Internal Funding Competitions

Internal Funding Competitions

Graduate Students are important members of the Bishop’s University community, and we are committed to supporting the achievement of their academic goals and recognizing excellence. In collaboration with the Bishop’s University Foundation, the Graduate Studies Committee, and the Vice-Principal Academic and Research, we are proud to be able to offer the first ever edition of these awards.

RIC – Future Skills – Bishop’s Knowledge Mobilization Fellowships

RIC – Future Skills – Bishop’s Knowledge Mobilization Fellowships

Eligibility and Guidelines

Research Impact Canada, Future Skills Canada and Bishop’s University’s KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZATION FELLOWSHIPS Program aims to support high-performing recent graduates from Bishop’s Knowledge Mobilization graduate certificate by offering the opportunity of working over a five-month period (October 2020-February 2021) with one of Bishop’s University’s five Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) to assist in the mobilization and dissemination of their research. The contribution of Future Skills Canada has allowed for the creation of this program to an amount of $3,500 per scholarship. Deadline for submitting applications: September 30, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

Selected applicants will not choose with which Canada Research Chair they will be working during the fellowships. However, they are invited to submit their preference, which will be taken into consideration by the Selection Committee. Each selected applicant will be assigned, by an internal selection committee, to work one-on-one (remotely) with a CRC to meet the following objectives i) evaluate the KMb needs of each researcher; ii) develop short-term KMb strategies that are executable within the Fellowship time frame; iii) create tools and/or execute KMb activities for the researcher; and iv) present their work in a virtual KMb showcase of Bishop’s CRCs in the late winter/early spring. KMb Fellows will also be expected to work collaboratively with other Fellows throughout this period to co-create a living document of their experiences in developing themselves as KMb professionals. The final version of this document will serve as a kind of ‘survival guide’ or reference manual of best practices for future KMb professionals-in-training to facilitate the transition into first employment opportunities as KMb specialists.

To be eligible for an award, the applicant must have obtained their Knowledge Mobilization graduate certificate.

At the start of the scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Hold a graduate certificate in knowledge mobilization
  • Be a Canadian citizen, or have Canadian status (permanent resident, work permit, study permit…)
  • Be domiciled in Canada

The conditions listed above must remain met for the entire duration of the scholarship.

Evaluation Criteria

Scoring Guide (40 points)

  • PORTFOLIO AND SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS (20 points)
    • Examples of the applicant’s work (2). This can be tangible products (e.g. infographics) or a summary (1 page maximum) of a KMb activity/event organized by the applicant. Examples of work should be accompanied by a brief explanation of how these illustrate what the applicants can offer to the Canada Research Chairs;
    • Grants, prizes and distinctions obtained, if applicable;
    • Volunteer work, internships, other contributions, etc. relevant to the application.
  • Motivation (20 points)
    • Candidates must provide clearly demonstrate motivation to the selection committee, which includes justification on which CRC they wish to work with (choices 1, 2 and 3).

Supporting Documents

Mandatory documents to attach to the application:

The application must be submitted electronically via email (researchoffice@ubishops.ca) at latest 4 p.m. on September 30th, 2020, and include the following documents:

Student’s Commitment

By accepting the scholarship, the applicant agrees to:

  • Comply with all the conditions and requirements described in this document. Awardees who do not comply with these rules will have their award canceled;
  • Present their work in a virtual KMb showcase of Bishop’s CRCs in the late winter/early spring;
  • Acknowledge the award in any publication or presentation related to this work.

Canada Research Chair Assignments

1)     Canada Research Chair in Climate and Environmental Change
Heat waves, droughts and hurricanes all seem to be occurring with increasing frequency. These events disproportionately affect the world’s most vulnerable people. But are these events really occurring more often than they did in the past? And if so, are human activities to blame or are these changes just part of a natural cycle? Dr. Matthew Peros, Canada Research Chair in Climate and Environmental Change, is studying natural climate variability and its causes using such geological evidence as lake sediments. Peros is learning much about the past from clues contained in fossils and physical and chemical indicators from the archives of past climates and environments. By doing so, he is able to place the changes seen over the last half century into a long-term context. This will improve understanding of the relative importance of human activities and natural causes in driving climate change. Peros is also seeking to answer how climate has changed in the Arctic since the last Ice Age, the way that hurricane activity has varied over the last 5,000 years and the impact of prehistoric humans on the environment in North America. Peros’ research will improve forecasts of future climate change scenarios and help predict the response of ecosystems to abrupt climate variability. His work will also help identify which populations will be especially vulnerable to environmental change in the coming decades.

