Archive: Awards and Grants

• CPG travel grants for the IGU conference in Moskow

IGU Commission on Political Geography (CPG)
Call for Application for CPG Travel Grant

 

The Commission of Political Geography (CPG) will offer limited funding (two grants of $500) to assist two postgraduate students and/or early career scientists in attending the IGU Regional Conference 2015 in Moscow. The Travel Grants provide only a partial contribution to registration, transport and accommodation.

 

In selecting applicants to receive awards, preference will be given to young scholars and, in particular to those from developing countries. A list of developing countries prepared by the local organizing committee of the IGU Regional Conference in Moscow can be found at: http://igu2015.ru/grants

 

Applicants must first submit the abstract of their paper. To be eligible for a CPG grant, the abstract must be reviewed, accepted and scheduled in a session related to the CPG at the IGU Regional Conference in Moscow.

 

The call for papers for these sessions can be found on the website of the Commission at http://www.igu-cpg.unimib.it/?page_id=102.
Applicants then need to submit a full paper to both of CPG Co-Chairs (Virginie Mamadouh and Takashi Yamazaki) via email by 31 March 2015. The results of the review will be notified by the end of April. Awards willbe paid to successful applicants in cash in US $ after the grantees’ presentations at the IGU Moscow conference venue.

 

For more details, see the application form

• Political Geography Undergraduate Student Paper Competition

POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION

Description: The undergraduate student paper award will go to the best paper on a political geography topic written by an undergraduate student, regardless of membership in the AAG or participation at the Annual Meetings. Papers submitted for awards to other AAG-affiliated organizations are not eligible. This competition is open to all undergraduate students who have written a research paper or senior thesis on a topic in political geography.

Undergraduate Paper Award Committee
Emma Norman (Chair), Michigan Technological University, esnorman@mtu.edu
Stephanie Wilbrand, University of Wisconsin-Madison, stephaniewilbrand@gmail.com
Vincent Artman, University of Kansas, vartman@ku.edu

Guidelines are as follows:

1. The competition is open to all undergraduate students, or those who have completed an undergraduate degree since the last award has been made.

2. The entries must be research papers or theses, and not reviews. Papers must be longer than 10 double-spaced pages plus bibliography, but less than 15 pages plus bibliography. Margins must be 1” on all sides and 12 point font must be used.

3. Entries must be on a topic in political geography.

4. Each university may only submit one undergraduate paper or thesis for consideration.

5. Electronic copies of papers must be received by all three members of the PGSG’s Undergraduate Student Paper Award Committee Chair by June 15, 2014 to be included in that year’s competition. These submissions should be made by the student’s advisor or the department chair, which will indicate that the submission is the department’s chosen applicant (see #4 above).

6. Submissions will be judged on their written clarity, methodological and theoretical soundness, and their contributions to research in political geography.

7. All monetary prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Undergraduate Student Paper Award Committee.

A. Up to three Honorable Mention awards will be given (award of $50 each).

B. The winner of the Award will receive $100.

C. If no acceptable entries are made the committee can decide to not give the award in any given year.

8. The results of the Student Paper Award competitions will be announced in the fall PGSG newsletter. The awards will be formally announced at the PGSG business meeting and the cash awards and registration reimbursement will be distributed to the awardees at that time. The awardees’ names and paper titles will be forwarded to the AAG for publication in the AAG Newsletter.

9. Any questions pertaining to eligibility will be resolved by the Undergraduate Student Paper Award Committee.

• Antipode Foundation funding opportunities 2014

Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Project and International Workshop Awards closes at the end of March.


Grants of up to £10,000 (or its equivalent in another currency) are available to critical geographers collaborating with non-academics and activists or holding events such as conferences, seminar series, summer schools, 
etc.

