Grants-in-Aid Deadline Draws Near

Applications are now being accepted for the AAPG Foundation’s Grants-in-Aid program, awarded to foster research in the geosciences.

This year the AAPG Foundation will be providing $206,000 through the program.

Grants are made annually to graduate students around the world to provide financial assistance to those whose thesis research has application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-mineral resources, and/or to related environmental geology issues.

Grants are based on merit and, in part, on financial need. Although the program’s focus on master’s or equivalent degrees, qualified doctoral candidates also are encouraged to apply.

Factors weighed in selecting successful applicants include: the qualifications of an applicant as indicated by past performance; originality and imagination of the proposed project; support of the department in which the work is being done; and perceived significance of the project to petroleum, energy minerals and related environmental geology.

The GIA program has become increasingly international in scope, with recent awards going to students from Africa, Australia, Cameroon, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.

Students are encouraged to apply online.

The application deadline is Jan. 31.

In addition, the Named Grants program is a special endowed segment of the Grants-in-Aid program, and students should look online for Named Grants restricted to their specific university or area of research to increase their chance of receiving an AAPG Foundation Grant-in-Aid.


Lynn Pettijohn Wisda
Lynn Pettijohn Wisda

The Foundation’s financial campaign, “Meeting Challenges ... Assuring Success” received several new generous gifts recently. They include:

  • Lynn Pettijohn Wisda of Houston provided funding to establish an endowment for aDigital Products subscription to Johns Hopkins University.

Wisda’s gift is designated in memory of Frances J. Pettijohn, and will provide online access to the entire AAPG Data Pages Library in perpetuity to students and faculty at Johns Hopkins.

David Worthington
David Worthington
Jon R. Withrow
Jon R. Withrow

Withrow provided funding to establish the Jon R. Withrow Named Grant in the amount of $500 for a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma; Worthington contributed additional funding to the David Worthington Named Grant, which will support a $2,000 annual grant designated to a graduate student at Rice University.

Jack C. Threet
Jack C. Threet
  • Campaign co-chair Jack C. Threet provided additional funding to the Jack C. and Catherine I. Threet Endowed Fund for the Advancement of Petroleum Geology.

All members are encouraged to support the Foundation and join the campaign today. For information contact the Foundation Manager.


Finally, two new members joined the Foundation Trustee Associates. They are:

  • John Kimberly, Midland, Texas.
  • William Watson, Midland, Texas.

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Foundation Update

Rebecca Griffin worked as the AAPG Foundation manager until October 2010.

Foundation Update is a regular column in the EXPLORER offering news about the AAPG Foundation’s latest activities. For more information about the AAPG Foundation, visit the Foundation website, email, or call (918) 560-2644.

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