2)     Canada Research Chair in Exoplanet Astrophysics

When it comes to the study of space, one of the big remaining questions is whether we are alone in the Universe. Dr. Jason Rowe’s research will take us one step closer to answering that question. As Canada Research Chair in Exoplanet Astrophysics, he is discovering and characterizing extrasolar planets to learn if there may be other planets similar to Earth. Canadian scientists, including Rowe, have played a key role in discovering planets around distant stars. Canada has also made significant investments in infrastructure to further its strength in exoplanetary science. One such investment is a spectrograph built for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The spectrograph, named NIRISS, can detect and characterize the atmosphere of extrasolar planets that may be similar to Earth. Rowe and his research team use observations from advanced astronomical observatories—such as JWST, the Canada-France-Hawaii-Telescope, the Canadian BRITE Mission, and NASA’s TESS mission—to obtain and interpret measurements of mass, radius, atmosphere, incident flux, composition and evolution for a large sample of planets spanning the Earth to Neptune regime. This work is advancing Canada’s knowledge in the field of exoplanets—planets outside our solar system. Determining how exoplanets are similar to or different from planets within our solar system, such as Earth, is critical for understanding the evolution of our solar system. It will also provide direction that will support future Canada-led missions and technologies towards understanding extrasolar planets and life in the Universe.

3)     Canada Research Chair on Youth Development

What steers one young person to serve their community and another to engage in terrorism? Both paths leave very different legacies for the future—an idea that researchers refer to as “generativity.” Yet we know very little about how generativity develops before a person reaches midlife. Dr. Heather Lawford, Canada Research Chair in Youth Development, examines the roots of generativity. She and her research team are studying young people who are leaving a lasting benefit to society through their exemplary actions. Youth who have already connected to their generative motivations often enjoy a significant advantage as they prepare for adulthood. Therefore, we need to find ways to engage and motivate youth to behave as responsible and contributing citizens. For example, through the Prime Minister’s youth council, Canadian youth have a say on national policy issues such as education, the environment and gender equality. By measuring generativity in youth, Lawford’s research will improve our knowledge of how youth express and deepen their commitment to generativity. It will also improve our capacity to understand generativity across the lifespan so we can better support generative development. Ultimately, Lawford’s research could improve individual well-being and inform local and national program and policy recommendations. As a community and a nation, we all benefit by supporting youth in their generative development.

4)     Canada Research Chair on Multimessenger Astrophysics

John Ruan’s research program aims to answer some of the most fundamental questions in astrophysics: What happens when compact objects such as black holes and neutron stars collide? What is the origin of the heaviest elements in the Universe? How do supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies grow? To answer these questions, Dr. Ruan will use world-class telescopes to observe (1) light from compact object mergers detected through gravitational waves, and (2) actively-growing supermassive black holes that appear to quickly fade away. These cutting-edge investigations will use multiple ‘cosmic messengers’, such as light and gravitational waves.

5)     Canada Research Chair in Plurilingual Education

The School of Education welcomes applications from innovative scholars with specialization in one or more of the following areas: research in language policies and history (e.g., policies that govern availability of language programs and rights, parental choices, etc.); curriculum studies in language education and language/literacy across the curriculum; language pedagogy in different immersion, bilingual or L2 contexts; language sociology and ecology about issues of language rights and language revitalization (indigenous & minority languages, local/regional dialects/varieties); cognitive research on language and brain functions; psycholinguistic research on language interconnection and integration; dominant and minority literary and cultural studies. Research activities will contribute to and promote critical debates in language theories, language policies, educational programming as well as plurilingual pedagogies across levels and disciplines including teacher education and other professional preparation for global intercultural skills.

Graduate Entrance Scholarships

Graduate Entrance Scholarships

Eligibility and Guidelines

Bishop’s University’s GRADUATE ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS Program aims to support high-performing students wishing to pursue their training at Bishop’s in a thesis-based graduate program. The contribution of the Bishop’s University Foundation has allowed for the creation of this program to an amount of $10,000 per scholarship, with $7,500 from the institution and $2,500 from the proposed thesis supervisor. The scholarship is admissible for renewal for a second year upon evaluation of the student’s progress. Deadline for submitting applications: July 31, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

The awards are reserved for students submitting an application to a thesis-based graduate program. Students are authorized to submit an application only once per graduate program. Students currently enrolled at Bishop’s University in a graduate program may be considered for the scholarship, as long as they have two or more sessions left to the proposed degree program, and they are converting from a course-based model to a thesis-based model. For example: students converting from the M.Ed. to M.A. program or students converting from a graduate course-based degree to a thesis-based M.Sc. are considered eligible.

To be eligible for an award, the student must have obtained, at the time of filing the application, a minimum grade of 80%, or who have achieved a first-class average, and whose achievements and works presented in the curriculum vitae are considered of an exceptional nature by the members of the Selection Committee. Unless otherwise advised by the members of the Selection Committee, only the academic grades related to the diploma used as the basis for admission to the graduate program will be considered.

At the start of the scholarship, the student:

  • must hold an undergraduate degree from a recognized university;
  • must be enrolled full-time in a thesis-based graduate degree program at Bishop’s University;
  • must be domiciled in Quebec;
  • must not hold a full scholarship from an external organization (e.g. NSERC, CIHR, FRQS, etc.)

Students who obtain an award must necessarily submit an application for a scholarship competition from an external granting agency. The conditions listed above must remain met for the entire duration of the scholarship.

Special circumstances:

  • Students who interrupted their graduate studies due to parental leave may benefit from an extension on their eligibility for up to one year.
  • Similarly, students can put the scholarship on hold for health reasons on presentation of a medical certificate specifying the duration of the leave.
  • In all cases of absence or interruption, the University must be informed and scholarship payments will be interrupted during this period.

