Grants Program

Deadline: November 1, 2013 (for study during 2014)

About the Grant

The International Division annually awards up to one US$1,000 grant to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a study abroad program, doing international research, or participating in an international internship program approved by their school or department. Half of the grant ($500.00) will be disbursed at the beginning of the project period and the other half will be disbursed approximately 75% of the way through the project period, after the Grantee submits a draft final report (including an executive summary) and a PowerPoint of professional quality. At the end of the project the Grantee's executive summary of their final report will be published in Interplan.

The APA International Division leadership team will review all proposals. Review of proposals submitted by November 1 will be complete by December 31.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate planning program.
  • Provide one letter of support and two academic references, one of which may be from the faculty member writing your letter of support. We may ask for an additional letter of support from your advisor or the head of your department.
  • Applicants must be members of the APA International Division (non-members may contact the Division to discuss joining the division prior to submitting a grant proposal).

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Selection Criteria

Proposals will be judged on a combination of the following:

  • Relevance of the proposal to international planning issues;
  • Applicant's demonstrated need for support; and
  • Demonstrated support/proof of acceptance into an internship program, study abroad program, or research project.

Award Announcement

Funds may be disbursed as soon as decisions are made. Grantees may be announced at the National APA Conference and published in InterPlan, the APA International Division Newsletter.

Grant Application Details


Format:

  • Proposals are limited to a maximum length of TWO pages.
  • Font style and size shall be Times New Roman or Arial in 12-point font.
  • Do not attach illustrations or pictures.
  • We may ask for additional detail after an initial evaluation.

Specific requirements:

  • Page One: Name and Contact Information
    Applicant's name, address, educational institution and degree program, e-mail and phone number.
  • References:
    Provide the name, title, and contact information (including e-mail and phone numbers) for each of two references willing to be contacted by us regarding you and your project. One of these references must be your department chair or advisor.
  • Page Two: Description of Proposal
    In one page, clearly describe your proposal in the simplest terms possible. Include a short descriptive title. State what your project is and what you expect will be its benefits to your understanding of international planning issues, your academic goals, and how it advances the planning profession. Describe your future goals in international planning.

Submittal

Please send material ONLY as an attached file in Microsoft Word format (.doc), rich text format (.rtf), or portable document format (.pdf). This makes it easier for circulation to our reviewers. Please submit only one proposal.

Send your submission to Laura Buhl at buhll@yahoo.com.

Conditions for Acceptance (COA) for Awards

Successful awardees will receive an acceptance form indicating conditions to be fulfilled by the applicant. The applicant must agree at that time to comply with all such requirements by signing and returning the form.

The conditions provide for reporting needed by the Division to assure that the project is completed as promised, that the applicant will be responsible for reporting and paying any taxes that might be due, plus other conditions as appropriate for each grant.

General Reporting Requirements

  • A draft final report will be required approximately 75% of the way through the course of a project as well as a professional quality PowerPoint or video presentation. The PowerPoint or video presentation may be shown at a webinar organized by the Division. This report serves as a measure of progress achieved on a project and helps keep the entire APA International Division membership apprised of the Grantee's activities.
  • At the conclusion of the grant, Grantees are required to submit a report about their experience: starting with a description of the current nature and context of planning in their host country and concluding with a summary of their project accomplishments. The Grantee's executive summary of this report will be published in InterPlan.
  • Grantees will be the sole authors of the report, which will be a unique product written specifically for the Division. Papers written for classes, master's theses, and student group projects are not acceptable.
  • Reports should not exceed 10 pages, including references (photos are welcome and highly encouraged). Tables, maps, and other diagrams may also be used to supplement the 10 pages of text, but should not exceed two pages.
  • Reports must be submitted in Microsoft Word format, with double-spaced with margins of at least 1-inch and 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font.
  • The title page should include the Grantee's name, address, educational institution and degree program, e-mail address, and phone number.
  • Only electronic copies of reports will be accepted.
  • Reports should be submitted electronically as required by the grant conditions.
  • APA International Division reserves the right to edit submitted papers.

Questions

Please contact Laura Buhl at buhll@yahoo.com for clarification or if you need additional information.