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History of Science and Technology Travel Award

Dr. Ingrid Hehmeyer in the Department of History is sponsoring the History of Science and Technology Travel Award. This award, valued at $2500, is to be used to send one student to Istanbul to attend the International Summer School on History of Science and Technology in Islam.

Since 2012, the Istanbul-based Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin Research Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in Islam has conducted an annual International Summer School in collaboration with the Istanbul Museum for the History of Science and Technology in Islam. For one week in August, a group of international students and young researchers from a variety of backgrounds meet for a practical and material culture-based approach to history of science and technology. The collections of the museum form an integral part of the programme, and students are given the opportunity to study individual objects and models. Topics change from year to year. The teaching language is English, and students receive a certificate after completion of the summer school. The award covers travel to Istanbul for the purpose of attending the summer school and living expenses while there.

To be eligible for this award:

  • Students must be enrolled full-time in the History or Arts and Contemporary Studies programme.
  • Students must have clear academic standing.
  • Students must have taken at least one course at Ryerson University in the history of science, technology and/or medicine with a final mark of B+ or higher (student may be asked to provide a copy of their unofficial Ryerson University transcript).
  • Students must have a valid passport for travel to Turkey so are asked to provide proof of a current passport or the issuance of a passport at the time of application which will be validated by the award administrator (no original passport, copy of a passport or passport number will be retained).
  • The successful recipient must be prepared to submit within one month of returning to Canada a 600-word report on the summer school to the History Travel Awards Committee.

Interested applicants should submit the following (electronically or in paper format), in confidence, to Anne-Marie Donovan in JOR 501 or adonovan@ryerson.ca :

  • A one-page letter (500 words) of application in which the student explains his/her interest in attending the summer school and the special benefits that they hope to gain from it. The letter must also include a statement about their interest, passion or lessons learned from previous coursework in the history of science, technology and/or medicine.
  • CV/Resume to supplement their written statement.
  • Proof of a current passport or of the issuance of a passport (see above).

Applicants may also be required to have an oral interview with the History Travel Awards Committee. The deadline to apply for this award is May 15th.

The Dale W. Nelson Award.

Formerly known as the History Travel Award, was founded by Dr. Arne Kislenko in 2006. The Dale W. Nelson Award recognizes the value in international educational experiences as it gives students a greater appreciation of diversity in the world and increases their self-confidence and independence. A maximum of two annual awards valued at $2,000 each can be awarded.

Eligible students must be enrolled in either the History BA programme or as a History major in the Arts and Contemporary Studies programme. They must be registered in an international exchange programme for a minimum of one academic term abroad and hold a minimum CGPA of 3.33 (B+). Applicants are also required to submit a 500 word maximum statement of intent and two reference letters.

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The Doug Webb Award in History

The Doug Webb Award in History is given in memory of Professor Douglas Gordon Webb (1948-2005), who taught in the Department of History at Ryerson University.

This award is made to a student entering his or her third or fourth year in the History Program or the Arts and Contemporary Studies program who has completed at least four of the department’s courses and has displayed academic excellence. To be eligible, students must have completed, with a B+ minimum grade, a course in at least one of the following subjects: the American Civil War; the First World War; the Second World War; or the Third Reich. Applicants must also meet the requirements of the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS). The award is valued at approximately $1000 per year.

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The Maurice Pope Scholarship in History

This award is given in memory of Maurice Arthur Pope (1889-1978), a prominent Canadian civil engineer, army officer, and diplomat. During the Second World War, Brigadier-General Pope served at Canadian military headquarters in London on the military staff of Prime Minister W.L. Mackenzie King. In 1945, he became chief of the Canadian Military Mission in Berlin. He also served as ambassador to Belgium (1950-53) and Spain (1953-56). In 1962, his memoirs, Soldiers and Politicians, were published. Maurice Pope was the son of Sir Joseph Pope, Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald’s principal secretary.

This scholarship is awarded to a student entering his or her third or fourth year in the History Program or the Arts and Contemporary Studies program who has demonstrated academic excellence in at least four of the Department of History’s courses. The award is valued at approximately $1000 per year.

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The St. George's Society Scholarship in British History

Founded in 1834, when Toronto was a community of 9,300 people within the colonial Province of Upper Canada, The St. George's Society of Toronto is the city's oldest charity. Originally it provided assistance to immigrants from England and Wales in the form of food, money, and medical care. The Society has evolved along with the city, and today it addresses needs across a broad spectrum, including funding medical research and AIDS organizations, assisting homeless single mothers and veterans, helping youth attend university, and supporting culture in Toronto, while also providing a congenial home for its members and guests to enjoy things English. The Society generously donated the funding to support this award, valued at $1000 per annum.

The St. George's Society Scholarship in British History recognizes the best performing full-time undergraduate student in the Department of History's upper level British history courses, as determined by the department's awards committee. No application is necessary. For more information, contact the chair of the Department of History.