The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

William G. McGinnies Graduate Scholarship in Arid Lands Studies

A Graduate Scholarship in Arid Lands Studies was established in 1985 by the faculty of the Office of Arid Lands, Water, and People at the University of Arizona, in honor of Dr. William G. McGinnies, our founder. The intent of the McGinnies Graduate Scholarship is to provide additional support to graduate students whose dissertation research concerns physical and biological processes in the world's arid and semiarid lands. The annual scholarship award is $2,500 and is celebrated with a luncheon at the historic Arizona Inn.
Eligibility:  Any University of Arizona doctoral student is eligible. All recipients must be approved by the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Selection Criteria: Award is made on the basis of materials submitted by applicants, which (1) indicates their achievements and future as scholars, and (2) demonstrates significant contribution of ongoing research to understanding environmental processes and informing management of arid and semiarid lands.
Application: Applications should consist of (1) a letter of application of no more than 1000 words
describing the student's research interests, their achievements to-date, and a concise description
of their dissertation research and its broader relevance; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) two letters
of recommendation (including one from the major advisor). It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that letters are received before the application deadline December 6, 2019. 
Send digital application packets to the SNRE business ofifce at
See list of previous recipients, with their dissertation topics, subsequent careers, and current whereabouts.
For more information on McGinnies and his work see A Tribute to William G. McGinnies and this 1965 AZ Daily Star article.
Interview with 2011 scholarship recipient Nick McKay:
Deadline: All application materials must be submitted no later than 5:00pm on December 6, 2019. Review of applications for the 2019 awards will begin January 2020.