Graduate Student GSI Fellowships RFP

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has a long history of supporting student research and development projects. The investment helps spur the next generation of understanding with geosynthetics in infrastructure. The independent organization’s 2021 – 2022 GSI Fellowships for graduate student research proposals closes soon: 23 August 2021.

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Masters and doctoral candidates are eligible to receive awards of up to $5,000 per research and development project. As many as 20 new students may be added to the program. Awards are merit-based and issued to the student’s academic institution for research and related expenses incurred by the student.

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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 23 August 2021. Winning awards will be announced by the end of September. The GSI Board of Directors will review all proposals and select the winning submissions for the graduate student fellowships. Awards will be announced 4 October 2021.


  • 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