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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
December 7, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation Graduate Student Award


To learn more about this organization, please go to its website:

The Waterloo Regional Award for Heritage Research is available on an annual basis. A research grant of $3,000.00 may be made at the beginning of the academic year to graduate students enrolled full-time at the masters or doctoral level in the fields of archaeology, architecture, fine arts, history, natural heritage, political science or any other discipline deemed to be relevant to heritage matters

The aim of the award is to encourage research at an advanced level into one or more aspects of the heritage of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.


Applicants must be full-time graduate students at either Wilfrid Laurier University or the University of Waterloo or residents of Waterloo Region, who are full-time graduate students at universities outside the Region and who are undertaking research projects on some aspect of regional heritage. A resident is any individual who has, with the exception of absences to attend an educational institution, been continuously a resident in the Region during the twelve months preceding the application.

Submission of Applications:

To be considered, a letter of application, accompanied by a proposal for a research project, must be received by the Foundation secretary no later than the third Friday in November, see "How to Contact Us" on the website

The Application Must be Accompanied by:

Official transcripts for all graduate and undergraduate studies;

A confidential letter from the research supervisor assessing the student's research ability, the viability of the proposal and the connection with the supervisor's own research interests; and

A confidential letter of reference from a professor familiar with the candidate's work.

Payment of the Award:

A cheque will be issued to a successful applicant in November of the year subject to the following conditions:

The applicant has submitted proof of full-time status in a graduate program.

The student agrees that if he/she withdraws, transfers to part-time status or is found to have submitted false or misleading documentation, that, at the discretion of the Foundation, repayment of all or part of the award may be required.

The successful applicant also agrees to endeavour to publish the results in a recognized journal acknowledging in any such publication, the financial support of the Foundation.

The researcher agrees to provide the Foundation with a copy of the completed project to be used at its discretion for the promotion of heritage concerns within the Region.

The Selection Process:

As soon as possible after the application deadline a committee, consisting of representatives from Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, the Foundation, and the general public to a total of five members, will consider all applications received. The selection will be on the basis of the student's past academic achievement, the significance of the anticipated results, originality of topic, methodology and the likelihood of the project's completion. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the contribution the completed research will make to a heightened awareness of the heritage of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

A successful applicant will be contacted by letter not later than December 1st.

The winner of the competition must, within two weeks of receiving the letter, confirm acceptance or declination of the award and the attached conditions. In some circumstances a personal interview may be required as part of the selection process. In such cases, reimbursement will be available to the applicant for travel costs.

In years in which no submission is considered worthy of support, no award will be granted.