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In addition to admissions awards available to all Queen’s University students, the Department of History awards prizes and awards for academic excellence including essay prizes on specific topics which are listed below. Students are encouraged to write essays that would be eligible for these monetary awards. The essays are nominated by the course instructor and selected by adjudication.

History Specific Awards

Arts 1909 Scholarship in History

Founded by the class of 1909. Awarded annually to the student in History with the highest standing in history courses taken in the penultimate year, who has applied for admission to the final year of an honours program in History.

Arts 1915 Scholarship

The terms for this award are cross listed with automatic Arts and Science, English Language and Literature awards.

James Henry Bocking Memorial Scholarship in History

Established in September 2007 by Marilyn Hayhoe (House), B.Ed. 1969, to honour the memory of James Henry Bocking, B.A.(Hons) 1936, M.A. 1938, for his distinguished secondary school teaching career in History at Walkerville Collegiate Institute, Ottawa Technical High School and at Fisher Park High School (Ottawa). Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to a student entering third or fourth year enrolled in either a major concentration in History or a special field concentration in Canadian Studies (primary concentration in history) in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Preference will be given to a student who is studying British or Canadian History.

Catherine Brown Scholarship in History

Established in December 1994 by family, friends, alumni, and colleagues, in memory of Catherine Brown, PhD 1979, and last revised in January 2020. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to students entering second, third or fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with an academic plan offered by the Department of History. Selection will be made by the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Helena M. Child Prize in English History

Established by Arthur J.E. Child in memory of his mother, Helena M. Child. Awarded annually on the recommendation of the department to a high-achieving graduating student with a medial or major concentration in History. Preference will be given to a student who has completed at least 2.0 credits at the 200 level or above in the history of the British Isles.

Kathryn Dawson Scholarship

Established from the estate of Dorothy Louise Bishop in memory of Kathryn Dawson, B.A.(Hons.) 1940, Chief Librarian of the Bank of Canada and awarded to a student entering the final year of a B.A.(Hons.) program in History, with preference to a female student.

David Alexander Ekdahl Prize in History

Awarded annually to the student achieving the highest standing in HIST 121.

Frederick W. Gibson Prize in Canadian History

Established by colleagues, students and family of Professor Frederick W. Gibson who taught in the Department of History of Queen's University from 1952 to 1985. Awarded on the recommendation of the Department to the graduating student with a medial or major concentration in History who has the highest average standing in three courses in Canadian history including two courses at the 300 or 400 level.

Michael R. G. Harris Memorial Prize in Naval and Military History

Essay Award: Established by his parents in memory of Michael R.G. Harris. Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Department of History to the student who, in the course of the regular seminar work during the year, writes the best essay on a topic in naval or military history.

Andrew Haydon Prize in Colonial History

Founded by Senator Andrew Haydon, M.A. 1893, LL.B. Awarded to the student with the highest standing in a History course at the 200 level and above.

Anna C. Hayward Prize in Canadian Studies

The terms for this award are cross listed with automatic Arts and Science, English Language and Literature awards.

Arthur M. Keppel-Jones Essay Prize

Essay Award: Established in memory of Professor Arthur M. Keppel-Jones, a caring teacher, humane and generous scholar, and distinguished historian of South Africa. Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Department of History to a student in a history course who is judged to have written a historical essay of particular literary excellence.

Arthur and Evelyn Lower Scholarships

Established in memory of Arthur R.M. Lower, C.C., M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Harvard), and his wife Evelyn by the estate of Professor Lower. One of Canada's most eminent historians, Dr. Lower was for many years Professor of History at Queen's. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to four students entering the final year of an honours program in History whose principal study at Queen's University is Canadian history or a fairly closely related field. Preference will be given to candidates intending to enter the teaching profession in Canadian schools, colleges or universities. Selection will be made by the Faculty of Arts and Science Awards Committee on the basis of a recommendation by the Department of History.

Alexander MacLachlan Peace Prize

Established by the MacLachlan family in memory of Alexander MacLachlan, former President of International College, Smyrna, who throughout his life worked for a better understanding among nations. Awarded annually to the student making the highest standing in a history course pertaining to Canadian politics or Canadian foreign relations.

