2019 Graduate Research Grant Competition

The AAG Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group (GFASG) invites proposals for the 2019 Graduate Research Grant Competition. The Master’s and Doctoral competitions are designed to support graduate students’ conducting initial research for their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.

The master’s level competition is intended to support research-related travel and expenses in support of thesis research during the 2019 field season. Proposals should clearly demonstrate scholarly merit and the ability to be successfully completed during the time-frame of the master’s research.

The doctoral competition is intended to support pilot research, or provide startup funds to help launch dissertation research. This award is not intended to supplement dissertation research that is already underway or near completion. Proposals should clearly demonstrate a scholarly contribution to geographic research on food and agriculture, an ability to successfully complete the proposed work, and a readiness to begin research in 2019.

The awards are competitive; applications are judged on the basis of scholarly merit of the project, organization and clarity of the proposal, and qualifications of the student to conduct the proposed work.

Each applicant must be a student member of the GFASG at the time of application (student dues are $1), and the proposed project should be part of her/his thesis or dissertation research. Again, please note that applicants should not yet have completed research, as this is a seed grant. The amount of the research grant prize will be determined by membership and funds available to the GFASG at time of award. Past awards have been in the range of $400 – $600. Awards may not be given if no proposals are deemed suitable.

Entries undergo review by the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group’s Executive Committee. A complete application must be sent by email attachment (as a single PDF file with applicant’s name and graduate level [master’s or Ph.D.] in the title of the document). The submission and questions should be directed to Xiang Chen (chenxiangpeter [at] gmail.com).

The application consists of the application form and a one-page synopsis of the curriculum vitae. Applications will be evaluated based on the originality and importance of the work’s contribution to the geographies of food and agriculture, strong theoretical framework(s) and clear presentation/framing of the problem, and evidence of strong and appropriate methods. Submissions should be original, interdisciplinary, well-written and well-researched, and it should be obvious that the applicant is prepared to begin research AND has not already received full funding for the work.

The competition results will be announced at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers in Washington DC, during the GFASG Business Meeting.

Collen Hammelman (UNC Charlotte)
Samara Brock (Yale University)
Xiang “Peter” Chen (Arkansas Tech University)

Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group

2019 Research Grant Competitions – Application Instructions

Eligibility: Applicant must be enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program in Geography or related fields at an institution of higher education. The proposed research must be an integral part of ongoing research toward the Master’s or Ph.D. degree. The applicant must be a member of the AAG Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group at the time of application.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2019

Application Directions:

  1. Complete the Research Grant Application Form. This form includes
  • Application information
  • 250-word description of research activities
  • 500-word research proposal
  • An itemized budget of no more than two pages
  1. Provide a 1-page synopsis of your curriculum vitae.
  2. Email all materials as one file (.pdf only) to Xiang Chen (chenxiangpeter [at]  gmail.com).

Session Sponsorship for 2019 AAG Meeting

Hi Folks,

Will you be focusing on topics related to food and agriculture at AAG in Washington, D.C.?

Please reach out to me if you want sponsorship from the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group. As the Faculty Member At-Large, I will be organizing, with the support of our board, all the sessions, panels, plenaries, events, etc. that we will sponsor. Our default answer is “yes!” but we want to keep track of all our sponsorships. Feel free to add our specialty group sponsorship to your CFPs as well.

It is easiest to email me at j.sbicca [at] colostate.edu with your sponsorship requests.


Josh Sbicca

Food Justice Scholar-Activist/Activist-Scholar AAG Meeting

The next in person Food Justice Scholar-Activist/Activist-Scholar meeting will take place at AAG in New Orleans.

The meeting will take place at the Marriott Hotel, Audubon Room on Thursday, 4/12/2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This is immediately after the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group meeting, in the same hotel.

Agenda items include: an introduction to the group (for newcomers) and very short individual introductions; and small and large-group discussions about FJSAAS and geography and action items for the coming year.

Anyone attending AAG is welcome to the meeting.

*If you plan to participate, please come prepared to discuss briefly (1-2 minutes) either an activist project in which you are or have been involved that is situated at the interface between academic work and community work, or, if this is new to you, your visions for a project in which you hope to engage along the same lines.

2018 GFASG Board Elections Nominations Announcement

Dear Geography of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group Members (and Future Members),

A number of positions will soon be open on the GFASG Board this year. Elections will take place online in early March and be announced at our specialty group business meeting at the AAG in April. The term starts after the meeting. The positions available are listed below. Each position is two years.

  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • Website Coordinator
  • Faculty Board Members at Large
  • Student Board Members at Large

All positions have the same voice in decision-making, and specific tasks are assigned to the individual roles. The board generally has two to three conference calls per year. In addition, members work in smaller working groups to organize conference events, our graduate student award, and other activities.

If you are interested, please send a short (150 words max) bio statement to me at clevkoe@lakeheadu.ca by February 23, to be circulated before the ballot is made available. You must be a registered GFASG member by time you join the board. Information about the GFASG can be found on our website at https://gfasg.wordpress.com/ and on the AAG Knowledge Communities website at http://community.aag.org/communities/community-home?CommunityKey=94e2fa27-ec30-4ae1-aad5-13ea28419de8.