SEG Foundation Scholarships

Application process

How to apply
Please complete only one application:

  • Freshman (1st year)
  • Undergraduate (Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Honors)
  • Graduate (Masters, PhD or Post-Doctorate)

Choose the form that corresponds to your classification for the fall term.

Fill out an application here

Note: You will be required to upload a copy of your transcripts and recommendation letters.




These are merit based scholarships; general eligibility requirements are:

  1. A student must meet one of the following requirements:
    (a) Attending high school and planning to enter college next fall;
    (b) An undergraduate or graduate college student whose grades are above average.
  2. A student must intend to pursue a college curriculum directed toward a career in applied geophysics or a closely related field, such as geosciences, physics, geology, or earth and environmental sciences.



How much/How many 

Scholarships range from $500 to $14,000 USD per academic year; average awards are approximately $2,500.

The number of scholarships available depends chiefly upon the number of sponsors and the amounts they contribute.



Tips For Success 

  1. Make sure your application is complete – verify that all required documents are successfully uploaded. If you don't address "required" fields, your application will be denied.
  2. Be as specific as possible; several scholarships are intended for very defined geophysical or technical areas.
  3. Letters of recommendation should address the student's likelihood of success in a geo-science field and include information about projects, research or internships. Letters must be recent and signed. Letters should include a point of contact as SEG may contact the author for more information.
  4. Essays should be concise and focused.
  5. Submit applications as soon as possible.
  6. Transcripts must be in English or they will be rejected.

Note to last year's freshmen

Keep in mind, this is your transition year from Freshman status to Undergraduate.  The field of competition is large and full of highly capable students.  Don't forget to contact your scholarship committee mentor and provide a progress report.  Discuss your grades, your classes and your path forward, being sure to address special projects, research interests, etc. Get recommendation letters from current professors. Consider requesting 3 or 4 different recommendation letters, and pick the two strongest.



The process(es) 

Application process:

  • On-line applications are being accepted 15 September through 1 March.
  • Student must include current transcripts, and two faculty recommendation letters.
  • Applications will be sorted as follows by Universities and classification for ranking purposes:
    • North American
    • Freshman, Undergraduate, Graduate and International
    • Freshman, Undergraduate, Graduate

Selection process:

  • Mid-March through mid-April a committee of 9 professional geophysicists independently review and rank each application.
  • A consensus meeting is held in mid-April to discuss the applications and a final ranking established. Top ranked students are matched with available scholarships.
  • Applicants are notified of results in May.


  • September–March: applications are accepted
  • March–April: applications are reviewed and scholarships assigned
  • May: applicants are notified of results
  • May–September: enrollments are verified; acceptance documents completed and funds are distributed