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Provincial External Scholarships

Administered through the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the Province of Ontario supports graduate students through their scholarship programs.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

?The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and Ontario universities. OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to graduate students in all disciplines of academic study.

Students must apply to the institution where they plan to hold the award. Students applying to a graduate program at more than one institution will be required to submit an application to each institution for consideration. Each university has a unique application procedure and deadline. The OGS cannot be transferred.

Scholarship Value

An OGS is valued at a maximum of $15,000 annually ($5,000 per term). An OGS must be held for a minimum of two terms (or $10,000) and can be held for up to three terms (12 months). The OGS is not automatically renewed and a new application is required for each year's competition. A successful second application is not guaranteed.

Application Deadlines

Laurier?s online application for the 2016-2017 competition is now closed.

Note: Referees cannot submit the completed Academic Assessment Report without having read your Research Statement/Program of Study.

Eligibility Criteria

Citizenship

  • Applicant must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person (under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protections Act (Canada)) at the time of the application deadline.
  • Visa students (foreign students who are studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa/student study permit, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada)) are eligible for a limited number of visa student awards.

Registration

  • Applicants must be enrolled (or plan to enrol) in an eligible graduate program for the 2016-2017 academic year at Laurier.
  • To hold the award, applicants must be enrolled in the eligible program on a full-time basis. An eligible program is defined as a full-time program of study of 2 or 3 terms leading to a graduate degree. Eligible programs must be approved as eligible for funding by MTCU.
  • Please refer to the Graduate Calendar (General Regulations, Registration Status) for details on full-time registration status in a graduate program at Laurier.

Minimum Academic Requirements

The applicant must, at minimum, meet the following OGS academic requirements:

  • If entering the first or second year of graduate studies at the time of application, the applicant must have an overall average of at least A- (or equivalent) in each of the last two years of study (or full-time equivalent).
  • Applicants entering the third year of graduate studies at the time of application must have an overall average of at least A- (or equivalent) on all graduate courses completed.
  • If the master?s or doctoral degree marks used for calculating an applicant?s grade point average (GPA) are not available (for example, courses were graded on a pass-fail basis), then the university?s Graduate Studies Office will use the most recently available undergraduate or graduate marks to calculate a student?s GPA.

Eligibility Conditions

Master's students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years and doctoral students for a maximum of four years, subject to a lifetime maximum of six years per student.

In addition, lifetime maximums of six years of government-funded student awards must not have been exceeded by the applicant. Awards under the following programs will be counted toward this lifetime maximum:

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

Applicants cannot hold an OGS scholarship and an award from any of the following programs concurrently:

  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

Each scholarship is tenable for a minimum of one year (i.e., two consecutive academic terms) and a maximum of two years (i.e., six consecutive academic terms). Students must re-apply for any additional award, subject to the two- and four-year award maximums noted above.

Recipients must remain enrolled as a full-time student in an eligible program. Recipients who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, or fail to complete the term will be required to repay the award for incomplete and future terms. A withdrawal in the second term will not require repayment of the award from first term.

Applying for OGS

Eligible graduate students should complete and submit an application online.

Note: Content added to the online application cannot be saved and updated later. It is recommended that applicants review the online application prior to completing the form. It is possible to copy and paste content into the online application from most word processing software. Referees are notified via email immediately after the application has been submitted.

Notification of results will be communicated to applicants via email at the end of March.

A complete online application package includes:

  • Application form
  • Research/program statement
  • List of publications and presentations
  • Two academic assessment reports
  • Transcripts (scan and save hard copy transcripts in PDF file format (max 4 MB file size each), upload  PDF transcript files from postsecondary institutions to the online application and include transcript legends/grading scales)

Note: Applicants may upload official transcripts (printed or issued by the Office of the Registrar at the issuing institution) or web unofficial transcripts (e.g., self-service web-generated document used to communicate grades and academic standing if available at your institution). In order to be accepted, web unofficial transcripts must include:

  • Your full legal name
  • Date of birth and/or student ID number
  • Full name of the institution attended

Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)

The Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) program is a significant initiative to attract more of the best-qualified international students to Ontario for PhD studies. An OTS is awarded to an international PhD recipient for a maximum of four years. Awards are automatically granted to student for each of the three years following the first year, provided the student maintains good academic standing and continues to meet recipient eligibility requirements.

