2018 Application/Nomination
Deadline: December 1, 2017
Award decision: February 1, 2018
Alma H. Young (1947-2004)
UAA Board Chair (1999-2001)
former Dean of the College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs
Professor & Coleman A. Young Chair in Urban Affairs
Wayne State University

The Urban Affairs Association gives an annual award for emerging scholars whose work exemplifies outstanding scholarship in urban affairs. It was renamed in 2004 in honor of Alma H. Young to commemorate her longstanding service to UAA, and her particular commitment to mentoring graduate students and junior faculty.


Students pursuing doctoral research related to urban affairs, regardless of academic discipline, are eligible to apply. Applicants must have finished their coursework, passed their comprehensive examinations, and have an approved dissertation proposal. The student is not required to hold a UAA membership, however the nominator must be a UAA member.


Application for the award consists of the following items:

1. From the nominator:

A nomination letter from a current UAA member. The nominator must have a formal professional role that allows them to assess the nominee’s achievements and current academic status. This letter must attest that the student has an approved dissertation proposal, has completed coursework, and has passed comprehensive examinations. The nomination letter should be confidential (sent directly to the UAA office by the nominator via email (scanned signed copy on letterhead).

2. From the nominated student:

  1. A two- to three-page, double-spaced, personal statement by the applicant describing the applicant’s urban interests, engagement, and career plans.
  2. The student’s curriculum vitae or resume.
  3. A prospectus for the dissertation of 1,500-2,000* words that indicates the research questions, argument or hypotheses, literature and data sources, methodology, and nature of expected findings. *Please note: Bibliography references and/or appendices do not count towards the 1,500-2,000 words limit.

Each of these documents must be sent to UAA via email (in PDF format).  Email documents should include the following subject line: EMERGING SCHOLAR AWARD-Last name of student nominee, and be sent to awards@uaamail.org

Selection Procedures

The nominations will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Chairperson of the Governing Board. The winner will be selected based on scholarship and commitment to urban issues. The awards committee will report its decision to the UAA Executive Director, who will inform all nominees and nominators of the committee’s decision prior to the spring UAA conference.


If you have any questions, contact the UAA Executive Office at awards@uaamail.org or call 414-229-3025.

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