W. B. Munro Scholarship in History

Founded by the class of Arts '96 in memory of Dr. W.B. Munro. Awarded to the student in one of the introductory history courses who, in the view of the Department of History, is the best qualified of the candidates who intends to concentrate in history.

Sarah Murray Scholarship

Established by the Women's Canadian Historical Society of Toronto to recognize the contribution of the late Sarah Murray, B.A. (Hon.) 1924, for her work in the society as a member and as president from 1974 to 1980. Awarded in the fall to a student entering the final year of a B.A.(Hons.) program with a major or medial concentration in History who will have the highest overall average in all courses and will have completed or be currently taking at least three courses in Canadian History of which two are at the 300 or 400 level. Open to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.

Susan Near Prizes in History

Founded by the late Susan Near of Toronto. Three prizes of equal value awarded to students who, intending to concentrate in history, obtain the highest standing in history at the end of the first, second and third years, respectively, and have not won an award of higher value in history.

Grattan O'Leary Prize in Canadian History

Awarded annually to the student achieving the highest standing in a 300- or 400-level course in Canadian political history.

Pearl Payne Book Prize

The terms for this award are cross listed with automatic  Arts and Science, English Language and Literature awards.

John Sherwood Memorial Prize

Established by former students with additional contributions from colleagues and friends in memory of Professor John Sherwood who taught in the Department of History from 1964 to 1986. Awarded annually to the best graduating student with a medial or major concentration in History who has completed at least three courses in the history of continental Europe since 1800, including two at the 300 or 400 level.

Osborne Studd Book Prize in History

Established by the Department of History and by friends and relatives in memory of Osborne L. Studd, B.A. '79. Awarded annually to the student deemed to have the highest standing in a course in medieval history.

Alice Pierce Waddington Scholarship in History

Provision for this scholarship was made in the will of Alice Pierce Waddington, B.A. '10. Awarded annually on the basis of the work of the second year; to qualify the student must have completed at least four courses in history by the end of the second year. Under the terms of the will the following standards must be taken into account in making the award: scholastic ability and attainment, integrity of character and purpose.

Thomas M. Walsh, M. A., Memorial Prize in History

Established by W.G. McNeil, B.A. '13 and J.F.C. Whalley, B.A. '13 in memory of their classmate Thomas M. Walsh, M.A. '13. Awarded annually to the student with the highest standing in the history courses of a program leading to an honours B.A. in History. In determining the award, essays that have been prescribed during the session will be taken into account.

Awards Open to All Upper Year Students

The following awards have been made available thanks to the generosity of Queen's donors.

Students who are currently registered at Queen's University can apply for the following awards. Students will be notified by either the Student Awards Office or their Faculty if they have been selected for an award. Please pay close attention to the application instructions and deadlines. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Awards.

Ban Righ Centre Bursaries and Awards

Please visit the Ban Righ Centre website for more information on these awards and application instructions.

Chaplain's Bursary

Established from funds donated by the Toronto Alumni Branch and friends and awarded on the basis of financial need to an Ontario resident registered in any faculty or school at Queen's University. Application should be made to the University Chaplain. Selection will be made in consultation with the Student Awards Office.

Dance Club Award

Established in February 2015 by the Queen's Dance Club and awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic standing to full-time students in any year of any faculty or school, who are participating members of the Queen's Dance Club. This award celebrates students who are using their dancing talent and expertise to make a difference in the lives of fellow dance club members and increasing the exposure of the Queen's Dance Club on campus and in the community. Awarded to students who are positive ambassadors for the Queen's Dance Club on the basis of proven leadership skills, effective teamwork, and a demonstrated commitment to mentoring. Applicants are to submit a letter of application, resume (including past experience), and a letter of reference to the Office of the University Registrar, Student Awards by 1 February. To apply please click here.