Scholarship Value

Each OTS is valued at $40,000 annually and is renewable for an additional three years. Laurier awards two OTSs each year to outstanding qualified international applicants.

Application Procedure

Eligible doctoral applicants who wish to apply for the OTS must:

  • Complete and submit an application for admission to their intended graduate program at Laurier.
  • Complete and submit an online OTS application.

A complete online application package includes:

  • Application form
  • Research/program statement
  • List of publications and presentations
  • Two academic assessments
  • Transcripts (scan and save hard copy transcripts in PDF file format (max 4 MB file size each), upload PDF transcript files from  postsecondary institutions to the online application and include transcript legends/grading scales)

Note: Content added to the online application cannot be saved and updated later. It is recommended that applicants review the online application prior to completing the form. It is possible to copy and paste content into the online application from most word processing software. Referees are notified via email immediately after the application has been submitted.

Application Deadline

Laurier?s online application for the 2016-2017 competition is now closed.

Note: Applicants may upload official transcripts (printed or issued by the Office of the Registrar at the issuing institution) or web unofficial transcripts (e.g., self-service web-generated document used to communicate grades and academic standing if available at your institution). In order to be accepted, web unofficial transcripts must include:

  • Your full legal name
  • Date of birth and/or student ID number
  • Full name of the institution attended

Eligibility Criteria

  • Recipients must be international students who hold a valid Canadian study permit (should an OTS recipient obtain permanent residency status, she or he will continue to be eligible for the OTS for the balance of his or her renewable OTS for a total of four years).
  • Recipients must be intending to pursue full-time graduate studies at the doctoral level in a degree granting program.
  • Recipients must have achieved a first-class average in each of the two years of full-time study prior to being awarded the OTS.
  • Recipients must not be currently studying at an Ontario postsecondary institution at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Recipients must not have concurrently accepted a scholarship from NSERC (i.e., IPS) or OGS, and must not concurrently be receiving significant external sponsorships (i.e., in excess of $10,000).
  • Recipients who withdraw, transfer to part-time status or fail to complete the term without prior consultation with the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office may be required to repay the award.

Selection Procedures

The Graduate Awards Committee reviews applications for the OTS and communicates its recommendations to the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Notification of results are communicated to applicants via email at the end of March.

Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Awards

The following is for general information only. See the website for the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies for full details.

Application Details

Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now closed.

Students are responsible for ensuring they have met all the eligibility requirements and have adhered to the scholarship application guidelines.

Each applicant must submit to the dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (via email to FGPS@wlu.ca) electronic copies of the following documents:

  • The completed application form.
  • A curriculum vitae (including information concerning the eligibility criteria).
  • For postdoctoral applicants: a brief summary of their doctoral thesis (maximum 300 words).
  • A statement of research to be undertaken during the period of graduate study or postdoctoral research (maximum 1,000 words). There must also be an additional, non-technical summary (maximum 500 words). These statements must be written by the candidate.

The candidate must also provide: 

  • For master?s and doctoral applicants: all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. These may be either official transcripts sent directly by the Registrar's Office of the issuing university, or copies verified and certified as accurate by the Registrar's Office of the Ontario university of current registration.
  • Confidential letters from two assessors for master?s and doctoral applicants, and four assessors for postdoctoral applicants. These appraisals should focus on an evaluation of the applicant?s research to date, and the research being undertaken during the graduate or postdoctoral period. The applicant must ask for the appraisals to be transmitted electronically directly to the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. For postdoctoral applications, two of the assessors should preferably be from another university and must not have been associated with the candidate as either a supervisor, a member of the candidate?s supervisory committee, or a co-author.

Value

For the 2016-17 academic year, up to three awards will be made at each of the master's and doctoral levels, and up to two awards at the postdoctoral level. These awards will be valued as follows:

  • Master?s awards: $25,000 plus $1,000 research allowance.
  • Doctoral awards: $35,000 plus $2,000 research allowance.
  • Postdoctoral awards: $50,000 plus $5,000 research allowance.

