2014 American Geophysical Union Graduate Fellowship in the History of Science

The American Geophysical Union invites applications for a $5000 fellowship in the history of science to a doctoral student attending a U.S. institution who is completing a dissertation in the history of the geophysical sciences, which include topics related to atmospheric sciences, biogeosciences, geodesy, geomagnetism and paleomagnetism, hydrology, ocean sciences, planetary sciences, seismology, space physics, aeronomy, tectonophysics, volocanology, geochemistry, and petrology. The fellowship must be used during the year following the start of the 2014 fall semester/quarter.

The goal of the fellowship is to assist doctoral students in the history of the geophysical sciences with the costs of travel to obtain archival/research materials needed to complete the dissertation.


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold permanent resident status, and must be pursuing a degree at a U.S. institution.

To apply for the travel grant, students must be doctoral candidates (i.e., have passed all comprehensive exams — ABD) in good standing and completing a dissertation on a history of geophysics topic. Candidates must submit the following:

  • a cover letter with vita
  • scanned transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • a detailed description of the dissertation topic and proposed research
  • plan (10 typed pages maximum)
  • three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the
  • dissertation director


Application Procedures

Electronic packets are preferred. Please send cover letter, vita, scanned copies of transcripts, and topic description as e-mail attachments to Recommenders should send letters via e-mail attachment to the same address.

Deadline: 24 September 2014



Contact Paul Cooper at

Applicants are responsible for getting all materials in by the 24 September deadline.

AGU encourages applications from women, minorities, and students with disabilities who are traditionally underrepresented in the geophysical sciences.