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The following list contains Internal and Donor funded awards available to your academic unit. Click on the award name to read more about the award, including the full eligibility and requirements.

Award values
Awards values listed are approximations and vary in value and number depending on the terms of reference of the award, as well as the availability of funds. 

When to apply
Main award competitions are open in the spring, with student deadlines falling between March-June. Some departments may run subsequent competitions in later cycles with the student deadline usually falling in the second month of the term (October or February).

Deadlines posted in the Graduate Awards System supersede those posted elsewhere.

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B.P. Beirne Prize in Pest Management

 
This award is intended to provide financial support and to recognize an outstanding graduate student from the Master of Pest Management Program (MPM).

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this annual prize is to recognize the outstanding graduate from the Master of Pest Management Program.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. completion of the Master of Pest Management (MPM) Program at Simon Fraser University in the three terms immediately preceding the Spring Convocation
    2. the student will be judged equally on his/her scholastic record, professional paper and relevant professional attributes
  3. The student must be nominated for this award by the Scholarships Committee of the Department of Biological Sciences. 
  4. The award application and/or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a copy of the current SFU transcript
    2. a letter of nomination
  5. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2015 / GESR010

BC Council of Garden Clubs Mildred Wells Graduate Scholarship

This award is intended for students who are pursuing, or intend to pursue, a Master of Pest Management degree, whose course of studies emphasizes horticultural pest control.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for students who are pursuing, or intend to pursue, a Master of Pest Management degree, whose course of studies emphasizes horticultural pest control.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. admission and/or registration in the Master of Pest Management Program at Simon Fraser University
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    3. promise of outstanding achievement with particular emphasis on research ability and originality pertaining to horticultural pest control
    4. Canadian citizenship
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. The award application and/or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. a concise description of the proposed or actual program of studies, describing the emphasis on horticultural pest control
    3. letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s work
  5. The completed application and all supporting documents must be received by the department of enrolment.
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.
  7. The award winner(s) will be invited to give a brief presentation of their research at the BC Council of Garden Clubs’ annual general meeting held in the Fall.

Revised: February 2012 / GPSR018

BCAA Environmental Studies in Transportation Award

 
This award is intended to support a graduate student whose thesis research is related to the study of land-based transportation systems and their relationship to, and improvement of, the environment.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding academic performance by a graduate student whose thesis research is related to the study of land-based transportation systems and their relationship to, and improvement of, the environment.
  2. The BCAA Environmental Studies in Transportation Award is a one-term award equal to the net income from the endowment fund.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the graduate level
    2. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on research related to the study of land-based transportation systems and their relationship to, and improvement of, the environment.
  4. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
    3. a concise outline of the proposed program of studies
  5. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: February 2012 / GESR052

Dr. H.R. MacCarthy Graduate Bursary

 
This award is intended for a student pursuing a graduate degree in the Department of Biological Sciences, with preference given to a student studying the biology and management of pest organisms.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this annual award is to provide financial support for a student pursuing a graduate degree in the Department of Biological Sciences, with preference given to a student studying the biology and management of pest organisms.
  2. The H.R. MacCarthy Graduate Bursary is valued at the interest accrued from the Endowment Fund.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences, with preference given to students studying the biology and management of pest organisms
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    3. promise of service to mankind through the application of science
    4. financial need
  4. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  5. The award application and/or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. a concise outline of the proposed program of studies
    3. a statement of financial need
    4. two letters of reference from faculty members familiar with the applicant’s work
  6. The completed application and supporting documents must be received by the department of enrolment.
  7. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences Graduate Studies Committee.