Eligibility

  • All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada as of the application deadline date.
  • All applicants must be sponsored and endorsed by the Dean of Graduate Studies at the Ontario university at which they are undertaking graduate study or postdoctoral research.
  • To be eligible for a master?s or doctoral award, applicants must be registered full-time in a master?s or doctoral graduate program at an Ontario university at the time of taking up the award, and must remain registered full-time throughout the term of the award. Master?s students remain eligible to the end of their sixth term of full-time study, and doctoral students to the end of their fifteenth term of full-time study.
  • To be eligible for a postdoctoral award, applicants must be engaged in full-time research at an Ontario university at the time of taking up the award, and must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by the application deadline and within 36 months of the application deadline. If a longer period of time has passed (e.g., as a result of parental leave), applicants must submit a rationale for the delay in application.
  • Holders of Women's Health Scholars Awards are precluded from holding any other major award during the term of this funding.
  • All publications, written or oral, related to the research undertaken by the successful applicants must contain an acknowledgement of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care's role in supporting the project.

Selection Criteria

Committee members are nominated by the Deans of the Graduate Schools in the Province of Ontario and selected by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies.

Applicants for master?s and doctoral awards will be assessed on their talent, the excellence of their work, the vision that they bring to their endeavors, and the impact they foresee resulting from their work, as measured by:

  • The program of study and research, and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge about women's health.
  • Past academic results, demonstrated by transcripts, awards and distinctions.
  • Relevant professional and academic experience, including research training, as evidenced by papers presented at conferences and the candidate's publication record.
  • Written letters of appraisal.
  • Appropriateness of the choice of institution and supervising investigator.

Applicants for postdoctoral awards will be assessed on their talent, the excellence of their work, the vision that they bring to their endeavors, and the impact that they foresee resulting from their work, as measured by:

  • The program of study and research, and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge about women's health.
  • The degree of originality and expected contribution to the advancement of knowledge about women's health.
  • Significance of the research for women's health, understood to encompass scholarly or intellectual significance as well as social and cultural significance.
  • The suitability of theoretical perspectives.
  • The appropriateness and expected effectiveness of the research strategies or methodologies.
  • The suitability and expected effectiveness of plans to communicate research results both within and beyond the academic community (as appropriate).
  • Where appropriate, the nature and extent of research training.
  • Written letters of appraisal.
  • Appropriateness of the choice of institution and supervising investigator.

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)

?The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and TD Meloche Monnex. This scholarship is available to graduate students in biology, chemistry and mathematics.

Scholarship Value

The QEII-GSST is valued at $15,000 annually ($5,000 per term). A QEII-GSST must be held for a minimum of two consecutive terms (or $10,000).

Application Deadline

Laurier?s online application for the 2016-2017 competition is now closed. 

Note: Referees cannot submit the completed Academic Assessment Report without having read your Research Statement/Program of Study.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident enrolled full time in an eligible master's or doctoral program (noted above).
  • Applicants entering the first or second year of graduate studies must have an average of at least A- in each of the last two years of study (or full time equivalent).
  • Applicants entering third year or beyond of graduate studies must have an average of at least 10 (A-) in all graduate courses completed.
  • Recipients will also exhibit research ability or potential, excellent communication skills, and interpersonal and leadership abilities.
  • Recipients may hold other awards, but cannot hold an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) for the same year of study in which they hold a Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST).
  • Recipients may also accept other employment that does not affect their status as a full-time graduate student.
  • Recipients cannot be enrolled in a qualifying or makeup year.
  • Master?s students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years.
  • Doctoral students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years.
  • Recipients must remain enrolled as a full-time student in an eligible program.
  • Recipients who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, or fail to complete the term will be required to repay the award.

Applying for QEII-GSST

Eligible graduate students should complete and submit an application online.

Note: Content added to the online application cannot be saved and updated later. It is recommended that applicants review the online application prior to completing the form. It is possible to copy and paste content into the online application from most word processing software. Referees are notified via email immediately after the application has been submitted.

Notification of results will be communicated to applicants via email at the end of March.

