EESG Dissertation Data and Fieldwork Award

Students are invited to submit applications for the EESG Dissertation Data & Field Work Award. A maximum of two awards of up to $500 each will be granted annually, subject to approval by the EESG Awards Committee. The principal objective of the award is to defray travel or data acquisition expenses related to ongoing or future dissertation research activities.

The award will be oriented primarily to those without other substantial funding. Eligible candidates must be members of the AAG EESG at the time of submission.

Proposals should be delivered in a single PDF or Word document and should include:

  • Title page: with name of applicant, address and phone number, title of intended research, starting date and duration of field reconnaissance, and location of research OR description of target dataset;

  • Project Description: of no more than 1000 words (excluding references) indicating proposed travel and research, expected significance, probable research methodology, and plan for IRB approval if relevant;

  • Reference List: list of cited references not to exceed 1.5 pages;

  • Budget Statement: of how award will be allocated, e.g. data acquisition, air travel, surface travel, food and lodging, etc. and statement of student's current funding circumstances;

  • Curriculum Vitae: Not to exceed 2 pages.

Proposals should be submitted using the below form or using this link. Incomplete applications or applications arriving after the announced closing date will not be considered. Notification of the results will be made as soon as possible. The results will be announced in the EESG Business Meeting at the AAG Annual Conference. Attendance at the conference is not a condition of this award.

Award Deadline: February 19th, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time

After funds have been distributed, awardees will be asked to provide information (e.g., narratives, photos, Tweets) from their fieldwork experiences to help publicize the award.

Questions? Please contact the EESG Co-Outreach Coordinator Elena Louder (

Current Winners:

2022: Caroline Griffith, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Erik Post, University of British Columbia; and Adam Gallaher, University of Connecticut

Past Winners:

2021: Saumya Vaishnava, "An island entire of itself: infrastructure, imaginaries, and the making of Mumbai’s electricity grid," Penn State University,

Elena Louder, "Renewing Injustice? A multi-scalar examination of solar energy development in Chile’s Atacama Desert," University of Arizona

2020: Sara Peterson, University of Buffalo; and Andrea Furnaro, University of California, Los Angeles

2019: James Rhatigan, University of British Columbia; and Saumya Vaishnava, Pennsylvania State University

2018: Arica Crootof, University of Arizona; and Marissa Bell, University of Buffalo

2017: Tyler Harlan, University of California, Los Angeles; and Trey Murphy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill