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The Ontario Bicentennial Travel Award, a single award of up to £750 endowed by the Government of Ontario and administered jointly by the Foundation for Canadian Studies in the UK and the British Association for Canadian Studies, is made annually in the fields of history and/or political science to an academic or postgraduate student in the United Kingdom for travel to Ontario and related to topics concerned with that Province in those fields. This award may not be held concurrently with the Faculty Research or Enrichment Awards or Institutional Research Awards administered by the Canadian High Commission in London.

Applicants will be members of full-time academic staff or postgraduate students in universities or institutions of higher education in the UK and should be UK citizens or long-term residents. Scholars are expected to show that their visit is directly related to their actual or proposed teaching and/or research in Canadian Studies and that the Canadian content of this teaching or research is clearly identifiable.

Successful applicants will be expected to submit two short reports, one to the Foundation for Canadian Studies in the UK outlining the academic benefits derived from the visit, and a brief report for inclusion in the BACS Newsletter. While not a condition of the award, sharing of the results at the BACS’ annual conference, events organised by BACS specialist groups and other Canadian Studies conferences and seminars in the UK is strongly encouraged. It is expected that the award will be acknowledged in any subsequent publication.

Application procedure

Applicants are asked to submit:

  • a short research proposal
  • a brief curriculum vitae detailing relevant research, teaching and publications

Applications should clearly indicate:

  • the purpose of the proposed visit
  • its duration and itinerary
  • what benefits are expected to accrue to Canadian Studies in the United Kingdom as a result of the visit

Applications should include approaches that have been made for other funds (and whether these are regarded as alternatives or supplements to the application to BACS) and should give the names and addresses of two referees. These details should be summarised on the enclosed form, which should then be attached to the front of your application. Applicants will normally be notified of the outcome within 60 days.

Applications should be made well in advance of the proposed date of travel. The closing date for applications is 1 May of each year. Consideration of submissions received after these dates will be deferred to the next meeting of the awards committee. BACS members will be given priority.

Five copies of the application should be sent to:

The Administrator, BACS, 31 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HA
Tel: 07772 111 638 Fax: 020 7117 1875
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