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Sir John A. Macdonald Graduate Fellowship in Canadian History

Academic Year:
Who It’s For:
Graduate students studying Canadian history
Type of Aid:
Amount of Aid:
$8,500 each year to a maximum of $25,500
When to Apply:
Application has passed
Application deadline has passed
How to Apply:
Fill out paper application form and Reports 1 and 2


The Sir John A. MacDonald Graduate Fellowship in Canadian History was created in 1965 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Canada's first prime minister, and to recognize his contribution to Canada's development. This fellowship is intended to encourage graduate students in Canadian history

Amount of Aid

Each year, one fellowship of $8,500 is awarded. The fellowship is tenable for three consecutive years, making its maximum value $25,500.

Who Can Get This Aid

You are eligible to apply for this fellowship if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen; a permanent resident, or protected person;
  • are a resident of Ontario;
  • have an Honours Bachelor or Arts degree or its equivalent from an Ontario university;
  • plan to enter the first year of a full-time doctoral program, with a major emphasis in Canadian history, at an Ontario university in September 2011. Students planning to enter the first year of a masters program may apply, however, preference will be given to doctoral-level candidates.
  • maintain an overall average of at least B+ or its equivalent during each of your last two years of study at the postsecondary level.

    Conditions of the Award

    If you receive a fellowship, you must comply with the following conditions:

      • You must use the fellowship in the year for which it is awarded.
      • You may accept a research assistantship or a part-time teaching or demonstrating appointment, provided that it does not interfere with your status as a full-time graduate student. The total amount of time you may spend in connection with such activities, including preparation and marking of examinations, must not exceed ten hours per week.
      • You may hold other awards that have a total value of up to $5,000.
      • To continue to hold the award in the second and third years, you must be recommended by the dean of your graduate school.

How to Apply

You fill out the following, which is available in paper format:

  • Application form, Report 1 and Report 2

To view and print this form, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to download this free program is available by going to Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Please note that faxed copies of the application and/or supporting documentation are not acceptable.

Application Deadline

The application form and all required documents must be submitted by April 1, 2011, to:


Student Financial Assistance Branch

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

PO Box 4500

189 Red River Road, 4th Floor

Thunder Bay ON P7B 6G9

Telephone: (807) 343-7257

Telephone Device for the Deaf: 1-800-465-3958

Toll Free in North America: 1-877-OSAP-411

Documents You Need to Provide

You must submit the following documentation with your completed application form:

  • a photocopy of your official undergraduate transcript(s) and, where applicable, graduate transcript(s);
  • a summary of not more than two hundred words detailing your projected research;
  • Report 1 - completed by the professor in the history department who is most familiar with your work;
  • Report 2 - completed by another professor who is familiar with your work. Note: Under the Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the use of Reports 1 and 2 is mandatory. Other forms or letters will not be accepted as substitutes.

If you are offered a fellowship, you will be required to submit the following documents to verify your eligibility for the award:

  • a photocopy of a valid Social Insurance Number card;
  • a photocopy of proof of Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or protected person status.

What Happens After You Apply

The fellowship is awarded on the basis of students’ academic record and assessed potential. You will be informed by late June 2011 whether or not you have been successful in the competition.

When You Get Your Aid

The fellowship is payable in two equal instalments, which are forwarded to the institution at which you are enrolled in full-time studies. The first instalment will be paid in early September 2011, and the second instalment in early January 2012.