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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.

For the 2020 Fall Meeting, funds will be awarded in the amount of $2500 USD, with $1000 USD to cover Fall Meeting-related expenses and $1500 USD to cover educational expenses.

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Standard Value

Applications are now closed.

Applications for the 2020 Fall Meeting Virtual Berkner Travel Fellowship are now closed.

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.
  • A grant in the amount of $1000 USD will be disbursed to reimburse costs associated with attending Fall Meeting. Eligible expenses include purchasing or renting technology (WiFi hotspot, laptop, laptop accessories, computer software), transportation to access technology, housing to access technology, dependent care, unpaid leave/lost wages, etc.
  • Upon participation in a required number of Fall Meeting program offerings, plus the submission of a brief written report and expense budget, an additional $1500 USD will be disbursed to cover educational expenses (tuition, program fees, housing, loans, transportation, personal expenses).
  • More information regarding specific program requirements will be provided in July 2020.


Leslie Marasco

Leslie Marasco

Student and Diversity Program Manager

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Carissa Lundquist

Student Grants and Scholarship Coordinator

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