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Awards Available for New Incoming Graduate Students

Information on other internal 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.

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)

2017-2018 NSERC Doctoral Scholarship Competition - Closed

2017-18 Application Deadline: October 20, 2016

Guidelines, complete instructions, and the online application form for the 2017-2018 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%
Research Ability/Potential 50%
Communication, Interpersonal and Leadership Abilities 20%
Total 100%

2017-2018 NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's (CGS M) Competition - Closed

2017-18 Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Guidelines and complete instructions for the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 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 Assessments: 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%
Research 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 research
- 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.

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: February 14, 2017 (Submit complete applications to the Graduate Assistant, Michelle Boutilier)

Complete Information and Application