Research Grants and Studentships
For more than 50 years, the RCGS has contributed to our growing geographical understanding of Canada by funding the research of university students, academics and independent organizations and researchers.
As the only organization in Canada funding geographical research, RCGS research grants and studentships enable students to pursue their passion for geography — sometimes leading to groundbreaking results. In 2005, research grant recipient Ben Phillips made headlines when he discovered the world’s oldest red spruce tree — 445 years old — located in Fundy National Park, N.B.
In essence, the RCGS research grants and studentships aim to broaden our knowledge and appreciation of Canada — its people and places, its natural and cultural heritage and its environmental, social and economic challenges. They also provide the much-needed support that has helped launch the careers of Canada’s brightest minds in geography.
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RECENTLY FUNDED RESEARCH
Mapping Hudson Bay’s western coastline
Genevieve Berard is mapping Hudson Bay’s western coastline to improve our understanding of rising sea levels — knowledge that could help mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Digging for Shuhtagot'ine Dene artifacts
Todd Kristensen is searching for artifacts in the thawing ice of the Selwyn Mountains to learn how the Shuhtagot'ine Dene used the land — before the thousand-year-old artifacts are exposed and lost.
Climate change and mental health
Joanna Petrasek MacDonald is using participatory video to explore the affect of climate change on the mental health of Labrador’s Inuit youth.
Orca video monitoring
With state-of-the-art video cameras, Mark Worthing is monitoring the movements and behaviours of orcas in the Johnstone Strait, B.C.
APPLY FOR FUNDING
Research Grants (up to $5,000) are restricted to projects that are undertaken in Canada by Canadian residents and that address some element of the country’s geography.
The Human Geography Studentship (up to $5,000) is for students enrolled in a master’s program at a Canadian university and is engaged in thesis research related to human geography in Canada.
Northern Geography Studentships (up to $5,000) are for students enrolled in either a master’s or doctoral program at a Canadian university.
Deadline for applications: February 14th of each year
“I grew up hearing all about the Sydney steel mill, the tar ponds and the controversy over the cleanup. The more I read and learned, the more my curiosity was piqued. It seemed a natural area for me to take my studies.”
— Hannah MacDonald,
Mount Allison University