A complete online application package includes:

  • Application form
  • Research/program statement
  • List of publications and presentations
  • Two academic assessment reports
  • Transcripts (scan and save hard copy official transcripts in PDF file format (max 4 MB file size each), upload PDF transcript files from postsecondary institutions to the online application and include transcript legends/grading scales)

Note: Applicants may upload official transcripts (printed or issued by the Office of the Registrar at the issuing institution) or web unofficial transcripts (e.g., self-service web-generated document used to communicate grades and academic standing if available at your institution). In order to be accepted, web unofficial transcripts must include:

  • Your full legal name
  • Date of birth and/or student ID number
  • Full name of the institution attended

National External Scholarships

The Government of Canada, in part through the Tri-Council Agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR), is a major supporter of high-quality graduate research.

Canada Graduate Scholarships (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) (Master’s)

?The Tri-Council Agencies harmonized the application and administration of the Canada Graduate Scholarship ? Master?s (CGS M) in 2014-2015. The following information applies to the CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC CGS M competitions. 

Note: All CGS M applicants (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) use the NSERC website.

The objective of the CGS M program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly-qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

Be sure to check out the new Frequently Asked Questions page.

Deadline

Applications for the 2016-2017 CGS M competition, for funding for the 2016-2017 academic year, are now closed.

Please see the NSERC website for complete details and to access the application for the CGS M competition for CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.

Value and Duration of Awards

Awards are valued at $17,500 for 12 months and are non-renewable.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • Be enrolled in or intend to apply for full-time admission to an eligible graduate program at the master?s or doctoral level at a Canadian university with a CGS M allocation.
  • As of Dec. 31 of the year of application, have completed between zero and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in:
    • The master?s program for which you are requesting funding.
    • The doctoral program for which you are requesting funding, if you were admitted into a doctoral program directly from your bachelor?s program (i.e., you were never registered in a master?s program, or you are registered in a combined master?s-doctoral program).
    • A master?s program, but are requesting funding for a doctoral program (e.g., a student who is fast-tracking from a master?s to a doctoral program within 12 months of starting their master?s and is seeking funding for the first 12 months of their doctoral program.
  • Not have previously held a CGS M.
  • Have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the host university, in the last two completed years of study (or full-time equivalent).
  • Submit a maximum of one CGS M application per year (the Research Portal will allow one application to be submitted to up to five universities).

Application Procedure

To apply for the CGS M scholarships, all applicants must complete and submit an application using the Research Portal. You will be required to include the Canadian Common CV. Carefully review the online instructions.

Note: Applicants must obtain official transcripts (issued to the student by the Office of the Registrar at the issuing institution) from all postsecondary institutions attended (student access web views of course grades or unofficial transcripts will not be accepted; applications of candidates who do not upload official transcripts will be deemed ineligible). Official transcripts are uploaded via the Research Portal to the CGS M application.

The Research Portal will instruct applicants to select up to five universities where they wish to hold the award. Applicants may select universities on the application where:

  • They are currently enrolled in an eligible program of study and wish to pursue their studies.
  • They intend to apply for full-time admission to an eligible program of study if not currently enrolled at a university of their choice.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies (or equivalent) at each Canadian university is responsible for coordinating the selection process for the CGS M applications, and for communicating the results to the applicants and agencies. Laurier has separate selection committees for each research mandate (i.e., CIHR, SSHRC and NSERC).

Selection Criteria

  • Academic excellence (50%)
  • Research potential (30%)
  • Personal characteristics and interpersonal skills (20%)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (Doctoral)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Awards support new Canadian scholars who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada. Two programs are administered through one CIHR Doctoral Research Award application:

  1. The Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards (CGS-D) for study in Canada.
  2. The Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA) for study abroad.  

Successful applicants to the CIHR Doctoral Research Awards competition are awarded a CGS-D or DFSA, depending on the proposed location of their doctoral degree program.

Value and Duration of Award

$30,000 per year (taxable) in the form of a trainee stipend, plus a $5,000 per year research allowance; non-renewable tenable for up to three years.

Eligibility

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada at the time of application.
  • Only students engaged in a full-time doctoral program that has a significant research component are eligible to apply. An eligible program of study must require that 75% of the students? time be devoted to research training. Doctoral programs that are based only on course work are not eligible.
  • The maximum duration of award funding from all federal sources to undertake graduate studies is four years, including at the master?s level. Individuals who hold or have held a doctoral award from a federal source for a term of three years are not eligible to apply.
  • As of the application deadline, all candidates must have completed a minimum of 12 months of graduate study at the master?s or doctoral level.

