GSI Issues RFP for Graduate Student FellowshipsGeosynthetic Institute logoThe 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. GSI has now opened the global request for proposals for its 2016 – 2017 graduate student fellowships.
Awards of up to $5,000 per research and development project. Masters and doctoral candidates are eligible to receive the funding.
“Emphasis will be placed on relevant topics of interest and/or concern to the geosynthetics community,” says Jamie Koerner, Special Projects Coordinator for GSI.
She notes that proposals must be submitted in a strict four-page format, 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

Proposals are due to Jamie Koerner ( by e-mail by 13 June 2016. Winning awards will be announced by 1 August 2016.
The 9-person GSI Board of Directors will review all proposals and select the winning submissions. Multiple awards will be given.


  • Geosynthetic reinforced pile supported embankments (2008)
  • Geosynthetic basal reinforcement (2009)
  • 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)
  • Clog behavior of con. aggregate in geotextile systems (2014)

View more graduate student fellowships from previous years and learn more about the GSI Fellowship program at
GeoAmericas 2016