The James Bourque Northern Doctoral Scholarship

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

The  James Bourque Northern Doctoral Scholarship (up to $6,000), 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 must 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 14.

The 2021 competition is now complete. Please check back in September for application information for 2022!


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Referee 1: Name*
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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. Applicants are responsible for providing EACH referee with a copy of the Description of Research (see further down) and ensuring that the evaluation, not more than one page single-spaced, be returned to them in a SEALED envelope in time for inclusion in their submission to the Society. One of the referees will normally be the thesis supervisor.

In 150 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 (1) the focus of the research, (2) conceptual framework, (3) research methodology and data sources and (4) research budget.

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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 an official transcript of your post-secondary education to date directly from the institution.

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