A complete list of eligibility guidelines and instructions on how to apply for this opportunity can be found on the CIHR Doctoral Research Award website.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (Doctoral)

The following is for general information only. See the Social Sciences and Humanitites Research Council (SSHRC) website for full details.

To determine if your research falls under SSHRC's mandate, see the guidelines on Subject Matter Eligibility and Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency.

Applications are completed online, and students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all the eligibility requirements and have adhered to the scholarship application guidelines.

Note: Students registered at Laurier must submit their application to their home department by the departmental deadline.

Value

  • $20,000 per year for SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.
  • $35,000 per year for Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS).

Duration of Award

Doctoral Fellowship: Up to 48 months. The value and duration of the award is based on the number of months of full-time study (or equivalent) that the applicant will have completed at the proposed start date of the award.

CGS Doctoral Award: Up to 36 months (to be held during years one to three or two to four only of a doctoral program).

Note: Students in their second year of a doctoral program are eligible for a doctoral fellowship only if their duration of tenure is less than 36 months.

Eligibility

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Be applying for support to pursue a first PhD (or equivalent).
  • Not be under SSHRC sanction for financial or research misconduct.
  • Not have received already CIHR, SSHRC or NSERC funding to undertake and/or complete a doctoral degree.
  • May not apply to NSERC or CIHR in same academic year.
  • Students can submit an application to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program in the same academic year, but it must be submitted to the same agency (CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC).
  • You do not need to be admitted to a doctoral program at the time of application.

Selection Criteria

Academic merit as judged by:

  • Past academic results (grades, awards, distinctions).
  • Program of study/research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge.
  • Relevant professional and academic experience.
  • Two written evaluations from referees.
  • Departmental appraisal.

Conditions of Award

  • At time of taking up scholarship, you must be undertaking an eligible program of study in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Doctoral fellowships may be held at any recognized university in Canada or abroad (provided that the holder has earned at least one previous degree from a Canadian university).
  • CGS Doctoral Awards are only tenable at a Canadian university.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) (Doctoral)

The following is for general information only. See the NSERC website for full details. Tips for applicants are available in NSERC's Resource Videos.

Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now closed.

To ensure your research project falls within NSERC's mandate, refer to Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency.

Applications are to be submitted using Form 201 in the online application system. Students registered at Laurier must submit their online application by the appropriate departmental deadline. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet the eligibility requirements and have adhered to the scholarship application guidelines.

If you are a student who is (or who was) registered at Laurier during the year of application, you must submit official sealed transcripts to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office in order for the transcripts to be uploaded to your application.

Note: If you were not registered at an institution during the year of application, you must apply directly to NSERC.

Value

  • $21,000 per year for NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (PGSD).
  • $35,000 per year for Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGSD).

Note: The highest ranked PGS applicants are automatically considered for CGS awards.

Duration of Award

  • PGSD: Up to three years (limited number of awards may be held abroad).
  • CGSD: Up to three years (only held in Canada).
  • No funding beyond the 52nd month of your doctoral program (64th month if admitted to PhD directly from a bachelor's program).

Eligibility

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Hold or expect to hold (at time of taking up award) a degree in science or engineering from an NSERC-recognized university.
  • Intend to pursue, in the following year, full-time graduate studies and research at the doctoral level in an area supported by NSERC.
  • Have attained a first-class average (GPA of 10 or A?) in each of your last two years of study.
  • You may submit only one application per year to either CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC.
  • Students can apply to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program in the same year, but it must be submitted to the same agency (CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC).

By Dec. 31, 2015, you have completed one of the following:

  • 0 to 24 months of studies in the doctoral program for which funding is requested.
  • 4 to 36 months of studies in the doctoral program for which funding is requested if admitted directly to a PhD from a bachelor?s program (i.e., you were never registered in a master's program).

At the time of application you may:

  • Be in last year of master?s program.
  • Be in your first or second year of doctoral program.
  • Have not previously held an NSERC PGS B, PGS D, CGS D, IPS 2 or Vanier CGS for the program of study you are currently applying for funding.
  • Do not hold or have not previously held a CGS D or Vanier CGS from either CIHR or SSHRC.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic excellence (30%).
  • Research ability or potential (50%).
  • Communication, interpersonal and leadership skills (20%).

