Call for Applications and Nominations: 2022 GFASG Awards!
The Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group is pleased to request nominations for the 2022 Book Award and applications for the 2022 Graduate Research Award. You can download the details by clicking the links above, or scroll down for more detail.
Call for Nominations:
2022 GFASG Book Award
The Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group (GFASG) is pleased to announce an award for an outstanding book on the geographies of food and agriculture. This award is given biennially to a scholarly, single or co-authored book (excluding edited volumes) published within the previous two calendar years. The nominated works should be highly innovative and impactful with strong relevance to the interests of specialty group members. This non-monetary award will be recognized at the GFASG business meeting at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers and through the GFASG newsletter, listserv, website, and social media.
The current call for nominations is for books published in the years 2020 or 2021. Nominations and copies of books are due by December 15, 2021.
To nominate a book, please fill out a google form here: https://forms.gle/cNh3YrzQsk24UeEz8
The nomination process includes:
- A nomination letter (maximum two pages) providing context on the nominee(s), arguing for the importance of the work for scholarship and/or practice on the geographies of food and agriculture, and explaining why it is an appropriate fit for this award.
- A recent CV for the nominee(s).
- Four copies of the book, either digital or physical, should be sent to the review committee. For relevant addresses, please email Megan Dwyer Baumann at firstname.lastname@example.org. Books should be received by review committee no later than December 15th, 2021.
2022 Graduate Research Grant Competition
The AAG Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group (GFASG) invites proposals for the 2022 Graduate Research Grant Competition. The Master’s and Doctoral competitions are designed to support graduate students in the early stages of their research and graduate student experience (whether field, university, or home-based). Submission of a budget is not required.
The master’s level competition is intended to support their research-related expenses and funding in support of thesis research during the 2022 academic year. 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 2022.
The awards are competitive; applications are judged on the basis of scholarly merit of the project, organization and clarity of the proposal, qualifications of the student to conduct the proposed work, and their experiences and engagement with diversity. The Awards Committee is committed to equity in this process and especially encourages submissions from students of underrepresented groups including women, people of color, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+ persons. As part of the application process, we therefore ask students to submit a diversity statement reflecting on their personal experiences with diversity and/or how their proposed research may engage with broader questions of diversity and equity as they pertain to food systems.
Each applicant must be a student member of the GFASG at the time of application, and the proposed project should be part of their 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 Kristen Lowitt <email@example.com>. Application Deadline: March 15, 2022. Decisions will be made by April 15th.
The application form may be downloaded through the GFASG website by clicking here. The application consists of the application form and a one-page synopsis of the curriculum vitae. 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.
Kristen Lowitt (Queen’s University)
Megan Baumann (Women’s World Banking)
Dana James (The University of British Columbia)
Gwyneth Manser (The University of California, Davis)