Margaret Hooey Governance Award

Established in November 2018 by the Estate of Margaret Lois Hooey, LL.D. 2002. Awarded to a student enrolled in any degree program at Queen's University who has made an outstanding contribution to the good governance of the University through work with the Senate or any Committee of the Senate. Letters of nomination, including self-nomination, should be submitted to the University Secretariat by 1 February each year. Selection will be made by the Margaret Hooey Governance Award Committee.

Kingston Field Naturalists Award for Queen's University Biological Station

Established in April 2007 by Kingston Field Naturalists in memory of Dr. Robert Stewart, Microbiologist at Queen's University and Past Honorary President of the KFN, and awarded on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated leadership qualities to an undergraduate student studying conservation science or natural history at the QUBS. Application by letter describing various leadership qualities and achievements should be made to the Head of the Department of Biology by March 31.

Charles C. J. Lorimer Memorial Award

Established in memory of Dr. Charles C.J. Lorimer, B.Sc. '79, M.D.'83. Awarded to a student in an upper year of science, medicine or other Faculty who, while maintaining good academic standing, has shown an understanding of the partnership of people with the natural world in the preservation and enrichment of the vitality and beauty of the earth. The recipient will have demonstrated this participation in wilderness living, travel, hiking, canoeing, by involvement in conservation or by similar activities. Application should be made by letter to the Office of the University Registrar (Student Awards) by 1 October. To apply please click here.

A. E. MacRae Award in Creative Leadership

Found by the late A.E. MacRae of Ottawa. The object of this prize is to promote on the part of the individual the practice of effectively appraising action from the point of view of others concerned. It is based on the idea that social progress requires of education the instilling in individuals the capacity to lead others in their actions, which are for the continuing good of all in the long term. It is intended to encourage students at Queen's to strive to evaluate competing interests and to seek out and advocate creative solutions, fairly and wisely balancing those interests. The recipient is required to write a short article on the purpose of the award and give his or her views on the methods by which the intentions of the award may be realized. The award is presented annually to the student in attendance at Queen's University who, prior to the beginning of his or her graduating year, has developed and exhibited the greatest capacity for creative leadership in the sense noted above. Application should be made by letter to the Office of the University Registrar (Student Awards) by 1 February. To apply please click here.

Andrina McCulloch Prizes in Public Speaking

These prizes are awarded annually for the promotion and encouragement of public speaking in the University. Awards are made in the following fields: public speaking/thesis presentation, reading/ dramatization, and debating. The categories of the awards and the cash value of the prizes in any year are determined by a committee of the Senate. Details regarding the competition are available on the Andrina McCulloch Public Speaking Competition website.

McIlquham Foundation Prize in English

Founded by the parents of Mr. J. Max McIlquham, a student at Queen's University 1912-1915, who was killed on service overseas. Awarded to a student for an original poem, short story, or play. Competitive papers must be submitted to the Associate University Registrar (Student Awards) by February 1st. Each paper must bear a motto instead of the author's name and contain a signed declaration that it is the author's unaided composition. To apply please click here.

F. W. Minkler Award

Established by Mrs. Rachel S. Minkler in memory of Dr. Frederick W. Minkler who, in his years in the field of education, introduced many innovative measures in the continually expanding system. Awarded annually to the upper year student whose integrity, scholarship and contribution to Queen's University is outstanding. Application should be made by 1 October to the Office of the University Registrar (Student Awards). Two letters of reference are required. Selection will be made by the Senate Committee on Scholarships and Student Aid. To apply please click here.

Queen's Alumni Association Toronto Branch Award

Established in May 2006 by the Queen's Alumni Association Toronto Branch and awarded to an undergraduate student in the final year of studies in any faculty or school at Queen's University who has demonstrated leadership in community service at Queen's or within the Kingston or Toronto communities while maintaining a minimum B (65%) average. The award will be granted to students whose address on admission to Queen's University was the Greater Toronto area. Preference will be given to students who can show that they have received a job offer from an employer in the Greater Toronto area and that they have accepted the position after graduation. A letter of application, along with a resume and one letter of reference, should be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar (Student Awards) by 1 February. Selection will be made by a sub-committee of the Senate Committee on Scholarships and Student Aid. To apply please click here.

