Please note that applications are no longer being accepted for the Berkner Travel Fellowship for the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting.

The Lloyd V. Berkner Travel Fellowship serves as a memorial to former AGU President Lloyd V. Berkner, who had a special interest in assisting and working with students and international colleagues. Today, the program provides support to Earth and space scientists in 88 countries including India, Morocco, and Nigeria. Berkner Fellowships provide funding for early career scientists and students to present research at AGU-sponsored or co-sponsored meetings. The support includes registration fee, travel, accommodation, and daily expenses during the meeting. Smedley 0003

Applications Open: 28 August 2015
Application Deadline: 9 October 2015 11:59 P.M. EDT
Recipients Announced: November 2015

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Eligibility for Berkner Fellowships is limited to AGU members under the age of 35 who are residents of countries designated by the World Bank as “low” or “lower-middle” income per capita. To see a full listing of Berkner eligible countries, please click here.

  • Successfully submitted abstract prior to filling out travel grant application. Your abstract reference number will be required on the application. IMG_7310- Square
  • First author presenting a paper/poster.
  • AGU membership is not required.
  • Applicants may not be already studying in the United States.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Students with sufficient resources to fund their food and local travel expenses while at the meeting. Students will be reimbursed after the meeting for these costs.
  • Students whose abstracts show scientific merit to application reviewers in applicable fields


  • Applications must be complete to be considered and submitted before the deadline.
  • Recipients must provide proof that they have applied for their travel visa and any transit visas in mid-September before they are able to accept the offer of the fellowship. This may mean that you must be in your home country for the visa interview process.
  • Post-Meeting: Recipients are required to respond to a web-based post-meeting survey and submit a brief (‹300 words) report on the benefits of attending this meeting.

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