These awards are presented during the British Association for Canadian Studies (BACS) Annual Conference in April each year:

Michael J. Hellyer Prize

1) The prize will be awarded for the best paper delivered by a post-doc, early career academic and professional (within 5 years of the award of a Ph.D.) and independent scholar (also within 5 years of being awarded a Ph.D.) at the annual BACS conference. The paper will be judged on its written version rather than on its actual presentation at the conference. The paper submitted can either be the one delivered at the conference (if fully referenced) or an article-length paper upon which the conference presentation is based.

2) The prize will consist of a cheque for £100 or the equivalent in Canadian dollars. The prize winner will be announced at the annual BACS conference each April. In the event of papers of equal merit being submitted in the same category it may be possible to award more than one prize in that category.

3) Papers to be considered for the prize must be sent to the BACS Secretary, Dr. Jatinder Mann, by 1 April of the relevant year.

Vivien Hughes Prize
Open to Ph.D. students (including MPhil and equivalent students).

Jodie Robson Prize

Open to Masters and undergraduate students

Urban Studies Prize

Open to Ph.D. students working in Urban Studies

1) The prizes will be awarded for the best paper delivered by people in the above categories at the annual BACS conference.

2) The prizes will take the form of conference fee waivers. The prize winners will be notified before the deadline for registration, and will also be announced publicly at the annual BACS conference each April.

3) Applications for the prizes should consist of a two-page PDF document, including an abstract of 250 words, a short statement of what what the award would mean to you, and a one-page CV, which should be sent to the BACS Secretary, Dr. Jatinder Mann at by 1 April of the relevant year.

The BACS Council wishes to acknowledge the generous funding received from the Canada-UK Foundation for the Vivien Hughes and Jodie Robson prizes.

Prix de la Délégation générale du Québec à Londres

The Prix de la Délégation générale du Québec à Londres is an annual award of £1,500, generously offered for a number of years by the Government of Québec and administered by BACS. It is designed to assist researchers, independent, faculty and students, who are permanent UK residents to carry out research projects related to Québec by facilitating a research visit to Québec. Projects that incorporate Québec in a comparative approach (at least 50% of the focus must be on Québec) are also eligible. The projects submitted should ideally have a contemporary resonance. All applications are welcome, including those from applicants unsuccessful in recent previous competitions.

The award is open to researchers and academic staff (including postdoctoral researchers) and to students, including doctoral and masters students and BA (MA in Scotland) or BSc students in their final year of studies.

This is a travel award, which will be paid on presentation of the relevant receipts, and thus are not intended to be used to cover tuition fees or similar expenses. Applicants are expected to be members of BACS (they may join at time of application) but need not have an institutional affiliation.

As with the BACS awards, the Prix de la Délégation générale du Québec à Londres is presented during the BACS Annual Conference in April each year. It is expected that the recipients will produce a report on their research visit and that the award will be acknowledged in any subsequent publication(s).

Application Procedure

Applicants should provide a brief outline of their proposed research (including methodology, contextual background, plan and outcomes). Successful applications will have the following characteristics:

  • investigate issues concerning Québec (includes comparative research where the focus on Québec is at least 50%);
  • constitute an excellent research proposal (originality, coherence of arguments and methodology);
  • display applicant’s abilities to deliver research (previous relevant background, experience, publications, etc);
  • is of value to potential users outside or within the research community.

(Maximum Length: 1000 words.)

A brief (one-page) CV and a letter of recommendation, on headed paper, from an appropriate referee should also be included. Referees should address the merits of the proposal and the ability of the applicant to successfully carry out the research. The referee’s letter may be sent by email as an attachment.

Applications should be sent by email to the BACS Secretary, Dr Jatinder Mann at by 1 April of the relevant year.


International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) Prizes

Please find below details of ICCS Prizes that you might want to consider applying for. All applications need to be supported by the President of BACS, Dr. James Kennedy ( Nominations for these should reach him by 10 November 2019, with the exception of the Pierre Savard Award, which should reach him by 31 October 2019.

The ICCS Graduate Student Scholarships, worth a maximum amount of $4,000, are offered each year to a dozen of students, helping them to spend 4-6 weeks at a Canadian university or research site, other than their own, doing research related to their thesis or dissertation in the field of Canadian Studies. All applications must be submitted by an Association for Canadian Studies to the ICCS by November 24,. More information is available at

The ICCS Postdoctoral Fellowships give the opportunity to young scholars, who have completed a doctoral thesis on a topic primarily related to Canada and are not employed in a full-time university teaching position, to visit a university with a Canadian Studies program for a teaching or research fellowship. The length of the stay will be of a minimum of one month and maximum of three months. During that stay, the student will receive $2,500 per month, plus the cost of a return airline ticket for a maximum of CAD$10,000. The application deadline is November 24. For more information, please see:

The Governor General’s International Award for Canadian Studies is intended for a scholar who has made an outstanding contribution to scholarship and to the development of Canadian Studies internationally. The prize is awarded this year to an individual having essentially had a Canadian Studies career in another country. Nominations must be submitted no later than November 24. For more information:

The Pierre Savard Awards are designed to recognize and promote each year outstanding scholarly monographs, written by members of the Canadian Studies international network, that contribute to a better understanding of Canada. There are two categories: Book written in French or English and Book written in a language other than French or English. The deadline for submitting applications to the ICCS is November 24. For additional information:

This ICCS Award is designed to recognize and promote each year an outstanding PhD thesis on a Canadian topic, written by a member (or one of his/her students) of a Canadian Studies Association or Associate Member, and which contributes to a better understanding of Canada. The deadline for submission is November 24. For more information: