The Black Graduate Scholar Award in Geography & Planning

In partnership with the University of Toronto Black Research Network, Graduate Geography & Planning is pleased to announce The Black Graduate Scholar Award in Geography & Planning, developed to provide funding support for Black graduate student scholars working broadly in the areas of geography or planning and social justice.

The Black Research Network (BRN) is an Institutional Strategic Initiative that represents University of Toronto Black-identified faculty, librarians, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students. With its official launch Friday, October 8, 2021 the network plans to build connections with Black communities outside of the university, and hold space for non-Black colleagues to addressing anti-Black racism (cited from event page).

As our department works on our commitments to stand up against anti-Black racism, including institutionalized racism in the fields of geography and planning, we are grateful for this partnership with the BRN and the opportunity to support research led by Back graduate students.

Graduate students across the tri-campus in Geography and Planning who identify as Black are eligible to apply for the award. One annual award of $5,000 is available for a Black doctoral student enrolled in our Geography or Planning doctoral programs whose dissertation research aligns with the focus of this award. A second annual award of $5,000 is available for a Masters student in Geography (M.A. or M.Sc.) or a Planning student (M.Sc.Pl) whose research or current issues paper (CIP) aligns with the focus of this award.

To apply for the award, please complete the Online Application Form by the deadline on October 21st, 4:30pm ET. Students will be notified of the application results by November 2021.