Awards and Grants

The Cultural Geography Specialty Group conducts an annual competitive award cycle to support the scholarship and service of members in the geographic and geography-adjacent community that operate in the tradition and promotion of cultural geography. We anticipate the award cycle details to be released annually around December and announcing the awardees around the AAG annual meeting. While we invite any and all applicants, we particularly encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to submit their work for funding consideration.

The following awards and grants are annually available:

  • Grants for Adjunct and Underemployed Scholars
    • Recognizing that many of these scholars find themselves caught between the need to present at professional conferences in order to present themselves as job candidates and the financial constraints posed by working part-time or temporary contracts that may not provide professional support, the CGSG will offer grants to defray the cost of attending the AAG annual meeting.
    • Typical application material includes (subject to change):
      • A current CV
      • 250 to 300-word narrative statement that describes your current position and contextualizes your participation in relation to your professional trajectory. In addition, please state whether or not you will receive any funds to attend the meeting from your employer or other source.
      • In the event we receive more applications than we are able to fund, the executive committee of the CGSG will evaluate candidates’ applications based on the following criteria:
        • Will the applicant have access to any other sources of support to attend the meeting?
        • Does the application clearly articulate how participation in the annual meeting will further the applicant’s professional growth?
        • Has the applicant participated in the work of the Cultural Geography Specialty Group in the past?
  • Terry G. Jordan-Bychkov (Ph.D.) Paper Award
    • The competition recognizes outstanding work by graduate students pursuing research in cultural geography. The papers are judged on the basis of scholarly merit (quality, rigor, and significance of the argument, findings, and methodical approach), organization, and clarity. The competition is open to any graduate student or recent graduate (since the previous AAG annual meeting) who presents a cultural geography paper from dissertation and/or thesis work and who is a member of the CGSG (Student membership in the CGSG costs $2 per year). Applicants for the paper competition cannot simultaneously apply for the CGSG Research Grants.
    • Graduate students at all stages of the graduate career (MA or PhD-level) may apply for this award. Because our judges provide written feedback with the goal of helping applicants revise and prepare their articles for future publication, we request that these papers be unpublished work.
  • Master’s Level and Denis E. Cosgrove (Ph.D.) Research Grant Competitions
    • The competition aims to provide a measure of support for graduate students to conduct high-quality research projects for their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. The applicant must be a student member of the CGSG at the time of application (student dues are $2), and the proposed project should be part of their thesis or dissertation research. Applicants for the CGSG Research Grant competition cannot simultaneously apply for the CGSG Paper Competition.
    • The grant awards are competitive; applications are judged on the following criteria (subject to change):
      • The scholarly merit of the project [established on the basis of its stated connection to cultural geographic themes; the identification of a specific literature (or literatures) to which this project contributes; the outlining of a clear research question and well-developed methodology]
      • The organization and clarity of the proposal
      • Given the ongoing pandemic conditions, the practical feasibility of this project*
      • The qualifications of the student to conduct the proposed work (qualifications are assessed on the basis of coursework highlighted in CV, prior conference/workshop presentations, relevant publications)