Deadline: September 1, 2020
Selected participants will be notified by September 15, 2020.

The REP Conference Board will offer a small number of awards for geographers teaching at or interested in teaching at an HBCU, MSI, or Tribal College to participate in the X REP Conference, including a pre-conference workshop on Advancing Geography and Geospatial Science at HBCUs, MSIs and Tribal Colleges spreading over a year-long period. Online sessions will be held during Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021 in preparation for the in-person pre-conference workshop at Morgan State University in October 2021. The online activities will include:

  • networking and professional development opportunities through sessions focused on strategies to promote geography in your college or university, applying for external funding in partnership with R1 universities, etc.
  • opportunities to collaboratively plan and develop panel session(s) at the 2021 AAG meeting in Seattle and subsequent AAG and other conferences.

The award, funded by the National Science Foundation, provides a professional development opportunity for geographers—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues and faculty leaders from other HBCUs and MSIs, and creating networks and lasting professional connections to support advancing geography and their own professional development. Awardees are expected to attend the full REP Conference with the option to present scholarly work and/or organize and participate in themed sessions or panels, including panels that will carry the theme of the pre-conference workshop through the full conference.

Awardees will receive free registration, hotel accommodation, travel support, and special recognition during the conference. Awardees must arrive the Tuesday evening before the workshop if coming from a distance to Baltimore, attend the pre-conference mentorship workshop on Wednesday at Morgan State, and actively participate in the conference through Saturday. 

Eligibility: Applications are open to faculty members, graduate students, and recent post-graduates who teach at or are interested in teaching at and providing programmatic leadership in geography or geospatial science at an HBCU, MSI or Tribal College.

Application Guidelines: Submit a letter explaining your present professional and/or academic status, your interest in advancing geography and geospatial science at an HBCU, MSI or Tribal College, and how this award would further these interests. Include topics that you feel would be of most interest and/or that you can contribute to the workshop. Applications are due September 1st, 2020 and have to be submitted using the form below.

Selected participants will be notified by September 15, 2020. Workshop participants will be recognized at the closing reception and on the REP website.

For more information or questions regarding this workshop, contact: Mark Barnes ( or Joe Wood (

Please use the form below to submit your application to be considered for the Advancing Geography and Geospatial Science at HBCUs, MSIs, and Tribal Colleges Workshop

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