Conditions of Award

To hold the award, you must:

  • Have been unconditionally accepted into a doctoral degree program recognized by NSERC.
  • Be registered full-time (part-time, if special conditions apply) in a graduate studies program at an eligible university.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

The Vanier scholarship program was launched by the Government of Canada to attract and retain world-class doctoral students. The following is for general information only. Complete details of the Vanier program can be found on the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships website.

This competition encourages students to pursue their doctoral studies at institutions different from those where they completed a previous degree to broaden research horizons and seek new challenges. Candidates nominated by a university at which they have completed a previous degree will be asked to provide a compelling rationale as to why they have chosen to remain or return.

Highly-qualified international candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. All interested candidates are encouraged to contact their proposed academic unit/program to discuss this opportunity (regardless of whether application for admission has already been made).

Value and Duration of Award

  • $50,000 per year for three years.

Eligibility

  • Must be nominated for a Vanier by one Canadian university; if awarded, applicant must hold the award at the institution that submitted the nomination.
  • Must be pursuing a first doctoral degree.
  • Open to students who have completed 0 to 20 months of doctoral study as of May 1, 2017.
  • Open to international and Canadian doctoral students studying at a Canadian institution.
  • Have achieved a first-class average in each of the last two years of study.
  • Have not previously been awarded a scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, SSHRC or NSERC at the doctoral level.
  • Eligible Vanier candidates should apply to the same agency's doctoral or fellowship awards program.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic excellence (transcripts, awards and distinctions).
  • Research potential (research history, interest in discovery, proposed research and potential contribution, potential benefit to Canadians, anticipated outcomes).
  • Leadership* (potential and demonstrated ability in personal achievement, involvement in academic life, volunteerism/community outreach, civic engagement).

*Leadership will be assessed against the following personal and social skills: goal achievement, self management, integrity, other characteristics, social skills. Referees should address the student's leadership potential and elaborate on the impact of the activities and accomplishments mentioned in the self-assessment section. One reference letter must be written by someone who knows the student in a non-academic capacity. This letter should describe how the student has demonstrated and will potentially continue to demonstrate leadership.

Application Process

A Notice of Intent is due by Sept. 19, 2016 by midnight (EST). Applicants will be notified of internal competition results by Sept. 30, 2016. Successful applicants will be nominated and forwarded by Laurier to the national Vanier CGS competition in early Nov. 2016.

  • Students submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to FGPS@wlu.ca. The NOI must include a CV, all postsecondary education transcripts (copies accepted at this stage), a 300-word statement that identifies research and fit with intended Laurier advisor, a 300-word statement that highlights your leadership abilities and two reference letters.
  • FGPS will notify candidates if their application will be supported.
  • Supported candidates complete a full application using ResearchNet.
  • University selection committee review supported applications.
  • Recommended applications forwarded to the national competition.
  • Nominations reviewed by peer review selection committee at the agency (each agency forwards top 70 candidates).
  • If recommended by the agency committee, applications are forwarded to the Vanier Peer Review committee (167 awardees each year).

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

The following is for general information only. See the Trudeau Scholars Program website for full details.

Applications are available online, and students are responsible for ensuring they have met all the eligibility requirements and have adhered to the scholarship application guidelines.

Value

  • $60,000 per year (including an annual travel allowance of $20,000).

Duration of Award

  • Up to three years.
  • During the third year, Trudeau scholars may apply for a thesis writing scholarship or a dissemination scholarship for a fourth year of financing.

Eligibility

  • Be one of the following:
    • A Canadian citizen or landed immigrant applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a Canadian university?.
    • A Canadian citizen applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a foreign university.
    • A foreign national (with a preference for candidates from the developing world) applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities, or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a Canadian university.
  • Present a research project linked to one of the four themes of the foundation (human rights and dignity; responsible citizenship; Canada in the world, and people and their natural environment).
  • Be nominated by a university.

Selection Criteria

  • Have a track record of academic achievements at the level of the highest standards of the world?s most prestigious doctoral scholarship programs.
  • Possess exceptional skills that will enable the scholar to engage in lively exchange with other researchers.
  • Intend to work in an area related to one or more of the foundation?s four themes, and have an expressed desire to contribute to public dialogue.

