AGS Council Fellowship

The 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 2019. 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.

How to Apply

AGS is accepting applications for the 2019 Council Fellowship until  November 1st, 2018.

To be considered, applicants must be current members of the American Geographical Society and enrolled in a graduate or doctoral program.

Proposals should contain the following components:
  • A cover page containing the project name, applicant’s name, position, affiliation, telephone number, postal address, and email address.
  • A narrative that outlines the proposed research, specifies the reasons for doing the research by placing it in the context of published work and describes how results will be disseminated.
  • A bibliography, containing only those items cited in the narrative.
  • An abbreviated curriculum vitae emphasizing factors that illustrate the applicant's competence/experience in the proposed area of research.
  • A budget (maximum $1,500) itemizing expenses, with a brief justification for each expense category (500-word count).

Please send all Council Fellowship proposals to Digital submissions are preferred.

Download details of how to apply for the 2019 Council Fellowship HERE!


See Previous AGS Council Fellowship Winners:  2017 – 2014


2018 Council Fellowship Winners

The 2018 Council Fellowship winners were selected from a highly competitive field of applicants. The fellowship recipients will be recognized at the American Geographical Society’s Fall Symposium to be held at Columbia University in New York City on November 15th and 16th of 2018. In addition, recipients have the opportunity to submit their completed work to the Geographical Review and Focus on Geography publications.

Download the PDF Press Release of the 2018 Council Fellowship winners HERE
Ms. Katherine Cann George Washington University

Ms. Katherine Cann will use the fellowship award to fund her return to expand on her dissertation Untangling the Roots of the Mangrove Tree: Understanding and Uniting Diverse Stakeholder Interests Towards Successful Co-Management of a Coastal/Marine Protected Area in Panama. Ms. Cann noted, “I am thrilled to receive the 2018 AGS Council Fellowship, which will allow me to continue monitoring the progress of decentralizing conservation in the country. Preliminary results of my master’s thesis research in Pedasí revealed that the community is steadfast in fighting for the protection and right to govern their local protected space. I am looking forward to assisting their efforts working towards an effectual co-management plan for their local coastal and marine protected area on the eastern Azuero peninsula.”


Mr. Christopher Hair University of Southern Mississippi

Mr. Christopher Hair will continue his dissertation, A View from Above: Alternative Perspectives on Small-Scale Indigenous Agriculture in Northern Ecuador.  Christopher stated, “Receiving the AGS Council Fellowship is an incredible honor, and I am very grateful for the support of the American Geographical Society. Studying agrobiodiversity and the methods that are used by smallholders to conserve traditional crops is a true passion of mine. This fellowship will allow me to further my understanding of issues related to food security and food diversity. Receiving this award is a big milestone for me, and it will undoubtedly contribute to my development as a researcher and geographer.”


Mr. Dinuke Munasinghe University of Alabama

Ph.D candidate, Mr. Dinuke Munasinghe, will use the Council Fellowship award to supplement his field research for his dissertation, A Novel Approach to Assess Sediment Fluxes in Mobile Bay, Alabama. Dinuke stated, “I am extremely honored to receive this fellowship from the American Geographical Society and was thrilled to learn of my selection for this award. I am deeply appreciative of the generous support provided by AGS for budding scientists like myself to see the advancement of science.”



Mr. Kuan-Chi Wang University of Oregon

For Mr. Kuan-Chi Wang, the fellowship award will allow him to advance his dissertation study, Border Assemblages: The Political Economy of Regional Vegetable Trade in Asia. In a recent interview with AGS, Mr. Wang stated, “I am incredibly honored and humbled to be selected as a recipient of the 2018 AGS Council Fellowship. I am thoroughly appreciative of the opportunity to advance my academic development and collect data on a new dimension that I have uncovered in the process of dissertation writing. I plan to complete a book proposal during this round of field research with a more fine-grained analysis on the local edamame networks under new food safety regulations.”