National Science Foundation Geography and Spatial Sciences Program—Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program supports basic research about the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on Earth. Investigators are encouraged to propose plans for research about the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. Projects about a broad range of topics may be appropriate for support if they offer promise of enhancing fundamental geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns.

As part of its effort to encourage and support projects that explicitly integrate education and basic research, GSS provides support to improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects undertaken by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities when the dissertation research is conducted in a scientifically sound manner and it offers strong potential for enhancing more general scientific knowledge.


Full proposals are accepted anytime.

Eligibility Requirements

For students working on a dissertation in the fields of geography and spatial sciences.

How to Apply

Apply on the NSF website.

Campus Liaison

Megan Stewart

Additional Resources

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