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 upon the student’s return to campus in the fall.
Here are the 2019 projects that were funded:
- An English Literature student who attended an annual editors’ conference.
- A History student who travelled to Tennessee to take part in a week-long historical immersion workshop set in the American Civil War period.
- An Education student who completed an internship in Youth Development and Education in Cape Town, South Africa, teaching various subjects in a secondary school.
- A Biology student who travelled to Iquitos, Peru, to volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation centre.
- An Arts Administration student who travelled to Brussels for an internship with the Kunstenfestivaldesarts to gain an understanding of the arts festival’s inner workings.
- An English Literature student who attended a week-long intensive screenwriting program at the Vancouver Film School.
- An Applied Psychology student who attended a week-long program about crime, law and psychology in Prague.
- A Business Administration student who attended a 1-day program in Water Resource Management and Sustainable Practices at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Peru.
- A Biology student who completed at internship at McGill University doing research with a pediatric neurologist and clinician scientist.
- An International Political Economy student who attended the Canadian Association for Food Studies conference in Vancouver.
- A History and Global Studies student who travelled to the Lechaion Harbour and Settlement Land Project in Greece to participate in conserving and cataloguing previously discovered artefacts.
- A Neuroscience and Biochemistry student who attended a five-day workshop on apitherapy in Romania in support of a project to investigate and report on empirical support for the therapeutic properties of bee products.
- A Psychology student who travelled to Togo, West Africa to intern with a clinical psychologist at a psychiatric hospital.
- A Political Studies student who participated in a European study tour and research internship at the European Union Trade Institute.
Complete details on past B.E.S.T. projects:
- 2018 B.E.S.T. projects
- 2017 B.E.S.T. projects
- 2016 B.E.S.T. projects
- 2015 B.E.S.T. projects
- 2014 B.E.S.T. projects
- 2013 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 $940 to $7,000. The average funding requested was $3,540.
- Range of funding awarded last year was from $940 to $7,000. The average funding awarded was $3,310.
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 86.22%.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 819-822-9600 ext. 2201. Completed applications must be received by Friday, January 24, 2020. Applications must be submitted electronically by completing the online form.
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. The sponsor/mentor letter should also include how they will provide active support to the student before and during the project.
- Biography of the student.
- If there is participation in a program, include specifications of the program, as well as what makes it exceptional.
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.