The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) gives an annual award to a promising Ph.D. candidate or early career researcher whose work demonstrates a commitment to rigorous and impactful research and service.
This award was renamed in 2004 in honor of Dr. Alma H. Young to commemorate her longstanding service to the Urban Affairs Association and her particular commitment to mentoring graduate students and junior faculty.
DEADLINE: September 18, 2023 (11:59pm CST) – Last day to submit an application
The applicant must be either a current doctoral student or a recent doctoral graduate who received their degree within the past four years.
Current Doctoral Graduate Students. Student pursuing doctoral research related to urban affairs, regardless of academic discipline, are eligible to apply. Applicants must:
Post-Doctoral Graduates. Recent doctoral graduates who received their degree within the past four years and completed research related to urban affairs, in any disciplinary field, are eligible to apply. Applicants must:
See the Submit Your Application tab for information about Prior Nominees.
The applicant must submit the Emerging Scholar Application Form and upload the following documents as PDF files:
Important note: Do not submit additional documents. Only the requested documents will be forwarded to the selection committee.Submit Your Application
All nominations made within the past three (3) years, will be given full review and consideration. For this year’s selection process, previous nominations will be considered for submissions made in: 2021, 2022, and 2023.
If a nomination was made prior to the three years noted above, a new nomination must be submitted to receive consideration by the committee. Each new nomination will remain in the nominee pool for three years (including the year of nomination).
To verify the year of any nomination, contact the UAA Executive Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
The recipient receives:
The plaque will be presented at the Awards & Recognition Program held during the annual UAA Conference. Following the conference, a press release will be prepared announcing the recipient.
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. Specifically, candidates for the award are evaluated on the following four criteria:
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.