Standard Financial Package for Admitted Students

All admitted graduate students are awarded a financial package that provides full tuition, health insurance coverage, and a nine-month stipend. Students can expect this support to continue for five years (10 semesters), assuming satisfactory progress.

In addition to the nine-month stipend support of $25,500, students will most likely be eligible for a summer Research Assistantship from grants administered by a faculty member in their field of study (i.e., making a total of $34,000 for 12 months). We encourage students to apply for external fellowships.

If students receive external fellowships that provide a lower amount of support than this financial package, then the department will supplement the external fellowship to match this financial package.

Graduate Student 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.

Vivien Thomas PhD Scholars

The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) is an endowed fellowship program at Johns Hopkins for STEM PhD students. It provides full tuition, stipend, benefits, targeted mentoring, and professional development. Students who have attended a historically black college and university or other minority serving institution for undergraduate study are eligible.

There is no additional application. To be considered for the VTSI, all components of the PhD application, including supplemental components, special VSTI questions, and letters of recommendation must be completed by December 1, even if the program deadline is later.

Bromery Fellowship

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:

Alicia Boampong
Administrative Manager
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Johns Hopkins University
301 Olin Hall
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Email: [email protected]
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 at JHU. 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 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 Sabine Stanley ([email protected]).

Other Fellowship Opportunities

Other fellowships include the Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research (GESTAR) program. Contact your graduate advisor for more fellowship information.

Post Doctoral Opportunities

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.