The Tree Canada Urban Forestry Student Bursary

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Guidelines for the Tree Canada Urban Forestry Student Bursary Application (formerly the Craig Huff Award)

Applications for 2020 awards are now open. Deadline to submit is has been extended to May 30, 2020. 

Applications are now open for the Tree Canada Urban Forestry Student Bursary. The bursary is made biennially at the Canadian Urban Forest Conference (CUFC).

The Tree Canada Urban Forestry Student Bursary is available to post-secondary school students in Canada who have a strong interest in and dedication for urban forestry as demonstrated by their academic, volunteerism and extra-curricular activities.  The bursary will pay the hotel, travel, meals and registration expenses for a full-time student to attend the Canadian Urban Forest Conference, held every two years in Canada. The approximate value of the bursary is $2,000.00.

Applications should address the significant involvement of the individual in urban forestry related education, volunteerism and extra-curricular activities and will be evaluated on demonstrated interaction with the urban forest community and related activities, formal and informal academic studies and the quality of the reference.

Applications shall be made in writing (submitted online) and include:

  • A completed online application form (below)
  • A recent CV with relevant experiences noted
  • A personal essay (described in application form below)
  • Proof of full-time status (i.e. copy of student ID card)
  • Reference letter from a teacher, a professor, former employer or supervisor attesting to the students’ dedication to urban forestry in an academic and/or urban forestry community activity capacity.

Review Committee:

A Review Committee will consist of selected representatives from Tree Canada, the Canadian Urban Forest Network Steering Committee, ISA Canadian Chapters and the Society of Municipal Arborists.

Eligibility and Conditions:

  • Open to all full-time students registered at a Canadian University, college or CÉGEP (undergraduate or graduate).
  • Applications can be made on this online form only.
  • Applications should be made by the student themselves.
  • For the purpose of this award urban forestry is considered as including trees, woodlands, forests, natural green space and green infrastructure in an urban or peri-urban setting.
  • All applications are treated as confidential by the Review Committee.
  • Applications will be accepted in English or French.

*Working definitions of terms for the purposes of these awards:

Natural green space: Defined as a network of public and private assets with or without public access, in urban and rural locations, for example, urban forests and woodlots; wetlands, ravines, waterways and riparian zones in the absence of built infrastructure (buildings, playgrounds, soccer fields etc.)

Green infrastructure: Defined as the natural vegetative systems that collectively provide society with a multitude of economic, environmental and social benefits. This includes: urban forests and woodlots; wetlands, ravines, waterways and riparian zones; meadows and agricultural lands; urban agriculture; parks, gardens, turf, and landscaped area.

Peri-urban: areas (also called suburban areas) are described as the landscape interface between town and country, or also as the rural—urban transition zone where urban and rural uses mix and often clash.

Questions may be directed to:

Tree Canada
Please use CUFA AWARDS in the subject line.

If the nominee or nominator has not heard by the July 1st, 2020, they should consider that the application has been unsuccessful and they are welcome to re-apply in 2022.

Applicants and nominators are reminded that the decision of the Review Committee is final and cannot be challenged and correspondence will not be entered into.