The Frances E. Russell Grant was established by the late Marjorie Russell in memory of her sister, a long-time supporter of IBBY Canada. The $1,000 grant is intended “to initiate and encourage research in young people’s literature in all its forms” and is given in support of research for a publishable work (a book or a paper) on Canadian children’s literature.
The grant supports scholarly work only; works of fiction are not eligible. The types of works that are eligible for the grant include:
The following materials are required: a proposal, a curriculum vitae, a synopsis of methods and stages by which the applicant will pursue the research, and a summary of what the funds are to be used for. Within a year of receiving the grant, the recipient will submit a report for inclusion in the IBBY Canada newsletter. The competition is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
The deadline for proposals, which may be submitted in English or in French, is January 15, 2021.
Please send proposals as e-mail attachments to: Deirdre Baker, Frances E. Russell Grant Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals can also be sent by mail to:
c/o The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Suite 200, 425 Adelaide Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3C1
Attention: Deirdre Baker, Frances E. Russell Grant Chair
A jury, appointed by IBBY Canada, will select the successful applicant.
*Françoise Lepage (1946-2010) It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Françoise Lepage, recipient of the Russell Grant in 2001. Françoise taught children’s literature in the University of Ottawa’s French Department. Her children’s novel Poupeska won the 2006 Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature and was a finalist for the 2006 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature. Her award-winning Histoire de la litterature pour la jeunesse: Quebec et francophonies du Canada was published in 2000, followed by her Dictionnaire des auteurs et des illustrateurs.