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Fellowships & Funding

There are various grants, loans, fellowships, scholarships and employment opportunities available to graduate students in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Some programs offer stipends while others are specifically for graduate student travel. Whether state, national or international awards, awards specific to ASU or those based within the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, opportunities vary based on your degree program.

Also please see funding information here:

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Awards

The Anthony J. Brazel Research Award is a student paper competition for Geography PhD students in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP). The award was established in 2007 as a way to recognize outstanding work on graduate research and honors Professor Brazel's past career and leadership of ASU's Department of Geography and School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.

Application Deadline: Feb 15 of each year
Discipline: Geography
Citizenship: International, United States

The Endowment supports an annual fellowship award for Geographical Information Systems (GIS) students in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.

Funding Selection Process: By school director and committee
Discipline: GIS
Citizenship: International, United States

The endowment will provide travel scholarships for students enrolled in the urban planning degree programs in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, to travel outside the United States.

Application Deadline: Feb 15 of each year
Discipline: Planning
Citizenship: United States

The Gilbert F. White Environment and Society Fellowship is a competitive stipend for support of doctoral studies in the geographical sciences. Part of the Gilbert F. White Environment and Society Professorship, the fellowship focuses on students interested in human-environment (nature-society) topics and skill sets required to entertain them..

Funding Selection Process: by application to B. L. Turner II, Gilbert White Professor of Environment and Society
Discipline: Geography, GIS, Planning
Citizenship: International, United States

The John F. Lounsbury Student Travel Fellowship finances the travel of outstanding new graduate students to present results of their research at professional meetings. This fund helps students gain visibilty in the discipline and increase their job prospects.

Funding Selection Process: By school director
Discipline: Geography, GIS, Planning
Citizenship: International, United States

The Mary R. Kihl Leadership Endowment supports a bi-annual scholarship, the Mary R. Kihl Leadership Award, to a graduate student in planning who exemplifies leadership qualities within both the planning program and the community at large. In alternate years, the endowment funds are used to support lectures, symposia and other activities supporting scholastic development in the field of planning.

Application Deadline: Feb 15 of even-numbered years
Discipline: Planning
Citizenship: International, United States

Award(s) will be made to undergraduate and/or graduate students in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University to support field work that will culminate in a B.A., B.S., M.A. or Ph.D. degree in Geography at Arizona State University.

Application Deadline: Feb 15 of each year
Discipline: Geography, GIS
Citizenship: International, United States

The Melvin G. Marcus Fellowship supports graduate students in their field work endeavors. Awards support research that will culminate in an M.A. or Ph.D. degree in Geography at Arizona State University.

Application Deadline: Feb 15 of each year
Discipline: Geography
Citizenship: International, United States

Travel related scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in the MUEP program to cover expenses related to research, internships, paper presentations at conferences and other opportunities deemed worthy.

Application Deadline: Feb 15 of each year
Discipline: Planning
Citizenship: United States
Arizona Awards

The Graduate and Professional Student Association offers ASU graduate students opportunities to obtain funding for travel, research and service

Discipline: Geography, GIS, Planning
Citizenship: International, United States

AZAEP seeks outstanding students for the Future Environmental Professionals Scholarship. Each scholarship will carry an award of $1,000.00, plus a one year student membership in AZAEP and NAEP. The objective of the scholarship is to assist undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time in a degree program at an accredited Arizona college or university in preparation for a career as an environmental professional. Students must be enrolled full-time as stipulated by their program requirements.

Application Deadline: Spring of each year - check web site for details
Discipline: Geography, Planning
Citizenship: International, United States

Here, find a listing of fellowships specifically for ASU graduate students.

Discipline: Geography, GIS, Planning
Citizenship: International, United States

The Arizona chapter of the Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITAz) in conjunction with Pima County and the Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC), offers free student registrations for the annual AGIC Symposium held each fall. To be considered for these awards, students must be currently enrolled in, or have graduated within the past 6 months from, an undergraduate or graduate program in GIS or a related field.

Application Deadline: August
Discipline: GIS
Citizenship: International, United States

Each year the Phoenix Metropolitan Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) offers scholarships for female students pursuing a degree in a transportation-related field. See the linked document for details about the most recent year’s scholarships. 

Application Deadline: November - December
Discipline: Planning
Citizenship: International, United States
National and International Awards

The Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is sponsoring John Odland Award (SAM student paper competition) at the 2016 AAG Meeting in San Francisco, California. The prizes will total a minimum of $1,800.

Application Deadline: Abstracts by Oct 31
Discipline: GIS
Citizenship: International, United States

This awards program provides a means for student groups to share their ideas, learn from one another, and receive recognition (and rewards!) for creative, successful activities. The program is designed to promote students' volunteer involvement; recognize their outstanding efforts; identify best practices; and strengthen the ties between student organizations and the American Planning Association. Awards in each category will include a monetary contribution to schools' PSO to fund its activities.

Application Deadline: December
Discipline: Planning
Citizenship: International, United States

The AICP Outstanding Student Awards recognizes outstanding attainment in the study of planning by students graduating from Planning Accreditation Board–accredited planning programs (one at the undergraduate level and one at the graduate level, if applicable) during the academic year of the award. Each respective planning program convenes a jury to make the selection(s) and schedules the award presentation(s) at their respective school(s).

