Scholarships and Awards

The following scholarships are available to students in the Chemistry graduate program (subject to confirmation of funding availability). The Scholarship Chair will notify graduate students of the call for applications via email.

The Paul de Mayo Award

Paul de Mayo was a dedicated teacher-scholar at Western for 35 years. After his death in 1994, contributions for a fund to commemorate his life and work came from around the world, reflecting the high respect, admiration, and affection of his former collaborators and colleagues. This fund now honors one of Western’s top graduate students each year. The award consists of a medal and a cash award that covers travel and an honorarium to deliver a research lecture at UWO.

Lipson-Baines Award in Chemistry

Former Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and an advocate, leader, and life- long supporter of Western University, Rob Lipson established the Lipson-Baines Award in Chemistry. The award will be given annually to two full-time Masters or Doctoral students in Chemistry who have achieved the best performance in the Chemistry 9657/8 “Seminar” course, also considering attendance and participation in discussion Q & A.

Rob Lipson established the award in appreciation of what he considers to be one of the finest Chemistry departments in Canada. The scholarship also honors his lasting friendship with Professor Kim M. Baines and acknowledges the contributions she made as Chair from 2005-2014.

For more than a quarter of a century Lipson and Baines, through their respective research and management efforts, catalyzed growth, research productivity and training excellence in the Department of Chemistry. The Lipson-Baines Award will serve to further encourage excellence among Western Chemistry graduates and is an enduring reminder of the devotion of Western faculty to their students.

Value: 2 at $1,000
Effective: May 2015

G. Michael and Joan Bancroft Graduate Research Award

Awarded to a full-time doctoral student in Chemistry based on research excellence demonstrated by quality and quantity of peer-reviewed publications since registrations as a graduate student at Western, and up to a maximum of seven terms.

Value: $1,200
Effective: May 2019

Peter Guthrie Conference Travel Award

Awarded annually to full-time graduate students in the MSc or Ph.D. program in Chemistry based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average). Students are eligible to hold the award once during their program. This award will enable recipients to present their work at a recognized scientific conference. The applicant’s research presentation and the proposed conference must broadly be recognized as being in the field of Organic Chemistry. Preference will be given to oral abstracts and students who are advanced in their program.

Value: Number and value will vary, up to $10,000 available annually, the maximum individual award is $2,000 
Effective: May 2018 to April 2023 academic years inclusive
How to Apply: Applications should be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator and are due on March 31; additional deadlines may be added during the year. Applications must include:

  • applicant's C.V.
  • conference prospectus
  • draft budget of expenses
  • copy of their abstract
  • letter of support from their supervisor

Christian Sivertz Scholarships

The Christian Sivertz Scholarship Fund was established in the memory of Christian Sivertz, Professor Emeritus of Physical Chemistry, by his family and interested friends for the purpose of awarding monies yearly to outstanding students pursuing graduate studies in the area of Physical Chemistry. The awardees will be selected by the Department of Chemistry from among the incoming graduate students.

Value: 2 at $3,500


1-2 awards per year for graduate students registered in the Chemistry Graduate Program. The ASPIRE award funds travel costs for graduate students to visit another research lab so that they can learn new techniques or gain access to equipment not available locally or in Canada.

CSC Travel Award

These awards were established from the proceeds of the Chemical Institute of Canada - 2004 Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference held in London. Awarded to full-time graduate students in the Chemistry Graduate program based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average) and research merit to enable recipients to attend and present their research at a conference (oral or poster presentation).

The Lumsden Fellowship/Award

Awarded to full-time students registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and enrolled in any of the following graduate programs: Applied Mathematics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics, Plant Sciences, Statistics and Actuarial Sciences, Zoology. Candidates must demonstrate financial need and academic achievement (minimum 78% average). Recipients will be selected by the Dean of Science in consultation with a faculty committee. Recipients must meet OSOTF eligibility requirements. Fellowships have been made possible through a bequest from the late Ruth V. Lumsden and Robert O. Lumsden. Each fellowship is valued at $1000 and all graduate students in programs of Departments in the Faculty of Science are eligible for consideration.

Two awards have been made possible through a bequest from the late Ruth V. Lumsden and Robert O. Lumsden. Each award is valued at $1,000 and will be awarded to graduate students in any Ph.D. graduate program based on financial need and academic achievement. Nominees must be either a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident and must have resided in the Province of Ontario for at least two years.

Science International Engagement Fund

The new SIEF fund will support student research collaborations with international partners. Please see the SIEF instructions and application form.  More details will be coming. 2020 Deadline: TBA. 

Soltys Award

Awarded to a full-time graduate student in the MSc or Ph.D. program in Chemistry based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average) and financial need. Preference will be given to a married student. Candidates must also meet OSOTF financial need and residency requirements. Applications are available through the Department of Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry will select the recipient in consultation with at least one Chemistry faculty member who is also a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This award was established by Mrs. Judith Soltys and others, in memory of Dr. Joe Soltys (BSc '63, Ph.D. '69), through Foundation Western.

Hadis Hayatdavoudi Graduate Scholarship in Chemistry

Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program in Chemistry, based on academic achievement and research merit. The recipient will be selected by a committee in the Graduate Department of Chemistry. At least one member of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This scholarship was established by Dr. Nasim Hadj-Bagheri in honour of Hadis Hayatdavoudi who was a PhD student in Chemistry.

hadisHadis Hayatdavoudi came to Western from the city of Shiraz, south of Tehran. She was devoted to her family, science and her community. During her time at Western, she volunteered weekly as a tutor for people with disabilities at Hutton House in London. Hadis was considered a brilliant researcher. She was working on researching corrosion in metal, specifically the interaction of hydrogen within copper/steel canisters planned to safeguard Canada’s supply of used nuclear fuel. Hadis was killed in January of 2020 when the Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 was shot down near Tehran by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.

Value: 1 at $3,000
Effective May 2020 to April 2030 inclusive