Canada-Latin America-Caribbean Awards
CANCELLATION OF THE UNDERSTANDING CANADA - CANADIAN STUDIES PROGRAM
Please note that further to the announcements in the 2012 budget, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) has decided to abolish the Understanding Canada-Canadian Studies Program. Therefore, there will be no further grants issued under this program.
Recipients who received a grant recently will have until January 31, 2013 to send to ICCS a final report in order to claim the second instalment of the award.
- Value of Awards
- Terms and Conditions
- Application Procedure
- Selection and Notification
- Payment Procedure
This award will support scholars in universities or research institutes in the Latin America - Caribbean Region to undertake short term research, including collaborative research, contributing to the understanding of bilateral and multilateral relations between Canada and the countries of the Latin America - Caribbean Region. The award will assist with direct costs related to the research project, and, when a research trip to Canada is warranted, will provide assistance towards international airfare and a weekly flat rate allowance for a period not exceeding five weeks.
Awards may be granted for:
- Research projects related to Canada and Latin America - Caribbean relations, either with the region as a whole, or any part thereof. Although we welcome applications from all disciplines lending themselves most readily to Canadian Studies we are particularly interested in projects that have policy relevance for Canada and Canada’s foreign policy. Topics that are highly relevant to Canada’s foreign policy include Democracy & Rule of Law, Economic Development and Prosperity, Environment, Managing Diversity, North American Partnership, Peace and Security.
- Interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary studies.
- Comparative studies with substantial Canadian content (33% or more).
Priority may be given to projects, which relate to Canada’s foreign policy; or contemporary situations and issues which illuminate options for future developments; or which focus on Canada’s bilateral relations.
(Purely scientific subjects such as physics, chemistry, medicine, engineering, etc. which would not lead to a better knowledge and understanding of Canada per se are not eligible, nor are proposals which focus exclusively on technological or methodological issues).
Awards will be available to scholars and researchers from all countries of the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Applications are to be submitted by the designated principal researcher, with the official endorsement of his/her institution.
- be full-time members of the academic staff of a recognized institution of higher education or equivalent degree-granting institution in the Latin America - Caribbean Region, or scholars at research and policy planning institutes who undertake significant Canadian bilateral and/or multilateral relations research projects.
- hold a degree equivalent to a Master's or better.
- have a working knowledge of either English or French.
In addition, while not mandatory, applicants should provide evidence of their interest in or involvement with Canada prior to the application. This may be demonstrated by courses they have already given, research they have undertaken, extra-mural activities, or membership in an Association for Canadian Studies in their region or country. Preference may also be given to projects that will involve more than one country.
The Canada- Latin America - Caribbean Award will consist of a grant in the amount of up to CDN $10,000, based on the analysis of the proposed budget needed to do the research. More than one award may be offered annually. Successful candidates will not be able to make a new application until they demonstrate that they have fulfilled the terms and conditions of their previous award.
The International Council for Canadian Studies through a contribution of the Government of Canada and with the assistance of the appropriate Canadian Mission, will award grants to successful candidates on condition that the candidate must give a written undertaking on his/her own behalf that:
- awards are granted for work to be carried out in the candidate's country of residence and/or in Canada, and are intended to assist in defraying only direct costs related to the project, including return air fare to Canada and related expenses, use of equipment (but not capital purchases), books and other materials, some secretarial services, research meetings, and, possibly, some publishing costs; no provision is made for released time stipends nor for overhead costs to the institution; contractual or Commissioned research (either on the part of the institution or the individual researchers) does not qualify for support.
- the research project team will normally consist of a minimum of three academics based in more than one institution or more than one department in the same institution (Please note that individual researchers may also apply).
- when the project includes a research trip to Canada, the principal researcher and/or the researcher(s) concerned will make all arrangements including: international travel; visa (if needed); accommodation and travel within Canada; medical insurance while in Canada: visit plans, including inter alia appointments with Canadian academics and other resources persons, access to libraries and other study centres, etc.
two copies of the manuscript, of publishable quality and the length of a normal scholarly monograph, produced as a result of the research award will be sent to the local Canadian Mission, along with a summary in English or French upon completion of the project, and no later than March 1st of the following year. Failure to provide such a manuscript by that date may result in forfeiture of the final payment of the award. (One copy of the manuscript will be sent by the local Canadian Mission to the awards program administrators, the International Council for Canadian Studies in Ottawa, for possible transmission to the National Library of Canada; the other copy will be retained by the Canadian Mission
Note: While it is recognized that lengths of monographs vary and the deadline for its submission may be tight, the expectation is that the length of the monograph or constituent parts thereof (e.g. by individual members of the team) will reflect both the substantial nature of the grant and the work of all members of the team. Where it is not possible to forward the entire work by the deadline, at least a substantial part should be submitted, with an indication of what will follow to complete it.
- the principal researcher and the research team will make every reasonable attempt to publish the results of their research on Canada; while not a condition of an award, sharing of the results in other for such as conferences and seminars is encouraged.
- the rights to the manuscript will remain the exclusive property of the researcher and/or the team. When it is published the researcher will provide two copies of the article or book to the Canadian Mission, to be held as described above.
With the official endorsement of his/her institution, the designated principal researcher should submit an application to the local Canadian Mission in his/her home country, by the November 24 deadline. An application dossier, in either English or French, will consist of a completed application form and other documents as indicated therein.
Application forms can be obtained by printing or downloading the forms from the following links:
CLACA Application form: Adobe PDF Form format
CLACA Application form: Microsoft Word format
All applicant dossiers will undergo a preliminary evaluation at the Canadian Mission and will then be forwarded to the attention of the Selection Committee of the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) in Ottawa. This Committee includes Canadian academics and at least three academics from other countries; it meets once a year, in January.
The Committee will base its decision on the following criteria:
- academic excellence of the proposal.
- Canadian content.
- relevance of the proposal in its contribution to Canadian Studies.
- feasibility of the research project.
- likelihood of publication upon completion.
After reviewing the applications, the International Council for Canadian Studies in Ottawa will forward its recommendations to DFAIT, which will make the final decision.
All applicants will be notified in writing of the results of their application, normally within 90 days of the deadline for submission of applications.
Successful applicants will be sent a Grant Agreement detailing the value and conditions of the award. It must be signed and returned to the Canadian Mission within thirty (30) days.
A first installment of 70% of the award will be paid after receipt by the Canadian Mission of the signed Grant Agreement. The remaining 30% of the award will be paid upon receipt of a report of activities.