Funding Selection Process: Nomination by department head
Discipline: Planning
Citizenship: International, United States

The AICP Student Project Awards recognize outstanding class projects or papers by a student or group of students in Planning Accreditation Board-accredited planning programs that contribute to advances in the field of planning. Awards categories included: Applied Research; Application of the Planning Process; Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues

Application Deadline: December
Discipline: Planning
Citizenship: International, United States

The American Geographical Society sponsors a Scholar-Internship Program throughout the year in its headquarters in Brooklyn Heights, New York.College undergraduate and graduate students with interests in any of the following areas are encouraged to apply: Geography, geospatial analysis and GIS, information technology and web development, media and communications, event management, and accounting and finance. Part-time internships during the academic year generally have duration of 15 weeks each in the Fall and Spring Semesters and require that the student work 15 hours per week.

Application Deadline: Rolling deadlines
Discipline: Geography, GIS
Citizenship: International, United States

The American Planning Association offers diverse scholarships and fellowships for students. Click on the heading above for details about scholarships in areas such as Economic Development, Environment, Natural Resources and Energy, Planning and Law, Urbanism, the Black Community, as well as scholarships specifically for women and minorities ((African American, Hispanic American, or Native American).

Funding Selection Process: For mostof the scholarships, students submit an application.
Discipline: Planning
Citizenship: United States

Each year, the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) sponsors three scholarships that recognize academic achievement and encourage the continuing success of outstanding cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), and geographic information science (GIScience) students. Applicants must be enrolled, or accepted into, a masters or PhD degree program in the year of the announcement or the following year.

Application Deadline: January
Discipline: GIS
Citizenship: International, United States

The Fellowship Program is open to third and fourth year undergraduate students, master's degree students, and certain law students. One fellowship with a stipend of $3,000 is awarded per academic year. The stipend includes a $2,000 award and a $1,000 APA membership and Annual Conference stipend. The term of the fellowship is approximately 10 months (the typical length of two semesters or three quarters), from mid-October to mid-August, and will include approximately 100 to 200 total hours of work.

Discipline: Planning
Citizenship: United States

Each year, ESRI offers student assistantships to its user conference, which takes place each summer in SanDiego, California. Students assistants help staff with conference support, and in return receive full registration, hotel accommodations and a per diem allowance for meals. Open to currently-enrolled graduate students and 4th year undergraduate students who are familiar with GIS software and geospatial applications.

Application Deadline: April
Discipline: GIS
Citizenship: International, United States

The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program operates on the principle of reciprocal exchange and provides opportunities for outstanding American students to study and/or conduct research in Canada. Award recipients include American citizens who are graduate students, prospective graduate students, or junior professionals. Award duration ranges from one to three academic years.

Discipline: Geography, GIS, Planning
Citizenship: United States

Participants in APA's Early Career Program, who are members of the New Urbanism Division of the APA, are eligible to apply for this $500 scholarship. Must be a student or a recent graduate of an accredited planning program such as the MUEP.

Application Deadline: April
Discipline: Planning
Citizenship: United States

LEF is a not-for-profit charitable foundation organized to administer an investment fund which provides grants for research projects related to land economics. Since 1965 LEF has committed capital (5% of assets) to a number of significant and worthwhile endeavors across the country on a matching basis with other non-profit entities.

Discipline: Planning
Citizenship: International, United States

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $21,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.

Application Deadline: Nov 1 each year
Discipline: Geography, Planning
Citizenship: International, United States

Approximately 20 NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Awards (up to $700 each) are given each year to cover expenses associated with attending the conference. Applications are judged based on the merits of the applicants' abstracts, financial needs, and professional backgrounds and goals. Former award recipients are not eligible to apply. Underrepresented individuals are especially encouraged to apply.

Discipline: Geography, GIS, Planning
Citizenship: International, United States

The organization explains its grant program this way:  "We are looking for people from around the world who are not afraid to take risks, think differently, and challenge themselves and others to push the boundaries of what is possible. Whether you are a scientist, storyteller, conservationist, or educator, you have the ability to reveal the amazing diversity and hidden complexities of our world, sharing ideas and information that can lead to important solutions."   Recently they have expanded their outreach to mapping, as a type of story-telling.

Discipline: Geography, GIS, Planning
Citizenship: International, United States

This ASU Office of Graduate College information page offers links to information about National Science Foundation fellowships, as well as resources with tips for a successful application process.

Discipline: Geography, GIS, Planning
Citizenship: United States

Are you starting a research-based masters’ or doctoral program next school year (or are you in the first year of these studies)? Do you feel you can demonstrate your potential for meaningful research achievements? If so, take a look at the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. If you’re one of the 2,000 students selected across the country, you’ll receive $34,000 per year for three years to support your graduate research and studies. ASU will receive a cost-of-education allowance to cover your tuition and fees.

Application Deadline: Oct-15
Discipline: Geography, GIS, Planning
Citizenship: United States

The organization's graduate fellowship provides up to $90,000 in support for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in any field and at any institution in the United States. Their new application for students is now open and available on their website, where you can also find full eligibility requirements: pdsoros.org. If you're considering graduate school, apply in the fall for funding for your first year of graduate school.

Application Deadline: November
Discipline: Geography, GIS, Planning
Citizenship: United States

USGIF is dedicated to assist promising students interested in the geospatial sciences with scholarship awards. This includes students interested in using capabilities of geospatial science, data and technologies to address human security challenges. Graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students can apply. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their academic and professional excellence in a field related to the geospatial intelligence tradecraft.

Application Deadline: April
Discipline: Geography, GIS, Planning
Citizenship: International, United States

Masters Scholarship Awards ($250) will be granted to two students enrolled in a masters degree program during 2015. Winners will be selected from the submission of a single-authored paper (12-30 pages in length) on a “vacant property” topic, which includes everything from deindustrialized landscapes, distressed cities, and shrinking regions to land banks, code enforcement strategies, and housing courts. Submissions may be refined term papers, practicum reports, or thesis chapters.

Application Deadline: 1-Jun
Discipline: Geography, Planning
Citizenship: International, United States