Funding Opportunities

1. Marie Tharp Visiting Fellowship


We are currently revisiting the goals of the Marie Tharp Fellowship. It is expected that the fellowship will resume in 2014-15. Please check back in the fall of 2014.

This prestigious fellowship is named after Marie Tharp, the first scientist to map details of the ocean floor on a global scale.  She published the pivotal interpretation of mid-ocean ridges that was crucial to the eventual acceptance of the theories of plate tectonics and continental drift. Tharp based her work on data from sonar readings obtained by Maurice Ewing and his team.  Piecing together data from the late 1940s and early 1950s, she and colleague Bruce Heezen discovered a 40,000-mile underwater ridge girdling the globe and established the foundation for the conclusion that the sea floor spreads from central ridges and that the continents are in motion with respect to one another—a revolutionary geological theory at the time.  Years later, satellite images proved Tharp’s maps to be accurate.  Tharp came to Columbia in 1948 and then moved to the Lamont Geological Observatory (now the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory), where she began work on mapping the ocean floor. Her map of the ocean floor is still a foundation for research and education in the ocean sciences.

From 2005 through 2009, the Marie Tharp Fellowship was part of the NSF-ADVANCE program at Columbia. With the completion of the ADVANCE program the LDEO Directorate institutionalized this award in 2010. This fellowship awards up to $25,000 to qualified applicants. Click here to learn about the 2013 award. To view a list of past winners and to learn more about this prestigious award click here

World Ocean Floor: Marie Tharp & Bruce Heezen

2. Leadership Grant Initiative 

The Office of Academic Affairs & Diversity offers grants that will provide scientists at LDEO opportunities to attend leadership conferences. Under this Leadership Grant Initiative the office will sponsor participation and travel costs  up to $500.00 associated with attending conferences that focus on developing leadership skills for junior scientists. Both male and female scientists at LDEO are eligible to apply for these awards.

It is expected that approximately 4-5 awards will be given out in one academic year. It may be possible to give out more awards if additional funding becomes available. The recipients of these funds will be expected to give a talk to the postdoctoral / junior scientist community on the workshop / conference attended with these funds.