Undergraduate Canadian Studies Program at a Glance
Graduate Anthropology MA Program at a Glance
Graduat Canadian Studies PhD Program at a Glance

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes and Bursaries

NEWS!  Now Accepting Applications to the 2017-18 Canadian Studies International Student Travel Prize! maximum value of $2000 to be awarded between one and two students (graduate or undergraduate) Find out more below.

Also, Terms of the Carolyn Sarah Thomson Scholarship expanded in 2016! 

The in-course bursary application has now been posted in myTrent. It is located under the My Account tab > Financial Aid section > Current Students folder


Bursaries / Funding for Application

Major Scholarships & Prizes Awarded by Committee

International Student Travel Prize

External Bursary / Opportunities

Internal Funding / Bursaries available by application:

Please note:  in order to apply for Bursaries, visit the Financial Aid Website in September and January and apply online -- these awards are distributed based on financial need.  


Joyce Cumming Memorial Bursary
Established in memory of Joyce Cumming by husband, Stuart, children Shauna and Rod (Canadian Studies '87) family and friends.  Awarded to an upper year student in Canadian Studies. OSOTF guidelines apply.

Rhoda Johnson Memorial Bursary
Established by Robert Johnston in memory of his wife Rhoda, a long term past employee of Trent University.  Awarded to undergraduate students in a Canadian Studies Program.

The Gordon Farquharson Award
Established by friends, colleagues and family members in memory of Gordon H. T. Farquharson, Q.C., L.S.M., D.F.C. who practiced law with integrity in Peterborough for 55 years.  To be awarded for the first time in 2005/6 to an undergraduate student studying History and Canadian Studies as a joint major. 

Gerry & Mary Stephenson Award

Dedicated to the memory of Gerry Stephenson, an avid canoe historian.  Awarded to a third year student in History or Canadian Studies.

John Wadland Award

To be awarded to the most worthy students in any year, graduate or undergraduate, of programs housed by the School for the Study of Canada, who have financial need, in recognition of John Wadland's seminal role in introducing students to Canadian Studies over the past three decades through CAST 200 "Canada: the Land". OTSS guidelines apply.


Major Scholarships / Awards / Essay Prizes decided by Committee:

Mary L Northway Scholarship

Established to honour Mary Northway.  Awarded to one or two students with the highest academic average (over 80%) entering into the fourth year of the honours program in Canadian Studies.

Carolyn Sarah Thomson Scholarship
Established by the late Carolyn Sarah Thomson, a Trent alumna who was intensely loyal to Trent and to the people -- faculty, staff and students -- who make the University unique.  Expanded in 2016 to be awarded for excellence to two students, entering into second and third years of the Canadian Studies Program. 

Symons Essay Prizes
Established through a gift from T.H.B. Symons, the founding President of Trent University, to recognize excellence in performance in undergraduate courses of the School for the Study of Canada.  Four prizes of $350 each are awarded for outstanding achievement in the first year course, and outstanding essays in the second, third, and fourth year courses.

Peterborough Historical Atlas Foundation Prize
Awarded to the undergraduate whose essay or project on a Canadian subject is deemed outstanding.  An interdisciplinary panel will select the winner from the entries submitted by faculty in appropriate disciplines. 

Verduyn Book Prize
Awarded to a student in 2nd year CAST/WMST course with the highest mark.

John Wadland Graduate Scholarship

Established to honour the work of Professor John Wadland and recognize his leadership and commitment to the field of Canadian Studies.  The recipient is in the first year of the Canadian Studies Ph.D. Program and may continue the scholarship in their second year subject to academic performance.


Canadian Studies International Student Travel Prize

5 scenes from across Canada: east coast fishing village, Museum of Human Rights Winnipege, Parliament Buildings Ottawa, Rock Mountain lake with canoist, street scene Vieux Quebec

Awarded annually to an international student with strong academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in the field of Canadian Studies, for travel to a significant heritage site or region of Canada of personal interest.    The award was expanded in 2016 to allow applications from both undergraduate and graduate students at Trent.  The funds are held as an endowed gift with the intention to support Trent international students to see other parts of Canada or Ontario. 2017-18 application details.

External Bursary Opportunities:

EXPLORE Canada:   Five-Week French-Language Bursary Program — Most expenses covered!  Discover another region of Canada while learning French. Enjoy five weeks of learning and adventure, friendship and discovery! (Courses can be sometimes counted for credit at Trent, if a Letter of Permission is obtained from Trent PRIOR to study. )

ODYSSEY Canada:   Language-Assistant Program —  Travel • Work • Learn.   Odyssey is a full-time work experience that gives you the opportunity to travel Canada, make a difference in the lives of others, and share your culture.