Read all about them…

http://antipodefoundation.org/scholar-activist-project-awards/

http://antipodefoundation.org/international-workshop-awards/

• Grants to attend Rome EUGEO 2013 Congress

The EUGEO Executive Committee announces the availability of grants for members of those Geographical Societies active in EUGEO, plus 3 additional grants for non EUGEO countries. The aim of this programme is to stimulate young researchers to participate in the EUGEO 2013 Congress in Rome. The programme conditions are:
 
1. The grant is available for PhD students and young researchers that completed their PhD no longer than six years before April 15th 2013.
2. Interested applicants are kindly required to directly apply to one of his/her country’s EUGEO member (the list is at this link)*. For non member countries 3 grants are available; only in this case application have to be submitted to non_eugeo_member_grants@eugeo2013.com. The application must contain the proposed abstract, a short curriculum vitae and a personal declaration with details about the PhD (date, institution, title of the dissertation, and any other useful information).
2. Each active EUGEO member society can select one candidate for a grant; for non member Countries the EUGEO Executive Committee will select 3 candidates.
3. The candidate will submit or have submitted a paper abstract accepted by the session organizers (or have proposed an accepted session) according to the call that you can find on the EUGEO 2013 website ( www.eugeo2013.com).
4. The EUGEO Executive should be informed ( info@eugeo.org ) by the member society about the selected application (name, affiliation, PhD details, contact details).
5. Young researchers selected by their Geographical Society (and the 3 selected by Executive Committee for non-EUGEO countries) will receive a grant of € 250 upon registration in Rome. Moreover, their Congress fee of € 100 will be waived or reimbursed after being paid.
6. The money transfer will be settled by cash or bank transfer.
 
The grant attribution will be communicated to the entitled persons by mid May early June.
 
* EUGEO and the Congress organizers are not responsible of the selection procedures operated by member societies.
 
See EUGEO website

• Fully funded ESRC PhD Studentship

**The role of prison architecture and aesthetics in the relationship between prisons and host communities.**
 
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES), University of Birmingham, UK
 
Supervisors: Dr Dominique Moran, Senior Lecturer in Human and Carceral Geography (GEES) and (externally) Prof. Yvonne Jewkes (Department of Criminology, University of Leicester).
 
Applications are invited for the above studentship commencing 1st January 2014. This is an ESRC-funded grant-linked studentship which provides a stipend of £13,726 p.a. plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for up to three years (full-time only). Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is open to UK and EU applicants only.
 
About the main project and grant-linked studentship:
 
The UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have made an award for a research project entitled “‘Fear-suffused environments’ or potential to rehabilitate? Prison architecture, design and technology and the lived experience of carceral spaces”. The project investigators, Professor Yvonne Jewkes (University of Leicester, UK) and Dr Dominique Moran (University of Birmingham, UK), will be addressing two over-arching questions – how are penal aims and philosophies (that is, what prison is ‘for’) expressed in prison architecture and design, and how effective is prison architecture, design and technology (ADT) in conveying and delivering that penal purpose? The study seeks to meet its objectives by (a) studying the process of designing new prison buildings in order to understand what it is that architects are asked to deliver and how they achieve this, and (b) studying ADT’s impacts and effects on a range of end users, focusing on the experience of occupying and moving in and around prison spaces, in relation to prisoners’ quality of life and wellbeing, perceptions of penal legitimacy, compliance with the regime, prisoner-staff relations, staff work satisfaction and so on. The project will focus on two newly built UK prisons, and contrast these with two prisons in Norway and Denmark, where penal philosophies differ greatly from those in the UK.
 
The grant-linked studentship
 
The main research project asks what impact the architecture, design, and spatial organization of prisons has on the experience of imprisonment, on the behaviour of those who occupy and move through carceral spaces, and on staff-prisoner and staff-management relationships. The PhD studentship extends the reach of this question to a new and different group – members of local communities which surround prisons. It is premised on a understanding that, despite the wealth of research on local responses to proposed prison building projects, the impact of prisons on local economic development, and the “NIMBY” response, the specific impact of prison architecture and aesthetics on those who live within the immediate vicinity of prisons is not known.
 
