Endowed Awards

In addition to the TAships and Scholarships that are part of the initial offer of admission, graduate students in English are entitled to apply for Endowed Awards in early September. The internal English Department deadline for these awards is September 22, by which time the entire application package should be submitted to the Graduate Administrator, Priya Kumar.

What Are Endowed Awards?

Endowed awards are financial awards valued from several hundred dollars to a maximum of $20,000 and are provided by an individual or organization to Carleton. They are administered by Carleton and are awarded based on academic merit, financial need and/or specific research areas. Often, the academic unit you apply to will consider you for an internal award and nominate you to the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs and provide all supporting documentation. Normally, an application from you is not required.

The selection methods within individual departments will vary. In some cases, departments post the list of all of the awards for which you may be eligible, and ask you to express your interest in being nominated. In other cases, the Department Chair or Director will seek nominations from faculty members who recommend students to a departmental selection committee. Or the Graduate Supervisor will make the nomination in consultation with a small committee.

Unless stated otherwise, you must be registered full-time in the term in which the award is to be held in order to be eligible.

How Can I Be Nominated for Endowed Awards?

Because the Graduate Supervisor is only able to advance one candidate to the Dean of Graduate Studies to be considered for each endowed award, graduate students in English must apply in writing to the Department Chair by September 22. Approximately 1 week prior to the official FGPA deadline (Oct. 1st), the graduate committee will meet to decide which applications will move ahead to the next stage of the awards competition. Students can be nominated for more than one award.

Please read the award criteria for each award carefully, as these vary considerably between awards. Once you have determined the awards for which you qualify, submit the following documents to the Graduate Administrator:

Application letters addressed to the Chair of the English Department for each award for which you are applying. Each letter should contain: (1) an expression of interest in the award for which you are seeking nomination and (2) any pertinent information that would assist the graduate committee in its deliberation over which applicant to nominate for that award. For financial need based awards, information pertaining to past and current funding will be very important. For awards based on academic merit or area of research, a concise (and accessible) summary of your research that highlights its originality and importance (in the style of a SSHRC or OGS application), as well as information about grades, special awards and distinctions, conference presentations, publications, and relevant teaching experience should all be included.
A letter of support from your supervisor. (MA students enrolled in the coursework degree program or who do not yet have a supervisor can ignore this requirement.)
A completed Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS) Graduate Bursary Application Form.
A 250 word research bio and a list of publications and conference presentations.

Awards by Category

General Academic Merit

CUASA Scholarship
Description: Awarded annually to outstanding students entering or proceeding from one year to another in any program of study at Carleton University. Endowed 2007 by the Carleton University Academic Staff.
Value: Up to $8900
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: Academic Merit
Selection: Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Hamlin Graduate Fellowship
Description: Awarded annually by the Dean of Graduate Studies and research to outstanding students entering or proceeding from one year to another in any graduate program of study at Carleton University. Recipients must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada (landed immigrants or a protected persons). Endowed in 2008 by the Hamlin Charitable fund.
Value: up to $11,414
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: Canadian citizens or permanent residents
Selection: Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Indira Gandhi Memorial Fellowship
Description: Two fellowships to the value of $10,000 each were established in 1985 by friends of India to honour the memory of Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, 1966-1977 and 1980-1984. Awarded annually to two outstanding (preferably Visa) students enrolled in graduate programs. No application is required for these fellowships. The recipients will be chosen by an awards committee chaired by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs from candidates recommended by departments, schools, and institutes having graduate programs. Revised 2007.
Value: 2 @ $10,000
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: Academic merit. Student must be outstanding. Preferably to a foreign student.
Selection: Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

David and Rachel Epstein Foundation Scholarships
Description: Part of the income from the David and Rachel Epstein Foundation Fund, which was established in 1970, has been designated to provide scholarships for outstanding graduate students at Carleton University. Up to twenty scholarships valued at $1,000 will be awarded annually to students from a list of candidates recommended by each department. Application is not required.
Value: 14 @ $1000
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: Academic Merit
Selection: Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Maureen Anne and Guljee Ismaily Scholarship
Description: The Maureen Anne (nee Carson) and Guljee (Mustansir Billah) Ismaily Scholarship of merit will be awarded annually by the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs to outstanding graduate students entering or proceeding from one year to another in any area of study at Carleton University. Endowed in 2008 by Yasmine Miriam and Dr. Nasreen Ismaily, the daughters of Maureen Anne (nee Carson) and Guljee (Mustansir Billah) Ismaily, in honour of their parents, steadfast promoters of knowledge and education and in loving memory of their mother Maureen Anne Ismaily, a Carleton alumnae.
Value: $396
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: Academic Merit
Selection: Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Pat Finn Graduate Scholarship
Description: Awarded annually by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs to an outstanding graduate student entering of proceeding in any program of study at Carleton University. Endowed by the Carleton University Academic Staff Association in 2011 in recognition of Pat Finn’s dedication for many years to the cause of academic freedom.
Value: $820
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: Academic Merit
Selection: Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Wylda Blanche McDermid Holbein Memorial Scholarship
Description: Awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, to an outstanding student proceeding from one year to another in any program. Endowed in 2003 in loving memory of Wylda B. Holbein, B.A. (1951), D.P.A. (1960), M.A. (1968) by her sister Evelyn Davis.
Value: $3690
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: Academic merit. Outstanding student proceeding from one year to another in any program.
Selection: Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Excellence in Specific Area of Research

