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The Tree Canada Urban Forestry Student Bursary


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

Applications are now closed for 2018. 

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 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
  • A personal essay
  • 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: Spaces that can be identified as a natural or somewhat naturally occurring eco-system including: urban forests and woodlots; wetlands, ravines, waterways and riparian zones; and meadows.

Green infrastructure: Green infrastructure is 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: Peri-urban areas (also called rurban space, outskirts or the hinterland) are defined by the structure resulting from the process of peri-urbanisation. It can be 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:

Dr. Adrina C. Bardekjian, Manager Urban Forestry Programs & Research Development, Tree Canada
abardekjian(at)treecanada.ca
Please use CUFAWARDS2018 in the subject line.

If the nominee or nominator has not heard by the July 1st, 2018, they should consider that the application has been unsuccessful and they are welcome to re-apply in 2020.

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.

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Tree Canada Urban Forestry Student Bursary

Questions may be directed to:
Dr. Adrina C. Bardekjian, Manager Urban Forestry Programs & Research Development, Tree Canada
abardekjian(at)treecanada.ca
Please use CUFAWARDS2018 in the subject line

Applications are now closed for 2018.

Thank you to all of our applicants.

Successful recipients will be announced in
June 2018.