CRRC Ken Hewitt Student Support Fund

Dr. Ken Hewitt is Professor Emeritus of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and was a founding member of the Cold Regions Research Centre in 1987. After serving in the British Army (Artillery) he received his PhD in geomorphology from King’s College, London University. Prior to accepting a position at Laurier, Ken was a professor at both University of Toronto and Rutgers University. His research interests over the past six decades have focused largely on high mountain environments, most specifically on the Karakoram Himalaya in northern Pakistan, where he began field work in the 1960s.

From the time Ken joined Laurier he was principal investigator of the Snow and Ice Hydrology Project, a large multi-university research project examining water resources of the upper Indus River basin. Ken’s work involves understanding the interaction between large landslide events and the glaciology and hydrology of these high mountain systems and how these large-scale events play a large role in day-to-day life of high mountain villages along the tributaries and main stem of the Indus River.

Aside from holistic studies of this high mountain environment, examining both the physical and human dimension, he has been well-funded and recognized for his studies in risk and disaster theory; Ken is a quintessential geographer. He has published widely in journals including both Nature and Science and several articles/books focusing on social geography and human ecology of vulnerability and response to catastrophic risks as noted in the Karakoram, as well as how bombing during the second world war impacted civilian populations.

In 1987, he was a founding member of Laurier’s Cold Regions Research Centre. Throughout his career, Dr. Hewitt authored dozens of articles and chapters, and published multiple books, including Regions of Risk: A Geographical Introduction to Disasters. Dr. Hewitt received the Award for Scholarly Distinction in Geography granted by the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) in 1991.

In recognition of Dr. Ken Hewitt’s lifelong commitment to cold regions research and student success, as well as being a founding member of the CRRC, we have named the Student Support Fund in his honour. The Ken Hewitt Student Support Fund (KHSSF) supports a wide variety of activities which directly relate to student and postdoctoral research in cold regions.

Fund Details and Applications


The fund is available to Laurier-registered undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral researchers engaged in cold regions research and supervised or co-supervised by a CRRC Faculty member.


Up to $500 for eligible expenses.


  • Travel – research related travel, including both research and knowledge mobilization;
  • Training – online or in-person courses to improve skills and knowledge related to cold regions research;
  • Conference registration fees;
  • Supplemental travel-related and field research supplies (up to a max of $100);
  • Knowledge mobilization – printing, graphic design, videography, etc. expenses incurred as part of knowledge mobilization for your research.


Application Period: February 1, 2022 to March 31, 2022

Dates for which expenses can be incurred: May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022. Applications for expenses already incurred are welcome, but must be accompanied by all receipts. All future expenses must be incurred, and all travel, conferences, workshops etc. must take place, by April 30, 2022. A new round of funding opportunities will open May 1.

Applications will be adjudicated on a rolling basis, starting on February 21, 2022. You will receive a decision on your application usually within two weeks. Funds will be awarded as available budget permits.


  1. Applicants must be registered students or postdocs at Laurier;
  2. All applications must be supported by a supervisor or co-supervisor who is a CRRC faculty member;
  3. Upon Acceptance and prior to receipt of funds, students must submit all receipts and evidence of any travel (e.g. boarding passes), along with a travel expense claim form, if applicable. This must be completed within one month of travel, and before May 1st for any expenses occurring in April.


Please access the online application form here.


For undergraduate and graduate students, approved KHSSF amounts will be applied to Laurier student accounts, providing that all requirements listed above have been met. Post-doctoral awards will be administered separately through a cheque requisition/expense form.