Geological and Environmental Sciences

Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

Teaching Assistantships

A limited number of graduate teaching assistantships are available in the department. Students awarded TAs conduct laboratories for our general education courses in environmental science (GEOS 130) and geology (GEOS 101), and possibly others depending upon qualifications.

If you wish to apply for a graduate teaching assistantship in the department please email the department and we will send you the appropriate forms.  To be considered for a TA as an incoming student we must have all application materials by May 15 for fall semester or November 15 for spring semester and you must be admitted with at least conditionally classified status.

Application Form (DOC)

Internal Opportunities

CSU Pre-doctoral Scholarship Program - supports CSU students interested in pursuing a PhD. Funding for travel to meetings and visits to prospective PhD programs. Applications due early spring.

Research and creativity award – Chico State – award deadlines twice a year based on funds allocated by Provost. Up to $1700 for semester awards and $5000 for summer

RESP – Chico State research and sponsored programs office home. 

External Opportunities

American Association of University Women – offers a variety of fellowships for women in science.

American Museum of Natural History – offers a variety of fellowships, research grants, and exchange opportunities for students at all levels. Deadlines throughout the year.

American Society of Plant Biologists - offers fellowships, research funding, and travel awards to present research at their annual meeting. See individual announcements for details. 
Association of Women Geologists – opportunities for women in geology.

Botanical Society of America - numerous opportunities to support graduate student research or travel to annual Botanical Society meeting. See individual announcements for details. 
California Botanical Society - supports travel & supplies (usually up to $1000) on research associated with Baja California. Proposals due Mar and Dec. 
California Native Plant Society - various grant opportunities to support travel & materials associated with research on plants. Proposals due 30 September annually.
Evolving Earth – opportunities for student research in the Earth sciences.

Explorer’s Club – opportunities for exploration and field research to advance the scientific knowledge of the world.

Garden Club of America - offers a wide variety of fellowships and scholarships to support research in botany, conservation, restoration, bird habitat, urban forestry, wetlands, etc. Award size varies but is usually several thousand dollars. See individual announcements for details. 
Geological Society of America – opportunities for graduate student research in the geosciences.

Mineralogical Society of America – opportunities for student research in mineralogy and petrology.

National Science Foundation - graduate research fellowship. MS students from non-PhD granting institutions (such as Chico State) are encouraged
Northern California Botanists - supports travel & materials up to $1000 for research on plants in northern California. Proposals due mid Spring semester annually.
Plant Population Ecology - section of the Ecological Society of America - small grants to support student travel to present research results at annual Ecological Society meeting. Proposals due during spring semester.
Sigma Xi-travel & materials up to $1000 in support of research by full-time students. Proposals due in March and October annually. 

Society of Economic Geologists – opportunities to support research in economic geology.

Society of Wetland Scientists - Student Research Grants to support research in wetlands.