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AAG International Geographic Information Fund Graduate Research Award


 Deadline: December 31, yearly



The Association of American Geographers will award one or more small grants of up to $500 to support graduate research proposed by a student in any area of spatial analysis or geographic information science or systems. The award(s) will be presented at the AAG Annual Meeting.

The program is designed to support college and university student career development in the academic areas of applied spatial data analysis or geographic information systems (GIS). The award has been financially supported by a generous gift from Laura and Jack Dangermond and the Environmental Systems Research Institute to establish an AAG IGIF Endowment for this unique grant program.

Eligibility: AAG IGIF Graduate Research Awards are available to full-time students who are currently registered in an undergraduate or graduate degree program providing either a degree or explicit specialization in some area of applied spatial data analysis or GIS study at a duly accredited and recognized college, university or other educational institution located within the United States.

Criteria: Evaluation of applications is based on:

  • The problem statement and context of the proposed research within the literature - 20%
  • Originality and relevance of the research - 30%
  • Validity and effectiveness of the methodology to complete the research - 25%
  • Writing clarity and quality - 20%
  • Faculty endorsement - 5%

Applications for an AAG IGIF Graduate Research Awards must consist of the following: A Proposal of no more than five (5) pages long, single spaced that includes the following:

  • Abstract of research intent
  • Statement of problem and relevancy
  • Context of proposed research in the literature
  • Methodology/research design
  • Anticipated results and significance of such results
  • Schedule of research
  • Budget
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member

Submissions: Digital submissions are required. Please completely enter all information requested on our online application form.
NOTE: If applying to more than one program, you must submit a separate form for each program-- each program has its own application form.

Reports and Acknowledgment: By accepting an AAG IGIF Graduate Research Award you agree to submit a brief (up to two-page) report to the AAG Executive Director that summarizes your results and documents the expenses underwritten by the grant. You should submit your report within two months after completion of your proposed research. Please acknowledge AAG/IGIF support in presentations and publications.

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