Canada Council for the Arts - John G. Diefenbaker Award


Canada Council for the Arts


The John G. Diefenbaker Award allows a distinguished German scholar in the humanities to conduct research in Canada and spend brief periods gaining further experience at American institutions. the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities. While research must be the primary activity during the award period, the award recipient will be encouraged to participate in the teaching activities of the host institution and to interact with the research communities in Canada and the United States by visiting other institutions.

The spirit of the award is to encourage exchange between scholarly communities in Canada and Germany.


Candidates may not apply for this award: they must be nominated by a department within a host university or research institute in Canada.

This award is open to German scholars who have demonstrated outstanding ability, especially through a substantial publication record over several years. The award is offered in support of research in any of the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities.

Candidates must be German citizens with a contractual or working relationship with an academic institution in Germany. They must have a sound working knowledge of at least one of Canada’s two official languages.

Funding Availability

Up to $95,000

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

The award is for 12 months, although shorter award periods will be considered. The award period should begin on or after 1 August following the selection of the award recipient.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Department to submit complete nomination documentation along with an OR5 form to:

All documents submitted must be original with original signatures.

Information on this competition, nomination process and nomination form along with the guidelines can be found on the Canada Council for the Arts website.

How to Apply

Nominations must be submitted by a Canadian university research institute, and endorsed by the delegate of the host institution.

For Questions, please contact

Luiza Pereira
Program Officer

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x52832

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