Learn and Develop
By moving ahead in your career, or by guiding others, you can strengthen the Earth and space science community.
Finding and following your path
No matter your career stage, professional and career development are important to advancing yourself and helping guide others. AGU provides career and educational resources, webinars, mentoring services, and support for students and professionals at all levels in Earth and space science.
At AGU, we’re especially committed to inspiring and educating present and future generations of diverse, innovative, and creative Earth and space scientists. We know that the impact of our science grows when individuals and groups who aspire to contribute to science are welcomed and supported and when we have a strong pipeline. By helping all people at any stage of their careers, and through a commitment to creating ethical, inclusive and diverse work environments, we can strengthen the global Earth and space science community and broaden its positive impact on society.
On the Job blog – Visit the blog for career advice and workforce guidance for students, and early-career and established professionals who are interested in pursuing professional enrichment.
Resources for faculty – Check out our resources for faculty, including information about AGU’s Heads and Chairs program for leaders of Earth and space science departments or join the Education Section.
Eos career and education articles – Read the latest Eos articles related to education and careers.
AGU Connect – Have dynamic and real-time discussions with your peers about timely issues in Earth and space science.
Resources for K-12 education – Learn more about sharing Earth and space science with a K-12 audience through activities and resources from AGU.
Working at AGU – Apply for an open position at AGU and help us advance Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity.
Fellowships and internships
Check out the many opportunities below for gaining valuable job experience in the Earth and space sciences.
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About Paths Through Science
Paths Through Science is a tool for you to explore the many directions a career in the Earth and space science can take. You can investigate the fields represented in each sector (academia, government, industry, and nonprofit) or browse through our directory of profiles. We have also introduced video profiles for some of our Paths Through Science subjects.
Paths Through Science: "Glaciers are the interface between land, atmosphere, and ocean.”
Ethics and diversity in the scientific workplace
AGU is addressing harassment directly by establishing expectations of conduct within our community, promoting responsible science and ethical leadership practices, and expanding diversity. We were the first scientific society to define harassment as scientific misconduct within our formal Ethics Policy [PDF] and we are working to educate, promote and ensure responsible scientific conduct and foster a positive work climate in science through the AGU Ethics and Equity Center.
AGU Webinars help you reach your full career potential whether you’re strengthening your skills in a specific area or learning about new research and professional trends. Our library of past and upcoming webinars is available for you to develop your skills and advance your professional knowledge at any time.
We support several mentoring programs that establish connections between students/early career scientists and more experienced scientists. Our mentoring programs advance the scientific community by helping scientists build successful careers and networks in Earth and space science. Whether you are a mentor or a mentee, our programs can help you develop relationships with others who can help you learn and grow as a scientist.
Mentoring365 is a global opportunity that allows individuals who are interested in the Earth and space sciences (ESS) to connect one-on-one with other professionals for advice. Mentees and mentors can engage in one-time meetings or long-term connections to help move their careers and education forward. Learn more here or Apply to be a mentor or mentee today!
In addition to Mentoring 365 one-on-one mentoring, we now offer Mentoring 365 Circles. A group learning format that connects you with others in the Earth and space sciences who share common interests or learning objectives. Learn together as a group on various topics such as Careers outside of Academia or Science Communication. Learn more about Mentoring 365 Circles.
3AGU Mentoring Network helps build professional networks, create opportunities, and reduce obstacles for recent PhD graduates in Earth and space science. Each network is composed of two senior scientists and six early career scientists.
Curriculum Track resource guides
Careers in the Geosciences – a guide so that you can explore some basics about the variety of geoscience careers that are available with some suggested resources and discussion prompts for you and your mentor.
Data Sharing – this resource guide can help you obtain and improve skills around data and software management, preservation, and sharing.
Finding Your Career – this guide is designed to help you in career journey and finding the right fit for you.
Graduate School – this provides resources to help you in the graduate school application process
Science Communication – guidance about science communication fundamentals and why it is an important skill from AGU’s Sharing Science Program.
Student science competitions
AGU offers student-oriented science challenges that allow students at different levels to develop new practices and hone professional skills that will help them build careers in Earth and space science. Our competitions were created to allow students of diverse backgrounds from around the globe to participate in educational scientific activities. They are administered with support from AGU members who serve as volunteer judges. We also offer a program that enables young students to present their research at Fall Meeting. Discover which student science competition is the best fit for you.
Travel and research grants and scholarships
Through our travel and research grants and scholarships, we help promote the professional development of the next generation of Earth and space scientists and enable the next era of scientific discoveries. These programs provide the opportunity for scientists to participate in career-building activities early in their careers.
We offer travel grants for students planning to attend AGU meetings and conferences. The program provides financial assistance to U.S. and international early career scientists and students who have little or no support from research contracts or grants, and who are presenting for the first time at a conference. Our research grants and scholarships provide the support necessary for students and early career scientists to complete research and advance their education and careers.
Available fellowships, grants, and scholarships
AGU Bridge Program
Seeking academic partners
The AGU Bridge Program is part of the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN), an effort to develop, adopt, and share inclusive practices for recruiting, admitting, and retaining women and underrepresented minorities in STEM Ph.D. programs.
Basu Innovation Scholar Grant
Applications open 6 July, Close 10 August 2022
Beginning in 2021, the Basu Innovation Scholar Grant, provided through the generosity of Sunanda Basu, will provide travel support (up to $2000) to an early-career scientist / recent Ph.D. graduate making an impact in the area of space physics and aeronomy, through innovative approaches to observation and interpretation, to attend AGU Fall Meeting and will complement the William B. Hanson Lecture.
