Learn and Develop
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.
AGU Bridge Program –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 historically marginalized students in STEM graduate programs. Partnered with 51 geoscience departments across the nation, the AGU Bridge Program offers students one free application to all partner departments, and a variety of resources and support along the way to their goals for graduate school.
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 – 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
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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.
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 Mentoring365 one-on-one mentoring, we now offer Mentoring365 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 here or sign-up for Mentoring365 to join Circles!
3College of Fellows 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.
Mentoring365 Live connects students and early career professionals with experts to expand their network and receive targeted advice during an in-person scientific meeting. Participants commit to a minimum of one 30-minute in-person mentoring session during the meeting, however, we encourage mentors and mentees to schedule additional sessions. Visit the website for more information and learn how to sign up to become a mentor or a mentee for #AGU23 and #OSM24.
- Finding Your Career – this guide is designed to help you through the process of finding the right career
- Careers in the Geosciences – this guide is designed so that you can explore some basics about the variety of geoscience careers that are available.
- Data Sharing Resources – this guide is designed to get you started on some data sharing fundamentals.
- Graduate School – this guide is designed to help you through the graduate school application process.
- Mentoring Skills – this guide is designed to give you resources to build your skills as a mentor or mentee.
- Nontechnical Skills – this guide is designed to give you advice on expanding your repertoire of nontechnical or “soft” skills, as they are often referred to.
- Publishing – this guide is designed to give you advice on getting your research published.
- Science Communication – this guide is designed to get you started with some general information from AGU’s Sharing Science program about science communication and why it is an important skill.
- Tackling Obstacles – this guide is designed to provide you with advice on overcoming common professional barriers.
- Technical Skills – this guide is designed to give you advice on building some general technical skills for scientists.
Student science competitions
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 Student Travel Grant
The AGU Student Travel Grant provides financial assistance for student presenters at AGU’s Meeting to offset costs associated with attending in-person or participating virtually. Any AGU student member presenting at the AGU Annual Meeting may apply, but preference will be given to students from demographic groups that are underrepresented in the sciences.
Basu Innovation Scholar Grant
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 the AGU Meeting and will complement the William B. Hanson Lecture.
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.
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 Annual Meeting).
Chapman Conference travel grants
David E. Lumley Young Scientist Scholarship
David S. Miller Young Scientist Scholarship
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 Annual Meeting to be eligible nor do they automatically receive a travel grant for the AGU Meeting.
Dr. Edmond M. Dewan Young Scientist Scholarship
Frontiers In Hydrology Berkner Travel Fellowship
Applications currently closed
Frontiers In Hydrology Meeting Early Career Travel Grant
Frontiers In Hydrology Meeting Student Travel Grant
GSSI Student Grant
Horton Research Grants
June Bacon-Bercey Scholarship
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
WDS Opportunity Fund for New Diversity in Engineering and Research (WONDER) Grant
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.