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By moving ahead in your career, or by guiding others, you can strengthen the Earth and space science community.
No matter your career stage, professional and career development are important to advancing yourself and helping guide others. AGU Pathfinder 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.
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.
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.
If you are a student or early career scientist interested in finding a mentor, we can help you choose which mentoring program is best for you.
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.
2019 Horton Research Grant
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.
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.
Beginning in 2020, 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.
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).
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.
The David E. Lumley Young Scientist Scholarship is awarded to high school and undergraduate students studying energy and environmental science.
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.
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.
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.
The 2020 Fall Meeting Virtual Student Travel Grant provides financial assistance for student presenters at AGU’s Fall Meeting to offset costs associated with participating in a virtual meeting and to reimburse educational expenses. 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.
The GSSI Student Grant is awarded to AGU student members who have designated the Near-Surface Geophysics Section as one of their AGU affiliations.
Up to three Horton Research Grants are awarded each year to Ph.D. candidates in hydrology or water resources research.
Now accepting applications for JpGU-AGU Meeting Student Travel Grants and JpGU-AGU Meeting Berkner Travel Fellowships to help provide financial assistance to JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2020 attendees.
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.
The Ocean Sciences Meeting Student Travel Grant provides travel assistance to student presenters at the Ocean Sciences Meeting. All students presenting at the meeting may apply, but preference will be given to students from demographic groups that are underrepresented in the sciences.
The Ocean Sciences Meeting Early Career Scientist Travel Grant provides early career scientists (within 10 years of their highest degree earned) presenting at the meeting with travel assistance. All early career presenters may apply, but preference will be given to scientists from demographic groups that are underrepresented in the sciences.
The Ocean Sciences Meeting 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.
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.
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.
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