The Royal Canadian Geographical Society has designated funds for the purpose
of making grants in support of research on geographical topics and in support
of projects that further the mandate of the Society ‘to make Canada better
known to Canadians and to the world’. Proposals must identify the topic to
be addressed, the methods to be used and the nature of the finished product.
Awards are restricted to projects that are undertaken in Canada, by Canadian
residents and that address some element of the country’s geography.
Applications for a grant are considered once a year. The deadline for submission
of complete applications is February 14. The Committee usually announces its
grants 6-8 weeks after this deadlines.
The Society has established the following priorities for funding:
- Support of research undertaken by senior high school students and by undergraduate students
in Canadian universities and colleges for projects that contribute to the completion of
their academic programme. High school teachers are eligible for comparable field work projects
that contribute to their curricula;
- Support of outstanding research proposals submitted by independent
researchers for projects
where the Society’s grant constitutes the majority of the overall budget;
- Other extraordinary proposals of modest budget that will further the aims of the Society.
Awards to graduate students and employees of universities and colleges are
explicitly excluded. Undergraduate applications which involve participation
in a larger research project will only be considered where it can be shown
that they represent a discrete piece of work that contributes to the applicant’s
The maximum award to any individual is $3,000. For a group proposal (up to
three people), the maximum is $5,000.
The following budget items will not be supported: travel outside Canada; salaries
or honoraria; professional fees; capital equipment outlays; costs of attending
conferences. Support will not be given to projects whose work has been completed
prior to the submitted deadlines.
Acceptance of a Society grant entails an obligation to use the funds in pursuit
of the specified project. If the project cannot be carried out, the funds must
be returned. Recipients are required to submit a progress report after six
months and a detailed written report, illustrated where appropriate, within
three months of completion of the project. The Society undertakes no obligation
to publish any report. It is assumed that grant funds will normally be expended
within 12 months of their award. Grants are normally non-renewable.
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