Canada Program Fellowships for Dissertation Research

For Harvard graduate students only.

The Canada Program, funded by the William Lyon Mackenzie King endowment, examines Canadian economic, social, cultural, and political issues in their domestic and international dimensions. The program comprises a seminar speaker series, an annual faculty conference, graduate and undergraduate student affiliates, and two annual visitor opportunities: the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, who chairs the seminar and organizes the faculty conference, and the William Lyon Mackenzie King Research Fellows.

The Canada Seminar meets several times each semester to host presentations by invited scholars, artists, public figures, and experts from various disciplines. The seminar provides a forum for the lively exchange of ideas on a wide range of issues and offers the Harvard community a perspective on Canadian scholarly and public life.

Marcel Fournier, a sociologist at the University of Montreal, joins the University as the 2014–2015 William Lyon Mackenzie King Chair. Nicholas Bradley, associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Victoria, is the 2014–­2015 William Lyon Mackenzie King Research Fellow.

Awards and Benefits

The Center awards dissertation fellowships to support Harvard graduate students who focus at least half of their dissertation topics on Canada. The dissertation fellowships may be used for students at the research or completion stage. The research fellowships carry a stipend of $10,000. Recipients of these awards become affiliates of the program and are known as Canada Research Fellows. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) students who will be in their completion year in 2015–2016 will be eligible for a stipend equal to the standard GSAS dissertation completion fellowship stipend plus facilities fees and health insurance.

The Center also awards grants of up to $5,000 for research relating to Canadian studies. These grants are unrestricted and may be used for any research-related expenses such as travel, data collection, archival work, or interview transcription.

Requests for out-of-cycle support for nominal amounts, designed to assist with unforeseen dissertation research expenses, are considered on a case-by-case basis. Inquiries, which will be reviewed and evaluated as needed, should be sent directly to the Canada Program.

Who Is Eligible

Harvard doctoral degree candidates in the Faculty for Arts and Sciences, or in one of the University's professional schools, who focus at least half of their dissertation topic on Canada are eligible to apply.


Canada Research Fellows are expected to participate in the Canada Seminar and be involved in other aspects of the Canada Program. Canada Dissertation Fellows must be in residence at Harvard.

For more details on the Canada Program, please contact Helen Clayton.

How to Apply

The application, an electronic system in CARAT, is a standard application form used by Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and several other Harvard centers and departments which can be found on the GSAS Fellowships website. Submit your entire application and upload the required components to CARAT. You do not need to provide a paper copy as well because the Weatherhead Center will download your application from CARAT (including the letters if they have been uploaded). Your letter writers can upload their letters directly to CARAT unless they have already emailed your letters to Clare Putnam at the Weatherhead Center.


Applications are due on February 13, 2015, for dissertation research and completion fellowships and unrestricted research expense grants.

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