Graduate Scholarships

The application deadline for most Graduate scholarships is in March (Spring). Please consult the application form linked below to for exact dates applications are due.

Graduate Scholarship Application

Completed application forms and unofficial transcripts are submitted as Email attachments to Cecilia ( by the time and date specified on the application form.

Below are listed most of the scholarships which may be awarded to graduate students by the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. The Caswell Silver Fellowship is awarded by the Caswell Silver Foundation and is not detailed on this page. Most of the scholarships awarded by the department are the result of generous contributions from alumni and friends of the department.

For more information about any of the fellowships, scholarships, assistantships or other awards listed here please contact the Department by phone at (505) 277-4204 or Email at

List of Departmental Scholarships

Albert and Mary Jane Black and E.E.E. Graduate Assistantship.

  • Begins in Academic Year 2003-2004
  • Graduate Student with interests in geohydrology, surface hydrology and related fields (e.g., sedimentology, geomorphology, and/or environmental geochemistry)
  • 9 month stipend for the Academic Year

Chair’s Discretionary Fund

  • Utilized to provide support for student professional activities

Collections Development Fund

  • To support the collection of rocks, minerals and fossils
  • Utilized to acquire specimens that enhance the reference and teaching collections and to purchase outstanding specimens for the department’s museum

Energy Exploration, Education Fund

  • To enhance the education of geology students in petroleum geology, basin studies and related fields

Geology Alumni Scholarship

  • Merit and service to department
  • Financial need

Jean-Luc Miossec Memorial

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences graduate student in geomorphology or a related field

Rodney C. Rhodes Memorial Scholarship

  • Graduate student pursuing a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences at UNM
  • Specialization in igneous petrology and volcanology

Gratton Simons Endowment

  • Graduate student demonstrating a strong interest in natural resource development and/or research
  • Academic achievement
  • Financial need

Richard P. Vann Memorial Scholarship

  • Graduate students working on the paleontology of New Mexico or related subdiscipline

Alexander and Geraldine Wanek Graduate Scholarship

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences graduate student working in an area related to geological resources, including leasable minerals

Dr. Sherman A. Wengerd and Florence Mather Wengerd Traveling Fellowship

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences graduate students
  • To support field work and other travel related to thesis or dissertation work