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Scholarships & Bursaries

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Each year, the CIP/ICU Planning Student Trust Fund (CIP-PSTF) offers scholarships and bursaries to CIP student members who are enrolled full-time in accredited Canadian planning programs. This financial support assists students by defraying the costs incurred in their studies. Scholarships are awarded for student projects that best demonstrate excellence and a potential contribution to the planning profession (in theory or practice), or a potential service to a community or community group. Bursaries are awarded to students who are in need of financial assistance to support their education.

CIP-PSTF is a registered charitable organization, distinct from CIP, which is responsible for the governance and stewardship of the funds and awards. The sustainability of the scholarship program is dependent on individual donations and corporate sponsorships.
 

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Meet our 2019 Scholarship and Bursary Recipients

CIP will announce when submissions for the 2019/2020 school year are being accepted. The deadline will be February 28, 2020.

 

Scholarships

Eligibility

A student must be:

  • A CIP student member in good standing for the current academic year. Professional (MCIP) and candidate members who have returned to school are not eligible for scholarships.
  • Enrolled full-time in an accredited Canadian planning program during the term of the awarding of the scholarship.
The project (e.g. thesis, practicum, major research paper, etc.) must be:
  • Proposed or in progress at the time of application with a target completion date within the current school year. Scholarships will not be awarded for any projects already completed.
The jury will verify that the eligibility criteria have been met. Their decision is final.

Submissions

The required application components include:

  • Completed online application form
  • 500-word biography, outlining the applicant’s studies and personal interests
  • Current résumé, demonstrating the applicant’s past and present commitments to their community
  • One-page description of the project submitted for consideration
  • Additional documents as may be specified for each scholarship
Projects will be judged on the basis of their potential contribution to the planning profession (in theory or practice), or their potential service to a community or community group.

Scholarship recipients must agree to submit a copy of their project to CIP-PSTF upon completion and must consent to having the work published in whole or in part by CIP-PSTF and/or CIP.

 

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✔ UNDERGRADUATE

✔ POSTGRADUATE

CIP President’s Scholarship                                                                                                  $6,000.00  

Awarded for the most outstanding submission.

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) works on behalf of over 7,000 planning professionals nationally, and has served as the voice of Canada’s planning community since 1919. Its mission is to advance and raise the profile of Canadian professional planning, for its members in Canada and abroad, through leadership, advocacy, expertise, and education.

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 UNDERGRADUATE

✔ POSTGRADUATE

Dillon Consulting Limited Scholarship                                                                       $5,000.00

Awarded for the overall best submission from a graduate student.

Dillon Consulting Limited is a proudly Canadian, employee-owned professional firm with over 700 employees specializing in planning, engineering and environmental sciences. The Dillon team partners with clients to provide collaborative and inventive solutions to complex multi-faceted problems. Contributing to a number of organizations for annual scholarships, Dillon is proud to support the continuing education and professional development of students across Canada who are pursuing studies in its areas of practice.

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✔ UNDERGRADUATE

✔ POSTGRADUATE

Wayne Daniel Smith Scholarship                                                                                      $4,000.00

Awarded for the best submission that demonstrates neighbourhood design and land-use planning approaches that reduce resource and economic costs and environmental impacts, while maintaining community liveability.

This scholarship is funded by the exclusive generosity of Wayne Daniel Smith.

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✔ UNDERGRADUATE

POSTGRADUATE

College of Fellows Undergraduate Scholarship                                                      $4,000.00

Awarded for the best submission that demonstrates the applicant’s academic achievement, as well as their leadership and commitment to community and their chosen profession and professional association.

The College of Fellows is comprised of CIP members who have been elected as Fellows, the highest honour the Institute can give to its members. This distinction recognizes excellence, identifies prominent role models, promotes advances in planning practice, and draws leaders to the forefront of planning in Canada. Members of the College of Fellows privately fund this scholarship.

Documents required in addition to the application components listed above:
  • University program enrollment information and official transcript
  • Recommendation letter from Department Head
  • Recommendation letter from someone who is familiar with the applicant’s commitment to community service, volunteerism, etc.

