Simons Foundation Doctoral Entrance Fellowship

Departments nominate the strongest candidates for these entrance scholarships and forward their nomination form with a copy of the applicant's admission file to the Dean of Graduate Studies by May 15 of each year. Please note: Students do not apply for these awards directly.

The Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee will decide the most appropriate award (if any) for each applicant. Awards are made, after a University-wide adjudication, in early March for tenure in the following academic year.

Terms of Reference

  1. The Simons Foundation Doctoral Entrance Fellowship is valued at approximately $12,000. One scholarship is awarded per year subject to available funding.
  2. The Simons Scholarship is targeted to a female student entering a Doctoral program at Simon Fraser University, whose research work has potential for significant contributions to society. New students who began their graduate program in the current Spring term (January 1) are also eligible for consideration.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level, with particular emphasis on dedication to the subject matter;
    2. promise of outstanding achievement at the doctoral level;
    3. the proposed thesis research topic must be of an applied nature with potential for significant contributions to society;
    4. demonstrated understanding of the importance of the human dimension in the chosen field of research.
  4. Tenure of this award is for one year commencing in the following Summer, Fall, or Spring semester.
  5. The recipient of a Simons Foundation Doctoral Fellowship is eligible to hold other scholarships funded from SFU sources.
  6. During tenure of the award, the recipient must be registered full-time in a Doctoral program at Simon Fraser University. In programs where fees are assessed on a per-credit basis, students must be taking at least six credits to be eligible to hold the award. If a recipient plans to register "onleave" during tenure of this award, a deferment of the scholarship must be requested in writing to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Permission will be granted in exceptional circumstances only.
  7. The Simons Fellowship recipient may accept scholarship support from other sources including SFU’s ‘private’ awards (derived from annual and endowed funds) provided they are consistent with SFU’s general funding policies. Recipients should be aware that some external awards may restrict students from holding a scholarship at the same time as the external award. If the total of the Simons Fellowship and the other external support exceeds $50,000 per annum, the value of the Simons Fellowship will be reduced so that the total equals $50,000.
  8. There is no restriction on Simons Doctoral Fellowship recipients receiving income for work performed during tenure of the scholarship.
  9. Entering female students who meet the eligibility criteria are eligible for consideration for the Simons Foundation Doctoral Entrance Scholarship. Students must be nominated for the award by the Graduate Program Chair of the academic unit to which the student will be admitted.
  10. Nominations from the Graduate Program Chair must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies by May 15.
  11. The award is made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee after a University-wide competition in which departmental nominations are considered.

Revised: January 2012/ GESR012