The James Bourque Northern Doctoral Scholarship

Awarded for research leading to a thesis on a subject relating to northern geography.

The  James Bourque Northern Doctoral Scholarship (a maximum of $6000, if applications merit) is awarded annually by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. It is for students enrolled in a Doctoral program at a Canadian university. The scholarship will be awarded for research leading to a thesis on a subject relating to northern geography.


Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Students must be registered in a Doctoral program with a thesis requirement at a Canadian university, and propose a research topic that addresses some substantive element of northern geography of Canada. Any Doctoral program that allows for such a focus is acceptable. The Scholarship will normally be awarded to a student (full-time or part-time) whose course work will be completed by the May following the application deadline.


The deadline for receipt of applications is February 14th, annually.

Apply for the James Bourque Scholarship

I am a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada*

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Included with the submission must be two (2) evaluations of your academic performance and the proposed thesis research by faculty who are familiar with your work. One of the referees will normally be the thesis supervisor. Each evaluation should be limited to one page, and include: relationship to applicant, evidence of academic strength and potential, value of the research

In 200 words or less

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The description can be no more than two (2) 8½ x 11 pages, single-spaced. It should provide a clear statement of the following: (1) the focus of the research, (2) conceptual framework, (3) research methodology and data sources, (4) impact or value of the research, (5) planned, ongoing, or completed knowledge mobilization, and (6) planned use of funds.

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Please upload a comprehensive budget that includes details on travel (flights, rentals, gas etc), accommodations, food, equipment and any other items in your budget (i.e. data purchase or licensing fees). For each line item please identify (a) the estimated cost and (b) if it has already been funded [if so, by whom] or if you are requesting funding from RCGS for it. Note, you may request up to $5,000 from RCGS. If helpful, please find a budget template here: Please note, we do not fund travel outside of Canada, salaries or honoraria, professional fees and capital equipment (>$5,000).

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Approval of the proposed research by the University Ethics Committee or other relevant body must be submitted where the research involves human subjects. For guidance, consult your faculty advisor or Faculty of Graduate Studies.

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Submit a transcript of your post-secondary education to date directly from the institution. It does not need to be official.

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