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Awards Available for Current Graduate Students

The Department of Chemistry's Graduate Awards & Scholarship Committee:  Richard Oleschuk (Chair), Natalie Cann, Jean-Michel Nunzi

Information on awards and scholarships, can be found on the School of Graduate Studies web site.

Faculty members who agree to write reference letters for applicants might find the "Tips for Referees PDF 346" document useful.

Conference Travel Award (CTA)

Full time graduate students may apply for a student conference travel award of $300 each academic year.  Awards may be used to provide financial support for travel, accommodation, food and registration fees associated with a recognized conference at which the student is presenting their own or co-authored paper or poster.

You must be registered full-time in a graduate degree program at the time of the conference.

During their program, students in years 1-2 of a Master's program may receive a maximum of 2 awards.  Students in years 1-4 of a Doctoral program may receive a maximum of 4 awards.

Prior to Conference:  Eligible students must complete an Application Form (233 KB) and attach the required information as indicated on the application and submit to Graduate Assistant. The Graduate Coordinator will review your documents and if they are acceptable, will approve the application.

After Conference:  Submit the following to the Graduate Assistant as soon as possible after the conference and no later than 4 weeks after the conference.

  • Claim Form (233 KB) - the Graduate Coordinator will verify that this document matches those filed prior to the the conference
  • Copy of conference agenda must be submitted with claim form
  • All original receipts must be submitted
  • Travel Expense Form - if expenses are greater than $300 and the supervisor has agreed to cover the additional cost
    • If you are unsure whether you should complete a travel expense form please check with the Graduate Assistant

Instructions for Completing a Travel Expense Form:

Example of Completed Form (PDF, 75 KB)

  • List all receipts under the expense information. All original receipts should be attached to the submitted form
  • Add the Travel Award as an expense item, with the amount listed as -300.00
  • Enter the account information provided by your supervisor
  • Complete and sign the Prepared by/Employee signature section
  • Have your supervisor complete and sign the Department/Research Project/Fund signing authority signature section
  • Submit to the Graduate Assistant for verification and signature of Department Manager

2018-2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Competition - Deadline: October 12, 2017

2018-19 Application Deadline: October 12, 2017

Guidelines, complete instructions, and the online application form for the 2018-2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Competition is now available on the Vanier website.

General Eligibility:

  • doctoral students only;
  • no more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2018;
  • both domestic and international students who meet all eligibility criteria may be considered;
  • must have an overall average of at least A- or the equivalent in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent;
  • must not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, SSHRC, or NSERC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.

Complete details on the following can be found on the Vanier Eligibility website:

  • Who is eligible to apply;
  • Minimum academic eligibility standards for applicants;
  • Selecting the appropriate granting agency;
  • Review process;
  • Selection criteria;
  • All acceptance and eligibility conditions to hold a 2018-2019 Vanier CGS;

Complete Detail Information (176 KB)

2018-2019 NSERC Doctoral Scholarship Competition - Deadline: October 19, 2017

2018-19 Application Deadline: October 19, 2017

For students who would like the graduate awards committee to review their application prior to submission, please submit a paper copy of your application to the Graduate Assistant by the internal review deadline.  The graduate awards committee will examine the application and provide comments and suggestions.

Internal Review Deadline: October 10, 2017

Guidelines, complete instructions, and the online application form for the 2018-2019 NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) and Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral competitions are now available at the NSERC website.

NSERC applications are submitted online by the applicant, checked online by staff at the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), reviewed electronically by the relevant School of Graduate Studies Fellowship/Awards subcommittee members, and submitted to NSERC online by the university’s Scholarships Liaison Officers (SLO). The online application is known as Form 201. Applicants must use the most recent version of Form 201. NSERC will not accept paper copies of applications.

Complete instructions for completing and submitting the online application.

Official, original transcripts are required. Certified photocopies will be accepted only for transcripts from foreign locations where official transcripts would be hard to obtain. These photocopies must be signed by the SLO, or Awards Officers, School of Graduate Studies, Queen's University.

Complete details on the awards available, eligibility and conditions. 

Applicants must consult the Eligibility Criteria for Students and Fellows section of the website for important information and any updates to eligibility criteria pertaining to proposed program of study and research.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • Must hold, or expect to hold (at the time of beginning the award), a degree in science or engineering from a university whose standing is recognized by NSERC;
  • Intent to pursue, in the following year, full-time graduate studies and research at the doctoral level in an eligible program in one of the areas of the natural sciences and engineering supported by NSERC;
  • Must have obtained a first-class average (an average of A-, at Queen's) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent);
  • Must not have previously taken up an NSERC PGS or IPS, or a CGS or a Vanier CGS, for the program of study to which the student is currently applying for funding;
  • Must not hold, or have held, a Canada Graduate Scholarship at the same level as the level to which the student is currently applying, from either CIHR or SSHRC.

