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Happy holidays and happy new year!

Thank you for another full and engaging year. The Foundation wishes you a joyful holiday season and all the best for the new year. Please note that our offices will be closed from 23 December to 3 January, inclusive.


Our scholarships and fellowships are more attractive than ever

The calls for submissions for our 2018 doctoral scholarships and 2018 fellowships are now closed. We received 275 applications to the Scholarship Program and 58 nominations to the Fellowship Program. Our selection processes will begin shortly and our file review committees will recommend up to 15 scholars and 5 fellows for appointment by the Board of Directors in the spring. Thanks to everyone who has participated so far; stay tuned for the announcement of the 2018 scholars and fellows.

Opportunities to work with a multilateral development bank

Fragility, conflict, and violence; climate change; gender and diversity; agriculture; health; judicial reform – the World Bank and the regional development banks work in many areas of interest to Foundation scholars and fellows. In December 2017, Foundation staff was in Washington to follow up on some of the connections established in June during our "Understanding Washington" trip. Click here to learn about opportunities we discovered for consultancies, internships, and staff positions at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. 

Recent Events

Essential Ideas: Exit survey

A little over one in four participants of the Foundation’s 14th annual forum answered our survey asking what they liked, what they didn’t like, and what we could do better next time. A few highlights: 
  • Two thirds of respondents applauded Foundation scholars, fellows, and mentors for figuring so prominently in the programming.
  • 92% of respondents were most inspired by the session on Indigenous Future Imaginary.
  • Several respondents recommended more diversity in future editions.
Find out more in our report. 

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Resilience and Contagion

Kristi Kenyon, 2007 scholar, McGill-Queen's University Press. +

Children Affected By Armed Conflict

Myriam Denov, 2014 fellow, Columbia University Press. +

A Matter of Conscience

James Bartleman, 2009 mentor, Dundurn Press. +

"Living Between Two Lions": Civilian Protection Strategies During Armed Violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

Carla Suarez, 2012 scholar, Journal of Peacebuilding & Development +

An analysis of the Twitter handle @realDonaldTrump

Mélanie Millette, 2011 scholar, Diplomatie +

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Best books 2017, “Hunting the Northern Character”

The Hill Times has selected “Hunting the Northern Character” (UBC Press), a new book by 2016 mentor Tony Penikett, one of the best books of 2017. The Hill Times published an excerpt of Tony’s book on 18 December 2017, in which the author explains why it is important to take a step back and think carefully about the Northern character. What is the Arctic identity? Tony Penikett hunts for an account that is grounded in local histories, and shaped by events.  

Alumna scholar appointed CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 

Kristi Kenyon, 2007 scholar and assistant professor at the University of Winnipeg, has been named one of fifteen early career 2017 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars. The scholarship carries an award of $100,000. Kenyon situates her research at the intersection of political science, public health, development, human rights, and law, with a focus on questions of social well-being and belonging. Kenyon has also just released her first book, Resilience and Contagion. The book studies civil society organizations that adopt a rights-based discourse to promote the rights of people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

Scholar's dissertation wins international award

The Association of Middle East Anthropology has awarded its 2017 Dissertation Prize to Jean-Michel Landry, a 2009 scholar and McGill University lecturer in anthropology, for "The Practice of Shi'i Jurisprudence in Contemporary Lebanon." The award committee "was especially impressed with the extensiveness of the research that provided the basis of the dissertation, the coherency and soundness of [his] argument, and the clarity of the writing."  +  

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Mark Your Calendars!

Storying Climate Change: Narrative, Imagination, Justice, Resilience
8-11 March 2018 | Galiano Island, BC

> Summer Institute (Foundation community only)
3-6 June 2018 | Newfoundland

> Summer Institute, optional add-on trip (Foundation community only)
7-10 June 2018 | Labrador

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