The International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) has offered Graduate Student Scholarships to facilitate the renewal of the community of Canadians by supporting the work of young scholars.
This will be by enabling successful candidates to spend 4-6 weeks at a Canadian university or research site other than their own doing research related to their thesis or dissertation in the field of Canadian Studies.
Note: The scholarship is not intended to initiate a thesis or dissertation but rather to provide access to crucial scholarly information and resources in Canada in support of a thesis/dissertation at the point of being written.
Why Should You Study in Canada?
Scholarships like the International Council for Canadian Studies Graduate Student Scholarships enable students to study in Canada. But is Canada really worth it?
Canadian Universities have a long history and reputation in terms of academic performance and high graduate employability rate. In fact, many of the Canadian higher educational institutions compete with leading and famous universities from the U.S. and the UK for instance.
Also, English and French are both official languages in Canada and share equal status, but anywhere you choose to go in Canada, you can easily survive just by speaking and communicating in English.
However, while in Canada, you can seize the opportunity and learn some French or brush up your French language skills.
Eligibility for International Council for Canadian Studies Graduate Student Scholarships
Students in the social sciences or humanities who are in the process of preparing a graduate thesis or doctoral dissertation on Canada. (Master’s/Ph.D. level)
Conditions for Award
To be awarded this scholarship in Canada, the student must be at the thesis or dissertation stage. The student must have obtained in writing the support of a faculty member at a Canadian university who has agreed to act as the student’s academic sponsor during the tenure of his/her award.
The sponsor will act in an informal capacity and will arrange for library privileges, contacts with other faculty and students, and generally try to facilitate the student’s research. The academic sponsor will not be expected to act in the role of supervisor.
NOTE: A copy of the awardees thesis, once completed, should be sent to the ICCS Secretariat.
Each applicant should submit an application and all supporting materials directly to the secretariat of his/her national Canadian Studies association (or to the association president in cases where there are no permanent secretariats).
Applications submitted directly to the ICCS by the applicant will not be accepted nor redirected. It is the responsibility of the national Canadian Studies association to forward no more than 3 nominations to the ICCS. No more than two scholarships per association will be awarded at each adjudication.
The nomination will comprise:
- a completed application form [ available in PDF format ] which will be signed by the candidate and the president of the national association.
- a two-page proposal outlining the thesis/dissertation project (Click here for an example of what a proposal should contain). The proposal must also state clearly why work at the university in question is essential to the project and how such a visit will enhance the quality of the thesis or dissertation. It must also include a schedule of activities (one page maximum) detailing arrival and departure dates.
- an official university transcript (in countries where it cannot be obtained, a letter from the registrar is required).
- a letter of support from the student’s thesis/dissertation supervisor.
- a copy of the letter from the faculty member in a Canadian university indicating his/her willingness to act as the student’s academic sponsor.
N.B. Incomplete files will not be considered.
Successful applicants will be selected according to the following criteria:
the clarity of the proposal and its methodology.
the proposal’s potential contribution to knowledge in its field.
the likelihood of the project’s being accomplished during the period of the award.
the demonstrated need for the research to be carried out in Canada.
the strength of the letter of support.
the past academic awards as demonstrated by transcripts, awards, and distinctions.
The nominations will be evaluated and ranked, and successful candidates selected by an adjudication committee appointed by the International Council for Canadian Studies. Decisions can not be appealed.
Note: It will be the responsibility of each national association to ensure that all those who agree to be an academic sponsor are informed in writing of the success or failure of each applicant in obtaining the scholarship.
Upon the student’s return, he/she will file a written report to the ICCS, outlining what was accomplished during the tenure of the scholarship.
Number of Scholarships
This Canadian Scholarship offers Six (6) awards per year.
Value of Scholarships
The amount of the scholarship will be up to CDN$4,000 for all expenses. Smaller awards may be made.
International Council for Canadian Studies Graduate Student Scholarships Deadline
Please send a completed form, along with all required supporting documents, to the attention of the President of the appropriate Canadian Studies association. (Please note that the deadlines for submission vary with each Canadian Studies association. It is the candidate’s responsibility to contact the association in question to obtain such information.)
All applications must be submitted by the member association to the ICCS in Ottawa by November 24.
Following assessment and signature by the President of the association, your application may be directed, by the association, to the International Council for Canadian Studies for final consideration by its Adjudication Committee.
Request for information and submissions of nominations by ICCS member associations should be addressed to:
Graduate Student Scholarships
International Council for Canadian Studies
Holland Cross RO, 1620 Scott Street, Unit8, PO Box 64016
Ottawa ON K1Y 4V1
E-mail: [email protected]
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