Published On: 11/23/2015

SME continues initiative to support U.S. mining school faculty

Financial grant application period opens Dec. 1

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) is pleased to announce the continuation of the Ph.D. Fellowship and Academic Career Development Grant program. The initiative was implemented in 2015 to address the concerns regarding the long-term sustainability of U.S. mining engineering, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy academic degree programs and the declining balance of tenured and tenure-track faculty members.

“The challenges that threaten the viability of U.S. mining schools and the looming faculty shortage are of utmost importance to the entire mining community,” stated SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy. “SME and the SME Foundation support this two-fold initiative which seeks to address and remedy that threat.”

Kanagy also noted that the impending faculty shortage has caught the eye of Congress as well. The House of Representatives has introduced the Mining School Enhancement Act (HR 3734) to address this issue, which SME fully supports.

The 2016 SME grant application period runs December 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Grants ranging from $60,000 - $100,000 are awarded annually to qualified candidates.

The two directives of the initiative are:

  • Ph.D. Fellowship – provides financial support to Ph.D. candidates with industry experience and a desire to pursue an academic career.
  • Career Development Grant – provides tenure track assistant or associate professors with the resources necessary to achieve tenure and promotion.

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The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or