Intended to promote student field research in the Department of Geography.

Through the support of the MaGrann Geography Field Research Fund, intended to promote student research in the Department of Geography, annual awards are given to support field research by undergraduate and graduate students with the potential to make an outstanding contribution to Geography. Through a competitive application process that takes place in the spring each year, student proposals are evaluated based on their novelty, rigor and anticipated contribution to the student's research progress.

Applications are due on March 22 to the chair of the MaGrann Research Committee and consist of a CV/resume, a short description of the proposed research and how it will contribute to the applicant's academic progress, a budget, and a list of other funds for which support has been sought.

Contact Professor Laura Schneider for more information.

Examples of research descriptions from recipients of a MaGrann Geography Field Research Award

  • Dhruv Gangadharan

    The MaGrann Field Research Award supported my pre-dissertation scoping study in coastal Tamil Nadu, where I looked at India’s emerging ‘Blue Economy’ while visiting the districts of Thoothukudi and Ramanathapuram. My goal was to understand the intersection of community economies and novel yet fraught marine ecologies – with a focus on shrimp (L. vannamei) as seafood – for theorizing blue economies as a space of difference.

    Read the full funding report here.

  • Tashanna Walker

    This summer, with the support of the 2023 MaGrann Research Award, I was able to visit the Archives and Records Department in Spanish Town Jamaica for two weeks to conduct critical archival research. During these two weeks I was able to unpack Jamaica’s long and complex history of resistance, place-making and belonging using material neatly preserved in its archives. The findings from this short but impactful fieldwork will be used to supplement data collected in 2020-21 during my year-long

  • Jeffrey Immanuel

    “Poovulagin Nanbargal” (Friends of Earth), an environmental collective of activists, lawyers and researchers based out of Chennai organized a “Toxic Tour” of the city on July 3rd, that took the city’s middle class elite residents to the north of Chennai (Fig 1), where about 41 harmful polluting industries are planned, zoned and sited. One of the student activists from the collective (Hari Bharathi) who presented a map of the city (Fig 2) that was prepared by two other student activists (Megha and

  • Raymond S. Jennings

    The MaGrann Field Research Award enabled a productive four-week research trip to France, allowing me to begin considering new ways for exploring race and blackness in the French context and envisioning future field sites.

    I began my initial observations by attending the country’s nationally celebrated Fête de la Musique in Paris, an annual music celebration that takes place on June 21. This aided in beginning to think about my shift towards new theoretical frameworks, such as Clyde Woods’

  • Diya Paul

    My research focuses on wildlife conservation in forests that lie outside Protected Areas. Working in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh (India), I plan to explore the social, ecological and political factors that converge to conserve wildlife in forests that have historically played a role in connecting two distinct biogeographic regions, the Eastern and Western Ghats.