AAG Dissertation Research Grants

American Association of Geographers (AAG)

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 31, 2020

Applicant type: PhD Student

Funding uses: Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Degree requirements: Applicants must be on the last year of their PhD

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About AAG Dissertation Research Grants
These grants are supported by the AAG and also in part with the following funds: (Note: Applicants do not need to indicate which of these funds are most relevant to their proposed dissertation, nor must their research conform to only these subject areas.)
  • The Robert D. Hodgson Memorial Ph.D. Dissertation Fund, which honors an accomplished geographer who capped his long career with ten years of distinguished service as the geographer in the U.S. Department of State. As an internationally recognized expert on geographic aspects of the law of the sea and maritime boundaries, Dr. Hodgson believed that broader understanding of geographic principles would reduce international conflicts.
  • The Paul Vouras Fund, established by a generous gift from Dr. Vouras, who taught at William Paterson College in Wayne, New Jersey, until 1990. The fund supports doctoral dissertation research in geography with preference to minority student applications.
  • The Otis Paul Starkey Fund, honoring an officer of the American Society of Professional Geographers who also taught at the University of Indiana at Bloomington for years, established to support research devoted to regional study or significant problem areas in the United States or its possessions.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • You do not have a doctorate at the time of the award
  • You will have completed all Ph.D. requirements except the dissertation by the end of the semester or term following approval of your award.
    • You will  have all requirements except the dissertation completed in the spring or summer term immediately following the Dec. 31 application submission.
  • The AAG provides support for doctoral dissertation research in the form of small grants to PhD candidates of any geographic specialty.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. You are eligible to apply if you have been an AAG member for at least one year at the time you submit your application.