The GeoHost Support program of the 36th IGC is unprecedented, offering full support for travel, registration and local hospitality for 1000 delegates. This will be further enhanced with industry support. As per the bid presented at the 34th IGC, the GeoHost program of the 36th IGC would be made available to every active scientist who has an abstract that is accepted for presentation. It would provide financial support based exclusively on scientific merit.

The GeoHost Support program is designed to enable young and financially disadvantaged geoscientists to attend the International Geological Congress (IGC).

The 1000 GeoHost full support would be split into:

1000 Registration
1000 Travel and
1000 Local Hospitality.
These may be awarded as either full or partial support. Applicants who can obtain partial funding from other sources will get preference.
This support includes the Youth GeoHost Program, wherein one meritorious candidate from each of the IUGS-adhering countries would be offered fully funded GeoHost grant for attending the 36thIGC. Selection would be made in consultation with the IUGS-adhering countries.

Categories of GeoHost applicants:


Eligibility criteria

Category A:
Early career geoscientists

(Students and Young Researchers / Professionals)

i. The applicant’s abstract should have been accepted for the 36th IGC. He/she should be the presenting

ii. Should be below 40 years of age as on 31st December 2019.

iii. Authorisation/ certificate by the institute where the applicant is pursuing higher studies / working.

iv. Statement of purpose (250 words) for attending the 36th IGC.

Category B:
Financially disadvantaged

i. The applicant’s abstract should be accepted for the 36th IGC. He/she should be the presenting author/contributing to the 36th IGC in some capacity or another (Only one GeoHost application can be made against one accepted abstract).

ii. The applicant should be above 40 years of age as on 31st December 2019.

iii. Preferably hold passport of a middle- / low-income country. For this purpose, the World Bank database* will be considered.

iv. Statement of purpose (250 words) for attending the 36th IGC.

v. Employer’s certificate, if in service, or a Letter of Referral / Recommendation.

Category C

Registrations reserved for IUGS officials,Youth Geohost Program and Geo-quiz winners.



Workshop/ Training Program for GeoHost awardees:

To encourage early career researchers and students (Category A GeoHost awardees), a Congress Theme Workshop Series (CTWS) is being organized during the 36th IGC for capacity-building. Under the CTWS about 10 workshops (two per day) related to the Congress theme are scheduled. GeoHost awardees under Category B or geoscientists of international repute (preferably from international scientific bodies) will be the resource persons for these workshops. 
The tentative themes of the workshop are
1. Geohazards
2. Climate Change
3. Carbon dioxide sequestration
4. Water resources and conservation
5. Sustainable development of geo-resources
6. The monsoon system
7. Energy Resources
8. Applications of isotopes in ground water research
9. Coastal Zone Management
10. Geostatistics

Award for the Best Paper

Further, the best among the abstracts submitted by geohost applicants, will be selected for the Best Paper Award during the Congress.

Additional support offered to delegates by other organizations/ institutes/ associations

The GeoHost support is further enhanced with kind offers of support from the following:

The Hutchison Award of IUGS

Young Geoscientists can apply for the Hutchison Award through the IUGS Hutchison Young Scientists Foundation, which promotes the professional growth of deserving, meritorious young scientists from around the world by supporting their participation in important IUGS-sponsored conferences.                    

With funds from the Hutchison Foundation, the IUGS will support 15 young scientists to participate in the 36th IGC. More details are available at

  The CGI Award for Young Earth Scientists at the 36th IGC

 CGI's mission is to foster the interoperability and exchange of geoscience information by active community leadership, collaboration, education and the development and promotion of geoscience     information standards and best practice.

CGI sponsors an award to assist early career scientists to present their work at conferences such as the IGC on the use of CGI standards in data delivery and analysis. The award provides up to US$ 2000 (for travel and accommodation) to participate in the 36th IGC, Delhi. Registration fee is covered by the Young Earth Scientists (YES) Network. More details are available at

European Federation of Geologists (EFG)

EFG is a professional organisation that aims to contribute to a safer and more sustainable use of the natural environment, to protect and inform the public and to promote a more responsible exploitation of natural resources.

EFG will provide financial support to the young geologistfrom Europe who are the members of EFG family.Details of the support offered are available at

European Mineralogical Union (EMU)

EMU is an international scientific organization. Its objective is to further European cooperation in the mineralogical sciences (mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry and their applications).

The European Mineralogical Union (EMU) invites applications for financial support to attend the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) in Delhi, India, in 2020. Two grants, 500 Euros each, will be awarded to successful applicants who are early-career scientists with European affiliation who are planning to present a contribution with significant mineralogical component at the 36th IGC. More details on the support offered are available at

International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG/AIG)

The International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) is a scientific, non-governmental and non-profit organization, whose main objectives are development and promotion of geomorphology as a science through international co-operation and dissemination of the knowledge of geomorphology. IAG also supports the training of Young Geomorphologists from all around the world, especially those from economically less-developed countries.

IAG is organizing sessions during the 36th IGC. Support will be provided to the delegates. More details are available at


International Geoscience Education Organisation (IGEO)

IGEO is a non-profit organization whose motto is "promoting geoscience education worldwide".

IGEO would be providing a grant of US$ 1000 to one participant from a DEVELOPING COUNTRY who will make a presentation in Symposium 1.1 on “Geoscience Education” at the 36th IGC, India.

Interested scientists could contact the Secretary, IGEO( Application deadline:October 15, 2019.


All Geohost applications (for category A and B) should be made online. A separate link for Geohost applications shall be send to the awardees under Category C. Any other mode of application would not be entertained. Geohost form can be accessed during the abstract submission process.  For additional queries, reach us at

For FAQ's Click here