Applications being accepted to Herb Stovel Scholarship Fund

Applications are now being accepted for the Herb Stovel Scholarship Fund. The Herb Stovel Scholarship Fund is administered by Heritage Canada the National Trust in cooperation with a professional advisory committee. 

The Herb Stovel Scholarship Fund awards funds annually to one or more Canadian students or young professionals (age 20-35) pursuing postsecondary or graduate studies in built heritage conservation, or working in the field of built heritage conservation. With assistance from the Fund, Herb Stovel Scholars will deepen their capacity in heritage conservation through special projects, experiential learning or conference attendance.  

The Fund will provide two types of support: project bursaries up to $2,500 for candidates who propose special projects, results-oriented travel and participation at conferences and events that continue Herb’s passion for community innovation and/or international dialogue in conservation theory and practice; and bursaries covering the cost of travel, conference accommodation and registration (approximate value of $1,000) for candidates to attend HCNT’s annual conference in Charlottetown, PEI from October 2-4, 2014 and in Calgary, Alberta from October 22-24, 2015.

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2014 for project bursaries or HCNT conference attendance in 2014 or 2015. The terms & conditions and information on the application process can be found at

Successful candidates will be announced on June 30, 2014.   

All who knew Herb Stovel understood his commitment to heritage conservation and more importantly his strong support for education and preparing a new generation of professionals. Over a period of decades he generously passed on his insights and understandings which have helped define the field of theory and practice for the 21st century in Canada and internationally. 

In Canada he taught in traditional settings as professor at Université de Montréal and most recently Carleton University. Early in his career he developed courses for Heritage Canada the National Trust’s Main Street Programme that prepared over 100 professionals in communities across the country for careers in downtown revitalization. His training of federal employees reached across disciplines and departments, most notably perhaps with the Federal Heritage Building Review Office (FHBRO) course. Herb believed in empowering others and giving them the means to spread the word as broadly as possible. He developed train-the-trainer courses to put this knowledge into the hands of those best placed to deliver it. Then he moved on.

It is no exaggeration that Herb Stovel has students and followers in every corner of the globe. He believed in people and brought them together in the name of cultural heritage conservation, leaving behind conflicts of war and politics allowing them to work together towards a common goal. Herb’s commitment to education lives on through the Herb Stovel Scholarship Fund.