Grant, Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities | Department of Geography and the Environment

Grant, Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

Geography and the Environment Department Awards:

In addition to teaching scholarships described under our graduate program, several faculty members fund students on research assistantships and we have several awards for ongoing students. The department awards several merit-based scholarships to geography majors each year at its Spring Awards Banquet:

Graduate Data and Field Studies Scholarship

Description: The principal objective of the scholarship is to defray travel or data acquisition expenses related to master's thesis research activities.

Criteria: Graduate student; involved in fieldwork; completed (or completing) two semesters of graduate coursework; have a GPA higher than 3.5.

Proposal: Due March 20, 2017 Proposal Instructions

Outstanding Service Award

Criteria: Up to three students, including at least one undergraduate and one graduate, who have provided exceptional service to the department.

David R. Sallee Award for Biogeography

Description: Named after an alum and former adjunct faculty member, David Sallee, who has a great love of teaching about the environment.

Criteria: Undergraduate majoring in Biogeography, minimum GPA of 3.0

John Bean Award for Geospatial Technology

Description: Named after former faculty member and department chair, Dr. John Bean, who passed away in 1992 after serving the department for nearly 20 years. Bean was an avid programmer who demonstrated applications of computers to geographical problem solving at a relatively early stage in the technical evolution of the discipline.

Criteria: Undergraduate student; completed three techniques courses; performed well; evidence of applying techniques in other classes.

Knox-Webster Award for Physical Geography

Description: Named in honor of deceased former faculty members, Mr. Lee Knox and Mr. Sean Webster. Knox taught physical geography and geology classes at UNT for 37 years. He will always be remembered for his open honesty and hearty sense of humor. He loved the lecture hall, but even more, he loved earth science field trips. Knox shipped out with the 1st Armored and Infantry fresh out of high school and participated in seven landings during WWII. Webster, also a veteran of the military, graduated from our master's program and subsequently taught several courses in physical geography at UNT. He had great enthusiasm for teaching and a passion for fieldwork.

Criteria: Undergraduate or graduate student; involved in fieldwork (research, internship, or field school); completed three earth science courses; performed well; military veteran (optional).

Terry Jordan Award for Cultural Geography

Description: Named in honor of deceased former faculty member and department chair, Dr. Terry Jordan, who led the department from 1969 to 1982. He was one of the most prolific scholars in his field, cultural geography.

Criteria: Undergraduate or graduate student; completed three regional science courses; performed well; evidence of excellence in research.

Buxton Award for Business Geography

Description: Provided by the Buxton Company, a business geography firm in Fort Worth, Texas, who has provided several internship and employment opportunities for our students and graduates.

Criteria: Undergraduate or graduate student; completed a course or research project in business geography; performed well.

Social Geography Award

Description: For outstanding scholarship in socio-economic deprivation (for example, poverty, gender, identity, resource, or access to health care), violence (from domestic violence to ethnic conflicts and wars), or social justice.

Criteria: Graduate or undergraduate student; completed a course, research project, or internship involving social geography; performed well.

F. Andrew Schoolmaster Award to Outstanding Undergraduate Student

Criteria: Junior or senior standing; completed at least four geography courses; cumulative GPA 3.25 or higher; outstanding course project.

F. Andrew Schoolmaster Award to Outstanding Graduate Student

Criteria: Generally goes to a second-year student; cumulative GPA 3.5 or higher; outstanding thesis.

Nationally Competitive Awards:

Outstanding students may also apply for prestigious, nationally-competitive awards, such as those listed below. Once you have found the grant, scholarship, or fellowship you want to apply for, the following instructions can serve as guidelines for initial feedback about your application:

  1. Determine the word or "character" limit for each entry.
  2. Fill out the response in a Word document, adhering to the word or "character" limit.
  3. Place the response beneath a cut-and-paste of the essay prompt (that is, the instructions for that essay), and have your major professor review it for thematic and stylistic feedback.
  4. Incorporate the feedback from your major professor into your Word document.
  5. Cut and paste the revised Word document into an email and send it to the Director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships at jduban@unt.edu with the name of the grant in the subject line. He will provide additional feedback in the areas of style and tone.
  6. When you, your major professor, and Dr. Duban are satisfied with the Word document, you will undertake the same process for each subsequent entry or essay.
  7. After completing each entry this way, you will cut and paste those entries into the appropriate boxes or columns in the formal application. Never work on the Internet site of the application until you have completed the essay(s) in Word.
  8. Students should complete the application at least three weeks prior to the deadline and show a copy of the completed application to any person from whom they expect a letter of recommendation. The completed application will give your recommenders more to say about you and will also allow them to place their recommendations in the context of the specific scholarship and its expectations. Professors will also interpret the three-week buffer as a welcome gesture of courtesy.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships for Undergraduate Seniors or New/Early Graduate Students: http://www.nsfgrfp.org

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate and Graduate Research Fellowships and Internships: https://www.training.nih.gov/programs

Udall Scholarships in (a) Environmentalism, or (b) Native-American Health Care: http://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/MKUScholarship/MKUScholarship.aspx

Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarships for Undergraduates and Graduate Students: http://smart.asee.org/about

PEO International Peace Scholarship (for International Women Graduate Students):
http://www.peointernational.org/peo-foundation

Smithsonian Museum Fellowships: http://www.smithsonianofi.com/fellowship-opportunities/

Social Science Research Council Fellowships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students: http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/all/

Harry S. Truman Scholarships for College Juniors Interested in Public Policy and Careers in Public Service: www.truman.gov

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships: http://ndseg.asee.org/about_ndseg/supported_disciplines

Ford Foundation Fellowships: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/PGA_048001

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship: http://woodrow.org/fellowships/ww-teaching-fellowships

Gates-Cambridge Scholarship: http://www.gatescambridge.org/

Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarships for Military Veterans or their Spouses: http://www.pattillmanfoundation.org/tillman-military-scholars/apply/

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for Citizens in Transition or for U.S. Citizen Children of Immigrants: http://pdsoros.org/overview/

The American Association of University Women (AAUW):
http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/

Rotary Future Visions Grants: http://www.rotary.org/en/members/runningadistrict/futurevisionpilotprogram/Pages/fv_global_grants.aspx

These Rotary grants fund graduating seniors and graduate students studying in one of the following areas:

  • Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Basic Education and Literacy (including music literacy)
  • Economic and Community Development

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Awards: www.hsf.net

Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell Scholarships:

UNT has a single nominating committee for these three scholarships, each of which allows graduating seniors or recent alumni to study abroad. August 6 is the receipt deadline for all forms, essays, transcripts, and letters of recommendation (Sage 228, Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships). While these competitions now feature electronic uploads, the UNT Faculty Nominating Committee consults only hard copy for purposes of preliminary deliberation.

Rhodes Scholarship: http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

Marshall Scholarship: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

George Mitchell Scholarship: http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/content/3/en/George%20Mitchell%20Scholarship%20Program%20%7c%20US-Ireland%20Alliance.html

Also explore the comprehensive search protocol and list of opportunities prepared by the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships. Students studying geography and related fields are potentially eligible for many of these awards: http://www.opgf.unt.edu/.

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