Scholarships & Bursaries
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Biology Graduate Scholarship Information (Date of application fall 2017, exception: Vanier doctoral – August 2017)
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
The fellowships will be known as the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, in memory of Sir Frederick Banting, the Canadian physician, researcher, Nobel laureate and war hero who, together with his assistant Dr. Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin. The program is jointly administered by Canada’s three federal granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). CIHR has been designated as the operational lead for the implementation of the program. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships will be valued at $70,000 (taxable) for two years. Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to apply to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program.
Canada Graduate Scholarships - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program
The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements – A Tri-Agency (SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR) program will support high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian universities and affiliated research institutions and universities, or other research institutions outside of Canada. This foreign study supplements program is available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Alexander Graham Bell or Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the master’s or doctoral level or a Vanier CGS at the doctoral level. Supplements of up to $6,000 will be awarded to active CGS Master’s, CGS Doctoral or Vanier CGS holders to help offset the costs including travel accommodation’of undertaking research studies outside Canada for a defined period (no less than three months and no more than six months).
Canadian Institutes of Health Sciences (CIHR) Master’s Awards
The Canada Graduate Scholarships Masters Awards administered by CIHR are intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a Masters degree in a health related field in Canada. These candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity. The maximum amount awarded for a single award is $17,500.00 for up to one year.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Awards
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Awards consist of two programs administered through a single application: The Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards (CGS-D) program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada. The maximum amount for a single award is $35,000.00 for up to three years. The Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA) provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad.
Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
The Government of Canada, through the International Council for Canadian Studies, offers scholarships to citizens of Commonwealth countries other than Canada. The Scholarships, which are normally awarded for advanced study or research, are open to graduates of a recognized university and during their tenure are intended to cover the expenses of the holders travel, living, and study. Winners of Canadian Commonwealth Scholarships will not be permitted to hold other major awards. An applicant must submit six copies of the application form and supporting documents to the appropriate agency in the country of origin. The closing date for applications varies with the country of origin but is usually in the autumn preceding the session at which the award is to be taken up. The address of the agency and closing date for receipt of applications may be obtained from the Registrar of the applicants home university.
Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire War Memorial Scholarships
A maximum of eight annual scholarships for study in Canada and in the Commonwealth are offered annually by the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire. Candidates must be Canadian citizens and must hold a first degree from a recognized university in Canada. Application forms and additional information are available at all Canadian universities or from the Head Office, IODE, Suite 254, 40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9. The closing date for applications is December 1.
A national internship program managed by MITACS which connects companies and other organizations with the vast research expertise in Canadas universities from applied sciences, engineering, social sciences and business to arts, life sciences and much more. Accelerate is run in partnership with a consortium of leading Canadian research organizations. The conduit between the partner company and the university is a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow under the guidance of a professor. For each four-month internship unit, the company contributes $7,500.00 which is matched by MITACS through the support of federal and provincial funding partners. Per four-month unit, the intern receives a minimum stipend of $10,000.00 with the remaining $5,000.00 supporting other costs associated with the research.
NSERC - Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (Masters and Doctoral)
The Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) provide financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in masters or, doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering. The CGS will be offered to the top-ranked applicants at each level (masters and doctoral) and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered an NSERC PGS. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in the chosen fields. NSERC encourages interested and qualified Aboriginal students to apply. The (CGS M) scholarship is valued at $17,500.00 (for one year). The (PGS M) scholarship is valued at $17,300.00 (for one year). The value of a (CGS D) is $35,000.00 a year (for two or three years), and the value of a (PGS D) is $21,000.00 a year (for two or three years). McMaster University will normally allow winners to hold a full or half Teaching Assistantship.
NSERC - Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships Program
Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships provide financial support for highly qualified science and engineering graduates. The support allows them to gain research experience in industry while undertaking advanced studies in Canada. These scholarships are aimed at encouraging scholars to consider research careers in industry where they will be able to contribute to strengthening Canadian innovation. The scholar is expected to spend a minimum of 20% of research time at the sponsoring company on activities related to the thesis project. The Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships are valued at $15,000.00 per year for up to three years plus a minimum contribution from the sponsoring organization of $6,000.00 per year.
NSERC - Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
The Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) Program provides support to a core of the most promising researchers at a pivotal time in their careers. The fellowships are also intended to secure a supply of highly qualified Canadians with leading-edge scientific and research skills for Canadian industry, government, and universities. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students who are interested in the program to apply. The Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $40,000 per year for two years.
Ontario Graduate Scholarships
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at the masters and doctoral levels. An Ontario Graduate Scholarship is awarded for one academic year, which may consist of two or three consecutive terms. The value of the OGS is $5,000.00 per term. Thus, you may receive $10,000.00 for two consecutive terms or $15,000.00 for three consecutive terms. One-term awards are not granted. At McMaster, winners of Ontario Graduate Scholarships may hold a full Teaching Assistantship.
Ontario-Quebec Exchange Fellowship
The Provincial governments of Ontario and Quebec offer fellowships for Masters and Doctoral students. Application forms and additional information are available from the School of Graduate Studies or Ministry of Education and Training, Student Affairs, P.O. Box 4500, 189 Red River Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6G9. Applications must be submitted by the end of January.
J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) offers an annual award. The field of graduate study is unrestricted, but the fellowship is available only for doctoral studies. Application forms and further information may be obtained from the Awards Officer, Canadian Association of University Teachers, 2675 Queensview Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K2B 8K2. At present, applications must be submitted by April 30.
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) program is administered by Canadas three research granting agencies (the Canadian Institute for Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council). The Vanier CGS program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health; as well as leadership skills. Both Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. A Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is valued at $50,000.00 per year, for up to three years.
GSA Travel Assistance Grants
GSA Travel Assistance Grants are funded from the proceeds of the Graduate Students Association Development Fund, which received contributions from graduate students and the University. Travel Assistance Grants are designed to enable graduate students to travel to undertake research or present at conferences relevant to their field of study. A minimum of 10 awards of $500 will be awarded each term. Grants are administered by the School of Graduate Studies and reviewed by a committee of the Graduate Students Association (GSA). Applications may be obtained by contacting the GSA, Wentworth House, Room 109A or the School of Graduate Studies Office.
The Yates Scholarship Fund
Established in 1963 by the bequest of William Henry Yates, this Fund has been used latterly to assist upper-level doctoral students with research activities and conference travel when a paper is being delivered. Assistance is normally available only to full-time doctoral students in their third or fourth year of study who have passed comprehensives. The support available is limited. Application should be made to the Associate Vice President & Dean of Graduate Studies, through the Research Supervisor. Further details are available from the Associate Vice President & Dean of Graduate Studies Office.