Lloyd V. Berkner Travel Fellowship

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, China, 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.

Applications Open: 17 June 2013
Application Deadline : 8 August 2013  11:59 P.M. EDT  ****NOTE:  The deadline has passed.

Recipients Announced:  2 September 2013

** Students have all been informed whether or not they received the Berkner Fellowship via email.  Please check your inbox or spam.  Alternatively, you may log into the Grants System after 6:00 P.M. Eastern Time 3 September to check your status.  If you are assigned a form named “2013 Fall Meeting Berkner Fellowship Acceptance,” you have received the grant. 



  • Successfully-submitted abstract prior to filling out travel grant application. Your abstract reference number will be required on the application.
  • Abstract which shows scientific merit to application reviewers in applicable fields.
  • AGU membership is not required.
  • Applicants may not be already studying in the U.S.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received the fellowship and who are not currently studying outside of their home country.
  • First author presenting a paper/poster.

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.


  • Applications must be complete to be considered.
  • Recipients must comply with all rules regarding expenses and financial procedures, which will be communicated upon awarding of grants.
  • Recipients provide proof that they have applied for their travel visa and any transit visas between 3-17 September 2013- 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.
  • 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.

*** NOTE:  The grants system does not accept your AGU member login- you will need to create a new account if you have not applied for an AGU grant previously.

Contact Grants@agu.org for customer service.