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Marcus Fund for Physical Geography

Grants to USA IHE Faculty for Travel-Related Expenses
of Students Taking Part in Physical Geography Field Research

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Funding Source:

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American Association of Geographers (AAG)

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Grants of up to $2,000 to USA IHE faculty members to cover logistical and travel expenses of students involved in physical geography field research. Faculty members must join the students during a significant part of the research period. The fieldwork may take place in national as well as international locations.

Student submissions will only be accepted if the faculty member writes an accompanying letter stating how she or he will work with the student in the field. In general, the award is intended to support the inclusion of one or more students in field-based research, but not an entire class. 

Marcus grant funds may be used to cover travel to the research site, as well as expenses related to the logistical support of the student, such as food, fuel, and lodging. 

The review committee is aware that the personal experience and physical abilities of students will vary widely, and that what is challenging to one student may not be to another. Field experiences, therefore, may cover a large range of activities, so long as the outdoor experience will help the student to grow and excel in new ways. The most successful proposals typically identify the individual students who will be involved in the study.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163101

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $2,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Marcus Fund grants will be awarded to faculty applicants to support travel and logistical costs for students taking part in physical geography field research.

Student stipends are not eligible expenses under this grant. University or department overhead charges are not permissible budget items.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications are due on December 31, 2019.

Submissions must be sent using the online application form. In exceptional cases, paper submissions may be accepted, but only with prior approval. Acknowledgment of receipt will be returned within a maximum of 2-3 business days.

All applicants will be notified of the status of their submission within approximately 3 months after the deadline.

Awardees may anticipate receiving their grants by late Spring, in time for summer scheduled activities.

The proposal should address how the safety of the participants will be insured.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For prior approval for paper submissions, requests should be sent to

American Association of Geographers
1710 16th Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20009-3198
Phone: +1 202-234-1450
Fax: +1 202-234-2744

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