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RCGS Independent Research Grants



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The Royal Canadian Geographical Society supports research projects on geographical topics that further the mandate of the Society “to make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world.” Proposals must identify the topic to be addressed, the methods to be used and the nature of the finished product.

Awards are restricted to projects that are undertaken in Canada, by Canadian residents and that address some element of the country’s geography.

Applications for a grant are considered once a year. The deadline for submission of complete applications is February 14. The Committee usually announces its grants 4-6 weeks after this deadline.

Application Procedure
The Society has established the following priorities for funding:

  1. Support of outstanding research proposals submitted by independent researchers for projects where the Society’s grant constitutes the majority of the overall budget;
  2. Other extraordinary proposals of modest budget that will further the aims of the Society.

Awards to graduate students and employees of universities and colleges are explicitly excluded. The maximum award to any individual is $5,000.

The following budget items will not be supported: travel outside Canada; salaries or honoraria; professional fees; capital equipment outlays or costs of attending conferences. Support will not be given to projects whose work has been completed prior to the submitted deadlines.

Acceptance of a Society grant entails an obligation to use the funds in pursuit of the specified project. If the project cannot be carried out, the funds must be returned. Recipients are required to submit a progress report after six months and a detailed written report, illustrated where appropriate, within three months of completion of the project. The Society undertakes no obligation to publish any report. It is assumed that grant funds will normally be expended within 12 months of receipt of funds. Grants are normally non-renewable.

Download application: RCGS Independent Research Grants (Microsoft Word)

Please address all submissions as follows:
Independent Research
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
50 Sussex Drive
Ottawa (Ontario)
K1M 2K1


Submit main application by email to: [email protected]

Reference letters may also be emailed to the above email address. The name of the project should be clearly indicated in the subject line. 

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