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 $2,000 and three will be awarded in March 2023. 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. We encourage fellowship recipients to publish their results in one of our journals.


Mx. Eden Kinkaid

Mx. Eden Kinkaid will use the fellowship award to fund their research, Governing Crisis: A Political Ecology of Food Systems in the Time of COVID-19. Upon receiving the scholarship, Mx. Kinkaid noted, “This award will support my research on the impacts of COVID-19 on southern Arizona’s food system. Working with a team of collaborators, I am examining the effects of the pandemic on the food producers, distributors, and institutions that compose the regional food system. This research will document COVID-19’s impacts on southern Arizona’s food system, how various food system actors are responding to those impacts, and what broader lessons can be learned from this moment of crisis in food and agriculture.”

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Mrs. Hilda Onuoha

Mrs. Hilda Onuoha's award will fund part of her Ph.D. research titled, A Spatio-temporal Valuation of Grassland Ecosystem Services in the U.S. Great Plains. When asked about her research, Mrs. Onuoha explained, “My research is on the analysis of long term grasslands conditions in the U.S. Great Plains and how any changes in grassland conditions impact the provision of benefits grasslands provide for humans.”

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Ms. Özlem Ayse Özgür

Ms. Özlem Ayse Özgür's fellowship will help pay for the translation and transcription of her research, ​Effects of Community Gardening on Socio-Economic Wellbeing of Sub-Saharan African Refugee Women in Southern Arizona​.​ “​The objective of this research is to investigate how shared activity spaces such as community gardens within community economy networks influence resettlement and socio-economic well-being of Sub Saharan refugee women in a neoliberal context by using mixed methods,” said Ms. Özgür.

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Ms. Alana Rader

Ms. Alana Rader will use the fellowship funds to facilitate a community mapping exercise to analyze the relationship of historical to current land uses and patterns of forest regeneration in Mexico to complete her dissertation, ​Beyond Deforestation: Dynamics of Tropical Forest Regeneration and Land Use in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, Mexico.​ ​Ms​. ​Rader said, “​My research interests lie at the intersection of ecology, land use, and landscape recovery across scales. I examine this intersection in tropical forests of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor in Mexico for my dissertation, to assess how the process of tropical forest regeneration following environmental and human disturbances is driven by the feedback of biophysical processes and land use.”

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