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The Symons Trust Fund for Canadian Studies

The Symons Trust Fund for Canadian Studies was established in 1995 by friends and colleagues of Thomas H. B. Symons, the founding President of Trent University, to honour and to continue his work in the field of Canadian Studies. The purpose of the Symons Trust is to support and enhance the study of Canada, especially, though not exclusively, at Trent University. Under the direction of its Committee of Trustees, the Trust provides funding to support imaginative new activities, to act as seed money for worthy new endeavours, or to foster important long range projects.

Applications, which are welcome from any and all disciplines, programmes, or individuals, are evaluated by the Trustees in terms of their originality, quality, and potential contribution to the study of Canada. Funding from the Symons Trust Fund for Canadian Studies is disbursed annually by Trent University on the recommendation of the Committee of Trustees. 

Eligibility

Applications are welcome from individuals, groups, departments and programs within Trent University. Applications from outside the University are also eligible, provided that the research or activity is based at Trent or has some appropriate association with the University. 

Application Procedures

No formal application procedures or forms are required. A letter of application accompanied by a comprehensive statement of intent and a detailed breakdown of anticipated expenses and funding sources should be addressed to The Symons Trust Fund for Canadian Studies, c/o Kathryn Matheson, Catharine Parr Traill College, Trent University, 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, K9L 0G2.  Applications may also be delivered in person during regular business hours to the attention of Kathryn Matheson, care of Cathy Schoel at the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, Kerr House.

All applications should include the following information:

covering letter, including a preferred email for correspondence, and stating generally the purpose, distinctiveness, and potential contribution of the proposed research or activity to the study of Canada;
a short bio or résumé;
detailed description of the proposed research or activity;
detailed breakdown of anticipated expenses;
list of any other funding sources to which application is being made for full or partial assistance for the proposed research or activity.

Applications concerning graduate student thesis research will be supported on an exceptional basis where the proposed research involves travel or other extraordinary expenses and where the thesis or work product is expected to provide some general benefit to the community as a result of publication or otherwise. Applications must be accompanied by a supporting reference from the thesis/dissertation supervisor.

Application Deadline 

Applications (7 hard-copies) for grants from The Symons Trust Fund for Canadian Studies must be received at Traill College by Monday, 15 January, 2018 and will be considered by the Committee of Trustees shortly thereafter.

All applications should be addressed to:
 

The Symons Trust Fund for Canadian Studies
c/o Kathryn Matheson

Catharine Parr Traill College,
Trent University
1600 West Bank Drive 
Peterborough ON K9L 0G2

 

All applicants receiving awards must, upon completion of their projects, provide a report on the project and an accounting of expenses. A copy of any publication resulting from the project should also be sent to the Symons Trust Fund Committee of Trustees for deposit in the Symons Trust Archive at Trent University. As well, any public announcement of the project, or any document or publications prepared in connection with or resulting from the project, should acknowledge in print or by public broadcast funding support from The Symons Trust Fund for Canadian Studies.

Unused funds will be recovered for redistribution two years after the date of the award unless an extension has been requested.

For more information, contact:
Kathryn Matheson
Administrative Coordinator
Symons Trust Fund for Canadian Studies
symonstrust@trentu.ca

Committee of Trustees

Professor Christopher P. Dummitt (Chair)
Canadian Studies
Trent University

Mr. Jon Grant
Peterborough

Founding President and Vanier Professor Emeritus Thomas H.B. Symons
(Ex-officio), Trent University

Professor Tom Whillans
Environmental & Resource Studies Program
Trent University

Professor Susan Wurtele
Department of Geography
Trent University

Mr. Jeffrey Symons
Partner, Jones Day
New York

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