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 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 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.


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 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. The instructions can be found on the top menu under “Funding Sources” after logging in. Applicants should scroll down that page and carefully read through all of the instructions for “Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Undergraduate Thesis Research Grants.” A complete application will consist of:

  • the CARAT cover sheet, budget, and research questions,
  • proposal of approximately 750–1000 words,
  • a one-page résumé,
  • current transcript or grade report, and
  • one letter of recommendation.

All of these materials, including the letters of recommendation, must be uploaded to the CARAT application and then submitted electronically by the deadline.


February 13, 2022

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