Selection Criteria and Relative Weightings:

Refer closely to Appendix A: Selection criteria and indicators for scholarship and fellowship applications (31KB) to understand how applications are reviewed and adjudicated by both Queen's University and NSERC. Also, and as required by NSERC, the School of Graduate Studies Fellowship Committee members will use the following criteria and weightings when choosing applications to forward to NSERC:

Criteria PGSD
Academic Excellence 30%
Reserach Ability/Potential 50%
Communication, Interpersonal and Leadership Abilities 20%
Total 100%

2018-2019 NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's (CGS M) Competition - Deadline: December 1, 2017

2018-19 Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

For students who would like the graduate awards committee to review their application prior to submission, please submit a paper copy of your application to the Graduate Assistant by the internal review deadline.  The graduate awards committee will examine the application and provide comments and suggestions.

Internal Review Deadline: November 20, 2017

Guidelines and complete instructions for the 2018-2019 NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's (CGS M) competition are now available at the NSERC website.

Applications are submitted online by the applicant, checked online by staff at the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), reviewed electronically by the relevant SGS Fellowship Committee/Subcommittee members, and submitted to the Tri Agencies online by Queen's University's Scholarships Liaison Officer (SLO), Monica Corbett.

Students submit their application to the university at which they propose to hold their award via the Research Portal. The Canadian Common CV (CCV) must be completed and linked to the application.The online Canadian common CV (CCV) and the online "Research Portal" application for the 2018-2019 CGS M competition are now available on the Research Portal website.

Transcripts: Applicants upload transcripts to their online application. Official, original, up-to-date transcripts issued by the University's Registrar's office are required. Certified photocopies will be accepted only for transcripts from foreign locations where official transcripts would be hard to obtain. These photocopies must be signed by the SLO, or Awards Officers, School of Graduate Studies, Queen's University. Current Queen's student must submit a transcript for their current program, regardless of the number of months completed, to demonstrate registration in the program.

Reference Accessments: Each application must be accompanied by two Reference Assessments. These must be completed by persons capable of making an informed assessment, and they cannot be completed by a proposed supervisor unless that person is also, or also has been, the applicant's supervisor. Applicants will not be able to submit the application until the 2 assessments have been completed and linked to the application.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • Must be enrolled in, have applied for, or are apply for full-time admission to an eligible graduate program at the master's or doctoral level;
  • Must not have previously held a CGS M;
  • Must have achieved a first-class average (A-, at Queen's), as determined by the host institution, in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time);
  • Must have completed, as of December 31 of the year of application, between zero and 12 months of full-time studies in:
    • the master's program for which the applicant is requesting funding; or
    • the doctoral program for which the applicant is requesting funding if the applicant was admitted into a doctoral program directly from a bachelor's program; or
    • a master's program, but the applicant is requesting funding for a doctoral program

Selection Criteria and Relative Weightings:

As required by the Tri-Agencies, members of the School of Graduate Studies Fellowship Committee and/or Graduate Council's Fellowships Subcommittees will use the following criteria and weightings when choosing CGS M recipients:

Criteria Description Weight
Academic Excellence
As demonstrated by past academic results, transcripts, awards and distinctions.
Indicators of Academic Excellence:
- Academic record
- Scholarships and awards held
- Duration of previous studies
- Type of program and courses pursued
- Course load
- Relative standing (if available)
50%
Reserach Potential
As demonstrated by the applicant's research history, his/her interest in discover, the proposed research, its potential contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the field, and any anticipated outcomes.
Indicators of Research Potential:
- Quality and originality of contributions to research and development
- Relevance of work experience and academic training to field of proposed research
- Significance, feasibility, and merit of proposed reserach
- Judgment and ability to think critically
- Ability to apply skills and knowledge
- Initiative, autonomy and independence
- Research experience and achievements relative to expectations of someone with the candidate's academic experience
30%
Personal Characteristics and Interpersonal Skills
As demonstrated by the applicant's past professional and relevant extracurricular interactions and collaborations.
Indicators of Personal Characteristics and Interpersonal Skills:
- Work experience
- Leadership experience
- Project management including organizing conferences and meetings
- The ability or potential to communicate theoretical, technical and/or scientific concepts clearly and logically in written and oral formats
- Involvement in academic life
- Volunteerism/community outreach
20%
Total   100%

2018-2019 CIHR Doctoral Research Awards - Deadline: October 3, 2017

2018-19 Application Deadline: October 3, 2017

The online application to the 2018-19 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Awards competition is open.