J. James Mackie Endowment for Graduate Scholarships in Human-Technology Interaction
Description: Family, friends and colleagues established this fund in 2003 in memory of J. James Mackie. After a long career as an executive in the Canadian telecommunications industry, Jim became a founding partner of Distinct Features Inc., an Ottawa-based feature film and TV production company. In honour of both his contribution to telecommunications and his lifelong interest in interactive media, an annual graduate scholarship will be awarded from the Fund. The successful recipient will be either a master’s or doctoral student whose thesis research focuses on the interaction between human beings and technology and the use of technology to enhance human communication and interpersonal experience. Outstanding students doing research in this area from a variety of disciplines may be eligible. Preference will be given to a student qualifying for either an Ontario Graduate Scholarship or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology. The Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs will choose the recipient.
Value: $5200
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: Preference will be given to a student qualifying for either an Ontario Graduate Scholarship or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology.
Selection: Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

John Lyndhurst Kingston Memorial Scholarship
Description: This scholarship was endowed in 1984 by Mrs. Leslie Kingston in memory of her late husband John L. Kingston, Architect. It is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student studying in a discipline within the Faculties of Arts and Public Affairs, Social Sciences, Science (including Computer Science), or Engineering, whose work is aimed at the betterment of our society. Application is not required. The recipient will be selected by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs from a list of candidates recommended by departmental chairs from the above faculties.
Value: $5600
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Faculty of Public Affairs, Faculty of Science, School of Business
Criteria: Based on area of research, i.e. work aimed at the betterment of our society
Selection: Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Lambda Foundation for Excellence Award
Description: This bursary, valued at $700 or more as funds become available, is to encourage excellence in research on the subject of gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgendered peoples. The recipients will be announced by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs based on nominations received from academic units.
Value: Up to $2200
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: Award based on area of research i.e. gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgendered peoples. Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Financial need. OSOTF regulations apply.
Selection: Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Word Warrior Society Bursary
Description: Awarded annually by the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs to a student enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program at Carleton University. This award is to support field research and/or conference presentations that benefit Aboriginal people. Endowed in 2009 by the Word Warrior Society of Carleton University
Value: $450
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: Support Field Research or conference presentations that benefit aboriginal peoples.
Selection: Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Wilfred Peltier Memorial Scholarship in English
Description: Awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of English, to a student whose area of interest is Aboriginal Literature. This award was established in 2001 by family, friends and colleagues of Wilfred Peltier, Odawa Pipecarrier, who passed away in July 2000. Associated some 20 years with Carleton University, Peltier served as an Elder-in-Residence in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology as well as adviser to the Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture. Guardian of Anishnaabe traditions, renowned story-teller, and author of No Foreign Land and A Wiseman Speaks, Peltier guest-lectured over the years in a number of departments, including English and Psychology. He had a loyal following of faculty and students who regularly dropped in to chat and hear his words of wisdom.
Value: $680
Deadlines:
February 1 (Note: The Graduate Committee will select their nomination in September at the same time as the rest of the awards are adjudicated.)
Category: Internal
Eligibility: English Language and Literature
Criteria: Graduate student in the department of English whose area of interest is Aboriginal Literature.
Selection: Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Graduate Award for Ontario Students for Research in Dementia
Description: Awarded annually by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs on the recommendation of the departmental chairs and school directors, to graduate student(s) entering or continuing in a program of study, who are pursuing research in dementia. Eligible recipients must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents of Canada (landed immigrant or a protected person), and must meet the Ontario Residency Requirements set forth by OSAP. Recipients must also demonstrate financial need. Endowed in 2007 from an anonymous bequest.
Value: up to $71,797
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: Research in Dementia, Ontario Resident, Financial Need
Selection: Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Graduate Award for Research in Dementia
Description: Awarded annually by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs on the recommendation of the departmental chairs and school directors, to graduate student(s) entering or continuing in a program of study, who are pursuing research in dementia. Endowed in 2007 from an anonymous bequest.
Value: up to $25,110
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: Research in Dementia
Selection: Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Financial Need

