James Robinson Johnston Graduate Entrance Scholarship for African Canadians

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 "...to 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 him or her the opportunity to pursue studies at the graduate level in the arts, sciences, health professions, management, law, dentistry, and medicine.

Applications are received through Dalhousie’s Harmonized Scholarship Process. Applicants wishing to be considered for the JRJ award must include a completed self-identification form and the additional application materials outlined on that form.

Renewal: Current award holders must contact fgs.slo@dal.ca by May 15th to apply for renewal

Eligibility and Award Criteria:

  • Scholarships will be awarded to African Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Masters or Doctoral programs at Dalhousie University.
  • Applicants with first class standing in their last two years of academic study who are intending to pursue studies in any discipline in which Dalhousie offers graduate degrees may apply once they have submitted an application for admission to their intended program of study.
  • Applications may also be submitted by departments for eligible students who have applied or been accepted into a graduate program.
  • While any discipline is eligible, applications are particularly encouraged from students whose program of study has the potential to contribute to African Canadian community enhancement and advancement.
  • The award must be taken up upon commencing the first year of the degree program.
  • Scholarships are awarded at the Masters or Doctoral level.
  • The Master's scholarship is valued at $15,000 for one twelve-month academic year of full-time study. The Award is renewable, subject to an annual progress review (scholarship-class standing required). The Award can be held for a maximum of 24 months of full-time study.
  • The Doctoral scholarship is valued at $19,000 for a twelve-month academic year. The Award is renewable, subject to an annual progress review (scholarship-class standing required). An Award can be held for a maximum of 36 months of full-time study.
  • Fees are not waived and must be paid out of the award.
  • One new award is made each year.
  • Candidates who hold other scholarships of any kind, including scholarships internal and external to Dalhousie University, will receive the James Robinson Johnston Graduate Entrance Scholarship for African Canadians as a "top-up award" to their other scholarship, the total not exceeding $20,000 per academic year for Master's or $30,000 for Doctoral.