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✔ UNDERGRADUATE

✔ POSTGRADUATE

Thomas Adams Scholarship                                                                                                  $3,000.00

Awarded for an outstanding research submission.

Thomas Adams came to Canada in 1914 as a town planning advisor to the Commission of Conservation. He served as the first President of the Town Planning Institute of Canada (now the Canadian Institute of Planners) and was largely responsible for establishing the profession in Canada.

In 2019, Adams was named a National Historic Person by the Government of Canada.

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Bursaries

Eligibility

A student must be:
  • A CIP student member in good standing for the current academic year. Professional (MCIP) and candidate members who have returned to school are not eligible for bursaries.
  • Enrolled full-time in an accredited Canadian planning program during the term of the awarding of the bursary.
  • In need of financial assistance to support their education, as evidenced by government student loan documents or equivalent justification.
The jury will verify that the eligibility criteria have been met. Their decision is final.

Submissions

The required application components include:

  • Completed online application form
  • 500-word biography, outlining the applicant’s studies and personal interests
  • Current résumé, demonstrating the applicant’s past and present commitments to their community
  • Government student loan documents or equivalent evidence of the need for financial assistance to support the applicant’s education
  • Additional documents as may be specified for each bursary
Members of an equity-seeking group (women, individuals who are members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and individuals of non-heterosexual orientation or gender identity) are asked to self-identify.

 

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✔ UNDERGRADUATE
(4th year)

MASTERS
(2nd year)

David Palubeski Bursary                                                                                                               $3,000.00

Awarded for the best submission that demonstrates interest in community planning, community/urban design, and/or sustainable land development, with a focus on small and medium sized communities.

In recognition of David Palubeski’s contribution to Canadian planning, the David Palubeski Bursary was created by his family, colleagues, and friends. The bursary celebrates David’s contribution to Canadian planning practice and CIP.

Documents required in addition to the application components listed above:
  • 800-word statement of interest, describing the focus of study and how the proposed year of study will contribute to a better understanding of planning in Canada
  • Letter of support from a faculty member in the student’s current program, describing how the applicant is known to the letter writer and why the applicant is worthy of the bursary
  • Letter of support from a Registered Professional Planner, who is practicing in either a local government office or a consulting firm, describing how the applicant is known to the letter writer and why the applicant is worthy of the bursary

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UNDERGRADUATE

✔ POSTGRADUATE

Ted Fobert and Robert Tennant Planning Merit Bursary                                      $3,000.00

Awarded for the best submission that demonstrates interest and intent to further innovative approaches to community building and municipal planning.

Fotenn Consultants Inc. was established in 1992 by Ted Fobert and Robert Tennant, to provide urban planning services. It has since grown to become an award-winning planning, urban design, and landscape architecture firm with offices in Ottawa, Kingston, and Toronto. In 2014, Robert and Ted took the next step in the succession of Fotenn, choosing to broaden ownership to employees. However, they still remain active in the business as strategic advisors, ambassadors, and mentors.

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✔ UNDERGRADUATE

✔ POSTGRADUATE

John Bousfield Bursary                                                                                                                $3,000.00

Awarded for the best submission that demonstrates a research background in an urban design/land use planning subject area that promotes innovation and helps to advance practice.

John Bousfield was a visionary professional planner who became one of Canada's greatest urban planners. Until shortly before his passing, he practiced for well over sixty years in a full range of urban planning and development projects. In 1974, he established John Bousfield Associates, now Bousfields Inc.
 

 

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Awards

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Ages Foundation Travel Awards

Each year’s scholarship and bursary recipients are invited to attend CIP’s annual conference, to receive their honours in person. They are eligible for the Ages Foundation Travel Awards program, which provides funding for conference-related travel, accommodations, and registration expenses.
 
Funding for this program is generously provided by the Ages Foundation Fund at the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation.
 

