The Pat Clifford Award

Are you or someone you know contributing to innovative education research by revisiting commonly held assumptions in education policy, practice or theory in Canada?

The Pat Clifford Award recognizes the work of emerging researchers – their research contributions, their promise, and their commitment to breaking new ground or revisiting commonly held assumptions in education policy, practice or theory in Canada.

2018 Call for Applications

The EdCan Network’s 2018 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education builds visibility for researchers who have the potential to transform Canadian public education.


Two Pat Clifford Awards will be discerned – one for a PhD-level researcher and the other for a Master’s-level researcher.

The Recognition

  • Formal recognition of your research at a public, education-related event.
  • An invitation for you to publish a feature article about your research in Education Canada
  • Opportunities for you to develop additional knowledge mobilization strategies with the EdCan Network to maximize the impact of your work in the policy and practice fields.



About Pat Clifford

Pat Clifford was one of the co-founders of The Galileo Educational Network, which is based in Calgary, Alberta. Pat had an extensive teaching background from primary through graduate level, and was the recipient of numerous awards for both research and teaching practice. Pat passed away in August of 2008 but she left a gift to us in her teaching, scholarly writing, poetry and stories. As a teacher, Pat was steadfast in her belief that each child had the right to succeed brilliantly, and brought to them her own love of literature, writing and history. This award is dedicated to her memory.