Other sources of funding:

With the agreement of the thesis supervisor and, on the condition that the work does not interfere with academic activities, the student is authorized to hold paid employment for up to 100 hours per session.

Graduate Entrance Scholarships Application Form (PDF)

Thesis Supervisor

The thesis supervisor must be a member of Bishop’s University faculty. The supervisor must provide an evaluation form in support of the candidate. The supervisor agrees to provide a minimal contribution of $2,500 per year to the scholarship through their research funds.

Supervisor Evaluation Form (PDF)

Evaluation Criteria

Scoring Guide (40 points):

Academic Grades and Quality of the University Dossier (20 points)

  • Excellence of the academic record (unless otherwise advised by the members of the Selection Committee, only the academic grades related to the diploma used as the basis for admission to the graduate program are considered).
  • Grants, prizes and distinctions obtained.
  • Publication, presentation list or other significant contributions (community work, volunteering, other contributions).

Research Project (10 points)

  • Quality of the research project.
  • Potential impact of the research project.
  • The research project must be deemed feasible by the committee responsible for evaluating the application file before the scholarship can be offered.

Letters of Recommendation (10 points)

Supporting Documents

Mandatory documents to attach to the application:

The application must be submitted electronically via email (researchoffice@ubishops.ca) at latest 4:00 p.m. on July 31st, 2020, and include the following documents:

  • Application form;
  • Official transcripts issued by the Registrar’s Office for the diploma serving as the basis of admission;
  • Evidence, certificates, publisher notifications or confirmation emails required in the simplified CV;
  • Two (2) supporting letters of reference, one of which is from the thesis supervisor, submitted directly to the research office by email (include candidate’s name in subject email);
  • CV of the thesis supervisor.

Student’s Commitment

By accepting the scholarship, the student agrees to:

  • comply with the general rules for graduate studies of their program and all the conditions and requirements described in this document. Students who do not comply with these rules will have their scholarship canceled;
  • liaise with the Research and Graduate Studies Office to submit their application for scholarship competitions from external organizations (unless no program is available for the student);
  • acknowledge the scholarship in publications and during oral or poster presentations;
  • submit a report on their progress one year post-award;
  • write a thank you letter to the scholarship donor.
Graduate Merit Awards

Graduate Merit Awards

The Graduate Merit Awards, valued at $5000 each, aim to highlight the exceptional students in a thesis-based graduate program.

Eligibility and Guidelines

Bishop’s University’s MERIT AWARDS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS Program aims to support returning high- performing students wishing to pursue their graduate training at Bishop’s. Deadline for submitting applications: April 15th, 2020, at 4 p.m. Results are announced in early May, and the award amount is $5000.

The awards are aimed principally at students enrolled in a thesis-based graduate program who have completed 30 credits or less on the date of the competition for which they are applying, and will be enrolled in the same graduate program in the Fall 2020 semester. Students are authorized to submit an application only once per graduate program. Graduate students enrolled in course-based programs are encouraged to apply, but awards will be allotted according to availability.

To be eligible for an award, the student must have obtained, at the time of filing the application, a minimum grade of 80% or who have achieved a first-class average in each of their last two semesters, and whose achievements and works presented in the curriculum vitae are considered of an exceptional nature by the members of the Selection Committee.

Graduate Merit Award Application Form (PDF)

Thesis Supervisor

The thesis supervisor must be a member of Bishop’s University faculty. The supervisor must provide a letter of support for the candidate, using the Evaluation Form:

Supervisor Evaluation Form (PDF)

Evaluation Criteria

Scoring guide (40 points):

  • Academic grades and quality of the university dossier (academic grades related to the diploma)
  • Grants, prizes and distinctions obtained
  • Publication and presentation list

Letters of recommendation (10 points):

Supporting Documents

Mandatory documents to attach to the application:

The application must be submitted electronically using the Graduate Merit Award Application Form, along with a copy of your Bishop’s transcript, to the office of Research and Graduate Studies by April 15th, 2020 at the email address researchoffice@ubishops.ca, subject “Grad merit award – application”:

  • Copy of transcript in the graduate program at Bishop’s University;
  • Evidence, certificates, publisher notifications or confirmation emails as required;

Reference form completed by the thesis supervisor (sent to the Research office by email at researchoffice@ubishops.ca).

Student’s Commitment

By accepting the scholarship, the student agrees to:

  • Comply with the general rules for graduate studies of their program and all the conditions and requirements described in this document. Students who do not comply with these rules will have their award canceled;
  • Liaise with the Research and Graduate Studies Office to submit their application for scholarship competitions from external organizations (unless no program is available for the student);
  • Acknowledge the award in publications and during oral or poster presentations;
  • Submit a report on their progress one year post-award;
  • Write a thank you letter to the donor who provided the award (if applicable).

In addition to these awards, Bishop’s University’s dedication to providing a vibrant and diverse educational experience will be supported by a more diverse overall funding package available to our graduate students in the coming years.