B.E.S.T. Project Fund

B.E.S.T. Project Fund

Bishop’s Exceptional Student Talent

In 2010 a Bishop’s graduate (who wishes to remain anonymous), with a strong belief in our University and a desire to help our most promising students achieve their full potential, made a gift commitment to establish the B.E.S.T. Project Fund.

The B.E.S.T. Project Fund is the premiere experiential learning opportunity at Bishop’s.

This unique fund is intended to assist students to determine their career paths and realize their ambitions.

The funds are awarded to students whom the Selection Committee believes have the potential for significant achievement and impact once they graduate from Bishop’s.

All project proposals should:

  • Assist the student in defining and/or achieving their career objectives.
  • Emphasizes a significant interaction with a mentor.
  • Articulate how the project relates to the student’s area of academic interests or links to future studies or career directions.
  • Describe how this learning experience will be shared with the Bishop’s community.

Here are the 2017 projects that were funded:

  • A Psychology student who worked as a research assistant at McGill University’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  • A Classical Studies and Neuroscience student who took part in a volunteer excavation of the Vindola Historic site in Northumberland, England.
  • A Biochemistry student who presented the results of his internship research at the 100th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Toronto.
  • An International Studies student who participated in a three-month internship with a non-governmental organization focused on emergency relief, community building and refugee sheltering in Mongolia.
  • Sociology student who provided free legal services to inmates through the “Hawai’i Innocence Project”.
  • A Biology and Pre-Medicine student who held an internship position with the Genetics Department at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).
  • A Psychology and Neuroscience student who participated in a four-month internship in a research center in Lyon, France.
  • A Business and International Studies student who participated in a six-month internship with the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners in Thailand.
  • A Biology student who conducted research on cardiovascular disease treatment and presented her project at the University of Sherbrooke.
  • A Master’s in Astrophysics student who attended a specialized summer school at the University of California, Santa Barbra.
  • A Psychology student who attended a nine-day intensive training workshop on Nonviolent Communication in Copenhagen, Denmark.
See more examples of projects that were funded in previous years

Complete details on past B.E.S.T. projects:

Range of Funding

Applicants may request up to a maximum of $7,000 in support. These funds may be used to fund:

  • Travel or accommodations if the project takes place outside of Lennoxville/Sherbrooke.
  • Purchase of necessary equipment (which would remain property of Bishop’s upon completion of the project), supplies or related fees (i.e. travel insurance).
  • Workshop fees.
  • Conference fees.
    • Conferences will be accepted for review by the committee, but there must be strong reasoning as to why it would be an exceptional experience for the B.E.S.T. Project Fund to accommodate. For example, presenting a paper or a poster at a conference.
  • As a general rule, compensation is not provided for lost earnings, however, this may be considered under exceptional circumstances.
  • Range of funding requested last year was from $2100 to $7000. The average funding requested was $4920.
  • Range of funding awarded last year was from $1730 to $6174. The average funding awarded was $4329.

Eligibility

Applicants for B.E.S.T. Project funding must be full-time students at Bishop’s and be endorsed by a Bishop’s faculty member or senior administrator as a sponsor/mentor for the project.

The student must not receive Bishop’s academic credit for the project. Students must have completed at least one year of full-time studies at Bishop’s prior to starting the project.

The project may take place during the academic year, the spring or the summer, and must be completed while the student is a full-time student at Bishop’s.

Students not returning to Bishop’s University will not normally be considered except under exceptional circumstances.

A student may apply for one project per year.

The student must have a minimum 70% cumulative average in courses taken at Bishop’s. The cumulative average for last year’s recipients was 83.55%.

Application Process

The details of the B.E.S.T. Project Fund will appear on the Bishop’s website, and in the academic calendar.

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Lauzière, Chief of Staff, Office of the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, at denise.lauziere@ubishops.ca or 819-822-9600 ext. 2201. Completed applications must be received by Monday, January 22, 2018. Applications must be submitted electronically by completing the online form.

Application for B.E.S.T. Project Fund

The B.E.S.T. Project Selection Committee will review applications with a goal of advising students and their sponsors of the Committee’s decisions before the end of February.

The Committee may wish to interview students prior to making a final decision.

Each application must include:

  • Explanation of the project and how it fulfills the objectives of the Fund.
  • Intended outcome or goal of the project.
  • Timeline for the project.
  • Detailed budget and specific request for financial support from the Fund.
  • A reference letter from the sponsor/mentor which states why the candidate should be considered and why the project will help the student achieve their goals.
  • Biography of the student.
  • If there is participation in a program, include specifications of the program, as well as what makes it exceptional.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the role of the sponsor/mentor?
How long should my biography be and what should it include?
Can I submit a group project?
How long should my application be?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The B.E.S.T. Project Fund is not a travel fund. Consequently, if travel is proposed, the applicant must demonstrate why a similar experience could not be attained without such travel.

If you are participating in an internship or a program and have not yet received notice of acceptance, you may still submit your project for review. If you receive the B.E.S.T., your remittance will be conditional until you receive official acceptance to the internship or program.