Master & PhD Oceanography Scholarships, Texas A&M University, USA

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Students interested in doing graduate work in Oceanography at Texas A&M University are invited to apply for scholarships of up to $10,000 per year. This scholarship program is funded through the NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program to encourage academically talented students with demonstrated financial need to enter graduate programs in oceanography at Texas A&M.

Join our research teams in the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University and become Scholars of Oceanography. Students from under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply. These scholarships will support up to 8 MS and 4 PhD students to begin in the fall of 2011. Eleven more students will be recruited in the following year.

Why Oceanography?
The oceans are connected to or drive major Earth processes, such as atmospheric and oceanic circulation, climate and weather, plate tectonics, and sustainability of marine life and resources (e.g. fisheries, oil, gas, gas hydrates). Oceans impact our present and future life and economy, even if we live far from the sea. We are entering a new era of methods for observing the ocean, but we can never measure everything everywhere continuously. Therefore, modeling of existing data and processes is necessary to obtain a broader view of present and future conditions and consequences of societal policies. We need more scientists who understand the interconnectedness of all fields of oceanography.

At Texas A&M there are opportunities to study a range of oceanographic processes from molecular scales to full ocean scales from the Pacific to Atlantic to Indian, Arctic to Antarctic, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, Galapagos Islands through a cooperative program with the Ecuadorian Navy, etc.

How to Apply
The S-STEM Oceanography program for the 2011-2012 academic year is now accepting applications. Recruitment of students will be based on residency, financial need, academic qualifications, personal statement of research interests and letters of recommendation.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • Be a United States Citizen, National, or Permanent Resident at the time of application
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by filling out a FAFSA application
  • Be enrolled full time (a minimum of 9 hours) in the Department of Oceanography
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPR and making satisfactory progress
  • Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: March 11, 2011

Applications completed by this date will receive full consideration. After this date applications will be reviewed until all scholarships have been awarded.

For the 2011-2012 academic year, we anticipate awarding at least 12 S-STEM scholarships - 8 M.S. and 4 Ph.D. students.

This program provides up to $10,000 per year (depending on need) toward a student’s stipend, tuition, fees and insurance for 2 years for MS students and 3 years for PhD students with an MS degree. Additional support will be sought through teaching and research assistantships. Tuition and insurance are paid for full time teaching assistants and some research assistants. Additional support for travel to professional meetings in the second and third year is available in addition to the scholarship money.

For further information contact Wilford Gardner (Principal Investigator) or Shelly Peacock (Oceanography Academic Advisor)


Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.

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