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NOTE: The competition for the 2021 John G. Diefenbaker Award is cancelled.

John G. Diefenbaker Award

Christoph Brunner

Christoph Brunner

Photo: Amélie Brisson-Darveau

Current Winner

Christoph Brunner

Dr. Christoph Brunner works at Leuphana University, in Germany. His research revolves around the intersection of media, affect and aesthetic politics. He focuses on contemporary social movements and their use of aesthetic techniques and strategies. Through the Diefenbaker Award, Christoph Brunner will be hosted at McGill University's English Department in Montréal, Quebec, for one year.

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What is this prize?

The John G. Diefenbaker Award allows a distinguished German scholar in the humanities to conduct research in Canada and spend brief periods gaining further experience at American institutions.

Prize amount

Up to $95,000

Who created this prize?

This award, which was created in 1991 in memory of former Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker, is the counterpart to the Konrad Adenauer Award, which the Government of Germany established for Canadian scholars in 1988. Both awards are designed to encourage exchange between the university communities of Canada and Germany.

For further information

Luiza Pereira

Program Officer


1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4086


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