Edward M. W. Gibson Fellowship in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of the Gibson Fellowship is to offer financial assistance to and recognize community service by an outstanding PhD student enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) with a research focus on the urban landscape of Canada as viewed through the humanities and liberal arts. Candidates should have a demonstrated history of community service, volunteerism, and/or good citizenship.
  2. Only one Gibson Fellowship is available annually. Gibson Fellows are eligible for a renewal of the Gibson Fellowship, contingent on their continued progress, for a maximum of four years of funding. Only one student will be eligible to hold a Gibson Fellowship at any given time. 
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic at the graduate level;
    2. full-time registration to enter or continue at SFU in a doctoral program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    3. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality, and an interdisciplinary perspective in the student's approach to problem solving;
    4. a proposal which outlines the problems/issues the student hopes to identify and solve during their term as a Gibson Fellow;
    5. a field of study with a research focus on the urban landscape of Canada as viewed through the humanities and liberal arts; and,
    6. demonstrated evidence of volunteerism, community involvement and/or good citizenship.
  4. All qualified applicants will be considered, however preference will be given to students who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada and to doctoral students enrolled in the Departments of History, Political Science, or English. If, in the future, Philosophy and the Urban Studies Program establish doctoral degree programs, these too will be eligible for preferential consideration.
  5. Applications for the Gibson Fellowship should be received on GA3 and reviewed by the Office of the Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Science. Required documents include:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed;
    2. a letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work;
    3. a second letter of reference providing evidence of volunteerism and/or good citizenship; 
    4. a curriculum vitae summarizing scholastic achievements and work relevant to the aims of this fellowship; and
    5. a brief letter from the candidate outlining their academic goals and why they believe a Gibson Fellowship will help them achieve those aspirations. 
  6. Students must be nominated for the Gibson Fellowship by the Associate Dean, FASS, and the FASS Awards Committee. The Associate Dean, FASS, and the FASS Awards Committee will review proposals from eligible PhD students and will forward their recommendation to the Dean, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows.
  7. The completed nomination and all supporting documentation must be received by the office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows.
  8. If a suitable candidate is not identified or if the student become ineligible for additional disbursements, the fellowship may be awarded to a new Gibson Fellow in a subsequent term.
  9. The fellowship will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination of the Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Revised: March 2017 / GESR219


The Gibson Fellows Research Stipend

There may be additional funds for research or travel expenses for the Gibson Fellow. This additional stipend is described separately from the Gibson Fellowship to emphasize the importance Dr. Edward Gibson placed on field work and travel in the development of a PhD thesis.

This additional funding will be available only to the Gibson Fellow each year to help cover ancillary costs and expenses for field work such as:

  • travel relating to their research
  • conference attendance/ participation
  • library, archive and other fees and disbursements
  • other items, uses and purposes relevant to field work may be considered

Unused research stipend may be reallocated back to the endowment principal or carried forward for not more than one year in anticipation of significant expenses for fieldwork. 

Application must be made by the Gibson Fellow by emailing grad_finance@sfu.ca and sending an itemized budget for field work which has been approved and signed by the faculty supervisor.


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