The Spackman Award

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Applications are due by May 19, 2014.


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23 February 2014 -
2014 PDF now available

May 19, 2014 -- All Applications Must Be Postmarked, Faxed or E-Mailed

The Spackman Award:
TSOP Research Committee Student Grants Program*


The Spackman Award, formerly known as the TSOP Student Grants Program, supports graduate thesis research in organic petrology. Research must demonstrate the utility and significance of organic petrology (which includes coal petrology, kerogen petrology, organic geochemistry and related disciplines) in solving the thesis problem.


The Spackman Award supports qualified graduate students from around the world who are actively seeking advanced degrees. Applicants who have previously been granted a Spackman Award are not eligible to apply for a second grant under the scheme.


A maximum of two monetary awards, up to U.S. $1,000.00 each, will be granted. All applicants, whether successful or unsuccessful, are eligible to apply for one year of TSOP Student Membership at no cost.


Monetary awards are to be applied to expenses directly related to the student's thesis work, such as field expenses, laboratory analyses, etc. A portion (not to exceed 25%) of the award funds may be used to attend a TSOP Annual Meeting. Funds should not be used to purchase capital equipment, to pay salaries, tuition, room, or board during the school year. Funds must be spent by the end of the calendar year following granting of the award, and an account of expenditure with copies of receipts should be provided by the end of that year (December 31, 2015 for awards granted in 2014).

Application Deadline:

Completed applications must be postmarked, faxed or e-mailed (as attachments) by May 19, 2014. Completed application packets should be sent to:

Prof Colin Ward
Chair, TSOP Research Committee
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW, 2052

Fax: + 61 2 9385 1558


All Applications Must Be Postmarked, Faxed or E-mailed by May 19, 2014

*originally patterned after the 1998 AAPG Grants In Aid Program

History and Recipients

of the Spackman Award are detailed on another page.