Guidelines for Geography majors seeking Geography and Sustainable Planning department sponsorship for participation in professional conferences!

It will be limited to $150 for a regional/$450 for a national/ and $750 for an international conference per student per trip per academic year.

Priority will be given to geography majors who have not received the department funding before.

We also encourage you to seek funding from the OURS and other sources of scholarships and grants.

If you are planning to attend and present at a regional, national or international conference related to your professional development as a geography major, our department might be able to provide partial support for your trip.

Please, note that the department financial support is discretional, not guaranteed, and is subject to funding availability. 

It is always a good idea to apply for funding as early as you can.

To apply for Geography and Sustainable Funding discretional conference funding, please, complete the following form and append all required documents. Send your application, including all required attachments to

Geography & Sustainable Planning students can find the link to the application here: Sponsorship for GPY Majors

Experience Matters!

A collection of internship and co-op experiences completed by Grand Valley students.

Grand Valley students are doing amazing things through professional experiences outside the classroom. This site gives viewers an inside look at these experiences.

Click here to find out more!

GVSU Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

Click here for more information on scholarships available from the GVSU Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.

GVSU Office of Sustainability Practices

Click here for more information on Scholarships & Funding through the GVSU Office of Sustainability Practices.

GVSU Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2018


Join Us in New Orleans

Join fellow geographers, GIS specialists, environmental scientists, and other leaders for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. The meeting will be held April 10-14, 2018 and will feature more than 7,000 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. The 2018 Annual Meeting will be headquartered at the Marriott French Quarter New Orleans.

Visit for more information.

Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) Summer Programs

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) is currently encouraging students to consider and apply for one of five summer programs.


The Beckman Scholars Program provides an in-depth, sustained undergraduate research experience for exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students at US colleges and universities. The BSP provides funding and support for a student and mentor to conduct sustained research over two consecutive summers and one academic year of research. The BSP provides significant funding for student research and dissemination. This is a full-time summer opportunity with a 15-month commitment.

The GVSU Library Scholars Program provides students with the opportunity to have an immersive research experience using the library’s resources and collections.  Mentored by a library faculty mentor, the scholar will develop and enhance information literacy skills and an understanding of library studies as a means to engage in a disciplinary, scholarly conversation. This is a half-time summer program. The grant includes student stipend.


The Modified Student Summer Scholars Program (MS3) is geared toward lower division students and first year transfer students. It provides funds for a student and faculty mentor to devote either about 200 hours over twelve weeks, or 200 hours during the Spring or Summer six-week session to a research and/or creative project. Generally, MS3 grants provide a student stipend, faculty stipend, and a small budget for supplies. This is a half-time summer program. The grant includes student stipend and student travels funds. Information sessions available.

The Reach Scholars Program prepares inquisitive, highly talented undergraduates to pursue graduate studies and earn PhDs in any discipline. This program provides layers of support through intensive advising, rigorous research, and scholarly engagement in order to prepare students for both the graduate school application process and academic success. REACH Scholars are students whose parents have no four-year college degree (first generation) and come from a lower income background. This is a full-time summer program. The grant includes student stipend and student travels funds.


The Student Summer Scholars Program (S3) provides funds for a student and faculty mentor to devote about twelve weeks/400 hours to a research and/or creative project during the spring/summer semester. Generally, S3 grants provide a student stipend, faculty stipend, and a small budget for supplies. The grant includes student stipend and student travels funds. Information sessions available.

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Approximately 12-14 students will be hired to work as employees at Carnegie in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year. All fellowships begin August 1, 2018. This opportunity is for 2017 or 2018 graduates. The deadline for application materials is January 15, 2018. For more information or to apply for this opportunity, please contact the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships at or 616-331-2699.

Research Assistantships at U of M-Flint

Research Assistantships for Liberal Studies

At the University of Michigan-Flint, we want you to focus on starting your university experience strong. That’s why we offer research assistantships to new Liberal Studies (MA) students.

Research Assistantships

A Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA) is a paid position for academically-related research activities of UM-Flint graduate students. Selected new Liberal Studies students will be offered an appointment for two semesters to assist UM-Flint faculty performing academic research. No additional application is required. The number of appointments is limited.


  • Must be a newly admitted, first-time graduate student to the UM-Flint Liberal Studies (MA) program for Winter 2018
  • A minimum of 6 credits of enrollment is required for each semester awarded
  • Students are paid on a monthly basis; current stipend rate is $2098.65 per semester (minimum total award of $4197.30 for two semesters)
  • Each appointment will be two semesters

Additional information about the GSRA program can be found on our GSRA pages.

SEAS Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at University of Michigan

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars are eager to be immersed in an experiential learning program that incorporates diversity and inclusion into their understanding of conservation practices.

