Pat Clifford Award in Canada | 2021

The Canadian Education Association (CEA) is seeking suitable applicants for the Pat Clifford Award for Early-Career Research in Education for the 2021/22 school year.

Are you or someone you know contributing to ground-breaking education research in Canada by re-examining frequently held assumptions in academic policy, practice, or theory? Apply now for the Pat Clifford Award in 2021.

The Pat Clifford Award recognizes the work of emerging academics – their unique contributions and commitment to furthering research that has the potential to revolutionize Canadian public education.

The Canadian Education Association (CEA) manages the Pat Clifford Award, which strives to recognize the work of forthcoming scholars in learning policy, practice, or theory in Canada. This fellowship honors the legacy of Pat Clifford, who was involved in research and educational practice in Canada.

Pat Clifford was a co-founder of The Galileo Educational Network, based in Calgary, Alberta. Pat had a diverse teaching career ranging from primary to postsecondary, and she was the recipient of several honors for both research and instructional practice. Pat passed away in August of 2008, but she left us an endowment in her teaching, scholarly writing, poetry, and storytelling.

Worth of Pat Clifford Award

  • Formal recognition of your study in a public, educational event.
  • An invitation to write a feature article on your study for Education Canada.
  • Opportunities for you to develop additional knowledge mobilization approaches with EdCan Network in order to increase the impact of your work in policy and practice domains.

Pat Clifford Award Eligibility

  • Candidates can either nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else.
  • Candidates must be nearing the end of a Master’s degree or Ph.D. OR have completed a Masters or Ph.D. within the previous two years (from the date of convocation) from a well-known Canadian university.
  • Candidates may come from education faculties or other relevant disciplines, school boards, regional or territorial education departments, educational or other organizations, or research consultants.
  • Candidates can either nominate themselves or be nominated by another person.
  • Individuals having a track record of academic research promise as evidenced by completed research papers/projects, reference letters, and any research awards or references
  • Those who demonstrate the potential to make a significant contribution to academic concepts, theory, policy, and/or practice through their research, as demonstrated by: a description of the work, its significance and influence in relation to one or more of EdCan Network’s program main concerns, and plans for knowledge mobilization and distribution.

How to Apply for the Pat Clifford Award

All of the following attachments should be included with the application:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) (at most 4 pages).
  • A clear explanation of how the candidate’s work has a significant impact on student engagement and teaching practice (at most 250 words).
  • The nominator or candidate’s assessment of the promising contribution to academic research in Canada and its impact on the pan-Canadian landscape (at most 250 words).
  • If nominated: one (1) additional letter of recommendation (at most 250 words).
  • Two (2) reference letters if self-nominated (at most 250 words PER LETTER).
  • Two (2) abstracts and/or summaries of your research project reports or articles should be copied.
  • Optional: abstracts of papers awaiting publication permission and/or the candidate’s plan for future submissions in his/her field of interest.

Application submissions should not exceed the stipulated word count limits (apart from CV). The awards committee will not accept or consider submissions that exceed the specified word count.

Application Closing Date

The application deadline is June 6, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. PDT (Pacific Daylight Time).

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