Funding and Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowships at JHU

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences participates in several multi-department programs that provide support for graduate students to perform research in collaboration with departments in other Johns Hopkins divisions or nearby institutes. Application to all programs is through the regular application procedure. Interest in special programs should be included in statement of interests.

Pim Fellowship 

The Pim Postdoctoral Fellowship was set up to provide support to a postdoctoral student pursuing research in the field of global change. This fellowship is part of the Global Change Science Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to promote innovative research and teaching at Johns Hopkins University in areas of earth science that underlie global change phenomena and to integrate these activities into the university-wide initiative on global change issues. The duration of this fellowship is for one year.
Bromery Fellowship 

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and its graduate program values Johns Hopkins University’s mission to promote and sustain diversity. In concert with the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering, the department believes that a diverse student body in its graduate program enriches each student’s experience by providing a variety of views and perspectives that in turn enhance research, teaching, and the development of new knowledge.

The Bromery Fellowship, available to graduate students within the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, was endowed to foster the very diversity that the University and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences embrace. Through this fellowship, Dr. Randolph W. Bromery and the department commit to providing equal access to graduate education for graduate students from underrepresented minorities.


Applications will be based on a combination of factors including the candidate’s GPA, letters of recommendation, test scores, statement of purpose, and interview.

We welcome qualified students with a degree from any university or college, but we especially welcome applications from candidates who:

  • Have received their undergraduate degree from a historically black college or university
  • Have received their undergraduate degree from a tribal college
  • Have been a McNair or other TRIO Program Scholar, Project 1000 Scholar, LSAMP or MARC Scholar

The department and its graduate program seek motivated students from a variety of backgrounds. An undergraduate degree and/or professional experience in the earth or planetary sciences is beneficial, but is not a requirement for admission to the PhD program. The department encourages applications from interested students with undergraduate degrees in any of the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering. This program has a goal of increasing the representation of minority students and scientists in the earth and planetary sciences, and as such, consideration of minority status is a favorable factor in evaluation.

This program will be reviewed periodically to ensure that its criteria remain an effective and appropriate means for fostering diversity.

How to Apply

To apply for the Bromery Fellowship, applicants must first submit a letter or email of interest to:

Jenny Seat
Academic Program Administrator
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Johns Hopkins University
301 Olin Hall
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-516-7135
Fax: 410-516-7933

In addition, the applicant must submit all of the required application materials to the Graduate Affairs and Admissions Office.

About Dr. Bromery

Randolph W. Bromery received his PhD in geology in 1968. He is an accomplished scientist, gifted administrator, and educational statesman. Having served as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, president of Springfield College, and several other top appointments, Dr. Bromery also served on the Johns Hopkins Board of Trustees.

Applied Physics Laboratory Graduate Fellowships 

Fellowships are available for graduate students working with planetary scientists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. APL is a national laboratory with a history of innovative space science and engineering. APL scientists use a wide range of remote sensing, in situ, and laboratory techniques to research planetary systems, and opportunities exist for graduate students to be immersed in research projects tied to NASA missions, instrument development, and research and analyses. For more information, contact Thomas Haine.

Other Fellowship Opportunities

IGERT Water, Climate, and Health 

This NSF-funded program provides training in understanding and assessing threats to water resources and health posed by climate change, and the development of innovative adaptive strategies that respond to these threats. The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program includes place-based capstone courses (in the Chesapeake Bay, Peruvian Amazon, and Nile River basin), and is a collaboration among the Johns Hopkins Schools of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Public Health, and Medicine, as well as Howard University.

IGERT Modeling Complex Systems 

This NSF-funded multidisciplinary training program focuses on of science-based coupling of multi-physics models at different scales, and the use of computational simulations to address critical processes, such as energy production, environmental protection, and infrastructural integrity. The program includes faculty and students from several engineering departments, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Visit the IGERT Modeling Complex Systems website for more information.


This graduate program is part of Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research (GESTAR), a research collaboration among NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Universities Space Research Association (USRA), Morgan State University, JHU, and other partners. Through this program, JHU PhD students can perform research at NASA GSFC, and will be co-advised by NASA staff and JHU faculty. Students will spend a significant part of their research experience in residence at GSFC, and will have access to resources and facilities at GSFC. Areas of research include, but are not limited to, atmospheric, climate, hydrological, and oceanic sciences.