Geoscientists without Borders® applications are accepted twice each year.

GWB’s Call for global project’s for funding is now closed. If you applied before the deadline then please allow until mid November to hear a decision, as we have been receiving historic submissions in recent calls.

Missed applying for your mainland United States based project? The new deadline to apply for these projects is 15 October, 2023. Send in your application by clicking the ‘Apply now’ button and send your questions to [email protected]

A special call for mainland United States projects is taking place on this round. Project Leads serving communities in historically underrepresented groups or communities at risk by using geosciences to solve humanitarian challenges — such as access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) pollution abatement, disaster risk reduction, building resilience, and other similar topics — are especially encouraged to apply.

Projects that are working to serve communities in greater Houston area — and Texas and Louisiana bordering regions and other neighborhoods in that area — are encouraged to apply, especially with women project leads.

For a full list of types of projects that GWB supports, please visit our website’s Funded Projects page.

*All applicants must download the MS Word file listed as “Phase I Application Template” under “Resources” at the bottom of this page. This template must be filled in as accurately as possible and sent as an attachment, along with your Letter of Intent (LoI) Form, in the online application system. In case of any trouble or assistance needed, please email [email protected].


Applicants completing Phase I applications that are selected for Phase II will be asked to submit a full project proposal.

The following restrictions apply to individual project awards.

  • The maximum allowable award is US$50,000 per year.
  • Proposals may request funding for a project with duration of up to two years under a single proposal.
  • Awards may not be used to cover administrative costs not directly related to conduct of the project (indirect costs).
  • Proposals must include student participation. Energizing students and introducing them to the broad range of geosciences careers while also strengthening university programs in geophysics and geosciences is a primary emphasis of Geoscientists without Borders®.
  • For-profit organizations are not eligible for funding. Applicants must be charitable, not-for-profit organizations.
  • Unexploded ordinance (UXO) detection projects are excluded.
  • Projects that include political lobbying, proselytizing, or other activities that are not pertinent to the mission of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) or the program intent are not eligible for funding. This includes projects submitted by religious or political organizations.

Phase I Applications Selection Process

  • Applications for Phase I review will be accepted year-round. Applications that arrive by the deadlines of January and July will be reviewed during that cycle. Any applications received after the deadline will be considered in the next cycle unless withdrawn or replaced by the applicant.
  • All Phase I applications will be screened by the SEG staff to determine compliance with eligibility and application requirements. Applications that meet initial requirements and are received by the published deadline will be forwarded to the evaluators for review.
  • The evaluators will meet within four to six weeks after receipt of the applications.
  • The evaluators will select applications that will be invited to submit a Phase II full proposal. GWB’s Phase II Proposals are by invitation only.
  • Upon notification, applicants will have 30 calendar days to prepare and submit a Phase II full proposal under the guidelines provided.
  • Applications will be judged after consideration of the following criteria:
    • Humanitarian Benefit
    • Student involvement and program diversity including partner relationships
    • Use of geophysics and other geosciences

Previously Funded Applicants

  • Previously funded applicants must complete their prior project reports. The application’s ‘Summary Section’ must summarize any prior work conducted in order to be considered for future funding.
  • Previously funded projects/organizations that have not demonstrated measurable success or appropriate utilization of SEG Foundation funds will not be considered for future funding.
  • SEG’s support of ongoing projects will be usually limited to two years. An applicant may apply for additional time (no cost extension) over the two year limit if special or unforseen circumstance can be demonstrated.

Please email at [email protected] for more information or questions.


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Geoscientists without Borders® is not affiliated with Doctors Without Borders, which is a registered trademark of Bureau International de Médecins Sans Frontières.