Research Impact Canada Engaged Scholarship Award for Graduate Students

Research Impact Canada
February 25, 2024

Research Impact Canada (RIC) is committed to maximizing the impact of research for the public good in communities. RIC aims to develop the capacity for knowledge mobilization and support activities related to the impacts of research in Canada and beyond. The network is dedicated to developing institutional capacity to support creating and assessing the impacts of research, scholarship, and creative activities by developing and sharing best practices, services, and tools.

The RIC Engaged Scholarship Award for graduate students recognizes engaged scholarship (making research with the people who benefit from it), co-creation of knowledge or integrated knowledge translation efforts among graduate students of RIC’s Canadian member institutions, regardless of their discipline.


  • A cash prize of $3,000 CAD for doctoral students and recent doctoral graduates or $2,000 for Masters’ students and recent Masters’ graduates
  • Invitation(s) to present on their engaged research project
  • A post on the RIC website featuring their engaged research project
  • A social media post on LinkedIn and Twitter directing people to the post on the RIC website featuring their engaged research project

How to Apply

To be eligible to apply, the applicant must:

  • Be a graduate student registered at one of RIC’s Canadian academic member institutions, at any stage of their program (Masters or Doctorate candidate), in any discipline, or be a recent graduate (up to 1 year after graduation date) from one of RIC’s Canadian academic member institutions. Click here for the list of eligible institutions.
  • Be leading or have led a significant research project (e.g. research for a thesis or dissertation) following engaged scholarship principles (high quality scholarship, reciprocity, identified community needs, democratization of knowledge, and boundary-crossing) that resulted in increased awareness of targeted audiences or changes in actions, practices, guidelines or policies.

To apply, submit the following through the application online system:

  • A completed online application form
  • An application letter (2 pages maximum)
  • A CV (3 pages maximum)
  • 2 letters of support (2 pages maximum per letter of support)
  1. A letter from project knowledge users, participants, collaborators, or partners describing the importance of your contribution to changes or impact in their actions, practices, guidelines or policies, etc.
  2. A letter from an academic supervisor describing your journey, evolution, lessons

RIC is seeking projects that can demonstrate evidence of integrated knowledge mobilization and/or knowledge user or stakeholder engagement, or public outreach either at the local, regional, national, or international level. The project should provide evidence of increased awareness of targeted audiences beyond academia or changes in actions, practices, guidelines, or policies.

Each application will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance, importance, and clarity of the application
  • Engaged Scholarship
  • Desired/Potential/Promise of impact and outcomes
  • Relevance of lessons learned
  • Contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion

Applicants may submit their application in the official language of their choice – English or French.

For questions or further information, contact Sandy Chan at