Student Research Panel tomorrow (RSVP required); research prizes & grants now open

A reminder of this online event tomorrow from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
Event Tomorrow, April 21: Student Research Roundtable (RSVP required)
Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize now accepting applications
Fulbright Canada now accepting applications
COVID-19 Podcast feat. Canada’s consul-general in SF
Student Research Roundtable
Colloquium | April 21 | 12:45 p.m. | Online | RSVP required
Learn about some of the fascinating student research Canadian Studies is fostering at UC Berkeley thanks to support from our donors. This live presentation will showcase projects from two recent fellowship recipients. Please RSVP at If you require an accommodation for effective communication, please let us know with as much advance notice as possible.
Good Time, Bad Time: Socioeconomic Status and the Cultural Repertoires of Time Scarcity in Retirement
Boróka Bó, doctoral candidate in sociology and demography
We tend to think of retirement as a great equalizer when it comes to relief from the pernicious time scarcity characterizing the lives of many individuals in the labor force. Puzzlingly, this is not the case. Using established research, long-term participant observation, and in-depth interviews with Toronto residents, I show that socioeconomic characteristics are important determinants of retiree time scarcity. Neighborhood disadvantage gets under the skin via time exchanges that are forged by both neighborhood and peer network characteristics. For the advantaged, the experience of time scarcity is protective for well-being in later life, as it emerges from managing a relative abundance of choices. For the disadvantaged, the later life experience of time scarcity is shaped by cumulative inequality, further exacerbating inequalities in well-being. The final section of my talk offers an analysis and interpretation of my findings, putting retiree time scarcity in conversation with the broader literature on socioeconomic status and well-being.
Healing Through Language: Revitalization in the Wendat Confederacy
Fallon Burner, undergraduate history major
Language is at the core essence of identity. My honors thesis examines the history of the languages of the Wendat Confederacy (Huron), showing the vital role that language plays in the Indigenous community, how its history is tied to issues of erasure and survival, and the role that language revitalization projects have in addressing transgenerational trauma. The Wendat Confederacy straddles the US-Canada border with nations in Québec, Ontario/Michigan, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Distance and multiple language barriers provide challenges for language revitalizers.
There is a strong need in the field of history for narratives which are from an Indigenous perspective. This can be achieved through a methodology utilizing the languages themselves and oral histories. I spent the summer of 2019 conducting oral history interviews with Wendat and Wyandot(te) language revitalizers, in order to create an archive of Wendat perspectives on language revitalization. I also conducted archival research on the Wendake reserve in Québec, and had one-on-one language instruction in the Waⁿdat and Wendat languages. Part of my mission is to erase the erasure of Indigenous voices by contributing more Indigenous perspective primary sources to the historical narrative for future scholars.
Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize In Canadian Studies Now Open
The Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies was established to honor Dr. Rita Ross, longtime associate director of the UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program, and supports undergraduate students pursuing a research topic related to Canada in a UC Berkeley class or independent study project. The prize is awarded annually to the student who has written the best undergraduate research paper or produced the best original project that engages with topics, people or events related to Canada. Decisions about awards are made by the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair in Canadian Studies in consultation with other faculty affiliated with the Canadian Studies program.
Eligibility: The prize competition is open to any UC Berkeley undergraduate student in good academic standing, in any college or discipline.
The prize is awarded at the end of the Spring semester. The recipient receives a certificate and an award of $250.
Application for 2019-2020
Deadline: May 22, 2020
The Canadian Studies Program invites applications from undergraduate students in good standing at UC Berkeley for the Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies. Applicants should upload the following to the Canadian Studies Program through the official application form on the Canadian Studies homepage.
  • A copy of an original paper or project produced in a UC Berkeley class or independent study during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • A cover letter providing information about the class for which the work was produced, including course name, number, and instructor’s name, and how the work relates to Canada.
  • A letter of support by the course instructor or faculty mentor highlighting the strengths of the work.
2021/22 Fulbright US Scholar Program Now Open
Join the more than 600 Fulbright Canada alumni by applying for one of our awards! For 2021/2022, Fulbright Canada is offering close to 50 Research opportunities at top Canadian Institutions in more than 10 different fields. Our grants support research with colleagues across Canada for a 4 to 9 month period. Applications will be accepted through September 15th, 2020.
To be eligible for a Fulbright Grant, you must fulfill the following criteria:
  • Be a U.S. citizen (permanent residence is not sufficient).
  • Hold a Ph.D. (except for the Business Chair) or equivalent professional/terminal degree.
  • Applicants who have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the application deadline are ineligible. A period of nine months or more during a calendar year constitutes a full year.
  • Recipients of a Fulbright Scholar award are eligible to apply for another award two years after the date of completion of the previous award.
Please see here for detailed eligibility requirements, or click here to apply. For more information, we invite you to see a 4-minute video presentation about our opportunities and a 10-minute video on the different awards.
COVID-19 Across Borders Podcast with Canada’s Consul General in San Francisco
Canada’s Consul General in San Francisco, Rana Sarkar, recently gave a podcast interview with Ottawa-based The 2020 Network to discuss how the pandemic is affecting his work and day-to-day life in Northern California. The in-depth discussion also touched on Canada-U.S. collaboration on recent border restrictions, emergency preparedness, supply chain management and the rescue and repatriation of citizens from cruise ships. Canadians in the U.S. can get the latest COVID-19 related info here.
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