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- to six-month paid internship with Canada’s History, beginning in May of 2024. This position is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where you will work alongside an experienced team of public historians, journalists, designers, web and social media experts, and not-for-profit professionals. The successful candidate will contribute to print and digital content, assist with digital and web initiatives, and work closely with the program team to support educational resources for teachers and students throughout Canada. There is potential for a remote or hybrid arrangement, with a combination of remote work and travel to Winnipeg. The salary range for this position is $14,000 ̶ $21,000, depending upon the length of the internship.

The 2024 Nobleman Scholar will be selected by Canada’s History according to the following criteria:

  • Western University 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 current public history students.
  • Students should show a strong commitment to and interest in 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 project on an aspect of Canadian history that they will complete as part of their internship. This project could be a written article, a digital project, a webinar series, or the development of learning resources, for example. 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 two-page letter of application that outlines their interests within the organization and project proposal
  • a CV or resume describing their qualifications and experience
  • contact information for two references

Applications can be sent with subject line “Nobleman Scholar 2024” to the attention of Joanna Dawson, Director of Programs, Canada’s History at on or before February 5, 2024. 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: The successful candidate will be responsible for the cost of their travel and/or living arrangements in Winnipeg.

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, and as Senior Advisor to Prime Minister Joe Clark. Later, as a co-founder and tour leader of Know the World Tour Organizers Inc., he regularly inspired 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.