Revised: October 2014 / GESR071

Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation Annual Graduate Scholarship

 
This award is intended to recognize and reward an outstanding student pursuing a graduate degree, whose field of study is of benefit to the South Asian community and pertains to South Asian history, culture, politics, or diaspora.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of the Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation Annual Graduate Scholarship is to recognize and reward an outstanding student pursuing a graduate degree, whose field of study is of benefit to the South Asian community and pertains to South Asian history, culture, politics, or diaspora.
  2. One scholarship will be awarded each year.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    2. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program
    3. demonstrated research focus on a topic of benefit to the South Asian community and related to the areas of South Asian history, culture, politics or diaspora
  4. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  5. Application is made on the Graduate Awards Application System and must be accompanied by:
    1. a concise description (one page or less) of the proposed or actual thesis research project
    2. curriculum vitae summarizing scholastic achievements and work relevant to the aims of this scholarship
    3. two letters of reference: one letter of reference from the student's supervisor confirming the student's research focus on South Asian history, culture, politics, or diaspora, and a second letter of reference from someone other than the supervisor who is familiar with the applicant's research abilities
    4. a current unofficial SFU transcript and a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed
  6. The completed application and all supporting documents must be received by the department of enrolment.
  7. The scholarship will be awarded by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017 / GPSR057

Dr. John Yorston Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Pest Management

 
This award is intended for a student pursuing a degree in the Master of Pest Management program, specializing in crop protection, with emphasis on plant pathology and nematology.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for a student pursuing a graduate degree in the Master of Pest Management program, and to recognize excellence and career potential among graduate students specializing in crop protection, with emphasis on plant pathology and nematology.
  2. Students may only be awarded one scholarship during their degree program.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    2. registration at Simon Fraser University in the Master of Pest Management Program
    3. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research in plant pathology or nematology
    4. an understanding of the importance of crop protection in commercial agriculture
  4. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  5. The award application and/or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
    3. a concise outline of the proposed program of studies
  6. The completed application and all supporting documents must be received by the department of enrolment.
  7. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2015 / GESR114

Dr. Michael Lepawsky Graduate Award in Hyperbaric Medicine

 
This award is meant to support a graduate student who is pursuing, or has the intention to pursue research on topics related to hyperbaric medicine.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide funding to a student enrolled in a graduate degree program in the Faculty of Science who is pursuing research or has the intention to pursue research on topics related to hyperbaric medicine.
  2. One award normally will be offered annually to a graduate student who fulfills the following eligibility criteria:
    1. is registered full-time in a graduate program in the Faculty of Science at SFU
    2. has demonstrated academic achievement in their most recent degree program completed or in their current graduate program
    3. is pursuing, or has the intention to pursue research on topics related to hyperbaric medicine
  3. Students may apply online on the Graduate Awards System. The following documents must accompany the online application: 
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and/or a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
    3. a one page research proposal demonstrating research in progress, or the intention to pursue research on topics that include hyperbaric medicine
  4. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, upon the nomination of the Faculty of Science.

Revised: April 2017 / GPSR075

Glen Geen Scholarship in Marine Biology

 
This award is intended to provide financial support for a student pursuing a graduate degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration on marine biology.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for a student pursuing a graduate degree in the Department of Biological Sciences a concentration on marine biology.
  2. The Glen Geen Scholarship in marine biology is a one-term award valued at the earned income from the endowment.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    2. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences with a concentration on marine biology
    3. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on the intellectual ability, originality and ability in research
  4. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  5. The award application and/or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all postsecondary transcripts
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
    3. a concise outline of the proposed program of studies
  6. The completed application and all supporting documents must be received by the department of enrolment.
  7. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: February 2012 / GESR062

Graduate Fellowships

 
This award is intended for graduate students in full time research based programs. This award can only be held within the first nine (9) terms of a Master's program or the first fifteen (15) terms of a PhD program. *Currently, we are waiving the number of terms that student can apply and/or hold the GF as long as their research has been impacted by COVID-19. This special arrangement is applicable for 3 terms: Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021. Student also needs to be approved by the Graduate Program Chair within their program before receiving the award.* Applicants are only eligible to receive up to a maximum of two full GFs, or four half GFs, during an academic year.

