Pruitt Minority Fellowships

The Society of Woman Geographers (SWG) Evelyn L. Pruitt National Minority Fellowship is made possible by a generous bequest from Ms. Evelyn L. Pruitt. Ms. Pruitt was a research geographer with the United States Navy. Her work greatly advanced the study of coastal environments, the use of remote sensing in geography, and field research in international settings from the 1940s into the 1970s.

The SWG invites applications for the Pruitt National Minority Fellowship. Minority women who have been admitted to and plan to enroll or are enrolled in a Masters program in geography or a related field are eligible to apply. Two or three awards up to $4,000 will be made.


SWG invites applications for this fellowship from female students who are members of a minority group: Hispanic, Black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian and Pacific Islander or Hawaiian Native, First Nations. Successful applicants will have been admitted to a Masters program in geography or the geographical aspects of an allied field for the academic year 2022-2023 or 2023-24. It is expected that the successful candidate will be working on her Masters degree fulltime. The competition is open to candidates in all geographical specialties. Women are eligible to apply who are currently seniors, graduates of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, or currently enrolled in a Masters program. This fellowship is available only to citizens of the U.S. and Canada.


Successful applicants for the Pruitt National Minority Fellowship must demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, strong interest in geography, and promise of future accomplishments in their discipline. A review committee will select applicants to receive this fellowship based on the overall quality of the application.

The application deadline is February 1 of each year.

Click here for information about the 2023-2024 Pruitt National Minority Fellowships and to download application guidelines.

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