Research Grants

Nova Scotia Museum Research Grants Program 2020

The Nova Scotia Museum Research Grant Program, administered by the museum's board of governors, annually contributes funding toward research projects that improve Nova Scotians' understanding of heritage or offer a different interpretation of our province's cultural history. Results from the research can generate artifacts and specimens for the provincial collections.


Marine History

Original research relating to the marine history of Nova Scotia, including shipbuilding, ship-owning, naval and merchant shipping, fishing, seafarers and seafaring, community activities relating to the sea, and the design, construction and use of vessels.

Cultural History

A research project that examines a theme, idea or value system associated with one or more of the Nova Scotia Museum’s cultural history sites or one or more of Nova Scotia’s communities (geographic, linguistic, ethnic or occupational). You may span time periods and geographical locations and/or compare cultural or social groups. This project should result in an improved understanding of, and ability to interpret, Nova Scotia’s cultural history.

Natural History

An original research project designed to expand our knowledge of the natural history of Nova Scotia, including Botany, Geology, Biodiversity, Ecology, Systematics, Taxonomy, Palaeo-ecology or Zoology. Proposals are encouraged on timely and relevant topics and projects that yield specimens for the Nova Scotia Museum natural history collection.


A research project that improves our knowledge and understanding of Nova Scotia archaeology. Topics of particular interest include research on threatened sites, inadequately researched archaeological collections, and projects undertaken in association with local communities.


A research project concerning significant Nova Scotia fossil occurrences, specimens, species, Palaeoecology, or stratigraphic Palaeontology.


To be considered, the application must include all information and materials specified in the Terms of Reference and the Project Submission Format. Each proposal will only be considered under one category, as specified when submitted. Only individual researchers are eligible to apply for Nova Scotia Museum Research Grants. 

Applications must be received by email (PDF attachments only) at

Completed application forms must be received by no later than 5 pm, Friday, February 28, 2020. Applications received after this date will not be processed or returned. Successful candidates will be advised, by mail or email according to preference of applicant, of the Board of Governors' decision by Friday, May 22, 2020.