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Graduate Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships are available to students in the Biology graduate programs (subject to confirmation of funding availability). Unless otherwise specified, a STANDARD application will consist of the following:

Please note that reference letters may be submitted electronically by the individual completing the reference or may be printed and submitted in hard copy in a sealed envelope. The application itself may be submitted electronically or in hard copy, although electronic submission is preferred. Incomplete applications will be considered ineligible. The deadline for submission is 12 noon on the dates noted below. Late applications will be ineligible.

March 10th

Robert and Ruth Lumsden Fellowships in Science (4) (not offered for 2017)

Awarded annually to graduate students in any program in the Faculty of Science, with one fellowship reserved for students in the Department of Earth Sciences. Nominees must be registered in a Ph.D. program and must have completed at least two years of study in any graduate program at Western. Exceptional international students may also be considered. These fellowships were made possible by a bequest to Foundation Western by the late Ruth V. Lumsden (BA '79) and Robert O. Lumsden (BA '78).

Application: Students must submit an NSERC PGS-D application form including two current reference letters, as well as unofficial transcripts for all educational institutions.

Value: $1,000

Robert and Ruth Lumsden Graduate Awards in Science (3)

Three graduate awards based on financial need and academic achievement have been made possible through a bequest from the late Ruth V. Lumsden and Robert O. Lumsden. Each award is valued at $1,500. Western Science PhD students who have completed at least two years of study in any graduate program at Western with average course marks at or above 78%, are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents, and have resided in the Province of Ontario for at least two years, are eligible for consideration. Students eligible for this award may not hold a major scholarship or award such as NSERC or OGS. At the time of nomination, eligible students should be receiving only the minimum total stipend which is normally guaranteed by the home department.

Selection criteria and weighting are academic and research excellence (50%) and financial need (50%). Applications should include a curriculum vitae, Western transcript, one-page statement of research accomplishments and plans, statement of financial need (using the OSOTF form) and a nomination letter from the student’s supervisor.

Value: $1,500 each

July 15th (where the 15th is on a weekend, the deadline shall be pushed to 12:00PM on the next business day)
Reference letters are due by Monday, July 24th at 12:00PM

Dr. Irene Uchida Fellowships in Life Sciences (2)

Two fellowships to be awarded annually to full-time graduate students in the Biology graduate program who have demonstrated financial need. Must be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident/Landed Immigrant or a Protected Person and meet the OSOTF requirements including OSAP Ontario Residency: (1) You have always resided in Ontario, (2) Ontario is the last province you resided in for 12 consecutive months without being a full-time postsecondary student (high school education must have been in Ontario) OR (3) You live in Ontario now and have lived in Canada for less than 12 months in a row.  Information on the OSAP Ontario Residency requirements (as well as eligibility based on married/common-law status or dependent student status) can be found on the following website.  https://www.ontario.ca/faq/whos-considered-ontario-resident-osap-purposes

Final selection will be based on academic excellence which includes grade point average and other scholarly activities (e.g., publications and presentations). Only students who have completed at least one year of graduate studies at Western University by the award date (September 1st) will be eligible.

Application: STANDARD

Value: $3,000 each

Ruth Horner Arnold Fellowship

This fellowship is awarded annually to a first year graduate student in the Department of Biology with preference given to a student doing research in the field of mycology. This fellowship is awarded in memory of the late Ruth Horner Arnold by Dr. John Arnold and colleagues.

Application: STANDARD

Value: $3,000 to be divided by 1, 2 or 3 students.

J.D. Detwiler Award

Awarded for demonstrated excellence to any graduate student registered in the Biology Graduate Program who has completed his/her assessment. This award was established in memory of Professor John D. Detwiler by his former students to reward excellence in the studies and research or graduate students and consequently may not be awarded every year.

Application: STANDARD

Value: $1,800

Malcolm Ferguson Award in Life Sciences

Awarded to a full-time graduate student enrolled in a M.Sc. or PhD degree program in Biology based on academic performance (minimum 78%) and overall research contributions. Research contributions will be evaluated primarily based on refereed publications and presentations at national or international conferences. This award was established through Foundation Western in memory of Malcolm Ferguson by his wife Ruth to recognize his lifetime interest in Life Sciences and to reward excellence in the studies and research of graduate students in this field.

Application: STANDARD

Value: $1,500

Dr. René R. Roth Memorial Award

Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree in the Biology graduate program with a high standing in academics and research. Preference will be given to an international student or landed immigrant. This memorial award was established by family and friends of Dr. René Roth to honour his contributions at Western.

Application: STANDARD

Value: $1,300

David E. Laudenbach Scholarship

To recognize the contributions of a graduate student in the Biology Graduate Program who exemplifies a balance of research with the commitments of university, social and/or family activities. Minimum academic average of 78% required.

Application: STANDARD

Value: $650

Fall Competitions

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships and CGS Doctoral Awards (PGSD/CGSD)

http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/student_finances/nserc.html

Departmental deadline: 9:00AM, Monday, October 16, 2017

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's (CGSM)

http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/student_finances/cgsm.html

Deadline: December 1, 2015 (8:00PM EST)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and QEII Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)

http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/student_finances/ogs.html

Application Deadline (the Online Application is closed to new applicants): January 22, 2016, 4:00PM EST

Final Submission Deadline (the Online Application Portal closes): January 29, 2016, 4:00PM EST

GRADUATE TRAVEL

The following travel awards are available to students in the Biology graduate programs (subject to confirmation of funding availability). Unless otherwise specified, a STANDARD TRAVEL application will consist of the following:

March 3rd

Biology Graduate Student Travel Award

Graduate students must be presenting at a conference or workshop (oral/poster/other) to qualify for funding. Priority for funding will go to those students who are presenting at a conference important to their academic career but whose supervisors are unable to cover the costs associated with the travel. Priority will also be given to students attending national or international conferences.

Application: STANDARD TRAVEL

November 15th

Biology Graduate Student Travel Award

Graduate students must be presenting at a conference or workshop (oral/poster/other) to qualify for funding. Priority for funding will go to those students who are presenting at a conference important to their academic career but whose supervisors are unable to cover the costs associated with the travel. Priority will also be given to students attending national or international conferences.

Application: STANDARD TRAVEL

Michael Locke Graduate Travel Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time student in the Biology graduate program based on academic merit. Candidates must have achieved an academic average of 78%. The scholarship will be granted to the qualified applicant with the highest academic average.

Application: STANDARD TRAVEL

Value: $500

Michael Locke Graduate Travel Bursary

Awarded to a full-time student in the Biology graduate Program based on financial need. Recipients must use the bursary to present their research at scientific conferences or attend specialized training course for technical workshops. This gift qualifies for the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF).  Recipients must meet Ontario residency requirements.

Application: STANDARD TRAVEL

Value: $500 (biennally or as funds permit)