Research Western

John G. Diefenbaker Award

The award is given annually, and it enables a distinguished German scholar to spend time in Canada, which may include brief periods in the United States. While research must be the primary activity during the award period, the laureate (award recipient) will be encouraged to participate in the teaching activities of the host institution and to interact with the research communities in Canada and the United States by visiting other institutions.

The teaching and institutional visiting activities are intended to broaden the impact of the award recipient’s visit, while enriching the visitor’s experience.

Sponsor Guidelines

Subject Areas

International Visiting Researchers - Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


Sponsor: December 1

Application Method

Candidates may not apply for this award: they must be nominated by a department within a host university or research institute in Canada.

This award is open to German scholars who have demonstrated outstanding ability, especially through a substantial publication record over several years. The award is offered in support of research in any of the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities.

Candidates must be German citizens and must have a sound working knowledge of one of Canada’s two official languages. If no appropriate candidate is nominated, the award may be withheld and carried over to the following year.

Reporting Requirements

The award recipient is required to submit a report, within three months of the completion of the award period, on the work accomplished with the assistance of the John G. Diefenbaker Award. This report should also include information about the impact of the award on the recipient's career and the usefulness of the award in allowing the winner to meet the proposed project’s objectives.

The university must also submit a report, within three months of the completion of the award period on the results of the recipient's stay in Canada.

Indirect costs are not supported by this program.


Nominations and Full Applications are to be processed through Research Development & Services for institutional signatures, and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA Proposal. Requests for Institutional signatures should be received no less than 3 days prior to the posted Sponsor deadline.

Western Contact(s)

Research Office

Sponsor Contact(s)

Luisa Guglielmo, Program Officer, Endowments and Prizes.
Canada Council for the Arts
P.O. Box 1047, 350 Albert Street
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
Telephone: 1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4086