Canada Program Undergraduate Thesis Research Grants

For Harvard undergraduates 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 will award undergraduate thesis research grants of up to $6,000 each for field research in Canada. Recipients of the grants will be named Undergraduate Associates of the Weatherhead Center and are expected to present their thesis research at a conference in the spring semester before their theses are due.

Requests for out-of-cycle support for nominal amounts, designed to assist with unforeseen thesis-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

The Center invites the applications of Harvard College students, generally juniors who will be writing senior honors theses, whose research is focused significantly on Canadian issues.

Terms

Recipients of the Canada thesis grants will be encouraged to participate in the Canada Seminar and to become involved in other aspects of the Canada Program. For more details on the Canada Program, please contact Helen Clayton.

How to Apply

The Weatherhead Center uses the common application form, CARAT. Before undergraduates begin their application in CARAT, they must make sure to read all application instructions listed here and in CARAT. The instructions specific to CARAT can be found on the top menu under “Funding Sources and Supplements” after logging in. Applicants should scroll down that page and carefully read all of the details and instructions for “Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Undergraduate Thesis Research Grants.” A complete application will consist of:

  • the CARAT application form and budget,
  • proposal of approximately 750 words,
  • a one-page résumé,
  • current transcript or grade report,
  • the research preparedness form,
  • and two letters of recommendation.

All of these materials, except for the letters of recommendation, must be uploaded to the CARAT application and then submitted electronically by the deadline. The letters must also be delivered in-person, mailed, or emailed to Clare Putnam on or before the deadline.

Deadline

Early 2015

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