Why DDCSP at University of Michigan?
• Create mentoring relationships with University of Michigan faculty and researchers
• Network and develop relationships with the conservation and environmental community of Ann Arbor, Detroit, and the rest of Southeast Michigan
• Explore connections between conservation, social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Connect with other undergraduates passionate about conservation and the environment
• $4,250-$5,200 stipend, plus room and board, and round-trip travel to and from Ann Arbor
• Travel to field sites around Michigan
• Eight-week conservation-focused research and internship opportunity (for two consecutive years)
• Community service activities in Ann Arbor, Detroit, or Flint.

Program Dates: June 2 – July 28, 2017
Application available: November 13, 2017
Application deadline: January 31, 2018

For more information and application materials please visit:

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Three years of funding for students in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. Students must plan to enroll in an eligible program no later than Fall 2018. 

Application: December 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST
Supplementary Materials: January 9, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST

For more information or to apply for this opportunity, please contact the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships at or 616-331-2699.

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides undergraduates with awards that include academic assistance ( up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study during the 9-month academic year and a 10-week, full-time internship position ($700/week) during the summer at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility with practical experience in NOAA-related STEM fields.


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Sophomore standing (or at least 2 years left of degree)
  • minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Studying a STEM discipline including, but not limited to: oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education. 

National Deadline: January 31, 2018

For more information or to apply for this opportunity, please contact the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships at or 616-331-2699.

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships for Study Abroad

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships support undergraduate (max. $20,000) and graduate students (max. $30,000 ) to study abroad in language-intensive programs in regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East.

(Western Europe, Canada, Australia & New Zealand are NOT eligible.)

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Indonesian and Swahili. For a full list of countries and languages, please visit

Boren Scholars and Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation in a position with national security responsibilities.

Boren gives preference to applicants who are committed to government service and applying for countries, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security.

African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) Boren Fellowship applicants from any U.S. college or university may apply for the African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI)  to study Akan/Twl, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof or Zulu.

South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) Boren Scholarship applicants from any U.S. college or university may apply for the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI)  to study Hindi or Urdu.    

For more information or to apply for this opportunity, please contact the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships at or 616-331-2699.

Teach for America

Are you interested in challenging yourself in an impact-driven career? Putting your talents to work to disrupt inequity and create opportunity? Joining a powerful network of more than 50,000 leaders from all backgrounds and sectors?

By joining Teach For America, you will become part of a network of leaders shaping the political, economic, and social future of our country. Check out some of the inspiring ways our alumni are leading across education, business, policy, law, medicine, and more.

How will you lead? Apply to the 2018 corps today.

NEXT Application Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017

To learn more, visit


All majors accepted. Full salary and benefits. 50,000+ alumni network.


Reach out to your campus recruiter, Jess Hernandez, if you would like to learn more about this opportunity at

Cultural Vistas Fellowship

Summer 2018: Civic Engagement + Youth Involvement

For the summer of 2018, Cultural Vistas will select up to 12 fellows to take part in this multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and India. This fellowship opportunity is funded by Cultural Vistas.

The fifth class of Cultural Vistas Fellows will enrich their academic learning through professional internship and immersion experiences focused on civic engagement and youth involvement during the summer of 2018. One cohort of up to four fellows will travel to each international destination.

What's Included

  • All program-related travel expenses, including round-trip airfare to and within one’s internship country; as well as travel to New York City for pre-departure and reentry seminars is covered
  • Internship placement in Argentina, Germany, or India
  • Accommodations throughout program, including pre-departure and reentry seminars
  • Virtual learning seminar
  • Pre-departure support services
  • Cultural orientation upon arrival in host country
  • Visa application support (where applicable)
  • Emergency medical insurance during internship phase

How to Apply

The Cultural Vistas Fellowship application must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on January 5, and any supporting documents not submitted online or via email must arrive in hard copy by the same date.

Humanity in Action Fellowship

The Humanity in Action Fellowship provides funding for programs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Sarajevo, and Warsaw in Summer 2018.

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. The programs, when appropriate to national histories, address the destructive common roots of prejudice, discrimination and dehumanization.  These practices were directed towards Jews and other minorities in Europe during the Nazi era and Holocaust. Those under colonial rule in Africa, Asia, South, Central and North America and the Caribbean Islands were subject to racist policies and attitudes. Countries which experienced other totalitarian regimes after World War II also address the impact that socialism and its implosion had on their societies.

Applicants may apply to both the programs in Europe and the United States through a single application. However, they cannot choose their city of participation. The national deadline to apply is January 8, 2018. For more information and to apply for this opportunity, please contact the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships at or 616-331-2699.

Program Dates:

  • Europe: June 8 through July 8, 2018
  • United States: July 10 through August 5, 2018


  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors
  • 2016 or 2017 Graduates

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