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Scholarships & Bursaries

Each year, the CIP/ICU Planning Student Trust Fund (CIP-PSTF) offers scholarships and bursaries to CIP student members who are enrolled full-time in accredited Canadian planning programs. This financial support assists students by defraying the costs incurred in their studies.



Students must submit an outline of a project (e.g. thesis, practicum, major research paper, etc.) that has been proposed or is in progress, and that has a target completion date within the current school year. A project will be judged on the basis of its potential contribution to the planning profession (in theory or practice), or its potential service to a community or community group. Scholarship recipients must agree to submit a copy of their project to CIP-PSTF upon completion and must consent to having the work published in whole or in part by CIP-PSTF and/or CIP.

Scholarship Amount Level of Study Project theme Submissions
CIP President’s Scholarship $6,000.00 Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD Not specified
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Dillon Consulting Limited Scholarship $5,000.00 Master’s or PhD Not specified
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Wayne Daniel Smith Scholarship $4,500.00 Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD
community planning
Deadline: February 28, 2020
College of Fellows Travel Scholarship $4,000.00 Bachelor’s (final year) Travel to study innovative, leading-edge planning projects
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Thomas Adams Scholarship $3,000.00 Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD Not specified
Deadline: February 28, 2020


While specific projects are not requirements for submissions, applicants must demonstrate their need for financial assistance to support their education, as evidenced by government student loan documents or equivalent justification. Members of an equity-seeking group (women, individuals who are members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and individuals of non-heterosexual orientation or gender identity) are asked to self-identify.

Bursary Amount Level of Study Area of study Submissions
David Palubeski Bursary $3,000.00

For 2020: Bachelor’s
(For 2021: Master’s)

Small and medium sized communities Deadline: February 28, 2020
Ted Fobert and Robert Tennant Planning Merit Bursary $3,000.00 Master’s or PhD
Community building
and municipal planning
Deadline: February 28, 2020
John Bousfield Bursary $3,000.00 Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD Innovation in urban
design/land use planning
Deadline: February 28, 2020
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Meet our 2019 Scholarship and Bursary Recipients

List of Recent Recipients

CIP Centenary Student Award (One-time Award)

2019 - Felipe Canavera and Hayley N. Wasylycia, University of Alberta

CIP President’s Scholarship

2019 - Kacia Tolsma, Simon Fraser University,  "How Can Public Engagement Facilitate Green Infrastructure Implementation? A Case Study in Still Creek, Vancouver"
2018 - Emily Halldorson, University of Manitoba, "Transitional Housing for Criminalized Indigenous Women: Justice and Reconciliation in Planning"
2017 - Kai Okazaki, University of British Columbia, "Addressing Barriers to Inclusive Climate Action: Planning for Immigrants in Metro Vancouver"
2016 - Chloe Boyle, Simon Fraser University, "An Evaluation of the social and ecological benefits of an urban stream restoration project"
2015 - Abdoul-Kader Mahamadou, Université de Laval, "L'influence de l'environnement bâti et du transport sur l'interaction sociale des enfants à Québec"
2014 - Kara Fisher, McGill University, “Cycling Through Winter: Exploring innovative design principles and practices to support all season bicycle commuting for Winnipeg and Winter Cities worldwide”

Dillon Consulting Scholarship

2019 - Erinn Lee, University of Guelph, "From Policy to Implementation: Expanding the Agricultural Phosphorus Management Toolkit in the Lake Erie Basin"
2018 - Waverley Sunday Birch, University of Waterloo, "Effects of Land Use and Land Cover Change on Ecosystem Functionality"
2017 - Zoë Mager, York University, "Planning with Indigenous Peoples: Meaningful Municipal Consultation and Engagement as a Key Part of Reconciliation"
2016 - Tyler Carlson, Simon Fraser University, "Formulating Forest Policies with the ‘Namgis Nation: Lessons from First Nations land use planning across British Columbia"
2015 - Ryan Segal, University of Manitoba, "Playfinding: Child-Friendly Wayfinding as a Tool for Children's Independent Mobility in Downtown Winnipeg"
2014 - Kyle Miller, University of Toronto, “The First Evaluation of Toronto's Church Street Parklets”

Wayne Daniel Smith Scholarship

2019 - Jessica Brodeur, Ryerson University, "Community Energy Planning in Ontario and British Columbia: Climate Action at a Municipal Planning Scale"
2018 - Edward Donato, University of Waterloo, "Electric Bicycle Mobility of Older Adults in Canadian Cities"
2017 - Zoi de la Peña, York University, "Planning Equitable Public Parks"
2016 - Jeff Lemon, Simon Fraser University, "Land-based Aquaculture: A Strategic Opportunity for Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Community Development"
2015 - Jake Papineau, Dalhousie University, "Assessing sustainable building technologies from a First Nations perspective"
2014 - Sarah Nielsen, Queen's University, “Get Moving to School: Comparing influences on the potential for active school travel in a large urban centre in Western Canada"

College of Fellows Travel Scholarship

2019 - Meredith Baldwin, Dalhousie University, "All Together Now: How Three Innovative Communities are Addressing Climate Change"
2018 - Ellen McGowan, University of Waterloo, "Designing for Security"
2017 - Kara Martin, Dalhousie University, "Cycling urban design and implementation"
2016 - Scott Bordon, Dalhousie University, "Multi-modalism in Vancouver"
2015 - Heidi Hindrichs, Dalhousie University, "A Study of Water Planning in the Netherlands"
2014 - Riannon McVay, Dalhousie University 

Thomas Adams Scholarship

2019 - Amanda McCulley, University of Waterloo, "Redefining "house poor": Evaluating housing for the disabled in the Waterloo Region"
2018 - Sarah Lumley, Queen's University, "Bridging the Gap Between Disaster/Emergency Management and Urban Planning in Vancouver Island Communities"
2017 - Robert Catherall, University of British Columbia, "Planning for the Innovation Economy in Vancouver: Lessons from Seattle and San Francisco"
2016 - Emily Gray, University of British Columbia, "Finding Safer Places: Building Natural Disaster Resilience through Open Spaces"
2015 - Anthony Dionigi, York University, "Achieving equity in public transit planning: A critical assessment of Markham, Ontario's VivaNext Rapidway"
2014 - Will Gregory, Dalhousie University, “Who Lives Downtown? Tracking demographic change in downtown Halifax, 1951-2011”

David Palubeski Bursary

2019 - Amanda McCulley, University of Waterloo
2018 - Hayley N. Wasylycia, University of Alberta

John Bousfield Bursary 

2019 - Emma MacEachern, Dalhousie University

Ted Fobert and Robert Tennant Planning Merit Bursary 

2019 - Leena Lamontagne-Dupuis, Queen’s University