Application Process

A Notice of Intent is due by Sept. 19, 2016 by midnight (EST). Applicants will be notified of internal competition results by Sept. 30, 2016. Successful applicants will be nominated and forwarded by Laurier to the national competition in early Dec. 2016.

  • Students must submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to FGPS@wlu.ca. The NOI must include a CV, all postsecondary transcripts (copies accepted at this stage), a 500-word statement that outlines how intended work relates to one or more of the foundation's themes and ability to engage in academic and public dialogue and two reference letters. Please note "Trudeau Scholarship Application" in subject line of email.
  • FGPS will notify candidates if their application will be supported.
  • Supported candidates complete and submit a full application the Trudeau Foundation Portal.
  • University selection committee review supported applications.
  • Recommended applications forwarded to the national competition.

External Scholarships for Postdoctoral Fellows

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research?based growth.

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:

  • Attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally.
  • Develop leadership potential.
  • Position candidates for success as research leaders of tomorrow.

Value and Duration of Award

  • $70,000 per year (taxable) for two years (non-renewable).

Eligibility and Conditions

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents and foreign citizens are eligible to apply.
  • Must have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD between Sept. 21, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2017 (refer to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships website for exceptions).
  • Are held only at the institution which supported the original application for the program.
  • Must be taken up no earlier than April 1 and no later than Oct. 1 following the year of application.
  • Are held for two years.
  • Can only be held once in a lifetime.

Complete eligibility guidelines are available on the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships website.

Selection Criteria

  • Research excellence and leadership in the research domain.
  • Quality of the applicant's proposed research program.
  • Institutional commitment and demonstrated synergy between applicant and institutional strategic priorities.

Application Process

Applicants must submit a Notice of Intent application package to fgps@wlu.ca by Laurier's internal deadline of Monday, July 18, 2016.

A complete Notice of Intent Application Package includes:

  • Canadian Common CV.
  • All postsecondary education transcripts.
  • Description of career aspirations and rationale for desire to pursue a postdoctoral research experience at Laurier and in association with the proposed supervisor. Highlight the benefits expected with respect to fulfilling career aspirations (maximum 1 page).
  • Research proposal (maximum 4 pages), including:
    • The objectives and significance of your proposed research program.
    • The contribution that your research will make to the advancement of knowledge.
    • How the proposed research program is situated within relevant scholarly literature.
    • The theoretical approach or framework that will be used.
    • The research question(s) and/or hypothesis/hypotheses.
    • The methodology and why it was chosen.
    • The plan to disseminate the findings and/or enhance potential for impact.
  • Submission from proposed supervisor (maximum 3 pages).
  • Evidence for the suitability of the match with reference to the supervisor's area of research and contributions.
  • Proposed research environment (funding, facilities/resources and personnel available to support the applicant).
  • Demonstrated synergy between the applicant and institutional strategic priorities.

Questions? Contact Dr. Matthew Smith, Associate Dean, Postdoctoral Affairs.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (Postdoc)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellowships support highly qualified applicants in the areas of health research to add to a recipient?s experience by engaging in health research in Canada or abroad.

Value and Duration of Award

$40,000 to $60,000 per year (taxable); non-renewable tenable for up to 5 years. See CIHR Fellowship website for more details. 

Eligibility

  • The Nominated Principal Applicant must be a trainee and a commitment of 75% of the applicant?s time must be in the research fellowship role proposed in the application.
  • Applicants must not hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position, nor can they be on leave from such a position.
  • A primary supervisor must be identified on the application; an additional supervisor may also be identified.
  • The program is open to Canadian citizens and international applicants; only Canadian citizens and permanent residents can hold the award outside of Canada.
  • At the time of application, the applicant must hold or be completing a PhD or a regulated health professional degree and must expect to complete all degree requirements by the latest possible date on which applicants can take up an award.
  • Applicants who have obtained a doctorate degree more than 3 years prior to the competition deadline are not eligible to apply (date of official degree completion is used).
  • Applicants may submit only one training or salary award application per year for funding from NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC, but individuals eligible to apply to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program or the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program may also submit an application to the CIHR Fellowship program.

