AGS Council Fellowship


The councilors of the American Geographical Society created the AGS Council Fellowship to support graduate student scholarship in pursuit of geographical knowledge, and especially fieldwork. The fellowship is open to all student members of the American Geographical Society, both Masters and Doctoral students. Each fellowship is worth $1,500 and four will be awarded in 2020. The AGS Council Fellowships Program considers all proposals concerned with any sub-field of geography. The program encourages but does not require a fieldwork component.

The application deadline is Friday, November 1, 2019. Apply here.


Mr. Jacob Dein

Mr. Jacob Dein will use the Fellowship award to fund his Master’s research Where do the city birds sing? The influence of green space on the urban soundscape. Upon receiving the scholarship, Mr. Dein wrote, “I am thrilled that the AGS fellowship will allow me to further explore urban soundscapes in the U.S. and Europe. My fieldwork enabled by this award will support solutions to increasing anthropogenic noise—improving the livability of cities for both humans and wildlife. I am extremely grateful to the AGS for their generous support!”

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Ms. Ileana Diaz

Ms. Ileana Diaz will use the fellowship funds to support part of her initial fieldwork for her dissertation project titled, Navigating Food Futures: Post-Disaster Food Sovereignty in Puerto Rico. Ileana stated, “Being recognized with the AGS Council Fellowship helps me get closer to my goals, this is a wonderful opportunity and recognition. I am truly honored and grateful for this fellowship and for the society’s support of my research.”

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Ms. Megan Mills-Novoa

For Megan Mills-Novoa, the fellowship will allow her to advance her dissertation research, After Adaptation: A multi-scalar study of climate change adaptation projects in Southern Ecuador. Megan stated, “I am greatly appreciative for the support of the AGS Council Fellowship. This funding will enable me to return to southern Ecuador in Fall 2019 and complete a crucial second phase of dissertation research on the long-term impacts of climate change adaptation projects in highland communities."

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Ms. Mara van den Bold

For Ms. Mara van den Bold, the fellowship award will allow her to continue her study, Greening energy: the politics of solar power in Senegal. When asked about her award, Ms. van den Bold replied, “I will use the AGS Council Fellowship towards funding my field work in Senegal, which will examine the implications of large-scale renewable energy development for rural livelihoods.”

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