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

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.

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.

AnthroNotes Digital Project – database

News for the editors of AnthroNotes:

AnthroNotes Editors Launch Searchable, Downloadable Digital Database

Interested in ancient Egypt, Native Americans, Arctic climate change, or archaeology? Thanks to a joint effort of the Smithsonian’s Department of Anthropology and Smithsonian Libraries, anyone now can download in-depth, research-based essays and classroom tested teaching activities on a wide range of topics through the AnthroNotes digital database.

The entire collection of 84 issues of AnthroNotes (1979-2012) and 263 selected individual AnthroNotes articles, each with a new abstract, can be downloaded from the Smithsonian Libraries’ Official Digital Repository. Individual articles are offered in three formats, designed for computers (PDF), mobile devices (mobi), and e-readers (E-Pub). Articles are free of copyright restrictions; photocopying for classroom use is permitted and encouraged. All 263 individual articles, as well as the 84 issues of AnthroNotes, are also searchable through Google and the Smithsonian Collections Database (search term: AnthroNotes).

The digital AnthroNotes project was completed in the fall of 2015. The database is searchable by author, title, and year, as well as major subfields such as archaeology or linguistics. Searches may be conducted in over 40 topics including geographic regions (Africa, the Middle East, Asia); contemporary issues (refugees, forensics, genetics); and education (teaching activities, teaching resources, careers in anthropology).

In addition, Amazon carries both the paperback and the e-book version of the second, expanded edition of Anthropology Explored, The Best of Smithsonian AnthroNotes, which includes 36 AnthroNotes articles along with abstracts and recent author updates. The book’s chapters are divided into three sections: Investigating Our Origins and Variation, Examining Our Archaeological Past, and Exploring Our Many Cultures. Also available is a free online Instructors’ Guide.

Originally part of the NSF-funded George Washington University-Smithsonian Institution Anthropology for Teachers Program, AnthroNotes includes research-based articles by leading scholars in the field as well as classroom-tested activities. The publication received the Society for American Archaeology’s 2002 Award for Excellence in Public Education for “presenting archaeological and anthropological research to the public in an engaging and accessible style and for encouraging the study of these disciplines in classrooms across the nation.”

Throughout its history, AnthroNotes was published by the National Museum of Natural History’s Department of Anthropology. The museum’s Office of Education and Outreach has a website (Qrius) where you can find webcasts, online collections, and teaching resources, as well as a sign up for an e-newsletter. Visit the Q?rius website at Qrius.si.edu

The AnthroNotes editors: Alison S. Brooks, Carolyn Gecan, P. Ann Kaupp, Colleen Popson, and Ruth O. Selig

News from TZ – graduation

As ASC helps to support a secondary student’s education (Auzelia, photo below), you might be interested in reading a report from one of its former students (now attending university in engineering) about a visit to the school during its graduation ceremony.

Auzelia


The big issue is that: we had a very wonderful day on 28-29 at Farkwa!! It was really nice.  I called up my team ( THE FFKF X-STUDENTS) to go there as normal. Then we contributed for some of them who were so far and had no money for their  transfer. The event on 28/10 was graduation for Form Four. […]

We were greatly welcomed by the Headmaster and the whole school. They gave us a chance to talk to the mass, we introduced ourselves and everyone of us had something to speak to the students on the mass of graduation. Then we had our main speaker who represented the whole aim of why we went there, he was Hamisi S. Salum. The speech seems to impress all the parents who were there, Form Five students too, and the whole students were happy of the speech (the speech have been kept in our records as a memory, I’ll ask Stella to send to you if u will need to see it!). He finally talk about our plans and strategies which seems to touch some of the government leaders, who encouraged us to press on because of how we change students thinking and attitudes…….

Many of Form Five students came to us and appreciated the school, because they thought the school had never produced university students, they felt encouraged to keep on, they said. This  was when me and Hamisi said where we are, studying bachelor in engineering and Samweli with Andrew are joining university this November. Also they were so happy to see Hawa as a x-student girl who went to encourage them. After all things were done we had some pictures with some students including Form Five students. Then we had a small meeting with Mr. Patric, he extremely appreciated and he gave us some advice to make our community as an organization known by government. Then we stayed until the next day to talk to Form Four who have the national exam on 2/11 (today) and Form Three who are still coming to their last year.

After there we returned to our places….! I have attached some pics you can have a little view. A little rain is falling here in Dar es Salaam  and some coastal area, but also the environment is a bit hot. But in Dodoma is so dry, sun is shining everyday!. I’ll be getting back to college on 9/11 for the other semester

Wishing you a nice day, kindly receive regards from my fellows.

