THE FIRST OFFERING OF THIS AWARD WILL BE FOR THE 2018-2019 ACADEMIC YEAR - THIS DATABASE ENTRY WILL BE UPDATED WITH COMPETITION DETAILS SUCH AS APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINE WHEN THE 2018-2019 COMPETITION BEGINS
Dr. Sonja I. Bata, O.C. is a leader in the fields of business, education, culture and the environment. Dr. Bata is Chairman of the Bata Shoe Foundation, Founder of the Bata Shoe Museum, former Chairman of the National Design Council and Honorary Chairman of the World Wildlife Fund and Honourary Captain of the Canadian Navy.
Dr. Bata has a particular interest in the material culture of the Circumpolar region. In view of this interest, Dr. Bata has established an endowment fund at the University of Manitoba with an initial gift of $150,000 in 2016. The purpose of the fund and Scholarships is to stimulate Arctic research related to material culture, with "material culture research" defined as documenting the meaning, traditions, and values revealed in the making, interpreting, preservation, or history (including that in the distant past), of the physical evidence (objects and architecture) of a culture's heritage; and with "Arctic" defined as including and north of the continuous Permafrost, in Canada and throughout the Circumpolar region.
Beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year, the available annual income from the fund will be used to offer one or more scholarships to graduate students who:
(1) are enrolled full-time in any Master's or Ph.D. program offered through the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba or any other accredited Canadian university, pursuing studies related to material culture;
(2) have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on the previous 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study;
(3) demonstrate innovative thinking;
( 4) demonstrate a sense of community responsibility.
Students may be studying in any field, including but not limited to: Anthropology, Environmental Studies, History, Native Studies, Fine Arts, Archival Studies, Engineering, or any of the natural sciences as they relate to artifact preservation (including geochemical characterization and DNA analysis).
The selection committee will have the discretion to determine the number and value of the scholarships based on the available income from the fund.
The Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or designate) will organize the naming of the selection committee for this award.