SDG Bootcamp

Image: SDG BootcampThis is a hands-on program for youth between the ages of 18 and 24.  If you have the desire to engage in UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this may be the opportunity for you.

From the promo blurb: “SDG Bootcamp will run from October 4th, 2017 to the end of February 2018. The program will consist of an introduction into the SDGs, which will be held on October 4th and 5th. Following that, there will be a 5-day road trip, from October 20th – 25th, to the Calgary SDG Symposium, ‘Together 2017‘. Between November and February participants will use their newly honed skills and knowledge to organize and hold their own community engagement activities. The minimum time commitment for the course will be approximately 10 days over the 5 month period.

Want to learn more?  Go to: http://bccic.ca/the-sustainable-development-goals-engagement-program/

Women’s Human Rights Education Institute

If you are interested in becoming a Human Rights educator, looking into the International Human Rights Training Programs offered by the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute might be a next step for you.

From its webpage: “The Women’s Human Rights Institute helps participants develop a practical understanding of the UN Human Rights system and learn how to apply a women’s human rights framework to a multiplicity of issues. Participants will develop practical facilitation skills to help them become human rights educators in their own regions and organizations.”

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

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 student resource – FREE!!

Here’s info courtesy of UBC Press.  It’s a freebie!!

UBC Press is excited to offer a new student resource, How to Succeed at University (and Get a Great Job): Mastering the Critical Skills You Need for School, Work, and Life, FREE for download at www.ubcpress.ca/oncampus.

In this lively, highly accessible guide, York University Professors Thomas R. Klassen and John A. Dwyer answer the questions students have about succeeding in their courses and their post-secondary careers. They argue that the best preparation for success in life and on the job are by mastering the skills needed at university. This book will help students:

  • Develop strong communication skills (writing, speaking, and listening)
  • Select their courses and choose a program
  • Organize and manage their time
  • Sharpen their critical thinking skills
  • Write good essays and prepare for exams
  • Take better notes in class
  • Become an active reader and listener

The book is also available in print.

Brunei Darussalam Government Scholarships

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL), working in partnership with the Brunei Darussalam Government, wishes to announce Master’s Degree scholarships for five people from Commonwealth countries, preferably working in Higher Education Institutions or Departments of Higher Education, to study on a full-time basis in Brunei Darussalam for one or two years.

The scholarships are available for programmes commencing in July/August 2016 in three participating institutions in Brunei Darussalam.

  1.  Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)
  2.  Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA)
  3.  Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB)

Each scholarship covers tuition fees, one return economy air ticket, allowances (personal expenses, food, etc.), and residential accommodation.

Applicants are invited to apply directly to the Brunei Darussalam Government as stated on the Application Form and submit a copy of the complete application package to Dr Godson Gatsha, COL Education Specialist, Higher Education at ggatsha@col.org by 6 January 2016.

For specific details on the terms and conditions of the scholarships, including entry requirements and the application form, click here.

Application deadline: 9 January 2016

Digital Media in Cuba – MA in Anthropology

Interested in pursuing a Masters in Anthropology in Digital Media, specifically in Cuba?  If yes, read on; a call out from UVic.


Hello Anthropology students,

Interested in digital media and working in Cuba? Looking for an MA program to apply to?

If you are planning on applying to the University of Victoria Master’s program in our anthropology department (applications due by January 15th 2016 in order to start in Fall 2016) and are interested in working in Cuba, please find attached a call for students to work on Digital Media in Cuba on research project under the direction of Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier.

Why anthropology at UVic? Master’s program in UVic’s Anthropology department. How to apply.

Commonwealth Scholarship – India

Here’s a great opportunity for an upper-level undergraduate!  Note that the deadline is December 21, 2015.


The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has launched its scholarship competition under the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship Plan 2016-2017. Two scholarships are available to Canadians who wish to study or conduct research in India. The scholarships, which are tenable as of September 2016, provide funding for the full length of academic programs in India at the undergraduate, Master’s or PhD levels. The scholarship for PhD scholars may be renewed for a maximum of five and a half years.

The deadline to apply is December 21, 2015. Please visit  Commonwealth Scholarship Plan – India for full program details.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) was established in 1959, with the first scholars selected in 1960. The goal of the Plan is to nurture educational links among Commonwealth countries and to strengthen the ideals upon which the Commonwealth was founded. Over 27,000 Commonwealth citizens have held awards – many going on to reach the very highest levels within their profession.

Research Fellowship in Archaeology (Maryland)

The Maryland Archaeological Conservation (MAC) Laboratory is pleased to accept applications for its fourth year of the Gloria S. King Research Fellowship in Archaeology. The MAC Lab is an archaeological research, conservation, and curation facility located at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum in southern Maryland and is currently home to 8 million artifacts representing over 12,000 years of human occupation in Maryland. The collections are available for research, education, and exhibit and the purpose of the fellowship is to encourage research in the collections.

*Eligibility*: Students, academics, or professionals (employees of the Maryland Historical Trust and St. Mary’s College of Maryland are not eligible); any subject in Maryland archaeology; must use collections at the MAC Lab; must be in residence full time in the MAC Lab; must provide a presentation of research to museum staff.

*Application process*: A 1000 word proposal (up to 4 typed pages,
double-spaced) outlining the problem and the MAC Lab collections to be used, a CV plus a letter of recommendation. Applicants are *strongly* encouraged to contact the lab during proposal preparation to ensure that the lab has collections appropriate to the proposed research.

*Stipend*: Stipend $500 a week, minimum two week stay and maximum 5 week stay. Stipend paid upon completion of fellowship for stay of two weeks; a fellowship of greater length paid in two installments: 50% at the fellowship midway point and 50% upon completion. On-site housing may be available.

Applications must be received at the address below by January 15th, 2016.

Please direct any questions to Patricia Samford at patricia.samford@maryland.gov and send application materials to:

Patricia Samford, Director
Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
10515 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, Maryland 20685