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.

Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, all in-person events are on hold until further notice. We will be posting frequent updates as the situation develops.

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.

We invite you join us online via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 6 when we present the first in a series of talks on a variety of topics of interest to Scots worldwide and which will allow "attendees" to participate and to ask questions. Details here.

Representatives of the Scottish Studies Foundation are pictured above at the launch of the University of Guelph's Digitization Room which the Foundation heped fund. Read more about our activities over the past year in the Annual Endowment Report.

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.

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.

This new book edited by Janay Nugent and Elizabeth Ewan counters traditional assumptions that young people are peripheral to our understanding of the political, economic, and social contexts of the premodern era. Details here.