Graduate Scholarships & Awards

Ages Foundation Fellowship & Bursaries


The Ages Foundation Research Fellowship & Bursaries program will allow students to study in a relatively undisturbed, yet highly accessible site in Waterloo Region. Applications that utilize multiple knowledge systems and diverse methodologies will be prioritized. The monetary awards will help ensure successful candidates have the necessary resources to conduct and report on their research at rare.

We support diverse, inclusive and equitable practices and approaches to environmental issues as we work toward meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples (self-identified and status First Nations, Métis & Inuit) of Turtle Island. We encourage applications from Indigenous students utilizing Indigenous and/or Western knowledge systems and methodologies.

We recognize that historical and present-day barriers exist that disadvantage Black, Indigenous, and other People of Colour (BIPOC) pursuing higher education. To support BIPOC graduate students making environmental contributions through science, art, and diverse inquiry, the Ages Foundation Fellowship includes a designated $5,000 BIPOC award.

Area(s) of Study: Unrestricted
Value: $15,000 awarded annually, Top 2 prizes $5,000 and up to 5 bursaries of $1,000 or more


-Must be enrolled as a graduate student in a Canadian or International institution.

-Research or project must occur at least in part between May 2022 and April 2023.

-Research must be environment focused and should utilize rare as a field site, case study, or another form of partnership.

Student Status: Both

Applications Details:

  1. Applications can be submitted until midnight on Friday, April 1st, 2022.
  2. New projects must submit a complete Research and Land Use Application accompanied by Appendix One. Ongoing or continuing projects at rare that have already submitted a Research and Land Use Application need only complete and submit Appendix One to be considered.
  3. Students will be required to provide a final report to rare one year after receiving the scholarship, which includes a list of any presentations or publications of the work to date.
  4. The successful applicant will be notified on or before July 15th, 2022.  The bulk of the prize will be awarded shortly thereafter while the small remainder (up to 25% of the prize, depending on the quantity received) will be awarded by June 2022, upon successful completion of the requirements of the scholarship (including the final report and conference presentation).
  5. The recipient will retain all intellectual property rights.
  6. IMPORTANT NOTE: please submit your application at least four weeks before your anticipated start date. This may mean submitting your application prior to the deadline to ensure your project can start on time.

For more information and the application, visit:

For questions please contact:
Jenna Quinn, Program Scientist


Program Scientist – Research Priorities, Partnerships & Monitoring
rare Charitable Research Reserve

Deadline: April 1