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John G. Diefenbaker Award

Award NameJohn G. Diefenbaker Award
AgencyCanada Council for the Arts
ValueUp to $95,000
Duration12 months
Internal notice of intent to apply10-16-2022
Agency deadline11-01-2022

Send an email to Abby Vogus ( to notify. 


The award is given annually, and it enables a distinguished German scholar in the social sciences or humanities to do research in Canada, which may include brief periods in the United States. While research must be the primary activity during the award period, the 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. 


Candidates may not apply for this award: they must be nominated by a department within a host university or research institute in Canada. Only one nomination is permitted per institution. 

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 with a contractual or working relationship with an academic institution in Germany. They must have a sound working knowledge of at least one of Canada’s two official languages.  

Required Materials

Please refer to the nomination form for detailed instructions. Nominations must include the following:

  • A current curriculum vitae of the proposed candidate (10 pages maximum)
  • A description of the candidate’s proposed program of research and other activities (1 page maximum)
  • A signed letter of support from the department head or authorized representative of the host institution (1 page maximum)
  • Two (2) signed letters of support from distinguished specialists in the candidate’s field. (2 pages maximum for each)
  • Letters of invitation to participate in activities outside the host institution (include 2 letters maximum, optional)

Evaluation Process

Nominations will be evaluated based on the following weighted criteria:

Merit (30%)

  • the creativity and originality of the project
  • the qualifications and achievements of the candidate

Impact (30%)

  • the potential contribution of the project to the advancement of knowledge
  • the potential value of the proposed research and other proposed activities to the Canadian research community

Feasibility (30%)

  • the proposed length of stay in Canada and the capacity of the host institution to support the candidate within the proposed timeline
  • the experience and capacity of the candidate to undertake the project within the proposed timeline

Relevance (10%)

  • the potential of this project to contribute towards a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive society

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.


Abby Vogus
SIRI Specialist
Office of Research Services

FSc Research Services