Graduate Student GSI Fellowships RFP

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has a long history of supporting student research and development projects with geosynthetics. The investment helps spur the next generation of understanding with geosynthetics. The independent organization has now opened the global request for graduate student proposals for the 2020 – 2021 GSI Fellowships.

Masters and doctoral candidates are eligible to receive awards of up to $5,000 per research and development project. Multiple awards will be issued.

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“Emphasis will be placed on relevant topics of interest and/or concern to the geosynthetics community,” writes Jamie Koerner, Special Projects Manager for GSI.

Graduate student proposals must be submitted in following four-page format:

  • 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

Proposals must be submitted by email to Jamie Koerner ( by 17 August 2020. Winning awards will be announced by the end of September. The 9-person GSI Board of Directors will review all proposals and select the winning submissions for the graduate student fellowships.


  • Geosynthetic-reinforced pile-supported embankments (2008)
  • Experimental and numerical studies of elevated temperature effects on GS interface shear behavior (2010)
  • Deflocculants for geotextile tubes (2011)
  • Coextruded Geomembrane-Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (2013)
  • Evaluation of Long-Term Internal Shear of GCLs in Mining Applications (2015)
  • Composite behavior of geosynthetic reinforced structures (2016)
  • Hydraulic compatibility of geotextile compost systems in landfill covers (2018)
  • Addition of synthetic fibers in minimizing the flow behavior of dewatered fly ash slurries (2019)

View more graduate student fellowships from previous years and learn more about the GSI Fellowship program at