Hewton and Griffin Funding Awards to Support Archival Research in 2021

Internationally pre-eminent geneticist, Dr. Lionel S. Penrose (1898-1972) was Ontario’s Director of Psychiatric Research, 1939-45. Here Dr. Penrose is seated at Fr. Gregor Mendel’s desk in St. Thomas Abbey, Brno (now Czech Republic), with Fr. Mendel’s portrait hanging above. Photo ca.1965 courtesy of the Penrose family, Dr. Joseph Berg, and CAMH Archives.

The Friends of the CAMH Archives (FoCA), dedicated to the history of Canadian psychiatry, mental health and addiction, have established two endowment funds. These endowments annually provide funding in memory of their late colleagues, Ms. E.M. (Lil) Hewton and Dr. J.D.M. (Jack) Griffin, OC.

The purpose of these funding awards is to provide financial assistance to post-secondary students, early career academics, and others not necessarily associated with an academic institution, who propose to undertake archival research on an aspect of the history of mental health or addiction in Canada. The FoCA board at its discretion may approve awards to a maximum of $5,000 each.

There is no application form. Candidates are invited to submit a letter of intent not exceeding 500 words, together with a budget and résumé, not later than November 30, 2020. These research awards are conditional on the recipients agreeing to submit progress reports within one year, and a final report including a financial synopsis within two years of receiving their financial allocation.

For examples of the archival research projects (formerly “Bursaries”) previously awarded, please refer to that feature as included in the SPRING editions of our past years’ Newsletters, indexed at:


To apply for a 2021 award, please submit an application by the November 30, 2020 deadline to:

Sydney Jones – President, Friends of the Archives
CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H4

Please note that electronic submissions are preferred: John.Court@camh.ca