Now accepting funding applications from grad & undergrad students!

An update from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Canadian Studies now accepting applications for grad & undergrad funding
  • Mark your calendars – Big Give is March 11!
  • The hidden legacy of Alberta’s Black settlers
  • Upcoming event: Free documentary & film talk on The Blinding Sea
  • Affiliate event: “The Black Experience in Canada & the US”
Applications Open for Graduate and Undergraduate Funding
The Canadian Studies Program is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the following funding opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. Please help share this information with your friends, students, and colleagues!
The Edward M. Hildebrand Research Fellowship in Canadian Studies
Summer fellowship deadline: March 15, 2021
Academic year fellowship deadline: May 7, 2021
Amount: $5k-10k
This fellowship competition is open to graduate students of any citizenship enrolled at Berkeley whose research focuses primarily or comparatively on Canada. Both summer and academic year applications are accepted. The applicant should demonstrate the potential for excellent scholarship and describe a project which will contribute to knowledge about Canada and/or the Canadian-U.S. relationship. Funds are intended for direct travel and research costs. Maintenance and/or tuition costs may be considered under rare circumstances, and only in the final stage of the student’s dissertation writing.
The Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies
2021 deadline: May 7, 2021
Amount: $250
This 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. The prize competition is open to any UC Berkeley undergraduate student in good academic standing, in any college or discipline. The paper submitted must be an original paper or project produced in a UC Berkeley class or independent study during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Mark your calendars – Big Give is next month!
Help support quality research and programming on Canada by donating to Canadian Studies on March 11 during Big Give, Berkeley ‘s annual day of giving. Your gift can have a big impact!
Your gift could help us win one of several contests with cash prizes at no extra cost. Check out the Big Give leaderboards to plan your giving strategy, and don’t forget to give big March 11!
The Hidden Legacy of Canada’s Black Prairie Settlers
In the early 20th century, rural Alberta experienced a surge of African-American settlers fleeing violence and discrimination in the southern United States. Lured by the province’s plentiful land and the hope of less discrimination, these settlers founded a score of majority-Black prairie communities that flourished for decades. Learn about the history and legacy of Amber Valley, an almost-vanished hamlet once among largest of these settlements, via the CBC.
Upcoming Event
Free Documentary and Talk: The BIinding Sea
March 9 | 12:30 p.m. | RSVP here
Join filmmaker George Tombs for a discussion of his 2020 documentary The Blinding Sea. The film chronicles the life of Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen (1872-1928), the first person to lead a successful expedition through the Northwest Passage. It evokes the joys, sorrows, relationships, and missed opportunities in the life of Amundsen, who disappeared mysteriously during a polar flight in 1928. The film places a special focus on Amundsen’s relations with the Indigenous people he encountered on his voyages, particularly the Inuit.
A free link to the documentary will be sent in advance of the event. We request all participants watch the documentary before joining the discussion.
George Tombs is an award-winning author and filmmaker based in Montreal, who works in both English and French. He is currently writing a biography of Roald Amundsen. His past works include Robber Baron, a biography of controversial media tycoon Conrad Black, and his recent humorous novel Mind the Gap.
Affiliate/External Events
The Black Experience in Canada & the U.S.: A Discussion with Debra Thompson
February 24 | 12:00 p.m. | RSVP here
The Black Lives Matter movement has given rise to global conversations on how systems with built in racial inequality continue to affect the lives of people of African descent worldwide. While there is growing awareness of the ongoing legacy of racial inequality in the U.S., the Canadian experience is less well known.
Rana Sarkar, Canadian Consul General in San Francisco/Silicon Valley, will lead a discussion on the Black experience in Canada and the U.S. with Dr. Debra Thompson, associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Racial Inequality in Democratic Societies at McGill University and a leading scholar of the comparative politics of race. Dr. Thompson previously spoke at a Canadian Studies colloquium in September 2020.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720

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