Context and Research Design
 
The studentship will draw upon existing research within both criminology and carceral geography on prison siting and the relationships between prisons and local communities. Although this literature has tended to focus on the traditional opposition of communities to location of prisons close by, (based on local residents’ concerns that a prison may lower property values, increase levels of crime, endanger their safety through escapes, attract ‘undesirable’ elements and damage the reputation of the area), there is increasingly an alternative perspective, of the generation of ‘profit through punishment’. In more recent work, demand for the building of prisons to stimulate local economic development and employment has been identified, especially on the part of small rural towns in the United States, with a shift towards policymakers actively locating prisons in ‘lagging’ communities. This recent work has drawn attention to the lack of structural economic change in persistently poor rural places, and prison facilities’ inability to foster economy-wide change in terms of serving as an economic development initiative. However, in focusing on structural economic change associated with prison siting, it has been unable to tackle questions about the response of local communities to the aesthetic appearance of the prisons themselves, and the importance of prison architecture in the ‘acceptance’ of prison siting close to existing communities. There are grounds to suggest that the aesthetic appearance of prisons is of considerable, yet under-explored, importance for local residents.
 
The PhD studentship will build upon existing work by contributing to the growing international debate on prison siting using examples from the UK context, and it will complement the main project by investigating the architectural consequences of the transformations in UK prison architecture on the communities which surround prisons.
 
Career development
 
Given the interdisciplinary nature of the main project, and of the supervisory team for the PhD project, along with postgraduate training in research methods and transferable and employable skills, this PhD studentship would enable the successful candidate to build an academic and professional CV which would enable them to pursue an academic research career in a range of disciplinary areas. There would be opportunities for joint publication with the supervisory team of main project co-I and PI, as well as opportunities to develop networking skills through participation in dissemination and impact activities, and to contribute to the main project website, www.prisonspaces.com, as appropriate. At Birmingham, the successful candidate would join a thriving Postgraduate Research community in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and would be part of the Birmingham Community and Criminal Justice Group – the University’s very wide-ranging criminology scholarship network.
 
Eligibility
 
Applicants will have a good first degree in a relevant social science discipline. An MSc/MA postgraduate degree in a related field is also highly desirable. Applicants should have excellent oral and written presentation skills, and experience with qualitative research methods.
 
Application
 
The closing date for applications is 30th September 2013. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview, to take place soon after the closing date for applications.
 
To apply, please contact Dr Dominique Moran (d.moran@bham.ac.uk).

• Political Geography Undergraduate Student Paper Competition

Description: The undergraduate student paper award will go to the best paper on a political geography topic written by an undergraduate student, regardless of membership in the AAG or participation at the Annual Meetings. Papers submitted for awards to other AAG-affiliated organizations are not eligible. This competition is open to all undergraduate students who have written a research paper or senior thesis on a topic in political geography.
 
Guidelines are as follows:
 
1. The competition is open to all undergraduate students, or those who have completed an undergraduate degree since the last award has been made.
 
2. The entries must be research papers or theses, and not reviews. Papers must be longer than 10 double-spaced pages plus bibliography, but less than 15 pages plus bibliography. Margins must be 1” on all sides and 12 point font must be used.
 
3. Entries must be on a topic in political geography.
 
4. Each university may only submit one undergraduate paper or thesis for consideration.
 
5. Electronic copies of papers must be received by all three members of the PGSG’s Undergraduate Student Paper Award Committee Chair by June 15, 2013 to be included in that year’s competition. These submissions should be made by the student’s advisor or the department chair, which will indicate that the submission is the department’s chosen applicant (see #4 above).
 
6. Submissions will be judged on their written clarity, methodological and theoretical soundness, and their contributions to research in political geography.
 
7. All monetary prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Undergraduate Student Paper Award Committee.

A. Up to three Honorable Mention awards will be given (award of $50 each).

B. The winner of the Award will receive $100.

C. If no acceptable entries are made the committee can decide to not give the award in any given year.
 
8. The results of the Student Paper Award competitions will be announced in the fall PGSG newsletter. The awards will be formally announced at the PGSG business meeting and the cash awards and registration reimbursement will be distributed to the awardees at that time. The awardees’ names and paper titles will be forwarded to the AAG for publication in the AAG Newsletter.
 
