. Geologists on study-leave from their employment are also eligible to apply.
  • Hickok-Radford Fund supports field-based research projects and directly related laboratory studies as applied to metallic mineral deposits, with preference given to projects located in Alaska, northern Canada and other regions north of Latitude 60 North, or for projects at very high elevations elsewhere and extreme southern latitudes.
  • Newmont Mining Corporation Student Grant supports research projects worldwide related to the geology, mineralization and metallogeny of gold deposits. Emphasis is placed on research with a strong field component, with funding available for directly related laboratory work.
  • Hugo T. Dummett Fund supports applied economic geology research, including the development of new exploration technology and techniques, and the dissemination of related results through publications, lectures, short courses, workshops and conferences.
  • Alberto Terrones L. Fund annually supports qualifying students from Mexico, Peru, and other Latin American countries who are pursuing graduate studies in applied economic geology or geological engineering while regularly enrolled at MS or Ph.D. degree-granting universities in the U.S. or Canada. The grants may be used for thesis research, university fees, living expenses while on campus, travel, or any other expense directly related to pursuing the graduate study program.
  • Timothy Nutt Fund provides financial support for geology students and young economic geologists located in Zimbabwe or in Southern Africa with ties to Zimbabwe. The fund may be used to support SEG student chapter activities, travel to meetings, field trips and for research or study grants, technical lectures or any other activities approved by the SEG Regional Vice President for Africa.
  • Canada Foundation (SEGCF) currently supports students at Canadian universities or Canadian students studying abroad. The grants are designed to support graduate student thesis research leading to master's or doctoral degrees in Economic Geology, and are typically directed towards field expenses or analytical work related to the thesis project.

General Information

  • Awards are intended to fund specific expenses related to student research projects leading to advanced degrees.
  • Awards are competitive and based upon project merit and qualification of the applicant.
  • Applicants must describe what the project is; why the research is important, and how it is to be done.
  • An estimate of expenses for the project must be included with the application.
  • Grants are expected to be fully utilized by the end of the year in which they are dispersed.
  • Grant recipients are required to provide a year-end accounting of how the funds were spent together with a suitable progress report or final abstract.
  • Applicants requesting financial support from the Alberto Terrones L. Fund for non-research expenses must include a statement describing the need and purpose of such request.
  • Applications may be submitted for any one of the awards, but will be considered for all awards.
  • Applicants who apply for and are awarded a current calendar year SEGF Graduate Student Fellowship Grant will be deemed ineligible for the current calendar year SEG Student Research Grant.

How to Apply

Follow the steps below to complete the application process:

  1. Download the Policies and ProceduresOpen PDF in new window. for instructions and guidelines to the application process.
  2. The Student Research Grant ApplicationOpen PDF in new window. must be downloaded and completed by the student and emphasizes the topic, objectives, plans for the proposed research and the background of the applicant. It is to be completed and sent electronically with any necessary attachments (permission letters, etc.) to as well as to the Academic Advisor who will be completing the Appraisal of Applicant. For further guidance, read the guidelines for completing a student research grantOpen PDF in new window.
  3. The Appraisal of ApplicantOpen PDF in new window. is a required evaluation to be completed by a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s qualifications and significance of the research. Once completed, it should be emailed to Due to confidentiality, the completed academic appraisal should not be sent to the student.