THE SCOTTISH STUDIES FOUNDATION is a registered charitable organization dedicated to advancing the study of Scottish history and culture, including its many Canadian dimensions. We have endowed the landmark Scottish Studies Foundation Chair of Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph — a leading global centre for innovative research in the field. We also support students through scholarships at the University of Guelph, publish the annual scholarly journal International Review of Scottish Studies and sponsor conferences and cultural events. Please click here for information on how you can join our active community and support our cause.

At this time of the year, we would normally be announcing details of the University of Guelph's Annual Scottish Studies Spring Colloquium. However, due to the pandemic, all in-person events have been cancelled and to make up for this, the University's Centre for Scottish Studies has come up with a series of virtual seminars on Zoom, all of which are free and open to the public worldwide. More information 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. For more information and to access a recording of the talk click 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 specifically aimed at assisting students at the undergraduate level. More information here.

The Scottish Studies Foundation is pleased to announce its first Chapbook Competition which is open to everyone worldwide. Writers are invited to submit a manuscript of about 2,000 to 5,000 words on a topic with some Scottish connection. The winner will have their work published in the form of a chapbook and will receive $500 plus 20 copies of the book. Details 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 Foundation co-authored by SSF Directors, John B. McMillan and David Hunter and includes many other items of particlar interest to Canadians. A transcript is available here.

The Department of History and the Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph has announced the establishment of a scholarship to recognize the accomplishments of Professor Elizabeth Ewan (pictured above) who is due to retire from the Department of History at the end of 2020. Details here.

All books in the Guelph series in Scottish Studies are now available for purchase online. Details here.

In remembrance of our former board member, the late Duncan Campbell, we invite you to make a donation to the Scottish Studies Foundation to be used to provide scholarships to students to travel from Canada to Scotland to further their research, or to assist lecturers from Scotland in travelling to Canada. Details here.