Petro-Scholarships and Grants Proliferate

Students seeking scholarships to study oil and gas-related disciplines have an almost-dizzying range of options from which to choose.

Professional associations, colleges and universities and academic foundations are among the sponsors of hundreds of scholarship programs.

Those who have a technical discipline in mind – such as petroleum engineering or geosciences –can try professional association programs to start.

For example, the Society for Petroleum Engineers (SPE) offers the following scholarship programs:

  • SPE Foundation Gus Archie Scholarship
    Awards an outstanding student who plans to enter a university and pursue an undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering up to $6,000 per year.
  • SPE Foundation Nico van Wingen Graduate Fellowship
    This fellowship in petroleum engineering provides up to two awards per year of $5,000 each for PhD-level studies.
  • SPE Star Scholarship and Fellowship
    This large fund divides some $1 million between 15 regions to provide scholarships for undergraduates and fellowships for graduate students for up to a maximum of 4 years.
  • Henry DeWitt Smith Fellowship
    This fellowship is for graduate students who can demonstrate other income sources.
  • SPE Section Scholarships
    Many sections offer funding for scholarships, student travel, purchasing of books and computer software, and other forms of educational outreach.
  • Additional Scholarships
    Numerous scholarships are available for degrees in the energy industry worldwide. View details on the various organizations and the funds they have available.

Other examples of professional associations that are active on the scholarship front are the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).

    SEG Foundation
    This foundation offers some 50 different scholarships and matches applicants to particular awards.

    AAPG Foundations Grants for Students
    AAPG Foundation offers two foundation grants -- one for undergraduate students and one for masters and doctoral candidates. In 2011, 44 grants were awarded to undergraduates and 82 grants were awarded to masters and doctoral candidates.

In addition, many companies sponsor scholarships. A small sampling of those available includes:

The free Web site provides a wide array of scholarship listings and details, many of which are available through specific colleges and universities. Examples of petroleum-related scholarships, by typical award categories, include:


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