Grants Program

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2014 Grantee

Raven Anderson

Master's in Urban Planning and Design 2014
Harvard University

Raven Anderson has always been interested in public policy and how it affects the relationship between individuals and their community. He was particularly drawn to situations where this relationship had soured, leading to economic, political, and social disenfranchisement. Ultimately, because of his love for city life and the issues created by widespread urbanization throughout the world, he decided he could have the most meaningful impact by studying urban planning and its potential to improve the lives of urban residents. Thanks to the International Division grant he was able to travel to Mongolia to research his master's thesis on efforts to manage and plan for rapid urbanization in the Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar. Ulaanbaatar is, by most measures, the coldest and most polluted capital city in the world.

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About the Grant

The International Division annually awards up to two US$1,000 grants 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. The student will be required to produce a unique report written specifically for the Division. Papers written for classes, master's theses, and student group projects are not acceptable. Student grant funds may be used to fund the travel for these programs; however, the student must produce a separate written report for the division containing elements that are different from what was submitted for the academic program.

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, and the final report will be published on the division webpage.

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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