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The James Maxwell Human Geography Scholarship

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Awarded to students doing thesis research on Canadian human geography.

The James Maxwell Scholarship in Human Geography is awarded to students enrolled in a Master’s program at a Canadian university and engaged in thesis research on Canadian human geography. This scholarship was named in honour of James Maxwell, a former Executive Director of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.  

The Maxwell Scholarship is awarded annually, if applications so merit, with a value of up to $6,000 and is not renewable.


Applications are open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Students must be registered in a Master’s program with a thesis requirement at a Canadian university, and must propose a research topic that addresses some substantive element of human geography of Canada. Any Master’s 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.

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