Fellowships & Academic Awards

2009 National Geographic Award in Mapping

Undergraduate students and master's-degree candidates are invited to apply forthe National Geographic Award in Mapping. Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2009.

This award recognizesstudent achievement in the art, science, and technology of mapping and seeks toencourage student research. The first place award consists of a cash prize of$900 (U.S.) and the second place award is $300 (U.S.). Both winners will alsoreceive National Geographic map products.

Submissions may take a variety of forms, but must focus specifically on maps and mapping. The following types of submissions are welcome: map products in digital and paper format; web-based maps or cartographic services; dynamic, animated, and/or interactive geovisualization software environments; or other cartographic projects.

This award is administered through the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Cartography Specialty Group (CSG). Judging will be by the National Geographic Award in Mapping committee of the AAG CSG and will be based on the technical, aesthetic, and overall quality of the submission. The award winner, or winners, will be announced at the CSG meeting at the Annual Meeting of the AAG in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 22-27, 2009. Applying students do not need to be members of the AAG.

Submissions are encouraged in standard digital formats (e.g. .pdf, .html, submissions accessible through conventional web browsers, etc.). Include the following items with your submission:

  • A cover page that includes your name, institutional affiliation, degree program (e.g. M.A.), address, phone number, email, and cartography/GIS instructor's name.
  • A one page statement that provides some context of the submission, i.e. its purpose, how it may be used, how it was created, its limitations, etc.
  • A one page statement of how this award would help you with your educational plans.

Submissions must be received by February 15, 2009.

Apply by sending all digital materials to Jeremy Mennis, Academic Director of the AAG Cartography Specialty Group, at jmennis@temple.edu. For more information contact Jeremy Mennis or David Miller of National Geographic Maps (dmiller@ngs.org ). For more information on National Geographic Maps visit, www.natgeomaps.com.

Submissions in paper format are also welcome. Paper submissions may be mailed to:
Jeremy Mennis
Department of Geography and Urban Studies
Temple University
1115 W. Berks St., 309 Gladfelter Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122

BC Technology Scholarship Fund

For your information and for your students’ information, the BC Technology Scholarship Fund:

This industry-funded program provides non-repayable grants to students who have a proven passion for technology that are studying in a variety of traditional technical fields such as engineering or computer science and in non-traditional fields such as marketing, sales, and product development and project management.


2009 Grant Amounts
• 2 X $2,500 for University or College Students
• 6 X $500 for Grade 12 Graduates
Application Content
1. Name, address, citizenship and other contact information
2. Proof of enrolment and Transcripts
3. Resume and two reference letters
4. Description of academic achievements (250 words)
5. Overview of educational and professional goals (250 words)
6. Outline financial needs or obligations (250 words)
7. Essay explaining why the applicant is worthy of this scholarship (1000 words)

Critical criteria to be met by all applicants before an application will be considered or scored
• Full time student status at a publicly funded educational institution
• Canadian citizenship (Proof of citizenship will be required before grants are awarded)
• Official Transcripts proving minimum 3.0 GPA
• Enrolled in a technology-focused program with plans to pursue a tech related career

Grant Awards Presentation
• Grant recipients will be advised by May 8, 2009 with formal presentations to take place at the BCTIA Technology Impact Awards on June 17, 2009.

DEADLINE APRIL 3, 2009  [Only successful applicants will be contacted.]

For more information, contact the BCTIA at 604-683-6159.


Post Doctoral Fellow - History of Metis in BC

Native American Scholarships Fund (note: for Americans)


The Native American Scholarships Fund is an endowment established to foster a sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between archaeologists and Native Americans.

Since 1998, the SAA has used the endowment income to award the annual Arthur C. Parker Scholarship in support of archaeological training for Native Americans who are students or employees of tribal, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian cultural preservation programs. National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships for Archaeological Training for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians are also awarded through the Native American Scholarships Committee.

The application process for the Arthur C. Parker Scholarship and NSF Scholarships is easy and straightforward, with an annual due date of December 15. Spread the word about these sizeable and prestigious awards!

Support comes to the NASF in several ways: through individual donations, a silent auction held annually at the SAA meetings, book royalties, and grant programs. For questions about the applications process or to make a donation, please contact the Committee Chair.

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For 2009, the SAA will offer the Arthur C. Parker Scholarship and three National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships for Archaeological Training for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians.

Application Information
Application/Nomination Form

Application Deadline:
December 15, 2008


The SAA first created the Native American Scholarship Fund in 1988 to support Native people who are interested in studying archaeology. However, it took nearly a decade for the NASF to grow large enough to support an annual award: in 1997 the SAA Board established a Native American Scholarship program to be funded by the NASF.

The scholarship is named in honor of the SAA’s first president, Arthur C. Parker, who served from 1935 to 1936. Parker was of Seneca ancestry through his father’s family, and he spent his first 11 years on the Cattaraugus Reservation in western New York. His professional contributions included research in archaeology, cultural anthropology, and history, as well as public education and the development of museum anthropology. Parker was also involved in contemporary social and political issues that affected Native Americans.

In 1995, the Native American Scholarships Committee was reorganized, with Larry J. Zimmerman appointed as chair. By this time, the NASF had grown to support a modest, biannual scholarship award. The committee recommended that the SAA Executive Board immediately establish a Native American scholarship program to support training in archaeological methods for enrolled students or tribal cultural preservation personnel and that a second Native American scholarship program be established to support graduate education when sufficient funding becomes available. The committee recommended a fund-raising campaign to achieve this. At the 1997 SAA annual meeting, the Executive Board accepted these recommendations and established fund-raising procedures. Since 1998, eligibility for the scholarship has included Native peoples from the U.S. Trust Territories and Canada.

The Arthur C. Parker Scholarship now provides up to $4,000 to support training in archaeological methods and cultural resource management, including fieldwork, analytical techniques, and curation for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians enrolled as high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students, or who work in tribal or Native Hawaiian cultural preservation programs. Individuals may apply, or a professor, a cultural preservation supervisor, or an SAA member may nominate them. In addition, each year since 1998, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant to the SAA for three people who apply for the Parker Scholarship.

This history is excerpted and edited from: Smart, Tristine Lee, and Joe Watkins (1997) Arthur C. Parker Scholarship for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians Debuts. SAA Bulletin 15(4):20; (1999) SAA Native American Scholarship Programs and Fundraising Activities for the Native American Scholarship Fund. SAA Bulletin 17(1):12.