The C. Thomas Shay Scholarship in Anthropology

C. Thomas Shay received his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Anthropology with a minor in Botany. During his graduate work he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study palynology and archaeology at the Danish National Museum. Both his later MA and Ph.D. research combined his interest in botany with his fascination for archaeology. After two years at Colorado State University, he joined the Department of Anthropology at the University of Manitoba in 1967. Until his retirement in 1993, he taught a wide range of anthropology and archaeology courses. On the occasion of his retirement, colleagues, friends and students of Tom Shay established a scholarship in his honour, to be awarded annually to anthropology graduate students at the University of Manitoba.

Eligibility Criteria 

  1. Full-time graduate students in Anthropology who have normally completed the majority of their course requirements, and are pursuing thesis research for their M.A. or Ph.D. degrees;
  2. Their research is to be carried out within (or at least relevant to) the prairie and boreal forest regions of Manitoba and surrounding provinces and states. Although preference will be given to students wishing to undertake research in archaeology, the award is also open to students in physical and cultural anthropology;
  3. A grade point average of at least 3.0 for the last 12 credit hours completed;
  4. Contributor to Anthropology, such as publications and volunteer work, will also be considered.

The number of awards will be determined by the selection committee. If the committee deems that no appropriate candidate has applied, it may choose not to confer the award. The award is not automatically renewable although previous award recipients are encouraged to reapply. In their reapplication, they must state how the previous award enhanced their research.

Candidates will be required to submit an application that will consist of:

  1. Shay Application Form
  2. Two academic letters of reference from a professor from a post-secondary institution. Ensure that your reference letters are submitted in a sealed and signed envelope from your referee.
  3. A curriculum vitae that includes the following information
     a. Educational  background
     b. Relevant experience
     c. Publications
     d. Other professional activities
     e. Community service
  4. Research Proposal three pages maximum that includes:
    a. Objectives and their relationship to existing research and literature;
    b. The theoretical/conceptual framework guiding the research and, where applicable, the research hypotheses;
    c. (if appropriate) study area or group in terms of location, size, environment, etc., and a map;
    d. Time period of interest;
    e. Materials or data to be studied including sample sizes;
    f. Methods of analysis;
    g. Current status of the research and a timetable for its completion;
    h. Citations to the literature in your proposal and attach a list of references cited;
    i. An explanation of how the thesis will enhance understanding of the cultures and/or ecological relationships of past and/or present peoples of the prairies and/or boreal forest of Manitoba and/or surrounding provinces and states.

If you are using human subjects as part of your research, you must contact the Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects.

Value for 2016-17: up to $12,100

Application Deadline: April 28, 2017, 4:00pm

Shay Application Form