Hugh Morris Fellowship

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We will NOT be accepting new applications this year (ie. the 2024/2025 cycle).

About the Fellowship

The Hugh Morris Fellowship supports a graduate student (from any department or discipline) at a Canadian University to undertake a program of self-guided travel and experiential learning in order to explore one of our priority areas of interest:  earth, geology, environment, water, alternative energy, climate change, sustainability, or the social impact, social sciences or design sciences concerned with earth, sustainability or environmental issues. The Foundation will privilege learning programs that seek to ultimately contribute to global sustainability or lead to significant social impact.

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Fellow Testimonials

“The Hugh C. Morris Experiential Fellowship has completely transformed by PhD experience and I can easily say that applying was one of the best decisions I’ve made. The research performed while on my learning program will not only help me to meet my graduation requirements sooner than expected, but it also changed the research topics that I will be defending. This was only possible through support provided by the Kimberley Foundation that allowed me to travel, learn and complete research projects with researchers whose work has inspired me. I’m incredibly excited for the eventual publication of four journal articles that will have only been possible through the Foundation’s support. However, the benefits of the Fellowship do not end there. By allowing me such lengthy laboratory visits, I’ve been able to form meaningful connections with researchers at Osaka University, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Imperial College London, and the National research Council Canada that look set to continue into the future. In fact, these have already transformed into further opportunities as I’ll be visiting Imperial College London again from July to October 2019 to work on another research project that will be included as a chapter in my PhD. If you’re on the fence about applying for the Hugh C. Morris Experiential Learning Fellowship, do it! This is one of the most flexible opportunities for learning that you will come across. If fully taken advantage of, it will completely change the nature of your studies, your network within your field, and the direction of your future career.”  – Kaj Sullivan, Queen’s University, 2019 Fellow.

“My experience as a Hugh C. Morris Fellow was highly beneficial to me, both professionally and personally. I was exposed to a wide range of cutting edge science around the world that will directly impact the quality of my work and hopefully allow me to contribute meaningfully to geothermal energy development in Canada. The experience also helped me to grow as a person, pushing me well beyond my comfort zone as I collaborated with new people in unfamiliar places. This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will be drawing on for guidance and inspiration for many years to come.” – Theron Finley, University of Alberta, 2018 HCM Fellow

“The Hugh C. Morris Experiential Learning Fellowship is an incredible tool for self-empowerment and professional development for those wanting to have a life and career-changing experience that will help them create a positive change in their field of study.” – Neil Fernandes, Queen’s University, 2018 HCM Fellow

Origins of the Fellowship

Born in Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) in 1932, Hugh Morris was a renowned geologist, philanthropist, industry leader, and science supporter. While studying in South Africa in the early 1950’s, Hugh was awarded the Chamber of Mines Gold Medal and Travelling Research Scholarship, which enabled him to travel across North America. On that trip, he visited more than 65% of the continent’s mines and leading research institutions, an experience that profoundly shaped his future.  The Hugh Morris Experiential Learning Fellowship has been created to honour his legacy and inspire the next generation to begin their journey. Where will your journey take you?


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