Nobleman Scholar Program

Established in 2017 by Dorothy Hollingsworth, alumnus of Western University, to honour her husband, William (Bill) Nobleman, founding director of Canada’s National History Society (Canada’s History), the Nobleman Scholars program was created in 2017 to provide internships at Canada’s History for students from Western University.

Canada’s History invites qualified candidates at the graduate level to apply for a four-month paid internship of $10,500 for work with Canada’s History over the period May – August 2021. This position is based in Winnipeg, MB; however, telecommuting / remote work will be considered due to COVID-19.

The 2021 Nobleman Scholar will be selected by Canada’s History according to the following criteria:

  • Western University graduate students who are completing or who have completed within the past two years a Master’s degree in public history, history, or education. Preference will be given to public history students.
  • Students should show a strong commitment and interest to sharing Canadian history with the public through a combination of work experience, volunteer experience, and scholarly pursuits.
  • Candidates must be Canadian citizens and have demonstrated strong academic excellence in their undergraduate and graduate careers and relevant participation in extracurricular activity on or off campus with potential to make a contribution to Canada’s History.

Students will develop an original digital history project on an important aspect of Canadian history that they will complete as part of their internship. The successful candidate will develop their project proposal in more detail with Canada’s History if successful. Applicants are requested to submit the following material:

  • a letter of application which outlines their aspirations and signature project proposal;
  • a CV or resume describing their qualifications and experience;
  • transcripts of their undergraduate and graduate courses; and
  • contact information for two references.

Applications can be sent with subject line “Nobleman Scholar 2021” to the attention of Brooke Campbell, Acting Director of Programs, Canada’s History at on or before March 15, 2021. Please use a personal email server (Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) to send your application, as we are unable to receive email from the Western University server.

Please note: If candidates choose to complete the internship in Winnipeg, they must be willing to provide their own transportation to and from Winnipeg and establish their own living arrangements. 

A proud Canadian, Bill Nobleman believed strongly in the importance of seeing Canada and knowing its history. He shared this passion throughout his career, first as a teacher and principal, then as publisher of two national magazines, Saturday Night and Monday Morning.

His public service included roles as a school board trustee in Toronto, and several positions with the federal Progressive Conservative party, including Director of Policy and Research.

Later, as a co-founder and tour leader of Know the World Tour Organizerslink opens in new window, he regularly amazed clients with his vast knowledge of the interplay between world and Canadian history, especially military history.

As a volunteer, he was a founder of Canada’s National History Society, where he served on the inaugural board of directors and was instrumental in establishing the first national award for history teachers.

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