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James Robinson Johnston Graduate Entrance Scholarship for African Canadians

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Scholarship at a glance

Value: $15,000 per year for up to two years (master's) or $19,000 per year for up to three years (PhD)
Scholarship type: Entrance
Degree level: All master's or doctoral
Available to: Self-identifying African-Canadian students
Renewable: Yes


James R. Johnston was the first member of the Nova Scotia African Canadian Community to graduate in Law from Dalhousie University in 1898, and he played a very active public, professional and community role throughout his short life. The James Robinson Johnston Graduate Entrance Scholarship is supported by the Endowment for the James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, which was established in July 1996 " bring Black culture, reality, perspectives, experiences and concerns into the Academy." 

In the spirit of James Robinson Johnston, who believed that the best interests of African Canadians would be served through education, Dalhousie University each year offers a renewable graduate-level scholarship to a promising African Canadian student, providing them the opportunity to pursue master’s or doctoral studies in their program of choice.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be a self-identifying African Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has been accepted into or applied for a master’s or doctoral program.

  • Applications are particularly encouraged from students whose program of study has the potential to contribute to African Canadian community enhancement and advancement.

  • If you hold any other scholarships, the JRJ Graduate Entrance Scholarship will be considered a “top-up award” to your other sources of funding. The total amounts you receive will not exceed $20,000 per academic year for master’s programs and $30,000 per academic year for doctoral programs.

Application overview

  1. Applications for this award are submitted as part of the Harmonized Scholarship Process, in which numerous FGS-managed scholarships are applied for with one application.

  2. You must apply for admission into your desired graduate program before applying for the JRJ Graduate Entrance Scholarship.

  3. A self-identification form must be completed along with the online application form.