National Science Foundation Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (HEGS-DDRI)


The objective of the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program is to support basic scientific research about the nature, causes and/or consequences of the spatial distribution of human activity and/or environmental processes across a range of scales. Contemporary geographical research is an arena in which diverse research traditions and methodologies are valid. Recognizing the breadth of the field's contributions to science, the HEGS Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated, generalizable research in all sub-fields of geographical and spatial sciences.


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.

You must coordinate with UB's Sponsored Project Services (SPS) for this award. We recommend contacting your SPS Representative at least two weeks in advance of the deadline to complete any necessary submission procedures.

Additional Resources

Email the HEGS program officers for more information.