John G. Diefenbaker Award 2019


Canada Council for the Arts


The John G. Diefenbaker Award is given annually, and it enables a distinguished German scholar to do research in Canada, which may include brief periods in the United States.


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. If no appropriate candidate is nominated, the award may be withheld and carried over to the following year.


The amount of the award for a full year is CDN$80,000. These funds are to be used by the host institution as a contribution towards the payment of the salary of the visiting scholar​.

In addition, a grant of up to CDN$15,000 is provided to cover the cost of travel to the Canadian host institution (including travel of the recipient’s immediate family for award periods longer than three months) and travel to other institutions in Canada and the United States.


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

Internal Deadline
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How to Apply

Nominations must be submitted by a Canadian university department or research institute, and endorsed by the delegate of the host institution. An original signature is required from the head of research administration or an authorized delegate of the nominating institution.

To obtain the authorizing signature, please submit completed nomination form and all required support material, with OR-5, to by Oct. 30.  We will return the nomination form, with signature, to the nominating department by Oct. 31. 

Your completed nomination form and all required support material must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.  The Canada Council for the Arts will not accept nominations postmarked after the deadline date, incomplete nominations, or those submitted by fax or email.

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