The Wilhelm Cohnstaedt Social Justice Award will support a graduate student in the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design or the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies whose research focuses on the principles of social justice and issues of human rights, equality, equity and inclusion. Priority will be given to research that involves a form of creative work (such as digital media, film, performance, visual arts and creative writing), or research that is committed to knowledge dissemination with potential impact beyond academia.
The Wilhelm Cohnstaedt Social Justice Award honours the Jewish journalist and editor Wilhelm Cohnstaedt, who was active in the government and politics in the Weimer Republic between 1918 and 1933. He resigned from the editorial board of the Frankfurter Zeitung after refusing to write a compromising editorial about Adolf Hitler's appointment as Chancellor. He fled Germany minutes ahead of the Storm Troopers and with the support of the editor of the New York Times, he lived in exile in the USA until his suicide in 1937. An English translation of his travel letters, Western Canada 1909, from the Frankfurter Zeitung was published by the Canadian Plains Research Centre in 1976.
- $2,500 (Subject to change)
- Continuing graduate (Master's or doctoral) student in the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design or the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
- Student research must focus on on the principles of social justice and issues of human rights, equality, equity and inclusion
- November 20
How to Apply
Students must submit the following through the Award Submission Portal:
- A completed Award Application Form (.pdf); the applicant's statement of research should describe how their research focuses on the principles of social justice and issues of human rights, equality, equity and inclusion, and its impact beyond academia through a form of creative work or knowledge dissemination activities;
Award Period (when the award will be paid)
- When a successful applicant is notified.