Geomembrane Research
GSI Fellowship supports geosynthetics research. Master’s and doctoral degree engineering students are eligible to apply for the $5,000 awards.

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has invested tens of thousands of dollars in its engineering research fellowship program over the years. The 2015 – 2016 academic year fellowship Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued. It is notable for its expansion of eligibility to master’s engineering students.
Previously, the program was open only to doctoral program candidate research.
The RFP is international. Geosynthetica’s readers are encouraged to share this opportunity with your colleagues in academia.


GSI’s program issues numerous awards, each of USD $5,000, during the fellowship awards cycle. Candidates with a vision of longer-term research will be interested to know that successive year awards are possible under GSI’s program.
Landfill Failures Webinar from GSIIn her RFP announcement, GSI’s Jamie Koerner (Special Projects Coordinator) notes that “emphasis will be placed on relevant topics of interest and/or concern to the geosynthetics community.  A list of possible topics … is available upon request.”
The format for submission (no exceptions):

  • Page 1 – Letter of recommendation from student’s department head or advisor
  • Page 2 – Title and detailed abstract of proposed project
  • Page 3 – Student’s resume
  • Page 4 – Relevancy of topic to the geosynthetics community

Candidates must submit their proposals to Jamie Koerner ( by 12 June 2015.
Proposals will be reviewed by the 9-person GSI Board of Directors.
More information is available at the Institute’s website:
The range of award toipcs have been significant. A sample of previous winners from GSI’s Fellowship Program:

  • Durability specification development for corrugated HDPE pipe
  • Geosynthetic-reinforced stone columns and embankment stabilization
  • Geosynthetic filters for water quality improvement of urban stormwater runoff
  • Prefabricated vertical drains (PVDs) in railroad stabilization
  • Deflocculants for geotextile tubes
  • Coextruded geomembrane — ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH)
  • Geogrid reinforced soil behavior