A complete list of eligibility guidelines and details on the review process and evaluation can be found on the CIHR Fellowship website.

Application Process

Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now closed.

Complete application instructions can be found on the CIHR Fellowship website.

Questions?

Contact Matthew Smith, associate dean, Postdoctoral Affairs.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) (Postdoc)

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships support the most promising new Canadian scholars in natural sciences and engineering, and assist them in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers. 

Value and Duration of Award

$45,000 per year (taxable); non-renewable tenable for up to two years. 

Eligibility

To apply for this opportunity, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada at the time of application.
  • Hold or expect to hold a doctorate in one of the fields of research that NSERC supports.
  • You must have completed all requirements of your first doctoral degree no more than two years before the deadline date of the year in which you apply, or by Sept. 1 of the year of the award announcement.
  • If you have acquired at least six months of full-time relevant work experience in industry or government (experience in a university or its affiliated hospitals, research centres and other laboratories will not be considered) after you received your doctorate, NSERC will extend this eligibility period to three years.
  • If, within two years following the date of completion of your PhD, you withdraw from the workforce and from active research for maternity leave or to raise a child for at least one year, NSERC will extend this eligibility period to six years.

Complete eligibility guidelines are available on the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship website.

Selection Criteria

Applications are selected based on the following:

  • Research ability or potential (70%)
  • Communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities (30%)

Complete selection criteria details can be reviewed on the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship website.

Application Process

Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now closed.

Complete application instructions can be found on the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship website.

Questions?

Contact Dr. Matthew Smith, Associate dean, Postdoctoral Affairs.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (Postdoc)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowships support the most promising Canadian new scholars in the social sciences and humanities, and assist them in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers.

Value and Duration of Awards

  • $40,500 per year (taxable); non-renewable tenable for a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 24 months.

Eligibility

It is the subject matter and the objectives and content of a proposal, rather than research methodology or the institutional affiliation of the applicant, that determine research eligibility. Research programs proposing only the adaptation of doctoral theses for publication, the editing of textbooks, translation, or the acquisition of a foreign language are ineligible. In other words, the research proposed in the application for a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship must be significantly different and distinct from, or add significantly to, the doctoral thesis.

To apply to this funding opportunity, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada (by the application deadline).
  • Have earned a first doctorate from a recognized university no earlier than September 2013 (date all degree requirements were completed, not the date of graduation), or have completed a first doctorate no earlier than September 2010, but have had their career interrupted or delayed for the purpose of maternity, childrearing, illness, or health-related family responsibilities.
  • Not hold a tenure or tenure-track faculty position.
  • Have finalized arrangements for affiliation with a recognized university or research institution.
  • Have applied not more than twice before to the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships funding opportunity.
  • Not be applying in the 2015-16 academic year to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships program or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellowships program.
  • Not have already received a postdoctoral award (including a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship) from CIHR, SSHRC or NSERC.

Applicants who obtain their PhD from a foreign university are eligible to apply only if they wish to hold their award at a Canadian university.

Complete eligibility guidelines are available on the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship website.

Selection Criteria

Applications are selected based on the following:

  • Challenge (20%): The aim and importance of the endeavor.
  • Feasibility (30%): The plan to achieve excellence.
  • Capability (50%): The expertise to succeed.

Application Process

Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now closed.

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship applications require an Institutional Nomination and Commitment to be submitted as part of the application package. Nominations must be prepared by the chair/director of the proposed host department and should outline how the institution will support effective research training and career development for the applicant, based on SSHRC's Guidelines for Effective Research Training.

Applicants should speak to their proposed supervisor to help identify the person who should complete the nomination. In cases where the department head and the research supervisor are the same person, she or he should provide the information requested for the Institutional Nomination and Commitment as well as that requested for the Research Appraisal. Department chairs who would like advice or assistance completing nominations should contact Dr. Matt Smith, Associate Dean, Postdoctoral Affairs.

Questions? Contact Dr. Matthew Smith, Associate Dean, Postdoctoral Affairs.

Questions?

Contact Cherie Mongeon, Graduate Financial Aid and Awards Officer

E: cmongeon@wlu.ca

T: 519.884.0710 x4218


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