Regards : Erasto

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ACOR fellowships in Jordan

THE AMERICAN CENTER OF ORIENTAL RESEARCH (AMMAN)

Announcement of Fellowships 2016-17

Deadline for all applications is February 1, 2016

Jennifer C. Groot Memorial Fellowship: Up to three awards of $1,500 each to support beginners in archaeological fieldwork who have been accepted as team members on archaeological projects with ASOR/CAP affiliation in Jordan. Open to undergraduate or graduate students of U.S. or Canadian citizenship.

Bert and Sally de Vries Fellowship: One award of $1,200 to support a student for participation on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. Senior project staff members whose expenses are being borne largely by the project are ineligible. Open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian citizens.

Burton MacDonald and Rosemarie Sampson Fellowship: One award for either six weeks residency at ACOR for research in the fields of Ancient Near Eastern languages and history, archaeology, Bible studies, or comparative religion, or a travel grant to assist with participation in an archaeological field project in Jordan. The ACOR residency fellowship option includes room and board at ACOR and a stipend of $600. The travel grant option provides a single payment of $1,800 to help with any project related expenses. Both options are open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.

For more information and to download the application forms:

Websites: www.bu.edu/acor   and   www.acorjordan.org

ACOR 656 Beacon Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02215

QE II Scholarships — Applications now open!

VIU is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the university’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program – Building Resilience in Coastal Communities. Upper-year undergraduate and Masters students are encouraged to apply for scholarships to pursue internships, studies, or research related to the program theme in the areas of:

  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Economic Development
  • Water Management
  • Parks and Protected Areas
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainable Aquaculture and Agriculture

QE II Scholarships represent a unique opportunity for experiential learning, the development of cross-cultural understanding and communication skills, and first-hand research or field work experience in an international context.

Full scholarship information and application packages can be found at: https://qes.viu.ca/

Deadline for applications: Monday, November 23, 2015 (4:00 pm)

Public Input Wanted: BC’s Stop of Interest Signs

Media release

Heritage BC Seeks Public Input to Locate and Assess BC’s Stop of Interest Signs

Are there BC Stop of Interest signs in your community? Heritage BC is giving B.C. residents the opportunity to share their opinions about B.C.’s Stop of Interest signs and the commemoration of historic people, places, and events across the province. Help us locate the B.C. Stop of Interest signs. There are lots of ways that you can participate. And prizes to be won!

Heritage BC wants your help to locate and visually assess the condition of the Stop of Interest signs found throughout British Columbia. Starting in 1958, Stop of Interest signs were erected across British Columbia to commemorate significant historic people, places, and events. Over 100 signs were erected from the 1950s through the 1990s. Since that time some signs have gone missing and some have been moved.

In partnership with the Heritage Branch of the Province of British Columbia, Heritage BC is seeking public input to gauge the present location, condition and content of the Stop of Interest signs. This is the first step in creating a contemporary inventory to start planning for the future of the Stop of Interest signs in British Columbia.

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson: “I’ve seen many of these signs during my travels in B.C. and admit that some are in decline. I’m glad we are able to partner with Heritage BC to inventory and plan for next steps for formative signs.”

“This is a fun and educational way for family, friends and colleagues to learn more about British Columbia’s history and discover some of the interesting “Stops of Interest” in our province,” says Heritage BC Executive Director Kathryn Molloy. “Send us your photos and notes about the Stop of Interest in your neighbourhood for a chance to win prizes.”

Are there Stop of Interest signs near your community? You can participate by taking pictures of the signs and the stop of interest they refer to, noting the location, then completing Heritage BC’s online form: www.heritagebc.ca/stops-of-interest-signs-condition-assessment-survey. Forms can be submitted online until December 18, 2015. The information submitted will be used to formulate a report for the Heritage Branch for the end of 2015.

You can also follow Heritage BC on Facebook and @HeritageBCanada on Instagram and Twitter and upload your Stop of Interest photos using the hashtag #bcstopsofinterest. Online form submissions as well as social media submissions will be entered into a prize draw.

Heritage BC is a not for profit charitable organization supporting heritage conservation across British Columbia through education, training and skills development, capacity building in heritage planning and funding through the Heritage Legacy Fund.

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

Essay contest with $10,000 award

DCA2016

The Dalton Camp Award is an essay competition honouring the memory of a great Canadian journalist and political actor who, among his many achievements, was one of FRIENDS’ founders in 1985.

The winner will receive a $10,000 prize for excellence in creative, original essay-writing on the link between democracy and the media in Canada. A discretionary second prize of $2,500 may be awarded for the best essay submitted by a post-secondary student or recent graduate. Post-secondary students are eligible for both the main prize and the discretionary prize.

The deadline for entries is December 1, 2015.

The official rules, past winning essays, a video biography on Dalton Camp, and other details about the Award are available from the Dalton Camp Award website: www.daltoncampaward.ca