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  1. NSERC Presents … Scholarships & Fellowships Programs

  2. Today’s Agenda • Introduction • What’s new in the Scholarships and Fellowships division • Information common to most applicants • Undergraduate Programs • Graduate Programs • How to complete Form 200 • Questions

  3. NSERCpromotes and assists research in the natural sciences and engineering NSERC 101

  4. Scholarships News • Vanier CGS: New Harmonized Tri-Agency process. Application details at Agency deadline: November 6, 2009 • CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS). Next deadline: October 10 • Eligibility Criteria (Program of study and proposed research)

  5. Scholarships News • Changes to Form 200: • Elimination of Appendix 2 • Addition of program of study • Increase in number of PGS/CGS/PDF committees • Closure of NSERC/MITACS Scholarship Program on March 31, 2009

  6. To Apply for NSERC SupportYou Must Be: • A Canadian citizen OR • A Permanent Resident of Canada Exceptions: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program (Vanier CGS) Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships Programs (IPS) Industrial Innovation Scholarships (IIS) - for those registered in Québec universities Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories (VF) Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE)

  7. Eligibility of Program of Study and Proposed Research Both program of study and proposed research must be eligible / in a field that NSERC supports Program: • Clinically-oriented programs of study are ineligible (e.g. clinical psychology) • Joint graduate programs including a professional degree are ineligible (e.g. MD/PhD) Research: • Research challenge must lie within NSE • For awards held at universities, research must be supervised by faculty member whose own research is in an NSERC-supported field May only apply to one agency per academic year. If in doubt, contact NSERC ( NSERC makes final decision

  8. Northern Research Internships (NRINT) • Opportunity to do research in Canada’s North • Student may hold a USRA, Vanier CGS, CGS/PGS, IPS or PDF at the same time • No fixed deadlines, apply 8 weeks before start of northern work • Up to 30 awards per year (first come, first served) • How to apply: • Form 200 • Letter from supervisor • Letter from Northern partner • NRINT Agreement signed by all parties • Up to $14,000 for 12-16 weeks, within 12 months

  9. Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Supplement Program (AANSE) • Aims to engage Aboriginal students and fellows in promoting interest and participation in the NSE. • Visit Canada’s Aboriginal communities and schools to share your research and education experiences or participate in science promotion events and activities. • You must hold an USRA*, Vanier CGS, CGS, PGS, PDF, IPS, IRDF or NRINT. *You may hold an AANSE supplement up to 4 months after the end of your USRA

  10. upplements • Extra $ from other organizations • May be available for USRA, PGS, CGS, Vanier CGS, IPS and PDF • Support research in specific areas • Value ranges from $1,000 - $15,000 + • Duration from 1 - 4 years • Contact agencies directly upon receipt of NSERC award letter

  11. CREATECollaborative Research And Training Experience • Groups of researchers who will provide training programs to highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows; • Value-added experience to the university training environment • Provide increased job readiness in chosen career • Students/Fellows may experience: • Opportunities to acquire professional skills; • Opportunities to travel – between Canadian Universities, and/or internationally; • Interaction with other sectors; • Increased access to interdisciplinary research at frontier between NSE and other disciplines.

  12. Undergraduate Student Research Awards • University-based research • USRA • Industry-based research • I-USRA* * Eligible companies on our Web site

  13. USRA Programs Travel funds may be available

  14. Applying for USRA

  15. Graduate Students • Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) / Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) • Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS – MSFSS) • Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships (IPS) • Industrial Innovation Scholarships (IIS) for students registered at a university in Quebec • Summer Programs in Japan or Taiwan

  16. Graduate Students • Maximum of 4 years support (full-time equivalent) • Total = Master’s + PhD support • Any combination of Vanier CGS, CGS, PGS, IPS, IIS, NSERC/MITACS

  17. Deadline for PGS Check your university's internal deadlines!

  18. CGS/PGS M and D * Must have obtained at least one Canadian degree in NSE

  19. CGS/PGS M and D * As of December 31st of the year of application in program for which support is requested

  20. CGS/PGS Selection Criteria and Weightings

  21. What Happens to the Application at Your University? • You submit to department/university • University committees select applicants to fill NSERC quota • Quota of applications sent to NSERC • University informs unsuccessful applicants

