THE SCOTTISH STUDIES FOUNDATION is a registered charitable organization dedicated to advancing the study of Scottish history and culture, including its many Canadian dimensions. In 2004 we endowed the landmark Scottish Studies Foundation Chair of Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph — the acclaimed academic centre in North America for research, graduate training, and teaching on Scottish history and culture. We also support students through Scottish Studies scholarships and sponsor conferences and cultural events. Please click here for information on how you can join our active community and support our cause.

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The Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph invites you to an online lecture from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday, November 3, 2022. The lecture will be given by Professor Fiona Edmonds who will draw on highlights from her book Gaelic Influence in the Northumbrian Kingdom: The Golden Age and the Viking Age. Details here.

A recording of the third in our 2022–2023 series of online Zoom Talks is now available. The talk took take place on Saturday, September 17, 2022,when Andrew Jones PhD presented The Revival of Evangelicalism — Mission and Piety in the Victorian Church of Scotland. Details here.

Having completed the funding of the Digital Archive Room at the University of Guelph, our focus now shifts to the funding of in-course scholarships for Scottish Studies students. More information here.

We are delighted that Dr. Kevin James has been appointed to the position of Scottish Studies Foundation Chair and Director of the Centre for Scottish Studies in the Department of History at the University of Guelph, effective June 1, 2020. The position was endowed by the Scottish Studies Foundation in 2004. More information here.

Back issues of our newsletter have been posted here.


The Sept/Oct 2011 issue of History Scotland featured an article about the early days of the Foundation co-authored by SSF Directors, John B. McMillan and David Hunter. A transcript is available here.

After performing over 200 shows around the world about Canadian authors, Douglas Gibson and his tech savvy wife Jane have produced this new 65-minute online show featuring many of Anthony Jenkins' caricatures of the selected fiction writers Douglas brings to the screen. A recording of the talk has been posted here.

We are pleased to announce that a new award has been established in memory of Duncan Campbell—one of our longest serving board members. The Duncan Campbell Memorial Travel Grant is a graduate award for part-time or full-time students registered in a masters or doctoral program in the University of Guelph's Department of History and who are pursuing travel to Scotland for Scottish-related research. The award will provide students with $1,000 per year for five years. Details here.