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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, annually.

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Referee 1: Name*
Referee 2: 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 doc.x, doc, or pdf format, in time for inclusion in their submission to the Society. One of the referees will normally be the thesis supervisor.

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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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