Field Camps
Sponsored by the SEG Foundation

Field camps are an interactive way to provide real world training to students beyond what can be taught in the classroom.

The SEG Field Camp program is intended to advance the science of geophysics and support aspiring geoscientists by providing critical funding for projects that promote the professional development, student support, and youth outreach goals of the SEG. Applicants from around the world are encouraged to apply. The Field Camp program provides grants ranging from $1,000-$20,000 annually per project (depending on available funding).


The application deadline is 1 February 2018. Applications will be reviewed by the Field Camp Committee in February and March. Decisions will be announced in April and funds will be released when completed award packets are received.

To apply, click on Apply Now, create an account in the software (if you do not already have one), and select 2018 SEG Field Camp Grant Application. 


  1. Projects must have an impact on the geophysical profession or students of the geosciences.
  2. Awards will not exceed US$20,000.
  3. Any funding award which is not used for the purpose outlined in the proposal must be returned to the SEG, unless written permission is received to change the scope of the original project request.
  4. Any funds not accounted for with invoices or receipts must be returned to the SEG.
  5. Evaluation of the project is required. An evaluation report must be received by the SEG Business Office, within 60 days of the last day of the project.
  6. Funds may not be utilized for administrative, overhead, or indirect costs.
  7. All grant recipients outside of the United States must sign and notarize an affidavit specifying that the funds will not be utilized to support or engage in terrorism or for any purpose other than those stated. This is a requirement of U.S. law that the SEG must adhere to.
  8. All applicants are screened through OFAC before funds are awarded.
  9. The project may be submitted and led by students, but a letter showing Faculty commitment is also required.

Review Criteria

These are the primary criteria that will be used by the Special Projects Review Committee and the SEG to review and prioritize qualifying projects:

  1. What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?
  2. How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within applied geophysics, broadly defined?
  3. How well qualified is the applicant (individual or team) to conduct the project?
  4. To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts?
  5. How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity?
  6. Is there sufficient access to resources?
  7. What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?
  8. How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding?
  9. How well does the activity promote teaching, training, and learning?
  10. How well does the proposed activity broaden the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g. gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)?
  11. To what extent will the activity enhance the infrastructure for research and education, such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships?                     
  12. Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding?
  13. What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to society?


  1. Applications must include time-framed and measurable objectives.
  2. Applications must clearly define a health, safety, and environmental plan for the project.
  3. Applications must clearly describe methods of financial and programmatic accountability.
  4. Applications must clearly describe how the project relates to the mission of the SEG by advancing geophysics today and/or inspiring geoscientists for tomorrow.
  5. Applications must specify the purpose for which SEG funds will be utilized and describe how the project will verify and report that funds have been expended in the manner requested and approved.
  6. Applications must describe how the project will publicly recognize the support of SEG.
  7. Applications should address whether the project can proceed with partial funding. NOTE: The program is not intended to fully fund an entire project. Applicants should have other funding sources to support a project.

Applications are scored according to the following criteria:

Health, safety and environmental plan 10 pts.
Organizational capacity        10 pts.
Project's intellectual merit   20 pts.
Project's broader impact    20 pts.
Program plan evaluation   20 pts.
Budgeting estimate and timeline (including reporting)    10 pts.
Funds management/tracking 10 pts.


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