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 Postdoctoral 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.

Awards and Benefits

The Center awards dissertation fellowships to support Harvard graduate students who focus some 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 2023–2024 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 or research topic on Canada are eligible to apply.


Canada Research Fellows are required 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 Weatherhead Center uses an electronic application platform, the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT). Please read all the instructions on this page as well as in CARAT before beginning your application. Recommenders must upload their letters of recommendation for your application to CARAT. Applicants are encouraged to visit the GSAS Fellowships Office website for information on these grants and similar grants offered by other Harvard funding sources as well as helpful information on writing grant proposals and preparing applications.


Applications are due on February 13, 2023, for dissertation research and completion fellowships and unrestricted research expense grants.

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