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George P. Shultz Fellowship in Canadian Studies

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George P. Shultz Fellowship in Canadian Studies

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The Canadian Studies Committee is pleased to announce the availability of funds, in honor of George P. Shultz, to support research-related activities of graduate and undergraduate students specializing in Canadian Studies. 

The program is intended to fill in the gaps between the availability of university and external funding for student research of Canada and the Canada-U.S. relationship in all facets, at all educational levels, and in all disciplines.

Some topics that can be considered highly relevant to the Canada-U.S. relations include smart and secure borders; North American economic competitiveness; regulatory cooperation; Canada-U.S. trade and investment partnership; energy security and sustainability; environmental sustainability; emergency planning and management; Canada-U.S. security and defense cooperation; global health policy; and changing demographics in North America.  The program also encourages projects that include collaboration with researchers at Canadian institutions.

Awards will be made on a competitive basis primarily to students who are in one of the following categories:

  • preparing dissertation or thesis proposals;
  • undertaking field research and requiring supplemental assistance;
  • writing up the results of research work.


General Guidelines:

Applicants must be Stanford students in good standing.  Funds are limited, so it is not possible to support every worthy proposal. 

Research-related expenses that can be funded include tuition, travel, and/or reasonable living expenses. No funds are available to cover travel or maintenance costs for dependents and spouses.

The amount of the award is determined on an individual basis contingent upon the interdepartmental faculty selection committee's approval.

Please click here for the online application.


Applicants will be asked to include the following information:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Detailed Project Description: This description should be clear and concise, especially to readers outside of your discipline, and should be no longer than five double-spaced or three single-spaced typewritten pages. The description should include the principal focus of the topic, a description of how the data will be organized in the dissertation, and explain how your topic relates to Canadian Studies.
  • Research Timetable: Explain where the research now stands, what will be accomplished during the grant period, and what will remain to be done. Estimate the date of completion of the research. Should be no longer than one page.
  • Statement of Income: A statement of anticipated grants, loans, and other sources of income should be disclosed in every application. The cost of living awards to students in the dissertation write-up stage of their academic career will be awarded at a standardized level (to be established annually by FSI) and a detailed expense budget is not required unless living outside of the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Detailed Budget: Required when requesting travel funds or living outside of the San Francisco Bay Area
    Include an itemized list of estimated costs and expenditures to be covered during the grant period. The budget should be no longer than one page, with a separate page for budget justification when appropriate (whenever proposed costs are unusually high).
  • Transcripts: Transcripts should cover all coursework, including evidence of work recently completed. It need not be an official transcript.

Letters of Recommendation

  • No more than Two Letters of Recommendation. Applicants should provide a copy of the Request for Letter of Recommendation and Instructions for Letter of Recommendation (contained in application file) to each individual asked to write a letter of recommendation. The form contains information pertaining to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Applicants must indicate by signature whether or not s/he waives the right to inspect the completed recommendation. The letters should come directly from faculty members, one of whom is the applicant's major advisor. Please note, it is possible to send the letter of recommendation as an e-mail attachment to the Fellowship Manager ( 


Notifications will be sent to every applicant approximately 6-8 weeks after the deadline.

Fellowship Coordinator