John G. Diefenbaker Award


Canada Council for the Arts

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

$80,000 for 1 full year. 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.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up to 1 year – award period should start on or after August 1, 2016.

Special Notes

All documents submitted must be original with original signatures.


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit your application/proposal along with an OR5 form to

External Deadline

Postmarked on or before November 2, 2015.

How to Apply

Nominations are to be mailed/couriered to the Canada Council for the Arts; 150 Elgin St., PO Box 1047, Ottawa, ON  K1P 5V8 

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Luiza Pereira, Program Officer
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