International graduate students from the Global South are transforming the world. The Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS) supports these students to reach their potential and fulfill their passion. Through their graduate studies, international students pursue compelling projects like enhancing the leadership potential of young women with disabilities in southeast Asia, improving the livelihoods of women engaged in artisanal mining throughout central Africa, and enhancing rural livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa in an era of global change.

This Award aims to strengthen and create new opportunities for the next generation of Global South scholars.

The Background

This Scholarship was established and is championed by Mike Brklacich who retired from Carleton in January 2022. His vision for this award is inspired by his extensive career in interdisciplinary research and passion for collaborating with graduate students, researchers, research institutions, and NGOs throughout the Global South. This Scholarship, in conjunction with other forms of support offered by Carleton University and FASS faculty members, aims to enhance Global South student access to all graduate programs in the social sciences, arts, and humanities offered by FASS as well as broaden intellectual and cultural diversity across the Faculty.

The overall objective is to establish an Endowed Graduate Scholarship that will support, at a minimum, one annual scholarship of $2000 in perpetuity.  This will require an investment of at least $50,000. Surpassing this threshold enables a deeper impact.

The Rollout

The FASS Global South Graduate Scholarship will be awarded annually by the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs on the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to an outstanding international graduate student from the Global South who is entering or continuing in a full-time graduate degree program within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and who is conducting research into transformative societal or cultural issues. The Global South includes lower and lower-middle-income countries as identified by IDRC and the World Bank. The annual award is valued at $2,000.

The Impact

First and foremost, this award will be of direct, tangible benefit to its recipients. However, the benefits will extend well beyond a financial contribution. The Award will also lead to the enrichment of student experiences that will flow from more diversified graduate cohorts and the advancement of Carleton’s international aspirations laid out in its International Strategic Plan (2020-2025).

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