International Division Grants Program

2019 Study Abroad Grants

Deadline: November 1, 2018 (for study during 2019)

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). 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 1 will be complete by November 30.

Final papers for this grant must be completed by the end of the Division's fiscal year, which is September 30, 2019.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate planning program. Students in planning-adjacent programs may be considered on a case by case basis.
  • 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).

Selection Criteria

Applicants must demonstrate support/proof of acceptance into an internship program, study abroad program, or research project. Applications must also include a statement explaining how the research being conducted will be uniquely done for the division. Failure to include these in the application will lead to automatic disqualification.

Proposals will be judged on a combination of the following:

  • Writing Quality (20 points)
  • Originality of research proposal (20 points);
  • Relevance of the proposal to international planning issues (20 points);
  • Applicant's demonstrated need for support (15 points);
  • Grant advances the academic or professional goals of student (15 points);
  • Preference for grants for travel to countries not previously visited by International Division Awardees (5 points); and
  • Preference for grants for travel to developing countries (5 points);

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


  • Proposals are limited to a maximum length of THREE 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 1: 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.
  • Pages 2-3: Description of Proposal
    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.

Proposals should be sent as one document. Letters of support may be sent as a separate document.

Send your submission to Michael Kolber at

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

  • 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 15 pages, including references. Tables, maps, and other diagrams may also be used to supplement the 15 pages of text, but should not exceed two pages. Photos are welcome and highly encouraged, and do not count towards page limits (within reason).
  • 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.
  • Grantees should be prepared to go through several rounds of revisions with APA leadership before a final draft is accepted.
  • APA International Division reserves the right to edit submitted papers.


Please contact Michael Kolber at for clarification or if you need additional information.

Previous Grantees

2017 Grantees

Amanda Bryant

MSc in Urbanism
Delft University of Technology

Evan Todtz

Master of Science in Urban Design, Master of Science in Community & Regional Planning
UT School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin

Planning Truly 'Public' Spaces for Social Inclusion and Equity: Measuring the Publicness of Public Spaces in Medellín, Colombia

2016 Grantees

Jackie Bucheck

MSP, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Florida State University

Economic Development and Biodiversity Degradation in Post-conflict Cambodia

Unai Miguel Andres

Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Ball State University

Discovering a Biophilic Seoul

2015 Grantees

Daniel Gallagher

PhD in Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban Climate Adaptation Planning in the Latin American Megacity: Lessons from Santiago, Chile

Anna Oursler

Master of Science in Urban Planning
Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning (GSAPP)
Understanding the Decline of Physical Infrastructure and Buildings in Kenya's Lamu Old Town

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 Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar. Ulaanbaatar is, by most measures, the coldest and most polluted capital city in the world.

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