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 after the Grantee submits a 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 as an independent article in Interplan, and the full final report will be published on the division webpage.
The APA International Division leadership team will review all proposals. Review of proposals submitted by November 2 will be complete by December 31.
- 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).
Proposals will be judged on a combination of the following:
- Relevance of the proposal to international planning issues;
- Statement that the report will include research uniquely done for the division;
- Applicant's demonstrated need for support; and
- Demonstrated support/proof of acceptance into an internship program, study abroad program, or research project.
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
- 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.
- Page One: Name and Contact Information
Applicant’s name, address, educational institution and degree program, e-mail and phone number.
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. If your project is going to be completed in the context of a thesis or a class, describe how the research being done for the division will be unique. Describe your future goals in international planning.
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 Michael Kolber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 and recommendations for professional planners undertaking similar projects. The Grantee's executive summary of this report will be published in InterPlan. The report will be published in its entirety on the International Division webpage.
- 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.
Please contact Michael Kolber at email@example.com for clarification or if you need additional information.
PhD in Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Master of Science in Urban Planning
Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning (GSAPP)
Master's in Urban Planning and Design 2014
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.