Funding Initiatives

Shaping a More Just & Equitable Urban World

2022 Fundraising Campaigns

Janet Smith Emerging Activist-Scholar Award Fund
Conference Scholarship Fund
Early Career Research Fund
UAA Membership Fund
UAA Core Operations Fund
Major Gifts & Estate Planning

The Janet Smith Emerging Activist-Scholar Research Award Fund provides annual research awards to doctoral students or recent PhD graduates who have attained their degrees within the past three years.

Award Benefits:

  • A research stipend of $1000 to support the emerging scholar’s work.
  • The opportunity to submit an abstract to the UAA conference and if accepted become part of the Activist Scholarship Track.
  • The opportunity to submit the completed research as a paper to the Journal of Urban Affairs or the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City.
  • Three years of UAA Conference support package that includes: 1) a conference registration waiver (valued at $400+ per year), 2) three nights of conference hotel lodging (valued at $900+ per year), and 3) $500 of travel support per year. This multi-year benefit allows the recipient to participate in professional development workshops, mentoring programs, networking, and research presentations.

2022 funding goal: $80,000

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The Conference Scholarship Fund provides annual scholarships to help cover conference costs (i.e. registration, travel, lodging) of graduate student or early career UAA members who have:

  1. been accepted to make a presentation (poster or paper panel) at the conference
  2. a documented need for support

Each scholarship will provide up to $1,000 in support. 

2022 funding goal: 15 scholarships in 2023

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The Early Career Research Fund provides small research grants for innovative research projects proposed by graduate student or early career UAA members who have:

  1. a well-articulated research proposal
  2. a documented need for support

Each grant will provide $1500 in research support. 

2022 funding goal: 10 grants in 2023


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Donate a membership to  one of the UAA Membership Fund categories.

Choose to donate a membership to a graduate student or early career professional who (a) lives in a low-resourced country or (b) has a documented need for support.

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2022 funding goal: $1500


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The UAA Core Operations Fund supports the core operations of UAA by subsidizing conference expenditures, and operational expenses of the Executive Office.  UAA will use donations to this fund in the following ways: 

  • Minimize increases to UAA member conference registration costs by offsetting the costs of conference services and materials that increase annually like: audio-visual services, the online program & app, conference badges and bags, printed programs, and morning/afternoon coffee breaks  
  • Support the ongoing operations of the Executive Office by covering expenditures for items such as: supplies, equipment, software, online database services, and summer stipends for graduate student assistants

2022 funding goal: any amount is welcome

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UAA welcomes the opportunity to talk with potential donors about planned giving opportunities.

The Urban Affairs Association is a 501c3 non-profit and all donations are tax deductible.