AMS Scholarships and Fellowships

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) administers an array of graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships with the support of its members, corporations, and government agencies nationwide. The fellowships and scholarships range from $1,000 to $25,000 and help further the education of outstanding graduate and undergraduate students pursuing a career in the atmospheric and related oceanic or hydrologic sciences.

Applications for the 2021 AMS Scholarships and Fellowships are now open!

Congratulations to all 2020 AMS Scholarship and Fellowship recipients!

AMS honors the scholarship and fellowship recipients and their sponsors each year at an AMS Annual Meeting. Unfortunately, we were not able to appear in person for this event. In navigating during these unprecedented times, we are happy to create a pre-recorded presentation of the 2020 Fellowship and Scholarship Award Announcements available here for your viewing. Congratulations again to the AMS award recipients and thank you to their sponsors!

Types of AMS Scholarships and Fellowships

AMS Senior Named Scholarships
Applications were due on 26 March 2021

American Meteorological Society (AMS) members sponsor scholarships each year to support the education of outstanding undergraduate students entering their final year of study. 21 Senior Scholarship awards ranging from $2000 to $10,000 are available for the 2021 year. 

Notifications will go out between May and June 2021.

AMS Graduate Fellowship in the History of Science
Applications are due on 1 May 2021

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is pleased to invite applications for the AMS Graduate Fellowship in the History of Science, to be awarded to a student in the process of completing a dissertation on the history of the atmospheric, or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences. The Fellowship carries a $15,000 stipend and will support one year of dissertation research.

Notifications will go out in July 2021.

The Father James B. Macelwane Annual Award in Meteorology
Applications are due on 4 June 2021

The Father James B. Macelwane Annual Award was established by the American Meteorological Society to honor the late Rev. James B. Macelwane, S.J., a world renowned authority of seismology, who was a geophysicist and Dean of the Institute of Technology, Saint Louis University, until his death in 1956.  The recipient of the Father James B. Macelwane award will receive a stipend of $1000 supported by member donations to the AMS Giving Program.

The evaluation of papers occurs during the summer.  Announcement of the award recipient will be made August of 2021.

Women in Science Scholarship
Women in Science Scholarship
Applications were due on 5 February 2021

The Women in Science Scholarship supports women in the atmospheric, oceanic, and climate sciences, and related areas of study. The scholarship was established to acknowledge that gender diversity is essential in the pursuit of better science. An all-woman committee reviews and selects the recipient of this award. The scholarship carries a $10,000 stipend.

AMS Graduate Fellowships
Applications were due on 1 January 2021

Stipends will be presented to each fellowship recipient for a nine-month period in the 2020/2021 academic year.  In addition, fellowship recipients will receive partial travel support to attend the AMS Annual Meeting.

Notifications will go out in March 2021.

AMS Freshman Undergraduate Scholarship
Applications were due on 5 February 2021

The American Meteorological Society is pleased to announce the AMS Freshman Undergraduate Scholarship program, open to all high school students and designed to encourage study in the atmospheric and related sciences. Serving as a unique example of various sectors of our field joining together to support young, talented minds, the scholarships are being sponsored by partners in industry, as well as through named scholarships either established by an AMS member or in memory of someone.

Notifications will go out in May 2021.

AMS Minority Scholarships
Applications were due on 12 February 2021

The AMS Minority Scholarships will award funding to minority students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, especially Hispanic, Native American, and Black/African American students. Funding for the scholarships is provided through donations made to the AMS Annual Giving Program. The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is committed to, and benefits from the full and equitable participation of a diverse community. AMS is committed to advancing core values of diversity, inclusion, and equity across all aspects of the atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences.

Notifications will go out in May 2021.

Prior AMS Scholarship and Fellowship Recipients


 The application includes specific guidelines; if you have further questions, contact  AMS Development and Student Program Manager Donna Fernandez ( 617-227-2426 ext. 3907).