Reflection Award

Established in September 2018 by the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS), the Alma Mater Society (AMS) and the Faculty of Arts and Science.   Awarded on the basis of advocacy, leadership, and contributions to the Indigenous community at Queen's University to students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. Preference will be given to Indigenous students.  Applicants are to submit a letter of application, with attached resume to the Office of the University Registrar, Student Awards by 1 February. To apply please click here.

Rhodes Scholarships

The terms and application for the Rhodes Scholarship can be found on the website of Student Affairs.

Norman, Ian and Lorna Rogers Scholarship

Established by the estate of Arthur W. McLeod Rogers in 1991 and revised in December 2013. Awarded annually at the close of each academic year to an Alma Mater Society (AMS) member who has shown the most outstanding leadership in student life during such academic year. Selection will be made by a committee chaired by a member of the Senate Committee on Scholarships and Student Aid, and comprising a representative from the AMS Executive, a member of the AMS Assembly, the Rector, and a representative from the Office of the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, or their delegates. Nomination letters should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, Student Awards by 1 February. To apply please click here.

Gordon A. Snider Prize in the History of Technology

Established by colleagues and family of Gordon Snider, B.A. '74, respected teacher and ardent student of the history of technology and engineering in Canada. Awarded annually to an undergraduate student in any faculty or school for the best essay on the historical development of some aspect of technology. This essay must exhibit thorough research and originality and illustrate the impact of technology on the community. Preference will be given to a Canadian topic. Selection will be made by an inter-faculty committee chaired by an appointee of the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Applications should be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar (Student Awards) by 1 October. To apply please click here.

Edward Somppi Awards

Established by Edward Somppi, Commerce '43. Up to six prizes are awarded to members of the Queen's Players or the Queen's Musical Theatre who are full-time undergraduate students. Selection is based on contribution to club activities and preference is given to members who have appeared in public performances. The prizes are awarded by a committee comprising the A.M.S. Campus Activities Commissioner, the chair of the Senate Committee on Scholarships and Student Aid, the Associate University Registrar (Student Awards), the president of the Queen's Players, the president of the Queen's Musical Theatre and one member-at-large from each club. Nominations from any member of the Queen's Players or the Queen's Musical Theatre are to be made in writing to the Office of the University Registrar (Student Awards) by 1 February. To apply please click here.

Robert W. & Ann C. Southam Memorial Scholarship

Established by his family in memory of Robert W. Southam, B.A. 1936, HLL.D 1980, and awarded to a student in any faculty or school on the basis of (a) academic achievement and extracurricular activities, and (b) demonstrated proficiency in writing on any relevant Canadian issue (past, present or future). The applicant should submit a resume and a written submission of approximately 500-750 words outlining the above. Application should be made to the Office of the University Registrar (Student Awards) by 1 October. Selection will be made by a sub-committee of the Senate Committee on Scholarships and Student Aid. To apply please click here.

STRIVE Awards in Environmental Studies

Established by Students Taking Responsible Initiatives for a Viable Environment (STRIVE) and awarded to any undergraduate student at Queen's who combines environmental volunteer work with academic achievement. Consideration will be given to students who have achieved an overall average of at least 75 percent who participated in extracurricular activities that benefit the Queen's community. These activities should be related to the visibility, education and the promotion of awareness of environmental issues. To apply, submit a letter of application, resume, and no more than three letters of reference to the Associate University Registrar (Student Awards) by 1 February. Candidates can also be nominated and must provide the same information. The successful candidates will be selected by a committee made up of a STRIVE member, a faculty member from the School of Environmental Studies, and the Associate University Registrar (Student Awards) or delegate. To apply please click here.

Prince Takamado Visiting Student Scholarship at Queen's University

The Prince Takamado Visiting Student Scholarship at Queen's University is awarded to a second or third-year student of Japanese nationality (citizen) who is currently enrolled in a Japanese university, and who will study at Queen's University on a Letter of Permission from their home university. Application should be made to Undergraduate Admission by December 1. Undergraduate Admission will forward all applications from qualified applicants to the Student Awards Office. Value: Approximately $38,000 (Canadian Dollars), to be used towards tuition and fees.

