Study in Canada: Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health

Applications are invited for the 2021 Scholarship.
The application deadline is May 10, 2021.

About the Scholarship

The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health supports graduate students working on research projects in partnership with one or more indigenous and/or non-indigenous British Columbia communities that are addressing air quality, environmental health issues, and/or promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative initiatives. 

The Scholarship was created in 2014 with support from the Directors and the staff of the Fraser Basin Council to remember Elizabeth Henry and her many contributions to our organization and to communities across British Columbia. Elizabeth exhibited high ethical standards and integrity in her work, and she was committed to promoting dialogue and respectful collaboration among diverse stakeholders. The intent of the scholarship is to support community projects that reflect these values.

The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship has received contributions from the Fraser Basin Council, British Columbia Clean Air Research (BC CLEAR) Fund and from the many friends, family members and colleagues who wished to remember Elizabeth and her work.

The Vancouver Foundation administers the scholarship fund, and the Elizabeth Henry Scholarship Committee evaluates applications and awards the scholarship.

The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship is a yearly award of $3,000 to a graduate student or students whose proposed research is based in British Columbia.

Eligibility Requirements

These are requirements for the Award:

  • The applicant must be a full-time graduate student for at least one semester before being awarded the scholarship
  • The student’s proposed research project must focus on working in partnership with one or more indigenous and/or non-indigenous British Columbia communities that are addressing air quality, environmental health issues and/or promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative initiatives
  • The project must  have well-defined objectives and research methodologies as well as tangible project outcomes that provide direct and ethically sound benefits to the community
  • Preference will be given to significant and innovative projects
  • Preference will be given to projects that directly engage the community,  and where strong community support and buy-in are demonstrated.

Evaluation Criteria

The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship Committee evaluates each application based on the following:

  • the applicant’s satisfaction of eligibility requirements
  • the applicant’s academic performance
  • direct  benefits to the community of the proposed research project
  • alignment of the project with the scholarship values: high ethical standards, integrity and promoting dialogue and respectful collaboration among diverse stakeholders
  • preference will be given to significant and innovative projects
  • preference will be given to projects that directly engage the community and where strong community support and buy-in are demonstrated.

The decision of the committee will be final. The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship Committee thanks all applicants for their interest in the scholarship.

Application Process

During the application process, applicants will be asked to basic contact information, previous experience and a project description.

As an applicant, you will also be asked to upload digital copies of:

  • your undergraduate transcript
  • your transcript of graduate courses to date (if applicable), and
  • two signed letters of reference on official letterhead evaluating your capabilities and/or the significance and feasibility of your research project. One letter should be from your academic supervisor, while the second may be an academic, employer or community partner reference. 

Applications are now accepted through our online application form. The application deadline is May 10, 2021.

Please note: Each letter of reference is limited to 500 words. As all documents must be submitted online, you may provide a PDF or scan of your transcripts and of the signed letters. It is not necessary to ask your post-secondary institution to submit official transcript.

APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP HERE

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