Scholarship and Fellowship Awards

STLE grants two academic awards through its Presidential Awards Program: The E. Richard Booser Scholarship (for undergraduate students) and The E. Elmer Klaus Fellowship (for graduate students).   These awards are administered by the STLE Presidential Council and are meant to encourage students to pursue an advanced degree or a career in tribology or lubrication engineering by subsidizing a research project related to the field.


E. Richard Booser Scholarship For Undergraduate Students

The purpose of the E. Richard Booser Scholarship is to encourage undergraduate students to pursue graduate degrees or a career in tribology by providing the opportunity for them to participate in tribology research. The student must be enrolled in an engineering or science curriculum.


Application deadline is December 1, 2017.


Elmer E. Klaus Fellowship For Graduate Students

The purpose of the Elmer E. Klaus Fellowship is to encourage graduate students to pursue graduate degrees or a career in tribology by providing the opportunity for them to participate in tribology research. The student must be enrolled in a graduate engineering or science curriculum at the time the research is started.


Application deadline is December 1, 2017.


Early Career Awards 

The Early Career Awards recognize the technical achievements of STLE student members, young researchers and junior-level academic faculty and provides financial support for attendance to the STLE Annual Meeting. Application deadline is December 1st, 2017. Click here to view past recipients of the Early Career Awards.

Schedule for Presidential Award Process

July 1, 2017
Applications posted on-line


Dec. 1, 2017
Application deadline

Jan. 31, 2018
Award winners notified

May 17, 2018
Checks awarded at Annual Meeting

Jan. 15, 2019
Research reports deadline

Balance of award money mailed out to winners upon receipt of research reports, which will be published in the July issue of TLT magazine, along with next year’s application.

Section Matching Program

STLE has established a $15,000/year Section Matching Fund. A number of STLE local sections had expressed the need for this type of partnership program. The new program will enable STLE to do a better job of supporting students with an interest in engineering, science and technology and fulfill an equally important goal--support for and closer cooperation with our local sections.  Click here for more information on the Section Matching Program