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Berkner travel fellowships

The Lloyd V. Berkner Travel Fellowship serves as a memorial to former AGU President Lloyd V. Berkner, who had a special interest in assisting and working with students and international colleagues. Today, the program provides support to Earth and space scientists in 88 countries from around the world. Berkner Fellowships provide funding for early career scientists and students to present research at AGU-sponsored meetings. The support includes registration fee, travel, accommodation, and daily expenses during AGU’s Fall Meeting, the Ocean Sciences Meeting, or the JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting.

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Apply for a JpGU-AGU Berkner Fellowship

Submit your application for travel support to present research at an AGU-sponsored meeting!
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Evaluation criteria and requirements

Berkner Travel Fellowship applications are scored and judged based on the following criteria:

  • 1
    You demonstrate sufficient resources to fund expenses (meals, local travel, and incidentals) and can be reimbursed after the meeting
  • 2
    Your application demonstrates a clear understanding of how you will make the most out of the Fall Meeting experience
  • 3
    Your submitted (or Meeting) abstract demonstrates scientific merit
  • 4
    Special consideration will be given to female applicants
  • 5
    Special consideration will be given to those who have never traveled to the United States
  • 6
    Special consideration will be given to those who are in their final year of their degree program
  • Eligibility for Berkner Fellowships is limited to AGU members under the age of 35 who are citizens of countries designated by the World Bank as “low” or “lower-middle” income per capita.
  • You must also currently reside in a World Bank “low” or “lower-middle” income per capita nation and not be currently studying in the U.S. Your country of residency does not need to be the same as your country of citizenship.
  • You must have submitted an abstract prior to the travel grant application and be able to provide the abstract reference number. You should be first author presenting a paper or poster at Fall Meeting or Ocean Sciences Meeting.
  • Before you are able to accept the fellowship, you must provide proof that you have applied for a travel visa and any transit visas. Note: This may mean that you must be in your home country for the visa interview process.


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Leslie Marasco

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Carissa Lundquist

Student Grants and Scholarship Coordinator

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