Dobbin Scholarship Programme

Celebrating 20 years and 200 scholarships

For over twenty years, the Dobbin Scholarship Programme, named after Irish-Newfoundlander Craig Dobbin, has made a major contribution to the development of academic and cultural links between Ireland and Canada.

During this time, over 200 Dobbin Scholars from all across Canada and Ireland (see below) have received awards to travel between both countries, conducting research across all academic spheres. Much research has been conducted, many partnerships have been forged, many friendships have been made.

In 2016, with the advent of the James M. Flaherty Scholarship Program, the board of ICUF conducted a review of the Foundation’s range of programs, under the guidance of our Canadian Chairman and donor, Mark Dobbin, and in consultation with the Irish Government (Department of Foreign Affairs / Emigrant Support Programme) which has funded this programme for some years.

It was agreed that the Flaherty Program, with multi annual funding from the Governments of Canada and Ireland, would now take up the gauntlet laid down by the Dobbin Program over 20 years.

All parties were keen that the Dobbin name continue to support scholarship linking Canada and Ireland, and we are pleased to announce that the Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship Program, which will support research exchange between Ireland and the Atlantic provinces of Canada, will shortly open for applications. Details of this program will be announced before the end of November 2016.

In concluding the Dobbin Scholarship Programme, the Board and Executive of ICUF would like to thank all who have supported the Dobbin Scholarships over the past 20 years, in particular Craig Dobbin, Mark Dobbin, and Craig Dobbin Jr, but also all the many sponsors and donors who have supported this work over the years.

We would like to thank the Governments of Canada and Ireland for their support, as well as the teams in the Emigrant Support Programme in Ireland’s Dept of Foreign Affairs, and in Global Affairs Canada, all of whom have worked to support this program over the years.

We would like to thank all our scholars for their outstanding work, and for the links they have made between our two countries which continue to bear fruit. We would finally like to thank all the universities and institutions who have welcomed our scholars, and supported their endeavours.

May you all prosper!


To browse through the 200 Dobbin Scholars who have received awards since the first scholars travelled in 1995, please click here. Below are lists of the universities and institutions in Canada and Ireland which have benefited from Dobbin Scholars.

Universities & Institutions in Canada which have sent or hosted a Dobbin Scholar

Bombardier Canada
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Carleton University
Concordia University
Dalhousie University
École de Technologie Supérieure Montréal
Grand Seminaire de Montreal
Institut de Recherche d’Hydro-Quebec
Inter-University Research Centre on Globalisation & Work
McEwan College
McGill University
McMaster University
Memorial University
Mount Saint Vincent University
National Research Council Canada
Nova Scotia School of Art
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Queens University
Kingston Royal Military College of Canada
Ryerson University
Simon Fraser University
St. Francis Xavier University
St. Mary’s University
St. Thomas University
Trent University
Univeristy of Winnipeg
Université de Montréal
Université de Québec
Université de Sherbrooke
Université Laval
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia
University of Calgary
University of Guelph
University of Manitoba
University of New Brunswick
University of Ottawa
University of Prince Edward Island
Library & Archives Canada
University of Saskatchewan
University of Toronto
University of Victoria
University of Waterloo
University of Western Ontario
York University


Universities & Institutions in Ireland which have sent or hosted a Dobbin Scholar

Athlone Institute of Technology
Dept of Social Protection & Injury Board Ireland
Dublin City University
Dublin Institute of Technology
Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)
Galway & Mayo Institute of Technology
Institute of Public Administration
Institute of Technology Tralee
Institute of Technology Tallaght
Institute of Technology Sligo
National University of Ireland Galway
National University of Ireland Maynooth
Open University
Public Records Office NI
Queens University Belfast
Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
St Patricks College Dublin City University
Trinity College Dublin
University College Cork
University College Dublin
University of Limerick
University of Ulster
Waterford Institute of Technology