 

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Recent Recipients

2019 — Kacia Tolsma, Simon Fraser University,  "How Can Public Engagement Facilitate Green Infrastructure Implementation? A Case Study in Still Creek, Vancouver"
2018 — Emily Halldorson, University of Manitoba, "Transitional Housing for Criminalized Indigenous Women: Justice and Reconciliation in Planning"
2017 — Kai Okazaki, University of British Columbia, "Addressing Barriers to Inclusive Climate Action: Planning for Immigrants in Metro Vancouver"
2016 — Chloe Boyle, Simon Fraser University, "An Evaluation of the social and ecological benefits of an urban stream restoration project"
2015 — Abdoul-Kader Mahamadou, Université de Laval, "L'influence de l'environnement bâti et du transport sur l'interaction sociale des enfants à Québec"
2014 — Kara Fisher, McGill University, “Cycling Through Winter: Exploring innovative design principles and practices to support all season bicycle commuting for Winnipeg and Winter Cities worldwide”

2019 — Erinn Lee, University of Guelph, "From Policy to Implementation: Expanding the Agricultural Phosphorus Management Toolkit in the Lake Erie Basin"
2018 — Waverley Sunday Birch, University of Waterloo, "Effects of Land Use and Land Cover Change on Ecosystem Functionality"
2017 — Zoë Mager, York University, "Planning with Indigenous Peoples: Meaningful Municipal Consultation and Engagement as a Key Part of Reconciliation"
2016 — Tyler Carlson, Simon Fraser University, "Formulating Forest Policies with the ‘Namgis Nation: Lessons from First Nations land use planning across British Columbia"
2015 — Ryan Segal, University of Manitoba, "Playfinding: Child-Friendly Wayfinding as a Tool for Children's Independent Mobility in Downtown Winnipeg"
2014 — Kyle Miller, University of Toronto, “The First Evaluation of Toronto's Church Street Parklets”

2019 — Jessica Brodeur, Ryerson University, "Community Energy Planning in Ontario and British Columbia: Climate Action at a Municipal Planning Scale"
2018 — Edward Donato, University of Waterloo, "Electric Bicycle Mobility of Older Adults in Canadian Cities"
2017 — Zoi de la Peña, York University, "Planning Equitable Public Parks"
2016 — Jeff Lemon, Simon Fraser University, "Land-based Aquaculture: A Strategic Opportunity for Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Community Development"
2015 — Jake Papineau, Dalhousie University, "Assessing sustainable building technologies from a First Nations perspective"
2014 — Sarah Nielsen, Queen's University, “Get Moving to School: Comparing influences on the potential for active school travel in a large urban centre in Western Canada"

2019 — Meredith Baldwin, Dalhousie University, "All Together Now: How Three Innovative Communities are Addressing Climate Change"
2018 — Ellen McGowan, University of Waterloo, "Designing for Security"
2017 — Kara Martin, Dalhousie University, "Cycling urban design and implementation"
2016 — Scott Bordon, Dalhousie University, "Multi-modalism in Vancouver"
2015 — Heidi Hindrichs, Dalhousie University, "A Study of Water Planning in the Netherlands"
2014 — Riannon McVay, Dalhousie University 

2019 — Amanda McCulley, University of Waterloo, "Redefining "house poor": Evaluating housing for the disabled in the Waterloo Region"
2018 — Sarah Lumley, Queen's University, "Bridging the Gap Between Disaster/Emergency Management and Urban Planning in Vancouver Island Communities"
2017 — Robert Catherall, University of British Columbia, "Planning for the Innovation Economy in Vancouver: Lessons from Seattle and San Francisco"
2016 — Emily Gray, University of British Columbia, "Finding Safer Places: Building Natural Disaster Resilience through Open Spaces"
2015 — Anthony Dionigi, York University, "Achieving equity in public transit planning: A critical assessment of Markham, Ontario's VivaNext Rapidway"
2014 — Will Gregory, Dalhousie University, “Who Lives Downtown? Tracking demographic change in downtown Halifax, 1951-2011”

2019 — Amanda McCulley, University of Waterloo
2018 — Hayley N. Wasylycia, University of Alberta

2019 — Emma MacEachern, Dalhousie University

2019 — Leena Lamontagne-Dupuis, Queen’s University
 

2019 — Felipe Canavera and Hayley N. Wasylycia, University of Alberta