The James Maxwell Human Geography Scholarship

Awarded to students doing thesis research on Canadian human geography.

The James Maxwell Scholarship in Human Geography ($6,000 for an individual, if applications merit) 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.  


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 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, annually.

Apply for a James Maxwell 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 the 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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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. Please note, official transcripts aren't required.

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