Bruno Martinelli Travel Fellowship
The Bruno Martinelli Travel Fellowship provides funding for Latin American science graduate students or early career scientists to attend and present a paper on a volcano-related topic at an international conference or workshop of their choice (not including AGU’s Fall Meeting).
Chapman Conference travel grants
Individual Chapman conferences may offer travel grants for students to support attendance. Please refer to the specific conference webpage for more information and to inquire about possible travel assistance.
David E. Lumley Young Scientist Scholarship
Applications open 8 July, Close 10 August 2022
The David E. Lumley Young Scientist Scholarship is awarded to high school and undergraduate students studying energy and environmental science.
David S. Miller Young Scientist Scholarship
Applications open 6 July, Close 10 August 2022
The David S. Miller Young Scientist Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in the geo-environmental sciences and geo-environmental engineering. Applicants do not need to attend AGU’s Fall Meeting to be eligible, nor do they automatically receive a travel grant for the Fall Meeting.
Dr. Edmond M. Dewan Young Scientist Scholarship
The Dr. Edmond M. Dewan Young Scientist Scholarship for Atmospheric Sciences and Space Physics is awarded to graduate students studying atmospheric science and space physics.
Fall Meeting Berkner Fellowship
Applications open 6 July, Close 10 August 2022
The Berkner Fellowship is awarded to early career scientists and students under 35 years of age who are citizens of countries designated by the World Bank as “low” or “lower-middle” income per capita.
Fall Meeting Student Travel Grant
Applications open 6 July, Close 10 August 2022
The Fall Meeting Student Travel Grant provides financial assistance for student presenters at AGU’s Fall Meeting to offset costs associated with attending in-person or participating virtually. Any AGU student member presenting at the Fall Meeting may apply, but preference will be given to students from demographic groups that are underrepresented in the sciences.
Frontiers In Hydrology Berkner Travel Fellowship
Applications open now, Closing 16 May 2022
The Frontiers In Hydrology Berkner Travel Fellowship is awarded to early career scientists and students under 35 years of age who are citizens of countries designated by the World Bank as “low” or “lower-middle” income per capita.
Frontiers In Hydrology Meeting Early Career Travel Grant
The Frontiers In Hydrology Meeting Early Career Travel Grant provides early career professionals (within 10 years of their highest degree earned) presenting at the meeting with financial assistance. All early career presenters may apply, but preference will be given to individuals from historically marginalized communities or vulnerable populations.
Frontiers In Hydrology Meeting Student Travel Grant
The Frontiers In Hydrology Meeting Student Travel Grant provides financial assistance to student presenters at the Meeting. All students presenting at the meeting may apply, but preference will be given to students from historically marginalized communities or vulnerable populations.
GSSI Student Grant
The GSSI Student Grant is awarded to AGU student members who have designated the Near-Surface Geophysics Section as one of their AGU affiliations.
Horton Research Grants
Up to three Horton Research Grants are awarded each year to Ph.D. candidates in hydrology or water resources research.
June Bacon-Bercey Scholarship
Applications Open 6 July, Close 10 August 2022
The June Bacon-Bercey Scholarship in Atmospheric Sciences for Women supports women students with a demonstrated interest in atmospheric sciences and intersections with meteorology as they establish their studies and build careers in the field. Honoring the legacy of June Bacon-Bercey, America’s first female television meteorologist, the scholarship will recognize that the awardee’s accomplishments are outstanding for their career-stage and will acknowledge that the awardee shows exceptional promise for continued contributions to the atmospheric sciences.
JpGU-AGU Meeting Travel Grants and Fellowship
The Lawrence A. Taylor Research Fund in Petrology and Geochemistry
Beginning in 2021, The Lawrence A. Taylor Research Fund in Petrology and Geochemistry, provided through the generosity of Dong-Hwa Shin (Dawn) Taylor, will provide $4000 grants for two PhD students pursuing research in the fields of Petrology and/or Geochemistry and who demonstrate excellent research in their field.
Paros Scholarships in Geophysical Instrumentation
Beginning in 2020, AGU’s Seismology, Atmospheric Sciences, and Ocean Sciences Sections are proud to offer Paros Scholarships in Geophysical Instrumentation in the amount of $5,000 to recognize outstanding graduate students demonstrating interest in geophysical instrumentation and precision field measurements. Three scholarships will be awarded annually and can be used to relieve the financial burden associated with graduate studies but does not have to be directly applied to the winners’ research projects or studies. AGU membership is not a requirement nor do applicants have to hold primary membership in AGU’s Seismology, Atmospheric Sciences or Ocean Sciences Section.
WDS Opportunity Fund for New Diversity in Engineering and Research (WONDER) Grant
Newly developed; Annually awarded starting in 2021
WONDER endeavors to address inequalities in Earth and space sciences by providing grant support to a Black or Indigenous woman with a demonstrated interest in Earth science to attend an AGU conference. The goal is to encourage undergraduate and graduate women from these underrepresented groups to pursue a career in earth or space sciences by helping them broaden their scientific knowledge and build their personal and professional networks.
Follow the latest in education and career development
Career Center newsletter – This monthly email newsletter will provide you with tools to help advance your career. Tailored to students and early career scientists, it offers career and professional development articles and recent job postings.
On the Job blog – On the Job is an AGU blog, that provides career advice and workforce guidance to Earth and space science students, as well as early-career and established professionals who are interested in pursuing professional enrichment.
Webinars – AGU webinars help you reach your full career potential whether you’re strengthening your skills in a specific area or learning about new research and professional trends. Sign up for an upcoming webinar or view our archive of past webinars.