GFASG 2017 Graduate Research Grants (Extended)

The Geography of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group (GFASG) invites proposals for the 2017 Graduate Research Grant Competition. This year GFASG will hold separate grant competitions for students at the master’s and doctoral level. The 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 2017 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 2017.

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 $400 at the master’s, and $600 at the PhD. level. Awards may not be given 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 and graduate level (master’s or PhD) in the title of document) to Russell Hedberg ( no later than January 22, 2017.

The application is attached here, and 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 synopsis of the curriculum vitae. The proposal should present the research question(s), 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 by March 31, 2017, and the competition results will be announced at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American of Association Geographers in Boston, during the GFASG Business Meeting. Please address questions or requests for clarification to Russell Hedberg (

Geography of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group

2017 Research Grant Competitions – 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: $400 master’s/$600 PhD

Application Deadline: January 22, 2017

Application Directions:

  1. Complete the Research Grant Application Form, which has fields for the proposal and budget information.
  2. Provide a 1-page synopsis of your curriculum vitae.
  3. Email all materials as one file (.pdf only) to Russell Hedberg (