The Humanitarian Response Network of Canada (HRN) is a vibrant community of practice made of 32 Canadian humanitarian organizations. The HRN seeks to share lessons learned with the view to strengthen the quality and efficiency of humanitarian action by creating a conversation around key humanitarian policy issues and practices.


To support these efforts, the HRN is running a pilot program to provide six grants of $2,500 each to support graduate student research on issues relating to humanitarian policy and practice, including, but not limited to, research on:

·         Themes emerging from the World Humanitarian Summit

·         Gender and emergencies

·         Disability and inclusion in emergencies

·         Education during emergencies

·         Innovation in humanitarian practice


. This pilot program is open to registered graduate students at one of the following institutions:


·         Carleton University

·         Université du Québec à Montréal

·         York University


Successful applicants would not only receive financial support, but would be invited to Ottawa to present elements of their research to the members of the research and policy community prior to December 2017. Additional support from HRN will cover reasonable costs relating to travel to Ottawa. Applicants may also indicate other forms of support from Members of the HRN that could contribute to their research.


Interested students should complete the application form (below), and send the application form, confirmation of enrolment in a graduate program at one of the three participating universities and a cover letter, confirming your willingness to travel to Ottawa to present your research prior to December 2017.


Applications are due by 4pm on 21 November 2016, and should be sent to the following contacts:


·         Carleton University:                           James Milner (

·         Université du Québec à Montréal:     François Audet (

·         York University:                                 Jennifer Hyndman (


Questions relating to the application should also be sent to the above contacts.

Find the HRN Research Grant application here.  hrn-research-grants_application-form_final