Note: CIHR calls it the 2017/18 competition, but it is for students applying for funding to start as of academic year 2018-19.

These awards support graduate students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field, for the academic year 2018-19. The awards are valued at $30,000 per year (stipend) + $5,000 per year (research allowance).

The proposed research/training to be supported must fall under the mandate of CIHR. As such, the intended outcomes of the research/training must primarily improve or have an impact on health and/or produce more effective health services and products and/or strengthen the Canadian health care system. Applicants must decide if their research/training can be funded under CIHR’s mandate prior to applying. Applicants should consult the information on Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency.

The award program is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada at the time of application. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 12 months of graduate study at the Master's or doctoral level as of the application deadline to be eligible. There is also a maximum number of months after which one is ineligible to apply. These and all other important details and instructions are found on the CIHR website.

Applications must be completed via ResearchNet. The School of Graduate Studies is responsible for forwarding all completed and submitted applications of eligible students to CIHR via ResearchNet.

2017-2018 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) - Closed

The Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) promote excellence in graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels. OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to graduate students in all graduate disciplines in Ontario universities. Eligible students apply for OGS through each university where they may be enrolled in 2017-18.

Scholarship Value: $15,000 for one academic year, normally paid out in 3 equal installments. The award is not renewable.

2017-18 Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

Complete Information and Online Application

Note: The Department of Chemistry uses the OGS applications to nominate graduate students for other internal and departmental awards as such eligible graduate students are highly encouraged to submit an application.

2016-2017 Graduate Dean's Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Research - Closed

The Graduate Dean's Travel Grants for Doctoral Field Research are available to contribute to the support of field research that is central to the doctoral dissertation and that must be carried out at a considerable distance from Queen's University. Applications for field research undertaken in Ontario have also been approved for locations in remote areas or when the nature of the fieldwork requires the student to be away for long periods of time. Applications to attend conferences, workshops or courses will not be supported under this program. The maximum single award is $3000 and the maximum that a student may receive during the doctoral program is $3000. However, students should realize that this is a maximum and since the intent is to contribute towards the costs of travel, the Committee may decide to make contributions of less than $3000.

Applications are assessed on the basis of academic merit, on the centrality of the fieldwork to the thesis research, the coherence of the proposal, financial need and the departmental ranking.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Any student who plans to travel for research purposes, any time between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017, is eligible to apply to this competition
  • Students must complete their Comprehensive (Candidacy) Examination requirement before taking up the Graduate Dean's Doctoral Field Travel Award. So, any student planning to complete their comprehensive examinations between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017, is therefore eligible to apply to this competition
  • Students must take up their award within 12 months of being notified of receipt of the award
  • Students must be registered full time in their Doctoral program during the tenure of the award

Grant Value: maximum of $3000

2016-17 Departmental Application Deadline: February 1, 2017 (Submit complete applications to the Graduate Assistant, Michelle Boutilier)

Application Form (PDF,375KB)

Application Form (Word,59KB)

2017 Walter C Sumner Memorial Fellowships - Closed

The Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowships are available to Canadian citizens engaged in or about to start doctoral studies in Chemistry, Physics, or Electronics (including Electrical Engineering and Computer Science). While all awards remain at the discretion (as to number and value and recipient) of the Foundation, it is the Foundation's intent to again award approximately 24 Fellowships this year with a value of $8,000.00 each.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be engaged in or about to start doctoral studies in Chemistry, at Queen's University;
  • Be a Canadian citiizen;
  • Live in Canada, although at the time of application a candidate may be studying outside the country;
  • Hold a degree from a Canadian university other than the one at which the doctoral studies will be conducted during the tenure of the fellowship;
  • If only a degree at the Bachelor's level is held, the applicant must have at least two years experience in either teaching or industry in the chosen field of study; and
  • If awarded a Canada Graduate Scholarship, a participant must inform the Walter C. Sumner Foundation.
  • Preference will be given to those born in Nova Scotia, followed by those born in any of the other Atlantic Provinces.

Scholarship Value: $8,000 (may change; at the discretion of the Foundation)

2017 Application Deadline: TBA (Submit complete applications to the Graduate Assistant, Michelle Boutilier)

Complete Information and Application

2017-2018 Mackenzie King Scholarship Competition - Closed

Applications for the Mackenzie King Open Scholarship is now available to download at www.mkingscholarships.ca. Applicants must submit their application directly to the School of Graduate Studies at the university from which they most recently graduated or where they are currently enrolled. The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship is open to graduates of any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) postgraduate study in any field, in Canada or elsewhere. One 2017-2018 Open Scholarship is awarded nationally.

