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Funding for Graduate Students in Geology and Geophysics

Department Assistantships and Fellowships

Almost all of our students in the Department recieve some financial assistantship, and a significant majority (>90%) receive a part-time teaching or research assistantship.

Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis, and Research Fellowships may be awarded by individual faculty depending on the availability of externally funding. Assistantship stipends vary between ~$15,000 and $22,000 depending on whether you are employed on a 9-month or 12-month basis, and whether you are a MS or PhD student. All Assistantships earn a waiver from many University levied fees, as well as out-of-state and some in-state tuition costs. State of Texas legislation prohibts the Univeristy from waiving all in-state tuition costs, but the Department works hard to provide Fellowships to off-set as much of the remaining tuition costs as possible. For more information on the approximate cost of graduate education at Texas Tech, Student Business Services have a Tuition Estimator tool.

External Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities

Graduate students are encouraged to apply for all appropriate external funding opportunities, including research grants, grants-in-aid, and scholarship. Popular opportunities for many of our students include:

West Texas Geological Society


SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)

Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists

Mineralogical Society of America

Geological Society of America

Appropriately qualified students are also strongly encouraged to consider submitting applications to various external Federal funding opportunities, including:

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Department of Energy

NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students

Other opportunities and resources for the pursuit of external funding and scholarship are provided by the Graduate School.

Texas Tech Graduate School Fellowships and Scholarships

The Graduate School at Texas Tech manages several opportunities for scholarship, including grants-in-aid and Fellowships for new and continuing students. The deadline for applications is normally in mid-January and ALL graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. Please visit this page for more information.

Department of Geosciences Scholarships

Graduate students in the Department of Geosciences at Texas Tech are fortunate to benefit from several internal scholarship funds, which are primarily designed to support student recruitment and research activities.

Applications in for scholarship support for Summer 2016 are now being accepted.

Please complete this Application Form, and along with required supporting documentation, submit applications as a single PDF document in an email to the Graduate Advisor at:

The deadline for applications for scholarship support in Summer 2017 is 5:00 pm on Wednesday 11th May 2017.

Notification of awards will be made by the end of May.