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Scholarships of up to $10,000/year are pending for Fall of 2019 and Spring 2020!

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 Ph.D. and MS students to begin in the Spring or Fall of 2019.

See what our S-STEM students do!

Who Will You Work With?

What research areas are available?


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 (including the studies of the Deep-water horizon oil spill and low-oxygen "dead"zone from the Mississippi outflow) and Galapagos Islands through a cooperative program with the Ecuadorian Navy, etc.


How to Apply

The S-STEM Oceanography program for the 2019-2020 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 in College Station.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPR and making satisfactory progress
  • Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline

October 1, 2019 for Spring 2020

February 1, 2020 for Fall 2020.

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

This program provides up to $10,000 per year (depending on need) toward a student's stipend, tuition, fees and insurance for 1-2 years for MS or Ph.D. students. Additional student support will be offered 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 is available in addition to the S-STEM scholarship money.

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


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