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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 • Postdoctoral Programs • CREATE

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

  4. We do this throughpeer-reviewedcompetitionsin three programs Prosperity and high quality of life for Canadians vision and mission NSERC discovery innovation We invest in: Competitive research in science and engineering, providing access to new knowledge from around the world EXCELLENCE Productive use of new knowledge in all sectors of the economy and society people people Highly skilled, well educated and capable of lifelong learning Our goal is Canadian excellence in: WORKING IN ALL AREAS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY USING NEW KNOWLEDGE CREATING KNOWLEDGE We do this through peer-reviewed competitions in three programs Research Grants for basic research in the universities Scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate students, postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and some university faculty Partnerships of universities with industry and other sectors for project research

  5. Scholarships News • Vanier CGS: New Harmonized Tri-Agency process. Application details at www.vanier.gc.ca. 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)

  6. 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

  7. 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)

  8. 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 (schol@nserc-crsng.gc.ca) NSERC makes final decision

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  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 Student • 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: • www.vanier.gc.ca • 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. Industrial Innovation Scholarships (IIS) • Gain work experience while completing a graduate degree at a Québec University • Collaboration between university, student and company • Student must spend majority of time at an eligible practicum host site working on thesis-related research activities • Application submitted by university • No NSERC or FQRNT deadline * • Foreign students may be eligible to apply (some conditions apply) * If you wish to take up the award in the current fiscal year, the university must submit your application to FQRNT before February 1st, 2010

  29. Industrial Innovation Scholarships

  30. IIS Application Process • IIS Form available on the FQRNT Web site • Completed by student; submitted electronically to FQRNT • Student delivers a copy to the Graduate Studies Office • Graduate Studies Office prepares IIS Agreement and forwards documents to FQRNT • FQRNT forwards a copy to NSERC • Evaluation of application by FQRNT and NSERC simultaneously

  31. Summer Programs in Japan or Taiwan

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

  33. Postdoctoral Programs Overview

  34. Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) • Deadline Date October 15, 2009 • To be eligible: • PhD completed after Oct. 15th, 2007 OR • PhD requirements met by Dec. 31st, 2010 • How to apply: • Form 200 + Official Academic Transcript (Doctoral Only) • $40,000 per year for maximum of 24 months • Award start date: between April 1 and January 15 May only apply twice May not hold more than one NSERC PDF

  35. Location of Tenure for PDFs Canada• University and provincial research institutions • Appropriate research laboratories Abroad• University and research centres If requesting a tenure abroad, the PhD must have been completed in Canada The PDF may not be held at the university (or its affiliated institutions) where PhD was completed or with PhD supervisor

  36. PDF Selection Criteria and Weightings

  37. PDF Selection Process • Verification of eligibility of applicant and proposed research by program officers • Selection committees members review all applications • Applicants informed of NSERC’s decision by March 31 • Feedback available upon request

  38. Industrial R&D Fellowships(IRDF) • No deadlines for application • Research at eligible Canadian organization • Apply within 5 years of PhD • Not previously employed in Canadian industry after PhD for more than six months and not have received a non-conditional offer of employment from nominating organization • How to apply: • Form 200 (Application for a Scholarship or Fellowship) • Form 183C (Nomination for an Industrial R&D Fellowship) • $40,000 min/year for maximum of 24 months *Eligible organizations on our Web site

  39. Proposed R&D activities Industrial R&D environment Significance and feasibility Organization commitment Scientific and technical merit Incrementality IRDF Selection Criteria and Weightings Nominee • Research ability or potential (70%) • Communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities (30%)

  40. IRDF Selection Process • Eligible organizations submit their application at any time throughout the year • NSERC program staff reviews application for completeness • Two members of the College of Reviewers review the application and complete an evaluation • The members separately assess the merit of the candidate and the research proposal • To be successful, both the candidate and the research proposal must be meritorious • Nominating organizations are notified of the decision within six weeks of receiving the complete application

  41. Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories (VF) • Research in government setting • No deadlines for application • Apply within 5 years of completing PhD • How to apply: • Form 200 (Application for a Scholarship or Fellowship) • $46,535 per year • 1 year fellowship renewable twice * No citizenship or residency requirements

  42. VF Selection Criteria and Weightings

  43. VF Selection Process • Evaluation of applications by government department, overseen by NSERC • If successful, applicant is placed on an inventory for up to 2 years • Being placed on the inventory does not guarantee a fellowship • Government departments select candidates from the inventory

  44. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowships (JSPS) • Research in Japanese universities and national labs • Deadline January 25, 2010 • Obtained PhD within past 6 years • How to apply: • Contact NSERC for application form • 364,000 Yen (approx. $3,500 CAN) per month + travel and relocation allowances • Fellowships are awarded for a period of 12 to 24 months

  45. 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.

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

  47. On-line Application Completion • www.nserc-crsng.gc.cato On-line Services • Click on “English” • Click on “On-Line Services” • Print out and review FAQ & instructions • Register as First-Time User by clicking on “Register” or click on “On-line System Login” • eConsole screen: choose “Forms - Student” • My portfolio screen: • Select form to be created Choose “Form 200 - Scholarships” Choose “Form 202 - USRA Part 1”

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