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University of Ottawa professor receives Killam Research Fellowship
February 21, 2008 —
Pierre Anctil, director of the Canadian Studies Institute and a professor in the Department of History is one of 10 Canadian scientific researchers recently awarded a Killam Research Fellowship, valued at $70,000, as a result of the 41st annual competition administered by the Canada Council for the Arts.
A specialist in Canadian Jewish Studies, Professor Anctil received the fellowship in anthropology in order to further his research efforts in regards to Yiddish poet Jacob-Isaac Segal.
“It is a great honour to be awarded this prize and is an exceptional opportunity for a professor to be able to focus on his research effort on a full-time basis,” says Professor Anctil. “The origins of Canadian diversity are a particular interest of mine. The migratory waves at the turn of the 20th century were among the most significant in Canada. The linguistic and cultural offerings of those immigrants were very rich. Among individuals who arrived during this period, there were many writers, particularly the Montreal-based poet Jacob-Isaac Segal, who published 12 Yiddish poetry books, a language that has become relatively inaccessible to Canadians.”
The Canadian Council for the Arts’ Killam Research Fellowships are among the most prestigious fellowships in Canada. They allow Canada’s premier researchers to focus on their research on a full-time basis, for a two-year period.
These fellowships were made possible by a bequest from Dorothy J. Killam and a gift she made before her death in 1965. The awards support scholars engaged in research projects of outstanding merit in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering and interdisciplinary studies within these fields. The fellowships are awarded to the individual recipients, but the funds are paid to and administered by universities or research institutes. The recipients are chosen by the Killam Selection Committee, which comprises 14 eminent scientists and scholars representing a broad range of disciplines.