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A collaboration between Dry Stone Canada and the Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland

Waldemar Wower (Co-founder DSWAI) 1971-2018

The Waldemar Wower Bursary Award was set up in 2022 in memory of Waldemar Wower. Waldemar was one of the founding members of the DSWAI and sadly passed away in 2018 at the age of just 47.  

This bursary aims to assist those interested in improve their dry stone walling skills by learning from some of the best dry stone wallers in Ireland and Canada.


We are happy to announce that the 2023 Ireland-Canada scholarship is open for applications

This is an exciting opportunity to improve your dry stone walling skills by learning from some of the best dry stone wallers in our respective countries and participating in both the Dry Stone Canada Symposium on Amherst Island, Ontario, Canada, and the Feile na gCloch Dry Stone Festival on Inis Oirr, County Galway, Ireland 

For our Dry Stone Canada applicants, we are offering a scholarship to Ireland from September 2023 and for our DSWAI applicants, we are offering a scholarship from September, 2023

What you will receive:

  • Participation in both festivals (fees paid).

  • Hands on training with a few local wallers.

  • Your plane ticket.

  • Accommodation covered while at the festival.

  • A stipend to cover your food and accommodation on your days off.

What is expected of you:

  • A presentation at either festival or symposium telling attendees about who you are, and your connection to dry stone walling.

  • Volunteering at 3 workshops in your home country.

  • Volunteering at the festival/ symposium in both your home and host country.

  • In Ireland, a write up of your experience for DSWAI newsletter/website/forum and in Canada, a blog post for our website.

  • Attending both festival and symposium and exchange training opportunities.

  • Enough money to cover any unforeseen costs.

  • Personal travel insurance.

  • An up to date passport.

  • A genuine desire to actively participate in your home dry stone walling association.

For more information and to apply, please send your resume along with a cover letter explaining why you are the ideal candidate for this exchange. Please let us know of any special needs that you might have to make this opportunity possible for you. We are open to all levels of walling and encourage those with less experience to apply as an opportunity to have a memorable experience and learn the skills needed to further your dry stone walling future.

To apply for the scholarship to go to Canada, please email Ken Curran at DSWAI @

To apply for the scholarship to go to Ireland, please email Renee Nadeau at DSC @

Read about last years awardees experiences below

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