  22. What Happens to the Application at NSERC? • Verification of eligibility of applicant and proposed research by Program Officers • Selection committee members review all applications • Top-ranked applicants offered CGS • PGS offered to next tier of applicants • Applicants informed of NSERC’s decision • Feedback available upon request

  23. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships • Tri-Agency program for outstanding students who will pursue a doctoral program in a Canadian University. • Nomination by the University – Contact Graduate Studies office for deadline date. • To be eligible: • Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, or Foreign students • To Apply: • • Common form for all three agencies • Two-tier competition process: Agency-specific selection committee, and a high level Vanier Selection Board. • $50,000 / yr for 24 or 36 months • NEW THIS YEAR: Eligible candidates should also submit an application for PGS/CGS competition at the same time

  24. Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) • To build global linkages and international networks through research experiences at universities or research institutes outside of Canada • Tri-Council Program – 250 supplements/year • 125 SSHRC • 80 NSERC • 45 CIHR • Must hold a CGS or Vanier CGS • Apply through the University – Contact Graduate Studies Office for deadline date • June 10th • October 10th • Maximum of $6,000 for 3 to 6 month period

  25. Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships (IPS) • Gain work experience while completing a graduate degree • Students must spend at least 50 days per year at the host organization • Collaboration between university, student and host organization • No NSERC deadline • Quick application turn around • $21K minimum for Master’s level - more than PGSM/CGSM ($17K) • Foreign students may be eligible (some conditions apply)

  26. Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships

  27. IPS Application Process • Student must contact Office of Graduate Studies to initiate process • Form 200 to be completed by the student • IPS agreement with host completed with help of Office of Graduate Studies • Nomination package submitted to NSERC for evaluation (use checklist) • Results from NSERC within 6 weeks of receiving complete application

  28. Summer Programs in Japan or Taiwan

  29. Postdoctoral Programs • Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) • Industrial R&D Fellowship (IRDF) • Visiting Fellowship (VF) • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship (JSPS)

  30. Postdoctoral Programs Overview

  31. Scholarships Application Form 200 for CGS/PGS, IPS, PDF, IRDF, VF, NRINT

  32. Login for previous user PDF format available Register for new user PDF format available

  33. CGS/PGS Level Selection Criteria and Weightings

  34. Details of Selection Criteria for CGS/PGS • Academic excellence • Academic record • Scholarships and awards held • Duration of previous studies • Research ability or potential • Quality 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, and justification for location of tenure • Ability to think critically • Ability to apply skills and knowledge • Judgment • Originality • Initiative and autonomy • Enthusiasm for research • Determination and ability to complete projects within an appropriate period of time • Communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities • The ability or potential to communicate scientific concepts clearly and logically in written and oral formats. For example, this could include: • quality of the application's presentation; • participation in preparing publications; and • awards for oral presentations or papers. • Professional and relevant extracurricular interactions and collaborations. For example, this could include: • mentoring; teaching; supervisory experience; • project management; • chairing committees; organizing conferences and meetings; and • elected positions held.

  35. No electronic submission A paper copy must be submitted Create a form: Select the program Edit

  36. List specific for each program

  37. PIN – if you don't have one leave it blank (no SIN, no Student ID

  38. Full address including postal code

  39. Academic background accurate : does it make sense? Do not include programs that you have not yet started

  40. Relevant work experience, in science or engineering OR that show leadership/ communication skills

  41. Scholarships: don't put down $$ from prof's NSERC grants

  42. Locations of tenure must be universities, not the affiliated hospitals, research institutes, etc.

  43. Required for PDF, VF and NRINT only

  44. PGS M and IPS 1: Do not need to complete this section. Section will not appear

  45. Summary of future research endeavours Plain language 1 page max Specific as possible Objectives, Outline, Methods; Procedures, Significance Do not repeat info from Thesis summary Refer to it! Convert document to PDF format Form 200 - Proposed Research(Free Form)