Student Grants Program

Deadline: October 29, 2021 (for study November 2021 – August 2022)

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 will not be accepted.  Student grant funds may be used to fund the travel for these programs; however, the student must produce a separate and unique written report for the Division containing elements that are different from what was submitted for the academic program. (Details on the report requirements can be found below.)

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 report will be published on the Division’s webpage.

The APA International Division leadership team will review all proposals. The review of proposals submitted by October 29, 2021, will be completed by November 12, 2021.

Final papers for this grant must be completed by the end of the Division’s fiscal year, which is September 30, 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  1. Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate planning program. Students in planning-adjacent programs may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Provide one letter of support and two academic references, one of which may be from the faculty member writing your letter of support. Please review the Grant Application Details for more information. 
  3. 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);
  • The 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 students (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.
  • The Evaluation Committee 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 the program, e-mail, and phone number.
  • References: Provide the name, title, and contact information (including e-mail and phone numbers) for each of the two references willing to be contacted by us regarding you and your project. One of these references must be your department chair or advisor.  We may ask for an additional letter of support from your advisor or the head of your department.
  • 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 Lyndsey Deaton 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 the 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.
  • 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 Lyndsey Deaton at for clarification or if you need additional information.

Previous Grantees


Alican Yildiz
Ph.D. Candidate in College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
University of Cincinnati

Beyond the Informality: Latin American Perspectives

Michael Keller Coulom
Master of City and Regional Planning
University of California, Berkeley 

Which Way Forward? Charting the Future of the Planning Industry in Post-Conflict Syria


Lynn Abdouni
PhD Environmental Design and Planning 
The University of Georgia

Representing land-use response in a laissez-faire framework: the case of three informal transportation nodes in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon

Victoria Okoye
Ph.D. Candidate in Architecture
School of Architecture, University of Sheffield

Collaborative Research on Communal Spaces in Nima:  Reflections on Accra’s Urban History, with Learnings for Professional Planners

Kira Baltutis
Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy
The University of Illinois at Chicago

Sustainable Water Management Practices: Addressing a Water Scarcity Crisis in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India


Amanda Bryant
MSc in Urbanism
Delft University of Technology

The Redefinition of a Successful Suburb: A Comparative Study of Suburban Development Through the Case Studies of Amsterdam, Paris, and Vienna

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

Sophonie Milande Joseph
Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Planning
Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning (GSAPP), Columbia University

Energy Justice: A Comparative Case Study of DecentralizedEnergy PlanningModels in Rural Ayiti