Lloyd V. Berkner Travel Fellowship
Not Currently Accepting Nominations.
Career Stage
Early Career
Award Type
Travel Grant
Of Note
Application process
Submission Window
10 July - 12 August

Supporting Students and Early Career Scientists from Around the World

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 Berkner Travel Fellowship will be open for applications 10 July - 12 August 2024. 

Honor Benefits
2023 recipients receive the following:

  • Recipients attending in-person: In-person attendees must provide documentation confirming that the U.S. is authorizing travel from their home country and that COVID-19 travel regulations allow them to attend the meeting. Recipients will be reimbursed for all costs associated with attending the Meeting. Eligible expenses include meeting registration, hotel accommodations, airfare, visa fees, poster printing fees, and personal expenses. AGU will coordinate airfare and hotel accommodations for recipients.
  • Recipients attending virtually: A grant in the amount of $1500 USD will be disbursed to reimburse costs associated with virtually attending the 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. An additional $1000 USD will be disbursed to cover educational expenses (tuition, program fees, housing, loans, transportation, personal expenses).

Criteria for a Successful Application

Applicants are evaluated on the following:
  • The applicant demonstrates sufficient resources to fund expenses (e.g., meals, local travel, and incidentals) and can be reimbursed after the meeting 
  • The applicant demonstrates a clear understanding of how you will make the most out of the AGU annual meeting experience 
  • The (submitted) annual meeting abstract demonstrates scientific merit 
  • Will be given to female applicants
  • Will be given to those who have never traveled to the United States
  • Will be given to those who are in their final year of their degree programs


The applicant must:
  • be an active AGU member under the age of 35 
  • reside in and be a citizen of a country designated by the World Bank as being "low" or "lower-middle" income per capita
  • have submitted an abstract for AGU's annual meeting prior to applying
  • be listed as first author on a paper or poster at AGU's annual meeting and able to provide the corresponding abstract reference number

World Bank Definitions