Foreign Affairs scales back grants for Canadian Studies at US institutions

April 12, 2012

Canadian Studies departments at some US universities face cutbacks this year with the rollback of a grant program administered by Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, which is facing a $72-million budget cut. Although funding is usually modest -- $11,000 to $15,000 spread out to a dozen projects -- the results they produce are "off the charts," says the associate director of Canadian Studies at the Seattle-based University of Washington. Without the grants, some Canadian Studies departments will have to reconsider program content, cancel special projects, or even admit fewer students. Foreign Affairs is still accepting applications for grant funding, with submissions assessed on a case-by-case basis, says a department spokesperson. With regard to the potential impact on the grant program, the spokesperson says that "details about the measures unveiled in the Budget will be announced over the coming weeks and months." Vancouver Observer