Bobby Wilson HBCU Conference Scholarship

Joshua Merced's picture
July 1, 2022
United States
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Fine Arts, Geography, Race / Ethnic Studies, Sociology

Bobby Wilson HBCU Conference Scholarship

The Study of the American South Specialty Group (@aag_sassg) of the American Association of Geographers invites applicants for a unique and honorable opportunity. The Bobby Wilson HBCU Conference Scholarship is intended to fund the costs (registration and hotel costs) for a Black HBCU student to present their research at the Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers (SEDAAG) conference in Atlanta, GA in November 2022. This award provides funding opportunities for an HBCU student to present their research and engage with the geography community at the SEDAAG conference. In keeping with Dr. Wilson's practice of mentorship, this award will also fund a faculty mentor from the discipline of geography to help prepare the student awardee for their presentation at the SEDAAG conference. We welcome applications from students doing projects in any discipline. 

The deadline for applications is July 1, 2022. The awardee will be notified via the email provided on the form by the end of July 2022 and paired with a geography mentor. Any questions about this award or the application process can be directed to Dr. Douglas L. Allen (

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This award is named in honor of the late Dr. Bobby Wilson, an HBCU graduate (North Carolina Central University) and eminent geographer in the field of urban geography and race. Dr. Wilson’s groundbreaking research on spatial practices and their connection to race/racism sought to bring attention within geography to the race-connected processes of housing, urban development, and labor practices. Recipient of the AAG Presidential Award, AAG Lifetime Achievement Award, the Harold M. Rose Award for Anti-Racism and Practice, and the SEDAAG Lifetime Achievement Award (just to name a few accolades), Dr. Wilson’s research, teaching, and service to the discipline of geography pushed (and continues to push) the discipline to become more aware of racial justice and a more inclusive space to engage in geography. Dr. Wilson’s legacy continues to inspire geographers today to research, teach, and push the discipline for a more inclusive, diverse, and justice-oriented geography.

Contact Info: 

Josh Merced
Student Representative for AAG's Study of the American South Specialty Group
PhD Candidate
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Doug Allen
Chair of AAG's Study of the American South Specialty Group
Assistant Professor
Emporia State University

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