Canada Graduate Scholarships to Honour Nelson Mandela

On December 11, 2013, the Prime Minister announced the creation of the Canada Graduate Scholarships to Honour Nelson Mandela (CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela). These awards celebrate Nelson Mandela’s legacy, and his tireless pursuit of peace, democracy, justice and freedom through learning, understanding and education.

The awards seek to recognize and support graduate students conducting research in one or more of five areas championed by Nelson Mandela during his lifetime:

  • national unity;
  • democracy, freedom and human rights;
  • leadership;
  • children’s participation in society; and
  • children’s health.

Select awards that include “in Honour of Nelson Mandela” in their CGS title will be given to recipients whose work is aligned with one or more of the above research areas championed by Nelson Mandela. This honorary mention will apply for the duration of the CGS Master’s (CGS-M) or CGS Doctoral (CGS-D) award.

The CGS competitions are administered by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). CGS-M awards eligible for a CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela distinction are administered solely by SSHRC, which will award the honour to up to 10 CGS-M recipients. At the doctoral level, SSHRC will award the honour to up to 10 CGS-D recipients, and CIHR will award the honour to two CGS-D recipients. Please follow the links under Funding Opportunities below for information on eligibility and how to apply for a CGS-M or CGS-D.

There is no separate application process for the CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela.

SSHRC CGS-M and CGS-D applicants will be considered for the CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela if their application title—or keywords in their application—exactly match one or more of the above five research areas, and they are among the highest-ranked recipients of a CGS-M or CGS-D in the competition year in which they applied.

SSHRC CGS-M and CGS-D award recipients who meet the above eligibility requirements will be contacted to confirm that they grant their permission to have their application considered for a CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela.

CIHR CGS-D applicants who would like to be considered for the CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela must select the Nelson Mandela Honour from a drop-down box in their CGS-D application under the Priority Announcement section. When selecting from the drop-down box, they are granting permission to CIHR to consider the application for a CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela.

The research proposal portion of eligible SSHRC CGS applications will be reviewed and ranked on the basis of:

  • the degree to which the subject matter of their proposed research aligns with Nelson Mandela’s legacy; and
  • the potential of their proposed research to contribute to promoting better understanding of subjects or areas of importance to Nelson Mandela.

SSHRC candidates will be informed of results in late summer.

For CIHR candidates, CIHR will submit the top 10 identified applications (based on the CGS-D ranking list) to the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health, which will determine the final ranking. The two highest-ranked applications will receive the Nelson Mandela Honour.

CIHR candidates will be informed if they have received the Nelson Mandela Honour when they receive their CGS-D result.

Recipients of the CGS-M and CGS-D to Honour Nelson Mandela are required to comply with the regulations for all CGS-M and CGS-D awards (see the funding opportunity descriptions, linked below).

Master’s

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Master’s Scholarships provide support for individuals undertaking master’s degrees at Canadian institutions in the social sciences and humanities (administered by SSHRC).

Doctoral

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Doctoral Scholarships provide support for individuals undertaking doctoral studies at Canadian universities in the social sciences and humanities (administered by SSHRC).

The Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral Awards (like for other CIHR opportunities, a description is available in the ResearchNet community) provide support for individuals undertaking a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada (administered by CIHR).

For more information about this opportunity, please contact:

CIHR Contact Centre
Tel.: 613-954-1968
Email: support-soutien@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

SSHRC
Tel.: 613-943-7777
Email: fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

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