SME has implemented two grants to address the long-term challenges that threaten the sustainability of U.S. mining engineering, mineral processing, and extractive metallurgy academic degree programs, as well as the looming future labor deficiencies associated with retirements over the next two decades. A list of available grants is provided below. Click on the grant’s name to view the full guidelines and application instructions.

The 2020 grant application period is open from December 2019 - January 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact

Academic Career Development Program
Ph.D. Fellowship Program

 SME Professional Section Grant Program
SME Section Grants support projects developed and executed by SME Sections.

Due to a technical issue prohibiting the upload of supporting documentation, SME is extending the scholarship deadline through Friday, November 1, 2019.

We don’t want you to miss out on these important scholarship opportunities. If you have completed the initial application process online, you can send your supporting document to Carol Kiser at to be manually attached to your application. Simply label the files with your name, what the document is (resume, faculty letter, industry letter, transcript, statement) and what scholarship it belongs to.

We apologize for the inconvenience to our members and expect that a fix will be in place very shortly.


Each year the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) and the SME Foundation offer multiple scholarships to SME student members who demonstrate a desire for and probability of success in a career in the minerals industry. A list of available scholarships is provided below (scroll down to see all). Click on the scholarship’s name to view the full guidelines and application instructions.

If you have any questions, please contact

WAAIME Scholarships

The WAAIME Scholarship fund provides scholarships to students pursuing earth science degrees including mining, geological sciences, metallurgy, petroleum, mineral sciences, materials science and engineering, mineral economics, chemical engineering, and other related studies.

Student members of any AIME Member Society (AIST, SME, SPE, TMS) attending universities in the United States are eligible and are encouraged to apply.

The application period is open annually from January 15 – February 5.
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Scholarships Application Tutorial

Are you ready to apply for SME Scholarships online?

Use this easy-to-follow tutorial for help on getting started with your scholarship applications. The tutorial will guide you through the application process from start to finish including how to view draft applications and how to view submitted applications.

If you have any questions related to scholarship applications through SME, please contact

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