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Best Paper Awards in Geography & Entrepreneurship

Thanks to a sponsorship from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the AAG is pleased to announce two annual awards for promising research studying geography and entrepreneurship: one for best paper and one for best student paper. 

The purpose of this award program is to identify innovative research in business, applied or community geography that is relevant to questions related to entrepreneurs and their firms as well as to practitioners and policymakers. Research that has direct practical implications and that addresses pressing environmental, economic and/or social problems is especially appropriate for these awards. The awards will be presented at the AAG Annual Meeting.

Prizes: Two awardees will receive a check for $1,500, complimentary meeting registration, and a complimentary ticket to the AAG Awards Luncheon. The runner up for each award will receive complimentary registration and a complimentary ticket to the AAG Awards Luncheon. Award winners and runners up will be invited to present their research in a session highlighting geography and entrepreneurship.

Deadline to submit: November 5, 2020

Eligibility Criteria & Submission Process:

  1. The best paper will be selected based on importance of the topic to the study of geography and entrepreneurship, contribution to the existing literature, and relevance to the practice.
  2. Original papers are encouraged but published work can be submitted.
  3. One entry per primary author is permitted.
  4. Applicants worldwide are welcome to apply, but all materials must be submitted in English.
  5. Journal-ready submissions following the Chicago Manual of Style

The application form requires you to upload your paper before being able to complete the process. You cannot save a partially completed form and return to it later, so it is important to have all materials ready before filling out the form. For questions or difficulties, please contact or call the AAG at 202-234-1450.

Apply for Best Paper

Apply for Best Student Paper