Study in Canada: International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) Graduate Student Scholarships

The International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) offers a number of Graduate Student Scholarships for international students to do research study at any  university or research site in Canada.

The International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) is a federation of twenty-one national and multi-national Canadian Studies associations and six associate members in thirty-nine countries. Established in 1981, the Council operates in both official languages of Canada and has a permanent Secretariat based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The establishment of the Council was subsequent to an international conference on Canadian Studies, organized by the Association for Canadian Studies in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting of the Learned Societies of Canada, held that year in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The mandate of the Council is “to promote worldwide scholarly study, research, teaching and publication about Canada in all disciplines and all countries.” It sponsors Canadian studies conferences in other countries

The objective of the Graduate Student Scholarships is to facilitate the renewal of the community of Canadianists by supporting the work of young scholars, by enabling successful candidates to spend 4-6 weeks at a Canadian university or research site other than their own, doing research related to their thesis or dissertation in the field of Canadian Studies.

Please note that the ICCS Graduate Student Scholarships is not intended to initiate a thesis or dissertation but rather to provide access to crucial scholarly information and resources in Canada in support of a thesis/dissertation at the point of being written.The mandate of the Council is “to promote worldwide scholarly study, research, teaching and publication about Canada in all disciplines and all countries.” It sponsors Canadian studies conferences in other countries

Type: Postgraduate (Master’s, PhD, research)

Course(s) Offered: Social sciences, Humanities

Course Level: Postgraduate (Master’s, PhD, research)

Provider: ICCS

Country to Study in: Canada

Image result for logo for International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS)Eligible Country: Citizens of ANY country

Participating Institutions:Any Canadian university or research site

Fields of study :Any field of the social sciences or humanities

Number of awards :Usually twelve (12) awards per year. But for the 2017-2018 session, it will be six (6) awards

Sponsorship duration :Scholars will spend a period of 4-6 weeks at Canadian institutions

Scholarship benefits :The amount of the scholarship will be up to CDN$4,000 for all expenses. Smaller awards may be made.


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


  • The student must be at the thesis or dissertation stage.
  • The student must have obtained in writing the support of a faculty member at a Canadian university who has agreed to act as the student’s academic sponsor during the tenure of his/her award. The sponsor will 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 sponsor will not be expected to act in the role of supervisor.

NOTE: A copy of the awardees thesis, once completed, should be sent to the ICCS Secretariat.

Selection criteria:
Successful applicants will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • the clarity of the proposal and its methodology.
  • the proposal’s potential contribution to knowledge in its field.
  • the likelihood of the project’s being accomplished during the period of the award.
  • the demonstrated need for the research to be carried out in Canada.
  • the strength of the letter of support.
  • the past academic awards as demonstrated by transcripts, awards, and distinctions.

Method of Application
Each applicant should submit an application and all supporting materials directly to the secretariat of his/her national Canadian Studies association (or to the association president in cases where there are no permanent secretariats). 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-page proposal outlining the thesis/dissertation project (Click here for an example of what a proposal should contain). The proposal must also state clearly why work at the university 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.
  3. an 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 indicating his/her willingness to act as the student’s academic sponsor.

N.B. Incomplete files will not be considered.

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.)

Application Deadline: 24 November 2017

The application webform can be found here.

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