Scholarships and Awards

External Award: David Suzuki Fellowships

January 17, 2019

This year’s research theme is innovation and impact. The David Suzuki Foundation is looking for scholars to share their brightest, most effective and creative ideas to solve the greatest environmental challenges. Research themes should be related to the work of the David Suzuki Foundation. 

Fellowships of $30,000 to $50,000 (commensurate with education level attained and experience) plus research and travel budget are available to:

  • Master’s or PhD graduates (any discipline) or Indigenous candidates (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) with a bachelor’s degree and/or significant related lived experience in connection with community
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are bilingual in French


  • Received master’s degree or PhD (any discipline) prior to start of fellowship
  • First Nations, Inuit or Métis applicants must have completed a bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degree and/or have significant lived experience in connection to community, culture and traditional ecological knowledge
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are bilingual in French and English


Successful applicants will be inspiring environmental leaders who embody David Suzuki’s solutions-focused scientific curiosity, research excellence, ability to bring clarity to complex issues and dedication to motivating people to take action for the planet.


The application process is a four-stage process: 1) research idea exploration, 2) detailed research proposal, 3) phone interview and 4) in-person interview. 

The first stage is now open and closes on February 1, 2019. 
Applicants selected to move to the next stage will be notified in February 2019.


  • CV including list of publications, grants, experience, presentations, etc. (max two pages)
  • Letter of interest (max 1,000 words). This must include 1) a clearly defined research idea for the fellowship, 2) how proposed research connects to an issue or project that the David Suzuki Foundation currently works on and 3) anticipated impact of research to help solve an environmental challenge

David Suzuki Fellows will spend a year with one foot in academia and the other in learning strategies to get their research the attention it deserves. They’ll make complex issues easy to understand and help motivate people to take action, with mentorship from DSF senior staff and David Suzuki!

For more information, visit the David Suzuki Foundation website.

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