Awards for Students Studying on a Queen's Formal Exchange or at the BISC

The following awards have been made available thanks to the generosity of Queen's donors.

Students who are currently registered at Queen's University can apply for the following awards. Students will be notified by either the Student Awards Office or their Faculty if they have been selected for an award. Please pay close attention to the application instructions and deadlines. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Awards.

Arts and Science Specific Awards

Canadian Learning Initiative in China Travel Award

Established in November 2016 and revised in March 2017 by Queen's University and awarded to assist students in any year of any Faculty or School in a degree program at Queen's University with travel related expenditures associated with a study abroad experience to a university in China. Applications are to be made to the Queen's University International Programs Office, and selection of applicants will be made by each Faculty or School.

Canadian Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship

Established by the Canadian Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship Foundation and awarded to students participating in the exchange between the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and Queen's University at Kingston. Eight scholarships are awarded; four to incoming students from St. Andrews and four to outgoing students from Queen's University. Applicants to the St. Andrews exchange must write an essay outlining their knowledge of the life of Robert Tyre Jones, Jr. Applications are available from your Faculty Office.

Apply for this award via the Canadian Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship application.

Harold and Helen Cave Scholarship

Established by a bequest from the estate of Professor Harold M. Cave of Queen's University who, together with his wife, Helen, studied in the Department of Art during their post-retirement years. Awarded to a Queen's art history student with high academic standing in the previous year who is enrolled in an art history course at the Bader International Study Centre which will count toward his/her program. If no suitable candidate is identified, the scholarship will be awarded to a similarly qualified Queen's student taking a course in the Queen's Venice Summer School. Submit a letter of application to the undergraduate chair in the Department of Art prior to the term of study at the BISC. Awarded in the fall or winter term.

French Exchange Scholarship

Awarded to a student from France visiting Queen's University as part of an exchange agreement between the French Consulate and Queen's University. Queen's commitment provides full tuition, fees and UHIP plus a living allowance.

Colette Tonge Bursary

Established in honour of Professor Colette Tonge on the occasion of her retirement on June 30, 1991 from the Department of French Studies. Awarded to a student(s) entering third year to assist in defraying expenses associated with studying at a French-speaking university in Canada or abroad. Application should be made to the Department of French Studies by March 1.

Venice Program Bursary

Established in March 1990 and awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need to Queen's students in any year who are taking Art History courses offered through the Venice Summer School program. Apply for funding for the Venice Summer School Program through the International Mobility Fund on the Arts and Science website.

Alexander and Ian Vorres Hellenic Travel Bursary

Established in September 1987 by Ian Vorres, B.A. 1950, and awarded to an upper year undergraduate or a graduate student, on the basis of demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, and a written proposal, who is intending (in order of priority): 1) To pursue original work (a thesis or other project) in Greece on a subject related to Greece of any historical period, in philology, archaeology, history, or philosophy; or 2) To participate in a summer session or excavation in Greece sponsored by the Canadian Archaeological Institute in Athens, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, or other approved institutions; or 3) To attend a program at The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, The College Year in Athens, or other approved institution. Applicants should complete a bursary application form available from the department, submit a letter of application with C.V. and project description, along with the names of two referees to the Department of Classics. Selection will be made in consultation with the Student Awards Office. Application deadline: 31 March.

Alexander and Ian Vorres Hellenic Travel Fellowship

Established in September 1987 by Ian Vorres, B.A. 1950, and awarded to an upper year undergraduate or a graduate student, on the basis of academic achievement, and a written proposal, who is intending (in order of priority): 1) To pursue original work (a thesis or other project) in Greece on a subject related to Greece of any historical period, in philology, archaeology, history, or philosophy; or 2) To participate in a summer session or excavation in Greece sponsored by the Canadian Archaeological Institute in Athens, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, or other approved institutions; or 3) To attend a program at The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, The College Year in Athens, or other approved institution. Applicants are to submit a letter of application with C.V. and project description, along with the names of two referees to the Department of Classics. Selection will be made by the Department of Classics Awards Committee. Application deadline: March 31

 

More information about these awards, as well as available bursaries, work study, and financial aid please visit Student Awards in the Office of the University Registrar.

