Skip to main content

2014 rare Scholarship in Graduate Research

The rare Charitable Research Reserve is a 900+ acre property in Cambridge and North Dumfries, Ontario at the confluence of the Grand and the Speed Rivers. The goal of rare is to protect this environmentally sensitive landscape intact, in perpetuity, and to promote the use of the property for education and research. The property includes a broad range of habitats including riparian zones, upland and lowland deciduous forest (old-growth and second-growth), savanna, cliffs, coldwater streams, deciduous swamps, marshes, hedgerows, agricultural fields and old fields.

The rare Scholarship in Graduate Research is valued at $4,000 and is open to all Canadian and International graduate students who will conduct field research on rare property between May 2014 and April 2015. The field of study is open and could include, but is not limited to, research in ecology, zoology, geology, restoration ecology, hydrology, botany, soil science, archaeology, agriculture and education. The Scholarship will allow students to study in a relatively undisturbed, yet highly accessible site. The monetary award will help ensure successful candidates have the necessary resources to conduct and report on their research at rare. It will also allow the student to give an oral presentation at a conference in their discipline.

Application Details:

  1. Applications can be submitted until 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014.
  2. Students will be required to provide a final report to rare by Monday, May 4th, 2015.
  3. The successful applicant will be notified by May 14th, 2014. A sum of $3,500 will be awarded shortly thereafter while the remaining $500 will be awarded in May, 2015, upon successful completion of the requirements of the scholarship (including the final report and conference presentation).
  4. The recipient will retain all intellectual property rights.
  5. The research will be required to go through the normal rare Research Application approval process.

Submission Details:

  1. Please include your name, telephone number and email address, the name of your supervisor, department and university where the research will be completed;
  2. Please submit current university transcripts from all institutions you attend or attended as an undergraduate or postgraduate student;
  3. Include the names, telephone numbers and email addresses for two references who can best assess your academic credentials.
  4. Provide an outline of the proposed research (3-5 pages) including:
    • the problem the research is addressing;
    • your hypothesis;
    • your sampling design, field equipment and statistical tests that will be employed;
    • the length of time fieldwork will be conducted at rare;
    • the areas at rare where you will be sampling (give specific habitats and/or precise locations if possible);
    • details on how the results will be made available to academics and the general public.
  5. Submit all documents to: 
    Jenna Quinn, Research Coordinator 
    rare Charitable Research Reserve 
    1679 Blair Road 
    Cambridge, Ontario, Canada N3H 4R8.

If you have any further questions or you would like a tour of the Reserve please contact Jenna Quinn at 519-650-9336 ext. 111 You can also visit the rare website.

CERLAC invites applicatio​ns for two Graduate Awards & Fellowship

CERLAC invites applications for Graduate Award & Fellowship
The Paavo and Aino Lukkari Human Rights Fund supports York graduate students engaged in research on human rights and
social justice issues related to the situation of indigenous people and/or people of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean

CERLAC announces the call for applications for the Paavo and Aino Lukkari Human Rights Award(s) and Fellowship.


functions as a cost fund to support a number of graduate students’ research and academic training costs, for complementary activities central to the completion of their research. Award(s) will be granted to one or more graduate students annually, to provide support for discrete, concrete activities such as, for example: fieldwork expenses; specialized equipment  or software; specialized training (language instruction); etc. Multiple awards of varying amounts will be granted annually, drawing from a maximum total of $20,000, with a maximum of $10,000 for one project.
is intended as a general support fund, to cover general research and related costs (fieldwork, equipment, book purchases, specialized training or software, etc.); they may also be used for tuition and general living expenses, to relieve the student from financial pressure in order to focus on his/her project. One award of $10,000 will be granted annually to an eligible MA or PhD student.

