Government of Canada

Understanding Canada: Canadian Studies

The Government of Canada’s Understanding Canada program aims to have a positive influence on the promotion of Canada’s interests in the world.  The objective of the program is to develop a greater knowledge and understanding of Canada, its values and its culture among scholars and other influential groups abroad.1  The program is intended for foreign academics who want to study about or conduct research on Canada.  Some components of the program are also available to promote teaching, publications and conferences about Canada in various disciplines.

All applications from Australia or New Zealand must be submitted (by the relevant deadline below) to:

Academic Relations Officer            
Canadian High Commission
Commonwealth Avenue
Canberra ACT 2600

Programs for Individuals          

Faculty Research Program (FRP)

The FRP is designed to assist individual academics in higher education institutions to undertake short term research in and about Canada. The purpose is to increase knowledge and understanding of Canada through publication abroad of pertinent articles in the scholarly press.
Deadline: November 3

Faculty Enrichment Program (FEP)

The FEP is designed to increase knowledge and understanding of Canada abroad by assisting academics in higher education institutions to develop and teach courses about Canada in their own discipline, as part of their regular teaching workload. The program enables academic FEP award holders to gather the necessary information and material on Canada to devise a new course on Canada, or to modify or extend significantly the Canadian component of an existing course
Deadline: November 3

Doctoral Student Research Award (DSRA)

The DSRA is designed to assist full-time PhD students enrolled in higher education institutions abroad, whose dissertations are related in substantial part to Canada, to undertake part of their doctoral research in Canada. The purpose is to increase knowledge and understanding of Canada and to support the development of Canadian Studies.
Deadline: November 3 

Canada-Asia-Pacific Award (CAPA)

The CAPA is designed to support scholars in universities or research institutes in the Asia-Pacific region to undertake short term research, including collaborative research, contributing to the understanding of bilateral and multilateral relations between Canada and this region.
Deadline: November 24 

International Research Linkages (IRL)

The IRL program facilitates international collaborative research by providing assistance to teams of researchers from Canada and one or more countries abroad, in order to organize seminars or other forms of research linkages.  The program is available worldwide.
Deadline: November 24

Programs for Organizations

Program Development Grant (PDG)

The Program Development Grant is designed to encourage scholarly inquiry and multidisciplinary professional academic activities that contribute to the development or expansion of a program dedicated to the study of Canada or Canada bilateral and multilateral relations.  We are particularly interested in innovative projects that promote awareness among students and the public about Canada and Canada bilateral and multilateral relations.  We strongly encourage projects that lead to institutional linkages and research collaboration in priority areas with Canadian institutions as well as student mobility.
Deadline: December 10

Canada Conference Grant Program

The Canada Conference Grant Program supports conferences that address important and timely issues about Canada, its relationship with a country or a region, and/or its foreign policy. The program is designed to assist a teaching or research institution or other organization in holding a conference and publishing the resulting papers and proceedings in a scholarly fashion.
Deadline: May 2 or December 1

Student Mobility Support Program

The Student Mobility Support Program is designed to support short term initiatives involving exchanges, study tours, internships, etc., in Canada, and is intended for international students to advance their understanding of Canada.  We are particularly interested in innovative projects that will provide students hands-on learning experiences and training and promote greater student awareness of Canada.  Projects including elements of reciprocity (i.e. receiving young Canadians in the host country) are welcome.
Deadline: February 1

Library Support Program

The LSP assists university libraries to strengthen their Canadiana library holdings in order to support teaching and research in Canadian Studies.

Other Canadian Studies Programs

The Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand (ACSANZ) and the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) offer the following grants and awards for academics, postgraduates and postdoctoral students. These programs are restricted to members of ACSANZ, however new members are welcome at anytime.

ICCS Graduate Student Scholarships

Up to ten grants are awarded world-wide to Masters and Doctoral candidates to spend 4-6 weeks at a Canadian university or research site other than their own doing research related to their thesis or dissertation in the field of Canadian Studies.
Deadline: September 30 to ACSANZ

ICCS Canadian Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships

This program enables Canadian and foreign academics who have completed a doctoral thesis on a topic primarily related to Canada to visit a Canadian or foreign university with a Canadian Studies program for a teaching or research fellowship.
Deadline: September 30 to ACSANZ

ICCS Best Doctoral Thesis in Canadian Studies

This ICCS Award is designed to recognize and promote each year an outstanding PhD thesis on a Canadian topic, written by a member (or one of his/her students) of a Canadian Studies Association or Associate Member, and which contributes to a better understanding of Canada.
Deadline: September 30 to ACSANZ 

1 Purely scientific subjects such as physics, chemistry, medicine, engineering, etc., which would not lead to a better knowledge and understanding of Canada per se are usually not eligible, nor are proposals which focus exclusively on technological or methodological issues.