The McColl Family Fellowship

  The McColl Family Fellowship, given by Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. McColl, consists of round trip air fare to any place in the world of the candidate’s choosing.  The candidate must secure funding for other expenses from other sources.  The only obligation of the Fellow is to write an article based on the visit abroad that is suitable for publication in Focus on Geography magazine and that is submitted to the editor with six months upon return from the trip.

     As is true of all Focus on Geography authors, candidates must be geographers or others “who think like geographers and write like journalists.”  Selection is by a committee chosen by the AGS council.  Thomas Ptak (geography, University of Oregon) is this year’s winner, concentrating on hydro-electric power in Tibet and western China.

     Applications for the McColl Family Fellowship for the year 2013 must be received in the AGS offices by October 15, 2012.  They are to consist of the candidate’s curriculum vitae; a covering letter of no more than three pages that describes a) the purposed trip b) the reasons for selecting that itinerary, and c) the candidate’s particular competence for doing fieldwork there; and a state of the sum requested.  Samples of writing similar to the style of Focus on Geography may be included.  Only submissions by hard copy will be accepted.

Applications should be sent to:

McColl Family Fellowship Committee

The American Geographical Society

32 Court Street, Suite 201

Brooklyn, NY 11201

For further information contact Deborah Popper at             (718) 624-2212       voice,             (718) 624-2239       fax, (for information only) or see the AGS website at


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