York graduate students in good standing who are:
- engaged in research on human rights and social justice issues related to the situation of indigenous people and/or people of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean
- citizens or permanent residents of Canada
- registered in the CERLAC Graduate Diploma Program (Fellowship requirement only)

Submit a complete application package, as detailed on the Award and Fellowship Forms, available here:
Paavo and Aino Lukkari Human Rights AWARDAPPLICATIONFORM
Paavo and Aino Lukkari Human Rights FELLOWSHIPAPPLICATION FORM

The deadline for this year's applications is Monday, March 31, 2014.
Questions can be directed to:

Hutchinson Environmental Science Limited (HESL) Undergraduate Research Grant

The Friends of the Muskoka Watershed and Hutchinson Environmental Science Limited (HESL) are offering an undergraduate summer student research funding opportunity.

HESL will provide $5,000 which must be met with a minimum of $2,000 from a university researcher to support an undergraduate research assistant for 16 weeks. The student will assist with the researcher’s ongoing research into any aspect of aquatic ecosystem management in the Muskoka River watershed.

Applications are due by February 28, 2014, with the award announced by March 28, 2014. If you know a worthy 2nd , 3rd or 4th year student that would benefit from this program please encourage them to submit an application by February 28, 2014. Further details are on the attached program outline.



Graduate funding opportunities for research in the North!

Northern Scientific Training Program

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Northern Scientific Training Program’s (NSTP) partnership with Canadian universities, encouraging the next generation of northern research specialists and scientists. The NSTP is administered by the Canadian Polar Commission as part of its mandate to foster science and technology in the Canadian North. The Program's aim is to promote interest in northern studies, and provide opportunities for advanced and graduate students to obtain experience and professional training in the North.

Additional Information

The Town of Huntsville Bursary Program (Health and Environmental Research)

Town of Huntsville has funded two bursaries for students in the field of environmental and/or health research.  Each bursary is in the amount of $1250.00 annually, and applicants may be eligible for up to three years.  Detailed information can be found online at

Preference will be given to applications which link to the Town of Huntsville’s Unity Plan


The deadline for applications is April 16th at 12 midnight, 2012.
Applications may be submitted by e?mail to or submitted to Rebecca Francis, Town of
Huntsville Sustainability Coordinator, 37 Main St. E. 2nd flr. between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.



For more info please contact:

Rebecca Francis | Sustainability Coordinator
(705) 789-1751 ext 2366


Walmart Green Student Challenge

Submission Details

We know you’re excited and want to get going on your submission, but before you do, check out the details of what’s required below.

Who’s Eligible to Enter?

Only those that can answer “yes” to each of the following can enter:

  • Legal resident of Canada
  • 18 years or older
  • Enrolled as a  part-time or full-time student in a post-secondary educational institution in Canada
  • Individuals or teams of up to four (4) people

Due to legal requirements in the province of Quebec, Walmart Associates in Quebec or their family members who live in the same residence are not eligible to participate.

How to Enter

  1. 1. Make sure you’re eligible
  2. 2. Come up with a stellar sustainable business practice that is good for the environment and the bottom-line
  3. 3. Prepare a written proposal (up to 4 pages) in Powerpoint, Word, or PDF that can include hyperlinks to other reference          material
  4. 4. Prepare supplemental video (AVI, MP3, MOV or 3GP format) – NOT MANDATORY
  5. 5. Fill out the cover sheet    (download here)
  6. 6. Ensure the submission is no more than 5MB
  7. 7. Send the submission with a cover sheet to

Submission Deadline

Only entries received by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 20, 2012 will be considered.

Judging Criteria

Submissions will be judged with the following weighted criteria:

  • Ease of implementation (20%)
  • Originality (30%)
  • Potential economic, social and environmental impact (50%)

Semi-finalist Selection

Those selected to be a semi-finalist will be notified on, or about, February 10. All semi-finalists must be available on, or about, March 1, 2012 to come to Toronto and pitch their idea to a panel of top Canadian CEOs.

The Prizes

All semi-finalists will receive airfare to Toronto and two-night accommodation for their team, to a maximum of four (4) people.

  • 1st place - $30,000 for the winning individual/team and $30,000 for the winner’s school
  • 2nd place - $20,000 for the individual/team
  • 3rd place - $10,000 for the individual/team
  • 4th place - $6,000 for the individual/team
  • 5th place - $4,000 for the individual/team

For more information, please see the Walmart website.

Sustainable Prosperity Research and Policy Network

The Sustainable Prosperity Research and Policy Network (SP Network) invites proposals for research projects on market-based approaches to environmental protection and economic sustainability.  Priority will go to proposals that respond to the research topics below, especially those suggested in Appendix 1.  Proposals should be a maximum of two pages and may be submitted on any policy-relevant topic however. Grants will normally be under $8,000.  We encourage applications by November 17, 2011 or earlier, although later applications will be accepted subject to funding availability.  Decisions will be made promptly and be based on reviews by a subcommittee of SP’s research network and staff.

Priority Areas for Research (Fall 2011)
Proposals may be submitted on any topic concerned with market-based policy or flexible regulatory approaches to enhance environmental protection and economic sustainability.  However, the following research topics have been identified as priorities for the coming year.  Appendix 1 provides additional information on priorities within each research area.

1.    Market-Based Instruments (MBIs) and the Low Carbon Economy
1.1   Design of Carbon Pricing Systems
1.2  Governance, Revenue Management and Inter-Jurisdictional Issues in Carbon Pricing
1.3  Clean Technology and the Low Carbon Economy
1.4  Case Studies on the Effectiveness of Carbon Pricing

2. Market-Based Tools for Sustainable Communities
2.1  Market Tools for Sustainable Transportation
2.2  MBIs and Sustainable Infrastructure
2.3  Economic Instruments for Managing Municipal Water: Quality and Quantity
2.4  MBIs and Sustainable Municipalities: Other Issues (e.g., sprawl, density)

3. Ecosystem Services Markets
3.1  MBIs for Ecosystem Goods and Services
3.2  Improving Water Quality with Economic Instruments
3.3  Natural Capital and Productivity
3.4  Other Topics in Ecosystem Goods and Services Pricing and Markets

4. Emerging and Cross-Cluster Research Issues
4.1  Effectiveness and Limits of MBIs
4.2  Environmental Accounting and New Environment-Economy Indices
4.3  Competitiveness, Regulation and MBIs
4.4  Green Jobs and Renewable Energy
4.5  Other Applications of MBIs in Canada

Proposal Format
The process aims to be simple and fast.  Proposals should be a maximum of 600 words (two pages) and should include the following sections:
Name of applicant(s): list all researchers and/or students involved
Proposal title
Research topic(s) (e.g., 3.1 MBIs for Ecosystem Goods and Services (SP staff can assist))
Description of the research project, including methods or approaches and the role of students
Description of specific research deliverables, knowledge outreach plan and timing (e.g., prepare a background research report and present at a policy conference).
·         Budget (including any other revenues)
Proposals submitted by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows require a brief letter from a permanent faculty member indicating willingness to supervise the research and take responsibility for grant administration.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact SP staff if they have questions or want to discuss their proposal prior to the deadline.

Deadline:  We encourage applications by November 17, 2011 or earlier, although later applications may be accepted depending on the availability of funds.  Decisions will be made promptly.

Address for Submission:  Send by email to: Brandon Schaufele, Research Director, Sustainable Prosperity Network, email:


Kristopher Stevens and his team have launched a new public education campaign and contest called WattsNEXT? and they need your help to spread the word! 

Show your support for conservation and renewable energy in Ontario! Put yourself on the WattsNEXT? map and check out the ways to enter the bi-weekly draw for cool prizes and the video contest where you can win a $70,000 solar system for your community!

Click Here to participate!

MAY: UBC Int’l Field Studies in Sustainable Agriculture Cuba

Just a quick note to say registration is now open for our May 3 credit course UBC LFS302 Int'l Field Studies in Sustainable Agriculture Cuba. Open to international students and other interested parties through ACCESS UBC, the course runs from April 30th to May 22nd. I have some discount air seats held till March 31.

Here is the UBC link. Be sure to click on the videos of Brittany Buchanan (former student), Gregory Biniowsky and Mavis Alvarez.

Interested? Call me at 604-947-2893. Its a GREAT experience!