A candidate may not hold a Mackenzie King Scholarship at the same time as other scholarships without the written approval of the Board of Scholarship Trustees. This approval is usually given provided that the candidate's total scholarship support, including the Mackenzie King Scholarship, does not exceed a maximum amount defined by the Board. Lately the maximum amount has been the candidate's expected tuition fees (approx. $6,500) plus $16,000, but is subject to change.

Application Procedure:

A complete application consists of the following, each of which should be sent directly to the "Mackenzie King Scholarships Competition" c/o the School of Graduate Studies of the student's home university:

  1. The completed and signed application form (including attached sheets A and B as described on that form);
  2. Three letters of reference from persons who have an intimate knowledge of the student's record and ability and are able to give a critical evaluation of the student's plans for postgraduate study. At least two of these testimonials must be from persons under whom the student has taken their work at university, or from senior colleagues with whom they have been associated in academic teaching or research;
  3. Certified copies of official transcripts of marks and other academic records from each university attended. If a transcript is not available, you may substitute a certified statement by the Registrar or the Faculty concerned.

These items must be received by the School of Graduate Studies of the student's home university by the deadline.  Please note that applications sent directly to the Board will not be considered.

Scholarship Value: $8,500 (is subject to change)

2017-2018 Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

2018-2019 DAAD Study Scholarships and Research Grants - Deadline: October 5, 2017

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. Among other funding opportunities, DAAD offers research grants and/or study scholarships for students with as least a Bachelor's degree to either study or do research in Germany.

Study Scholarships: available to highly qualified graduate students of all disciplines to provide the opportunity to study in Germany, or complete a postgraduate or Master's degree courses and obtain a degree from a German higher education institution. Graduate study scholarships are granted for one academic year (10 months) with the possibility of a one-year extension for students in degree-granting programs to complete a full degree course in Germany. The duration of the Study Scholarship is between 10 and 24 months depending on the length of the chosen study programme. Scholarship funding periods must start as of October 1.

Study Scholarship Application

Research Grants: awarded primarily to highly qualified PhD candidates or Post-Doctoral fellows who are early in their academic/professional careers or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany. Funding may also be granted to recent PhDs who would like to conduct research. Graduate students should be enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate program. PhD candidates should have a minimum of ABD status (All but Dissertation) by the time the scholarship starts. Doctoral and Post-doctoral applicants may also apply. All academic disciplines are eligible. Graduate research grants are granted from one to 10 months, with the possibility of a one-year extension. Doctoral candidates wishing to complete their degree in Germany may receive up to there one-year extensions. Funding periods must start as of October 1.

Research Grant Application

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants are requested to have a well-defined project that makes a stay in Germany essential;
  • Applicants may apply at any point in their graduate studies;
  • Applicants should be US or Canadian citizens enrolled full-time;
  • International students may apply if they have been full-time graduate students for more than one academic year at the time of application. International students must contact DAAD New York before applying to determine their eligibility status.

2018-2019 Application Deadline: October 5, 2017 (Submit 3 hard copies of the application, application summary, and supporting documentation to the School of Graduate Studies)

Memo from the School of Graduate Studies (119KB)

2018-2019 IODE Canada War Memorial Doctoral Scholarship - Deadline: October 1, 2017 & November 1, 2017

The IODE Memorial Scholarships support PhD scholars whose research makes important contributions to Canada and to the world in medicine, science, business, politics and academic. Applicants are judged on academic excellence and potential. Applicants must be Canadian citizens and in at least their 2nd year of a doctoral program at a Canadian or Commonwealth university. Interested candidates must first complete and submit the Letter of Intent to IODE Canada by the deadline before continuing with the application.

Scholarship Value: $20,000

2018-19 Letter of Intent Deadline: October 1, 2017

2018-19 Application Deadline: November 1, 2017

Complete Information and Online Application

2017 Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research Grant - Deadline: October 2, 2017

The Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research Grant was established to provide financial support and promote graduate student research in the field of clean energy at Canadian Universities. Clean energy encompasses energy sources and processes that are an alternative to fossil fuels, with minimizing, neutral or ameliorating consequences on the environment. The objective of the Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research Grant is to develop research skills and assist in the training of qualified individuals.

Scholarship Value: $10,000

2017 Application Deadline: October 2, 2017 at Midnight (PST)

Complete Information and Grant Application