Steel Memorial Graduate Scholarship (full name of award: William & Ada Isabelle Steel Memorial Scholarship)

Terms of Reference

  1. The William and Ada Isabelle Steel Memorial Graduate Scholarship is valued at approximately $17,000 per annum of which $15,000 is the scholarship portion and $2,000 is available for travel, accommodation, and related research expenses. One scholarship is awarded per year.
  2. To be eligible to apply, a student must:
    1. be enrolled in a graduate program at Simon Fraser University
    2. be engaged in, or planning to engage in, research which requires work outside the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    2. evidence of outstanding achievement at the graduate level, with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research
  4. This award is paid over three consecutive terms starting in the Fall term.
  5. During tenure of the award, the recipient must be registered full-time in a graduate 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 wishes to register "on-leave" or "part-time" for one term, a deferment of the scholarship should be requested by writing to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Permission will be granted in exceptional circumstances only.
  6. The Steel Scholarship recipient may accept other scholarship support from external sources and/or from awards administered by SFU. If the total of the Steel Scholarship and the other support exceeds $50,000 per annum, the value of the Steel Scholarship will be reduced so that the total equals $50,000. 
  7. The Steel Memorial Graduate Scholarship is intended to provide students with a period of time that they can devote largely to graduate studies and research. Departments may build this principle into their criteria for awarding this scholarship. There is no restriction on Steel Scholarship recipients receiving income for other work during the tenure of the scholarship, except as noted in Point 6. Recipients should be aware that some external awards may restrict students from holding a scholarship at the same time as the external award.
  8. The award is made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee after a University-wide competition in which departmental recommendations are considered.
  9. Application is made to the Department of enrollment via the online Grad Awards, Application and Adjudication System (GA3). The following documents must be submitted with the application:
    1.  SFU transcript
    2. Autobiographical sketch and statement of research interests and goals
    3. List of scholarly publications
    4. List of other scholarship or financial support held or applied for.
    5. Three letters of reference from Faculty members familiar with the student's academic and research potential.

Revised: April 2015 / GESR013

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