As part of a 4-year, $5-million program by the Atlantic Richfield Foundation, 14 departments at 10 universities will receive grants to support doctoral students and junior faculty in geology and geophysics. The Atlantic Richfield Foundation will provide a total of 40 grants of $125,000 each to specific departments at 30 universities (10 universities will receive two grants each).

For each grant, $25,000 will be applied annually for 4 years for fellowship support of outstanding doctoral students selected by the department receiving the grant. The fellowships are intended to encourage greater interest in teaching careers. The other $25,000 of the grant will be for the support of junior faculty. The funds are to be supplied at the discretion of the receiving department and are primarily for salary supplements and summer stipends or for new equipment and laboratory expenses.