Canada Graduate Scholarships to Honour Nelson Mandela
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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 that Nelson Mandela championed during his lifetime:
- national unity;
- democracy, freedom and human rights;
- children’s participation in society; and
- children’s health.
Selected CGS Doctoral (CGS D) recipients whose work is aligned with one or more of the above research areas will receive awards that include “in Honour of Nelson Mandela” in their title.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and SSHRC jointly administer the CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela. SSHRC will award the honour to up to 10 CGS D recipients, and CIHR will award the honour to two CGS D recipients.
See the specific funding opportunity descriptions for information on eligibility and how to apply for a CGS D:
- Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral Program (administered by SSHRC)
- Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral Program (administered by CIHR)
There is no separate application process for the CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela.
SSHRC CGS D applicants will be considered for the CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela if their application title—or keywords in their application—match one or more of the above five research areas, and they are among the highest-ranked recipients in the competition year in which they applied.
Eligible SSHRC CGS D award recipients 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 Announcements section. When selecting from the drop-down box, they are granting CIHR permission to consider the application for a CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela.
Evaluation and adjudication
The 10 highest-ranked SSHRC CGS D applications that align with one or more of the five research areas that Nelson Mandela championed will receive the distinction. SSHRC candidates will be informed of the results in late summer.
For CIHR candidates, the two highest-ranked applications that are determined to be relevant by the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health, will receive the Nelson Mandela Honour.
CIHR candidates will be informed if they have received the Nelson Mandela Honour when the CGS D results are communicated.
Recipients of the CGS D to Honour Nelson Mandela must follow the regulations for CGS D awards.
For more information about this opportunity, please contact:
CIHR Contact Centre
Toll free: 1-855-275-2861
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