Agnes M. Ireland Bursary
Description: This bursary, valued at $4,800, was established from the Estate of Agnes Mary Ireland. It will be awarded to a student who requires financial assistance, has completed an undergraduate degree at Carleton University in either the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Public Affairs, or the Faculty of Science, and has enrolled in a graduate program within one year of graduation. The recipient will be chosen each year by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs from a list of candidates recommended by departmental chairs and school directors.
Value: 2 @ $4800
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Public Affairs, Faculty of Science
Criteria: Financial Assistance. Completed undergraduate degree from Carleton in FASS, Faculty of Public Affairs, Faculty of Science and has enrolled in a graduate program within one year of graduation.
Selection: Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

CATWAO Bursary
Description: Awarded annually by the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs to a graduate student from any area of study who is in demonstrated financial need. Preference will be for a female student. Established by the Canadian and Turkish Women’s Association of Canada
Value: $1000
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: Demonstrated Financial Need Preference to a female
Selection: Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Hamlin Graduate Bursary
Description: Awarded annually by the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs to deserving students entering or proceeding from one year to another in any graduate program of study at Carleton university. Recipients will have demonstrated financial need, must be Canadian Citizen’s or permanent residents of Canada (landed immigrants or protected persons), and must also meet OSAP’s Ontario residency requirements. Endowed in 2008 by the Hamlin Charitable Fund
Value: Up to $19,815
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: Canadian Citizen’s or permanent residents Meet Ontario residency requirements. Financial Need.
Selection: Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Irene Ethel Cockburn Bursary
Description: This bursary may be awarded to students who require special financial assistance in order to complete their studies at Carleton University. Recipient chosen from a list of students recommended by departments.
Value: Up to $6000
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: Financial need. Students must be nearing completion of their program and require assistance in order to complete.
Selection: Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Margaret Wade Labarge Graduate Student Research Assistance Fund
Description: Awarded annually to a deserving graduate student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, with preference for students in the humanities. This award is intended to provide financial assistance to graduate students for the completion of their research when no other source of assistance is available. The recipient(s) must be residents of Ontario and will be chosen by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. Endowed in 1997 by Dr. Margaret Wade Labarge, C.M.
Value: Up to $7600
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Criteria: Financial Need. Resident of Ontario
Selection: Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Michel Gaulin Travel Bursary in the Humanities
Description: The purpose of this bursary is to assist in defraying the costs of research-related travel for a graduate student in the humanities (languages and literatures, linguistics, history, philosophy, religion, art and culture, and Canadian Studies). The criteria for the award are academic excellence and a clear statement of the benefits for the student’s research of the proposed travel. The bursary will be awarded by the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs upon the recommendation by the Department. Endowed by Dr. Michel Gaulin, Professor Emeritus of French and a former Clerk of Senate at the University.
Value: $1000
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: Art and Culture, Canadian Studies, English Language and Literature, History, Linguistics and Language Studies, Philosophy, Religion
Criteria: Financial need. Intended to defray cost of research-related travel for a graduate student in the humanities. Also based on academic merit and a clear statement of the benefits for the student’s research for the proposed travel.
Selection: Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

S.F. Wise Graduate Bursary
Description: Established in honour of a former Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, the bursary is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student registered in the thesis portion of a doctoral program in the Humanities (History, Literary Studies, Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Studies in Art and Culture, and Canadian Studies) who requires financial assistance in the final stages of the program. If no suitable doctoral candidate is forthcoming, the bursary may be awarded to a student registered in a thesis-based master’s program in the same disciplines.
The recipient is chosen each year by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs from a list of candidates recommended by departmental chairs and school directors. This bursary is open only to permanent residents of Ontario.
Value: $2700
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: Art and Culture, Canadian Studies, Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, English Language and Literature, History, Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
Criteria: Financial Assistance Must be an Ontario Resident
Selection: Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

International Students

Carl Amberg Fund for International Students
Description: To be awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, to an international graduate student in financial need. Endowed in 1997 by Carl Amberg, a former Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs whose distinguished career at Carleton was cut short by a sudden stroke in 1980.
Value: $1154
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: International student in financial need.
Selection: Scholarship Selection Committee, Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research

Fred Barkley Special Bursary
Description: Awarded annually to graduate students from a developing country who require special financial assistance in order to study at Carleton University. The recipient of the award will be announced by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs each year.
Value: $1670
Deadlines: October 1
Category: Internal
Eligibility: All Departments
Criteria: Financial need. Student from a developing country
Selection: Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Indira Gandhi Memorial Fellowship
Description: See entry under General Academic Merit above.