Student Research Grants

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Student Research Grants: More than US$185,000 is available from the SEG Foundation and the SEG Canada Foundation for student research grants.

Students in mineral resource study programs throughout the world are eligible and encouraged to apply.

  • These grants provide support for graduate student research projects leading to Masters or Doctoral degrees, and for exceptional BS Honors projects.
  • Individual grants typically range up to US$5,000, but up to $10,000 may be awarded for particularly meritorious projects.
  • Awards are intended to fund specific expenses related to student research projects leading to the aforementioned degrees or courses of study.
  • Awards are competitive and are based on project merit and qualifications of the applicant.
  • Applications can be submitted for any one of the awards, but will be considered for all awards.
  • 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 year-end.
  • Grant recipients are required to provide a year-end accounting of how the money was 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.

    Grants will be awarded from the following funds:

    Hugh E. McKinstry Fund: $120,000 will be available to support study, research and teaching of the science of economic geology or for related projects, including field or laboratory research by graduate students or geologists on study-leave from their employment.

    Newmont Mining Corporation Grants: $15,000 will be available to support several 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 Dummett Mineral Discovery Fund: $10,000 will be available to support 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: $10,000 will be available to provide financial support to one or two qualifying students from Mexico, Peru, or other Latin American countries to pursue a graduate study program in applied economic geology or geological engineering while regularly enrolled at an MSc or PhD degree-granting university in the U.S. or Canada. The grants may be used for thesis research, university fees, living expenses while on campus, travel, or for any other expense directly related to pursuing the graduate study program.

    Timothy Nutt Memorial Fund: $1,000 will be available to provide 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, for research or study grants, technical lectures or any other activities approved by the SEG Regional Vice President for Africa.

    Society of Economic Geologists Canada Foundation Fund: C$30,000 will be available from this fund to support research studies by Canadian or non-Canadian students on mineral deposits or districts in Canada ; non-Canadian projects at Canadian universities; non-Canadian students studying at Canadian universities, or Canadian students doing research at universities outside of Canada.

    Applications must be postmarked no later than February 1

    Contacts: Student Research Grants Committee, Society of Economic Geologists Foundation, 7811 Shaffer Parkway, Littleton CO 80127-3732 USA. Phone: +1.720.981.7882/Fax: +1.720.981.7874. Email: seg [at]

    For more information and application materials, see: Student Research Grants.

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