Graduate Student Scholarships


With six grants per year, we wish to enable emerging international (and Canadian) scholars at the graduate and Phd level to visit a Canadian (or international) university or academic institution for 4-12 weeks in order to conduct research for 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 (or international institution) in support of a thesis/dissertation at the point of being written.


Students in the social sciences or humanities who are in the process of preparing a graduate thesis or doctoral dissertation in Canada Studies (Master’s/Ph.D. level).


  1. The student must be at the thesis or dissertation stage.
  2. The student must have obtained in writing the support of a faculty member at a Canadian university (or international institution) who has agreed to act as the student’s academic mentor during the tenure of his/her scholarship. The mentor may 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 mentor will not be expected to act in the role of supervisor.

NOTE: A copy of the awardee’s thesis, once completed, should be sent to the ICCS Secretariat as a pdf file.


Each applicant should submit an application and all supporting materials directly to the president or secretariat of his/her national Canadian Studies association. 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:

  1. a completed application form [ available in PDF format ] which will be signed by the candidate and the president of the national association.
  2. a two-three page proposal outlining the thesis/dissertation project (Click here for an example of what a proposal should contain: title, short summary, theoretical and methodological approach, object of research and arguments, research questions, thesis statement). The proposal must also state clearly why work at the university (or international institution) 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 as well as a one page budget.
  3. a copy of the most recent official university transcript (in countries where it cannot be obtained, a letter from the registrar is required).
  4. a letter of support from the student’s thesis/dissertation supervisor.
  5. a copy of the letter from the faculty member in a Canadian university (or international institution) indicating his/her willingness to act as the student’s academic mentor.

NOTE: Incomplete files will not be considered.


Successful applicants will be selected according to the following criteria:

  1. the clarity of the proposal and its methodology.
  2. the proposal’s potential contribution to knowledge in its field.
  3. the likelihood of the project’s being accomplished during the period of the award.
  4. the demonstrated need for the research to be carried out in Canada (or at the international institution).
  5. the strength of the letter of support.
  6. the past academic awards as demonstrated by transcripts, awards, and distinctions.


The nominations will be evaluated and ranked, and successful candidates selected by the Awards and Grants 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 mentor 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 (2-3 pages) to the ICCS, outlining what was accomplished during the tenure of the scholarship.


A maximum of six awards per year.


The amount of the scholarship will be a maximum of CDN$4,000 for all expenses. Smaller awards may be made.


Ayman Al Joumaa – “Les stratégies d’intégration des réfugiés : Mémoire(s), resilience, reconciliation. L’exemple des réfugiés au Canada et en France“.

Maria Tarasova – “The Work Is Not Done for the Glory: Russian-Jewish Anarchist Humanitarian Aid in North America, 1900-1950”.

Sababa Monjur – “’They Were Not Human’: Rethinking Binaries, Bioethics and Eco-realities in Selected Works of Margaret Atwood and Larissa Lai”.

Rita Nandori – “Acculturation and Cultural Identity in Canadian Inuit Poetry”.

Núria Mina Riera – “A Poet’s Seasons: A Gerontological-Ecocritical Approach to Lorna Crozier’s Poetry”.

Barbara Gfoellner – “Thinking with the Archipelago’: Diasporic Im/Mobilties in Anglophone and Francophone Carribean Poetry”.


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 Awards and Grants Committee. A decision will be made mid-January. Research stays may commence by April 1.

Request for information and submissions of nominations by ICCS member associations should be addressed to:

International Council for Canadian Studies
c/o Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University
723 Kaneff Tower
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3, Canada