Computers & Geosciences Research Scholarships

(co-sponsored by Elsevier and IAMG)


Between two and four Computers & Geosciences Research Scholarships will be awarded every year, to early career scientists (postgraduate students i.e. Masters or Doctoral candidates, or Post-Doctoral researchers) working in the field of computational geosciences or geoinformatics. The total annual budget for these scholarships is US$10,000.

Research projects should lie within the Aims & Scope of Computers & Geosciences, as outlined on the journal’s webpage The awarded funds may be used either to support the applicant’s project in their home institution or to undertake a period of research at a different university or commercial/industry laboratory. The Computers & Geosciences Research Scholarships are intended to encourage graduate students and post-doctoral researchers working in the fields of geocomputation and geoinformatics, and particularly to foster the scientific dialogue which Elsevier andIAMG believe to be fundamental to the advancement of research by exchanging ideas and expertise with others in the field.

The online application form at must be completed each year by 31stMay. Besides supplying routine identifying information, applicants are asked to

  1. Describe their research project, in particular: a) the scientific motivation for the proposed study, b) the relationship of the proposed work to the state of the art, and c) the main objectives.
  2. Provide the name and contact e-mail address of the research supervisor and the name of the institution where the work will be undertaken.
  3. Outline a budgetshowinghow the funds will be spent.
  4. And (optionally) describe any special needs (e.g. equipment, field travel) required by the applicant.

Applicants are expected to make travel arrangements, if this applies, including securing any necessary visas for travel, themselves. Each project shall normally only be sponsored in one year; applications for sponsorship for a second or multiple year should be clearly marked as such.

Successful applicants for the Computers & Geosciences Research Scholarships will usually be notified by 30thAugust or before the start of the annual IAMG conference, whichever is earlier. Payment of each award (minus a holdback payment of $500) will be made by the IAMG Treasurer, direct to each candidate, before the end of September of the award year. If the winners are in attendance at the IAMG annual conference (or IGC every fourth year), the prizes may be awarded at the meeting in an awards session, though attendance at such meetings shall have no bearing on the selection process. The holdback payment will be sent to the awardee upon receipt of a short final report and abstract, to be sent by e-mail to the IAMG office and due by 30thSeptember of the year following. Abstracts will normally be published in the IAMG Newsletter and posted on the IAMG members website. Such report is not intended to replace a full-length research article which is encouraged for submission to Computers & Geosciences, where it would be subject to the normal rigorous peer-review process employed by the journal.


Terms & Conditions

The applicants and their responsibilities:

1.    Eligible candidates are those currently undertaking Masters or Ph. D. studies who wish to use the award to conduct a period of research related to their thesis, or newly qualified Post Doctoral scientists who are within three years following the completion of their Ph. D. studies at the deadline for application. Applicants who wish to use the scholarship for undertaking research away from their home organization will be looked upon favourably, but this is not a condition of application.

2.    The candidate must declare on the application form any other awards or grants applied for or received.

3.    Applications must be in English.

4.    Candidates should be undertaking research in computational geosciences or geoinformatics as outlined in the Aims & Scope of the sponsoring journal Computers & Geosciences. Candidates working in interdisciplinary areas which have relevance or application to computational geosciences or geoinformatics will also be considered.

5.    The deadline for applications will be 31st May each year.

6.    It is the responsibility of each applicant to arrange, in advance, agreement with the host laboratory, if applicable.

7.    Similarly, it is the responsibility of each applicant to make all arrangements regarding travel, including visas, if applicable.

8.    Any academic research paper arising from the research conducted using the Computers & GeosciencesResearch Scholarship should be submitted to Computers & Geosciences for first refusal.Awardees should also submit to the IAMG Office a short summary report that will be placed on the IAMG webpage and a short abstract, suitable for publication in the IAMG Newsletter. These shall be due by the end of September of the year following the award.