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Scholarships and Grants

 

Thanks to the generosity of benefactors and supporters, the Centre for Scottish Studies able to offer graduate students at the University of Guelph the following awards as support for their research abroad. Graduate students in history or English whose thesis or dissertation research requires consultation in Scottish archives are eligible to apply for travel funding through the CSS Office. Please note that not all awards are offered every year.

 
We are proud to highlight success within the Centre with a list of past award winners.
 

Internal Awards

Travel Awards

Alexander H. Brodie Memorial Award

Gifts from friends of the late professor Alexander H. Brodie provide financial assistance to an MA (or, if none are eligible, PhD) student for overseas research for thesis related to Scottish studies.

Application should be made to the Chair of the Centre for Scottish Studies by 1 March.

Ted Cowan Scholarship

Professor Cowan, for many years Chair of Scottish Studies in the Department of History, made major contributions to raise awareness of Scottish Studies in academia and the wider public community. The award funds were raised by private donations and a grant from the Scottish Studies Foundation. In even numbered years, $500 is awarded to support research travel for a student of Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph. Eligible PhD students will have completed or anticipate completing their comprehensive examination, and MA students will have completed two semesters.

Applications should be made to the Graduate Coordinator of the student's department by 1 September.  Applications will include a statement of the research plan and a budget detailing expected costs.  Preference will be given to PhD students.

Clan Fergusson Graduate Research Travel Grant

An endowment fund has been established in memory of deceased members of the Clan Fergusson Society of North America. The initial donation was from the estate of Donald MacNish Fergusson - "a Scotsman to the Marrow". The funds provide travel grants totalling approximately $1000 to Guelph graduate students in support of trips to Scotland for thesis research.

Graduate students with at least a first-class average (A-) in the most recent two years of study whose thesis research relates to Scottish studies are eligible.  Fields of study may include drama, English, family studies, history, philosophy and sociology.

Application should be made to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 17 October. Please include an application form and letter of reference from your principal advisor. Students who would be at or beyond semester 5 at the master's level or semester 7 at the doctoral level during the proposed period of travel are ineligible.

Hisky Memorial Travel Award

This award is in honour of Lore and Bud Hisky who were founding members of the The Memphis Scottish Society I and the Wolf River Pipes and Drum Corps. Eligible students are those who are writing a thesis or dissertation and planning to travel to Scotland or England to research topics related to Scottish History, Literature, Art, Language or Music or other specialities regarding Scotland with a minimum average of 80% in the courses associated with the degree registered in. Preference will be given to a candidate in a PhD program.

Applications should be made to the Chair of Scottish Studies by 1 March (for travel between April of the current year and April of the following year).  Applications must include a statement which outlines the purpose and duration of travel to Scotland.

St Andrew's Society of Montreal Research Travel Grant

The St Andrew's Society of Montreal offers a $2,000 grant to a graduate student in the field of Scottish Studies for the purpose of undertaking a research trip to Scotland. All students in the program are eligible, but preference will be given to students from Quebec

Applications should be made to the Scottish Studies Foundation Chair by 1 March and must include a detailed research plan, itinerary and expected costs.  Upon completion of the research trip, the student must submit a report to the St Andrew's Society of Montreal for publication in their newsletter.

St Andrew's Society of Toronto Research Travel Grant

The St Andrew's Society of Toronto offers a grant to a graduate student in the field of Scottish Studies for the purpose of undertaking a research trip to Scotland. All students in the program are eligible.

Applications should be made to the Scottish Studies Foundation Chair by 1 March and must include a detailed research plan, itinerary and expected costs.  Upon completion of the research trip, the student must submit a report to the St Andrew's Society of Toronto for publication in their newsletter.

Frank Watson Travel Scholarship

Dr. Cicely Watson and the Scottish Studies Foundation provide this $1000 Scholarship for MA and PhD students in the Scottish Studies program who intend to visit Scotland for thesis research. Applicants are eligible after the successful completion of comprehensive examinations. Preference is given to PhD students, but if no PhD students qualify, MA students with a minimum cumulative average of 80% (A-) may be considered. Selection is based on the relevance of intended travel to the student's thesis work.

Applications should be made to the Chair of Scottish Studies by 1 March (for travel between April of the current year and April of the following year).  Applications must include a statement which outlines the purpose and duration of travel to Scotland.

Grants and Scholarships

Jane Nelson Stirling Cairns Grier Scholarship

Established by Ms. Jane Nelson Stirling Cairns Grier, this $1000 scholarship is awarded to a student in their first or second year of graduate study in the field of Scottish Studies.  Recipients must demonstrate a keen interest in Scottish history and have a minimum academic standing of 80% upon entry to the program or after the first year of study. The scholarship has been established to encourage and support the study of Scottish History in Ontario and to recognize students from other provinces who choose the University of Guelph for their graduate studies in Scottish History.

No application is necessary.

Scottish Studies Foundation Graduate Scholarship

Through the generosity of the Scottish Studies Foundation and private donors, and with the assistance of the government of Ontario's OSOTF program, this scholarship is available annually to an Ontario resident in the Scottish Studies program who demonstrates financial need. The scholarship provides $1500 in the first year and, providing the student maintains a Scottish Studies focus and an A- average, $1500 in the second year of study. Doctoral studies will be given first consideration. If none are eligible, the committee will consider Masters students.

In order to apply, eligible students should request that the the graduate committee of their department or school forward their names and application materials to the Scottish Studies Committee for consideration.  Applicants must also submit a completed Needs Assessment Form to Student Financial Services by 1 March.

Edward Stewart Scholarship

This scholarship was created by friends and family of the late Dr. Edward Stewart, former Deputy Minister of Education and Secretary of Cabinet in the Ontario Government, to honour his lifelong interests in higher education, Scottish culture and history. The scholarship provides $3,500 to a graduate student in the first or second year in the field of Scottish Studies (MA or PhD History) with a minimum cumulative average of 80% upon entry to the program or after the first year of study. Selection is based on the highest cumulative average.

No application is necessary.


External Awards

Applications for external awards should be made directly to the granting bodies according to their instructions.

The Order of Alba

The Order of Alba was founded in 2014 in order to preserve and promote Scottish culture and heritage, and to recognise achievements in studies pertaining to Scotland.  The Order offers the King Malcolm III Canmore Scholarship to a full-time graduate student in Scottish Studies.  It also provides research funding through the King Kenneth McAlpin Research Grant for historical and archaeological research leading toward publication.

The Strathmartine Trust

The Strathmartine Trust was founded by the late Ronald Gordon Cant in in 1999, in order to encourage and support the study of Scottish History. The Trust also awards grants in support of the completion of research projects and the publication of works on Scottish history. The Strathmartine Centre has a range of grants and awards available, the details of which may be found here.

The Wabash Valley Scottish Society

The Wabash Valley Scottish Society was founded in May 2003, for those in Vigo County, Indiana and surrounding areas who desire a place to meet and share their Scottish heritage, traditions, and interests.  One of the main goals of the Society is to provide both cultural and academic scholarships to those who are interested in furthering their Scottish studies. The Wabash Valley Scottish Society offers a non-renewable award of $1,000 for US citizens majoring in Scottish Studies. Further details may be found here.

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