The Emma Kaufmann Scholarship

The Emma Kaufman Scholarship is an award of approximately $10,000 for extended studies or learning outside of Canada. It is given out occasionally, as funds permit, by the Centre for Christian Studies.

Background of the Scholarship

The Kaufman Scholarship was established in 1945 by Emma R. Kaufman as an expression of her very deep concern that women have the opportunity of experiencing a different culture and come to know what it meant to be a world citizen. Miss Kaufman spent much of her career in Japan, and was a founder of the Japanese Y.W.C.A. For many years she was an active Executive of the World’s Y.W.C.A. These global experiences cemented in her mind the importance for Canadians, and especially for Canadian women, to have international experience.

Initially the scholarship was only available to university graduates, but in 1970, the terms were broadened to include non-university graduates as well. At the same time, Miss Kaufman expressed her desire that a strong preference be given to women applicants, allowing however, that if there were no suitable women, it could be awarded to a man. Miss Kaufman also indicated her preference that the award be given to a Christian and to someone with a commitment to a theology of social justice.

Emma Kaufman died March 1, 1979 at the age of 97.

Terms of the Trust

A scholarship for study or a learning experience

  • outside of Canada or The United States
  • for an extended period of time
  • awarded to someone with a university degree or demonstrated equivalency
  • applicants must demonstrate commitment to a theology of social justice
  • preference will be given to women applicants

Application form can be downloaded from the CCS website.

Deadline for application: November 1, 2012

Centre for Christian Studies
The Awards Working Group
c/o tdodd@ccsonline.ca