9. Any questions pertaining to eligibility will be resolved by the Undergraduate Student Paper Award Committee.
 
Undergraduate Paper Award Committee:
 
Mat Coleman, Committee Chair, Ohio State University, coleman.373@osu.edu

 
Weronika Kusek, Kent State University, wkusek@kent.edu
 
Vincent Artman, University of Kansas, vartman@ku.edu

• 2014 Eric Wolf Prize


Announcement for the 2014 Eric Wolf Prize

 
The Political Ecology Society (PESO) announces the 2014 Eric Wolf Prize for thebest article-length paper.  We seek papers based in substantive field research that make an innovative contribution to Political Ecology.  To be eligible for the competition, scholars must be ABD or have received their Ph.D. within the three years prior to publication of this announcement.  A cash prize of $500 accompanies the award, which will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. The paper will be published in the Journal of Political Ecology; the prize reviewers may suggest revisions before the item is published.

 
The preferred format for papers is electronic.  (But, please contact us, if you need to send in some other format.)  Please use the style guidelines provided on the Journal of Political Ecology webpage: http://jpe.library.arizona.edu/. 
 
Electronic copies should be sent to Dr. Betsy Taylor (
betsyt@vt.edu).
 
The deadline for submission is September 1 2013.

 

• PhD Studentships: Political Spaces

PAIS Studentship: Political Spaces

 

The Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick is pleased to announce a competition for two PhD studentships in the broad area of Political Spaces. These department-funded scholarships are aimed at candidates starting their PhD in PAIS in 2013, or possibly 2014.
 
This doctoral research will form part of PAIS’s programme to consolidate the study of political spaces, which is a growing research area in the department and across the University more broadly. The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Stuart Elden, who is joining the department in September 2013, and another member of staff in PAIS. In addition to pursuing their own doctoral research, the holder of the Fellowship will be expected under Prof Elden’s direction to form part of a research team and provide assistance in a range of activities to promote research on political spaces.
 
Because women are under-represented in this field, female candidates in particular are encouraged to apply.
 
More information HERE

• Political geography graduate student paper competitions

Description: The student paper competitions are open to all students who have written and presented a research paper on a topic in political geography.


Guidelines are as follows:


1.      The competition is open to all students, however a student may not receive a Student Paper Competition award more than once during her/his tenure as a student.  See also 8a below.


2.      The entries must be research papers and not complete theses or dissertations. Papers must not be longer than 15 pages double spaced 12 point font, plus bibliography.


3.      Entries must be on a topic in political geography.


4.      Paper entries must have been presented at a professional meeting during the period beginning with the first day of the previous AAG Annual Meeting and concluding with the last day of the next AAG Annual Meeting.


5.      Digital copies of papers must be submitted electronically to the PGSG’s Student Paper Award Committee chair by Friday March 15, 2013.


6.      Submissions will normally be divided into Masters and Ph.D. student divisions.


7.      Submissions will be judged on their written clarity, methodological and theoretical soundness, and their contributions to research in political geography.


8.      All monetary prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Student Paper Award Committee. Awards will normally include:

A.  A regional student-paper award: for a paper presented at a Regional AAG meeting; award will be $100 for the top paper(MA or Ph.D. level, only one award); a student may not win both student paper awards;

B. Doctoral Student Award ($250),

C. Master’s Student Award ($250),

D.  up to three Honorable Mention awards ($150).


9. The results of the Student Paper Award competitions will be announced to the winners just prior to the annual AAG meeting. The awardees (including any Honorable Mention awardees) will be invited to attend the annual AAG Awards Luncheon at the expense of the PGSG.  The awards will be formally announced at the PGSG business meeting and payment will take place shortly thereafter. The awardees’ names and paper titles will be forwarded to the AAG for publication in the AAG Newsletter.


10.     Any questions pertaining to eligibility will be resolved by the Student Paper Award Committee.


Graduate Student Paper Committee:


Corey Johnson, Committee Chair, University of North Carolina – Greensboro, corey_johnson@uncg.edu


Steve Radil, Ball State University, sradil@bsu.edu


Helga Leitner,University of Minnesota, helga.leitner-1@umn.edu

•IGU Travel Grants for Kyoto – applications now open

The next IGU Regional Conference takes place in Kyoto, Japan, from 4th to 9th August 2012.  The IGU is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of partial travel grants to enable attendance at the conference.  Full details are to be found on the attached file, I should greatly appreciate your circulating this as widely as possible within your community and as soon as possible.

 

Please note the closing date for applications is 31st January 2013.

 

Kyoto Travel Grant Application Form English

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