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Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program

Thinking about funding your graduate school program? Read on…


This will be of particular interest to 4th year and post-degree students as well as those already enrolled in a master’s program with a significant research component. Eligible students must have achieved a first class average (A-, 3.67/4.33) in each of the last two years of completed study (FTE). While VIU has an award allocation of 3 (2 social sciences; 1 natural sciences), student can apply to up to 5 institutions with an allocation.

The competition for Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters’ (CGS-M) research training awards $17,500 for all topics of research at the master’s level. The Federal agencies supporting these awards are:

  • NSERC – Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • SSHRC – Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • CIHR – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The objective of this funding program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

The competition is open to prospective masters students and masters students who started their program in 2016 and will have at least 12 months of study remaining in their program as of May 1, 2017.

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission to an eligible master’s program at a Canadian institution with a CGS-M allocation;
  • have completed, as of December 31, 2016, between zero and 12 months of full-time studies in the master’s program for which you are requesting funding;
  • have achieved a first-class average in each of the last two years of study [at VIU that’s a minimum “A-“, or 3.67/4.33].

Vancouver Island University has been provided a quota of awards from NSERC and SSHRC (VIU does not currently have a CIHR quota). VIU holds the competition to determine which VIU students will receive these awards. The award allocations are:

Funding Agency Research Type VIU’s Award Allocation
NSERC natural science and engineering 1
SSHRC social science and humanities 2

Application deadline: December 1, 2016

The application form and full instructions can be found on the funding program webpage. Also check the VIU website for information specific to VIU’s competition.

If you still have questions, contact Shelley Lumsden, Research Services Manager

CASCA: Richard F Salisbury Award

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Eligibility: Applications can be made by any student member of CASCA undertaking doctoral level research in the field of anthropology at a Canadian university. Preference will be given to those who have completed their comprehensive examinations, have approved thesis proposals and are within one year of beginning fieldwork. CASCA recognizes that some eligible candidates may not be studying in anthropology programs, however all candidates must be members of CASCA when making their applications. The intent of the award is to assist with fieldwork expenses.

Criteria: An outstanding academic record and an excellent research proposal with innovative scholarly import and social relevance.

Value: $2000

Deadline: All application materials must be submitted electronically by 1 February 2017 to: Pauline McKenzie Aucoin – CASCA Secretary, rpaucoin@aol.com

CASCA news: New undergrad membership category

CASCA has introduced a new undergraduate student membership category (ony $25 annually). Membership comes with online access to Anthropologica and undergraduate members are eligible to participate in the annual conference. CASCA student members are added to the member list and receive regular updates on Canadian Anthropology community activities, news and opportunities and can participate actively in CASCA surveys and votes.

A student zone page on the CASCA website.  Don’t hesitate to send CASCA student news and opportunities (membership@anthropologica.ca).

View online – “Why join CASCA” and membership fee categories.

BEADS articles on Academia.edu and SURFACE

To all those interested in beads and/or beadwork, a batch of articles from BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers has been uploaded to Academia.edu. All articles in Volumes 1-17 have been uploaded to the site.

Visit: https://independent.academia.edu/KarlisKarklins

As well, volumes 1-6 have been uploaded to the Syracuse University SURFACE site.

The Society of Bead Researchers is a non-profit scientific-educational corporation founded in 1981 to foster historical, archaeological, and material cultural research on beads and beadwork of all materials and periods, and to expedite the dissemination of the resultant knowledge.

Daryl Duke Prize

The Daryl Duke Prize is an annual $25,000 prize awarded for excellence in either a treatment or a screenplay for an unproduced long-form dramatic film telling a fictional story.

The prize embraces Daryl’s relentless spirit for future generations of writers and creators. In Daryl’s words, “you have to become a revolution. When I do a program, a drama, or write something, I want my audience to be in a different place than where they started.”

To learn more, please visit: http://daryldukeprize.ca

Entry deadline: September 30, 2016 at 5pm Eastern time.

Whoever holds a camera stands at the centre of the world.
-Daryl Duke

New scholarship – international students

New for 2016-17, a scholarship for an international student majoring in one of the Social Science disciplines!  It’s worth $1000.

This is by recommendation so check out the criteria to see if you might qualify.


Masako and Stanley Fukawa Scholarship

  • Number: 1 per year
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Criteria: Awarded to full time undergraduate 3-4 year international student with a cumulative GPA of (3.5) in the previous academic year; pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Arts, and declared a major in “Social Science”. Nominee to demonstrate activities in promoting social justice through community engagement. No application required, on the recommendation of the dean of social science. Awarded as a tuition credit for spring semester at Vancouver Island University.

TAC Festival 2017

You are invited to submit entries for the 2017 edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival.  This is the only international competition for this genre in the entire Western Hemisphere and an opportunity to showcase your work.

The deadline for receipt of entries is October 15, 2016.

Film screenings for TAC Festival 2017 take place May 4-7, 2017, in the Recital Hall at The Shedd Institute in Eugene, OR.

The entry form and further information can be found by going to http://archaeologychannel.org/festival.  Please read the guidelines carefully.

2017 ACUA Travel Award

The Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology is pleased to announce the 2017 ACUA George Fischer Student Travel Award. This award of $1,000.00 (USD) will be offered to help fund travel costs for the upcoming 2017 SHA Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas, USA, and will be granted to an international student presenting a paper on an underwater or maritime archaeology topic at this Conference. Conference abstracts must be submitted directly to the Conference Organizers as outlined in the Call for Papers. Please refer to http://sha.org/conferences/ for complete details on abstract submission and deadlines.

To be eligible for consideration, students interested in applying for this award must currently be enrolled, and in good academic standing, in a graduate degree program (includes full-time, part-time, or thesis/dissertation hours only). Preference is given to international students. International students are considered to be those students residing or studying in a country other than the country where the conference is being held.

To apply for this award you must submit the following:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Short covering letter
  3. A copy of your conference abstract, along with confirmation of submission

Submissions will be judged on academic merit and relevance to the field of underwater and maritime archaeology.

All Award application materials must be sent to the ACUA at info@acuaonline.org by 15 September 2016.

Former student publishes work begun while at VIU

Older news, still from this year!

Our very own Nancy Greene publishes the research that she began while a student at VIU (when it was Malaspina University-College).  It took her a decade to complete.

Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, reports on her study but also how this research became very much a community project.  Nancy had the support of the Comox Valley community: financial and volunteers.  Hume describes her research as “a triumph of citizen science.”

Archeology student publishes paper on ancient, industrial-scale First Nations fishery by Stephen Hume, January 25, 2016.

The Comox Harbour Fish Trap Complex: A Large-Scale, Technologically Sophisticated Intertidal Fishery from British Columbia by Nancy A. Greene, David C. McGee, Roderick J. Heitzmann, Canadian Journal of Archaeology 39(2).

Vancouver Park Board first municipal body in Canada to hire in-house archaeologist

Exciting news! Vancouver Parks Board hires in-house archaeologist, Geordie Howe.  This is definitely a first in BC and gives hope that other municipalities will consider hiring archaeologists.  The hire was the result of one of the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Actions.

Note that Geordie has a B.A. and through his years of work in the field has gained the respect and reputation he has.

For the media release from the City of Vancouver, go to: http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/vancouver-park-board-first-municipal-body-in-canada-to-hire-in-house-archaeologist.aspx

Geordie was interviewed on CBC Early Edition, Jul7 4, 2016: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2691223195/  start at 1:27:03, end 1:33:15.