GFASG 2016 Graduate Research Grant

2016 Graduate Research Grant Competition

The Geography of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group (GFASG) invites proposals for the 2016 Graduate Research Grant Competition. The competitions are designed to support graduate students’ ability to conduct preliminary research for their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. 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 $2), 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. This year’s grants will be made at $500. They may not be made if no proposals are deemed suitable.

Entries undergo review by the Geography of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group’s Executive Committee. A complete application must be sent electronically (as a single .pdf file with applicant’s name in title of document) to Dr. Daniel Block ( no later than February 15, 2016.

The application is available on the Geography of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group’s website: The application consists of an approximately 500 word proposal, an itemized budget of no more than two pages, and a one-page(approximately 250 words) synopsis of the curriculum vitae. The proposal should present the research question, outline the methods and data employed, and summarize the expected results and significance of the project. Proposals will be evaluated based on the originality and importance of the work’s contribution to the geography 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 winners of the competition will be contacted on or around March 1, 2016, and the competition results will be announced at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in San Francisco, during the GFASG Business Meeting. Please address questions or requests for clarification to Dr. Daniel Block (

Geography of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group

2016 Research Grant Competition – Application Instructions

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

Award Amount: $500

Application Deadline: February 15, 2016

Application Directions:

  1. Complete the Research Grant Application Form, which has fields for the proposal and budget information. The application is attached here.
  2. Provide a 1-page (approximately 250 word) synopsis of your curriculum vitae.
  3. Email all materials as one file (.pdf only) to Dr. Daniel Block (