The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has awarded $572,500 in scholarships to 27 Memorial students.
The scholarships were awarded under the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships for masters and doctoral students, and the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship program.
They are meant to help students develop research skills and to assist in the training of highly qualified personnel. They are awarded to students in the social sciences and humanities who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.
We are extremely pleased with the results of this years competition, said Dr. Golfman, dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Our PhD winners have increased by 25 per cent over last years competition with representation from eight different disciplines. This is a testament to the efforts of Memorial for recruiting high-level doctoral candidates. Our masters level results were on par with last year and will align Memorial in a favourable position as we prepare for the new SSHRC guideline changes at the masters level next year.
Trevor Ford is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History studying the history of domestic intelligence and surveillance in Canada, before, during and after the First World War.
The Military Intelligence Branch (MIB) of the Department of Militia and Defence played the key role in monitoring the activities of Canadians, infiltrating organizations targeted as problematic and assessing the threat they posed to state interests, he explained. Despite the importance of this military intelligence organization, we know almost nothing about its operationslargely because it has long been thought that its records were destroyed. It is my hope that my study of MIB, using newly discovered military intelligence records at Library and Archives Canada, will make the first systematic examination of this organization and its relationship to bth Canadian society and other Canadian domestic intelligence services between 1866 and 1922.
Mr. Ford, a recipient of the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Scholarship, said the award is invaluable. He also credited his supervisor Dr. Mark Humphries and the Department of History for their support and encouragement throughout the application process.
The SSHRC will have two direct effects on me, one, it allows me to focus on my studies without worrying about funding issues, and two, it will enable me to travel to Washington, D.C., London, England, and of course Ottawa over the next couple years to continue the research for my thesis. All three cities hold national archives for their respective countries and all three countries were connected via the intelligence community, operating as allies during the period in question.
SSHRC is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports post-secondary based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.
A full list of Memorial scholarship winners:
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Masters Scholarship recipients:
Jessica Barry, Department of Sociology
Jonathan Canning, Department of Psychology
Kayla Carroll, Department of English Language and Literature
Kristin Catherwood, Department of Folklore
David Craig, Department of Archaeology
Therese Dobrota, Department of Archaeology
Jenna Edwards, Department of Linguistics
Elena Fenrick, Department of Political Science
Catherine Hawkins, Department of Archaeology
Melanie Hurley, Department of English Language and Literature
Jeana MacLeod, Division of Social Science
Jason Miszaniec, Department of Archaeology
Noah Morritt, Department of Folklore
Toshio Oki, Ethnomusicology Program
David Pitt, Department of English Language and Literature
Rebecca Ralph, Department of Religious Studies
Justin Ryder, Department of Anthropology
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Scholarship recipients:
Sharmane Allen, Department of Geography
Tara Cater, Department of Geography
Frédéric Dussault, Department of Archaeology
Trevor Ford, Department of History
Carol-Ann Galego, Interdisciplinary PhD Program
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship recipients:
David Cooney, Department of Anthropology
Melanie Greene, Faculty of Education
Margot Maddison-MacFadyen, Interdisciplinary PhD Program
Jonathan Parsons, Department of English Language and Literature
Benjamin Staple, Department of Folklore