Department of History Funding Opportunities

Prendergast-Rivard Studentship Award is awarded to an outstanding student enrolled in HIST 515 Independent Research Paper undertaking an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member, for the amount of $3,600. This award is intended to provide meaningful financial support for research activities and offer a unique opportunity for intellectual and professional growth by encouraging undergraduate research.

Department of History Speaker and Conference Fund: Bernice Nugent Bequest

Thanks to the generosity of the estate of Bernice Nugent, a Queen's History alumna, the Department of History has funds to support the invitation of speakers, the organization of conferences, or the presentation of papers at Queen's. Two funding competitions have been established, one for proposals sponsored by Faculty Members in the Department of History and the other for undergraduate-initiated projects. Graduate student initiatives should go first to the GHSA and may be considered through a separate procedure. The total amounts awarded from each fund vary from year to year as determined by the History Department's Nugent Fund Committee, and the Committee is responsible as well for deciding which projects get funded in what amounts. The application process, award criteria, and deadlines are as follows:

A. Support for Faculty-Proposed Conferences, Workshops, Symposia

Typical size of individual awards varies depending on the size and scope of the event. It is expected that applicants will also apply for outside funding for events requiring more than $1000. All applications determined to meet the conditions of the Bernice Nugent bequest will receive some level of funding.

Purpose of Awards: to host or organize conferences, workshops or symposia at Queen's. Events should have some public component that is open to other members of the department and to graduate and/or undergraduate students.

Application Deadlines:

Deadlines: November 15 (for events 1 January - 30 June) and April 15 (for events 1 July - 31 December)

Larger events will benefit from applying one cycle in advance.

Application Process: Submit a letter to the "Department of History, Queen's University, Bernice Nugent Committee." Application letters should be submitted electronically to Professor Rebecca Manley manleyr@queensu.ca (copy matt.colby@queensu.ca). In the letter, provide a description of the proposed event, including a description of what specific aspect of that event the Nugent funds would underwrite. Specify the amount requested, how the funds are to be spent, the dates of the event, and how your application satisfies the award criteria. Proposals may be in preliminary form at the time of initial submission but should include a rough budget and an indication of other sources of funding for which applications have been or will be made. Applicants are expected to follow up with detailed budget and schedule of events as soon as they are available.

Notification and Disbursement of Funds: Successful applicants will be notified by email.  Approved funds will be disbursed only upon submission of original receipts to Matt Colby in the History Department office.

B. Undergraduate Student Initiatives Fund

Typical size of individual awards: $100-$250

Purpose of Awards: To provide partial support for the invitation of speakers to Queen's, for the holding of student-run conferences, workshops, or symposia at Queen's, or for other similar events. Applications may be submitted by individuals or by student organizations. The event(s) must be of significant interest to students in the Department of History and must include some component that is open to the public, or at least open to all members of the Queen's community.

Application Deadlines: Rolling. Applications must be received at least 30 days prior to the date of the proposed event.

Application Process: Submit a letter to the "Department of History, Queen's University, Bernice Nugent Committee." Application letters should be submitted electronically to Professor Rebecca Manley manleyr@queensu.ca (copy matt.colby@queensu.ca). In the letter, provide a description of the proposed event, including a description of what specific aspect of that event the Nugent funds would underwrite. Specify the amount requested, how the funds are to be spent, the dates of the event, and how your application satisfies the award criteria. A detailed budget and a description of other sources of funding that have been obtained or applied for is highly desirable. If you have other promotional materials (flyers, a schedule of events, etc.) please submit those as well.

Notification and Disbursement of Funds: Successful applicants will be notified either by email or regular mail. Approved funds will be disbursed only upon submission of original receipts to Matt Colby in the History Department office.

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