Scholarship Opportunity for Canadians at the University of Aberdeen

21 10 2011

I thought I would bring the following scholarship opportunity to your attention.

Justice Bertha Wilson Scholarships (one UG and one Doctoral) – open to citizens of Canada liable to overseas tuition rates with preference given to members of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples. The UG scholarship will cover tuition fees and is open to Canadian citizens studying either Philosophy or Law. The Doctoral scholarship will cover tuition fees plus £6,000 per annum in maintenance for a Canadian citizen undertaking research on any topic associated with Canada, Scottish-Canadian relations and/or Scots in Canada (in particular, to research in any aspect of the Law or First Nations).

Madam Justice Wilson

Bertha Wilson was the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.  Her appointment coincided with an important change in the Canadian constitution, namely, the insertion of a bill of rights guaranteeing gender equality. As a result, she had to rule on many gender-related issues during her years on the high court.

According the SCC website:

Bertha Wilson was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, on September 18, 1923. She is the daughter of Archibald Wernham and Christina Noble. She attended the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and graduated with an M.A. in 1944. She continued her education at the Training College for Teachers in Aberdeen, obtaining her diploma in 1945. She married the Reverend John Wilson in December 1945 and they emigrated to Canada in 1949. In 1955 she enrolled at Dalhousie University to study law, and three years later she completed her LL.B. and was called to the bar of Nova Scotia. In 1959 she was called to the bar of Ontario and practised law in Toronto with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt for 16 years. She was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1975 and to the Supreme Court of Canada on March 4, 1982. She served on the Supreme Court for eight years and retired on January 4, 1991. Justice Wilson died on April 28, 2007, at the age of 84.

Aberdeen is a centre of excellence in Canadian studies in the UK, with a particular focus on relations between Scotland and Canada. This looks like a great opportunity for a student.



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