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

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.

Fieldwork Funding Opportunity – Jacobs Research Funds

The Jacobs Research Funds (JRF) funds projects involving fieldwork with living peoples of North, Central and South America which result in publication or other dissemination of information about the fieldwork. Priority is given to research on endangered cultures and languages, and to research on the Pacific Northwest. Projects focusing on archival research have low priority, but we welcome proposals to digitize, transcribe and translate old materials that might otherwise be lost or become inaccessible. Relevance of the project to contemporary theoretical issues in anthropology and linguistics is also a criterion used in evaluating proposals.

Funded projects typically focus on linguistic analysis, social-cultural anthropology, ethnolinguistics, or sociolinguistics. Especially appropriate are field studies that address cultural expressive systems, such as music, language, dance, mythology, world view, folk taxonomy, art, intellectual life, and religion. Also appropriate are projects focusing on cultural and linguistic forms in modern contexts, for example, traditional environmental knowledge or social organization.

Projects in archeology, physical anthropology, applied anthropology, and applied linguistics (for example, grants exclusively for technological improvements, development of pedagogical materials, etc.) are not eligible for support. It is expected that both the subjects of research and society in general will ultimately benefit from the knowledge generated by the funded research. The Jacobs Research Funds therefore do not support proprietary research for the exclusive use of any entity, public or private (such as national, state, provincial, or local governments; public or private charities, churches or foundations; tribes or bands; or community groups).

Grant categories
1. Individual Grants support research projects administered by a single investigator on a focused problem. The maximum award is $3000 USD or CAD.
2. Group Grants support work by two or more researchers who will be cooperating on the same or similar projects. The maximum award is $6000 USD or CAD.
3. The Kinkade Grants honour the memory of the late Dale Kinkade, a linguist known for his work on Salishan languages. Kinkade Grants support projects requiring an intense period of fieldwork, such as research leading to a major work such as a dictionary, collection of texts, etc. They are intended for experienced researchers, such as Ph.D. students working on dissertations, faculty with sabbatical or other period of course release, or retired professors seeking to complete major research. The maximum award is $9000 USD or CAD.

Grant recipients based in Canada will be funded in Canadian dollars through the Whatcom Museum Society British Columbia.

Application Procedure
Please see: https://depts.washington.edu/jacobsf/application.html

For any questions on the application process, please contact jgrant@cob.org

Deadline: All materials must be received by February 15th, 2016

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.

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)

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