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Terms of Reference

  1. To be eligible to hold a Graduate Fellowship (GF), a student must be registered as a full-time, regular (not "on-leave") student in a Master’s or Doctoral program.  In programs where fees are assessed on a per-credit basis, students must be taking at least six credit hours to be eligible to receive a Graduate Fellowship. *Currently, we are waiving the number of terms that student can apply and/or hold the GF as long as their research has been impacted by COVID-19. This special arrangement is applicable for 3 terms: Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021. Student also needs to be approved by the Graduate Program Chair within their program before receiving the award.*
  2. Eligible students must have a minimum first-class (3.50) cumulative grade point average. In exceptional cases, other evidence of outstanding ability may outweigh this criterion. Since academic merit is the primary criterion for ranking eligible applicants, departments must notify all applicants in advance if additional criteria will be used.
  3. Students will be eligible to hold a GF only during the first 9 semesters of a Master's program and during the first 15 semesters of a Ph.D. program.
  4. Students who did not complete a Master's program before transferring into a PhD are eligible to hold the GF within the first 15 semesters of their PhD, from the PhD start date
  5. GFs will be awarded in increments of .5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0. A partial GF (.5) is valued at $3,500; a full GF (1.0) is valued at $7,000. Applicants may be eligible to receive up to a maximum of two full GFs, or four partial GFs, during the academic year (September 1 – August 31).
  6. GF recipients are eligible to hold other scholarships funded from SFU sources.
  7. Graduate Fellowship recipients may accept other scholarship support from external funding sources including SFU’s ‘private’ awards (derived from annual and endowed funds). Recipients should be aware that some external awards may restrict students from holding a GF at the same time as the external award. Effective Fall 2021, if the total of the GF and other external support exceeds $60,000 per annum, the value of the GF will be reduced so that the total equals $60,000.
  8. There is no restriction on GF recipients receiving income for work performed during tenure of the GF.
  9. Application is made through the Graduate Award Application System.
  10. Awards are made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee on the recommendations of the Departmental Graduate Program Committee.

Revised: November 2020

Hargreaves Scholarship in Science and Applied Sciences

This award is intended for a student pursuing a graduate degree in Science or Applied Sciences whose research will contribute to growth companies in the British Columbia technology sector. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support for a student pursuing a graduate degree in Science or Applied Sciences whose research will contribute to the technology sector in British Columbia.
  2. One scholarship, valued at a minimum of $1,500, will be awarded annually to a student who fulfills the following criteria:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level;
    2. full-time registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Faculty of Applied Sciences or the Faculty of Science;
    3. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research;
    4. is undertaking research that will address issues of importance to growth companies in the British Columbia technology sector; and
    5. is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  3. The scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards made by SFU or other agencies, where permitted by those agencies.
  4. Multiple scholarships may be distributed if undisbursed funds have been carried forward from a prior year or term.
  5. The award application is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript;
    2. a concise description (one page) of the student's research program including a description of the research implications for a British Columbia technology firm or the BC technology sector in general; and
    3. a letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic achievements and experience.
  6. The completed application and all supporting documentation must be received by the Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences. 
  7. The scholarship will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee. 

Revised: April 2019 / GESR229

IODE Seaman Morley Scott Memorial Graduate Scholarship

This memorial graduate scholarship award is intended to provide financial support for a female graduate student who is Canadian citizen and has a CGPA above 3.50.

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Terms of Referencee

  1. The eligibility criteria for this award are:
    1. female Canadian citizen
    2. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program
    3. cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5
  2. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. a concise outline of the proposed program of studies
    3. a curriculum vitae
    4. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
  3. The completed application and supporting documents must be received by the department of enrolment.
  4. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: February 2012 / GESR067

J. Abbott / M. Fretwell Graduate Fellowship in Fisheries Biology

 
This award provides a fellowship to graduate students in Fisheries Biology. Preference will be given to a student with a strong sports background.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The award is funded through the J. Abbott / M. Fretwell Memorial Endowment established by Envirocon Pacific Ltd., Alcan Smelters and Chemicals Ltd., and the Federal Department of Fisheries in the memory of Jeremy Abbott and Michael Fretwell after their death in a tragic helicopter accident in September 1988. The purpose of this award is to provide annual fellowships to graduate students in Fisheries Biology.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    2. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program with an emphasis in Fisheries Biology
    3. a strong sports background is preferable
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
    3. a concise outline of the proposed program of studies
  5. The applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee of the Department of Biological Sciences which will recommend recipients to the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee through the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR049

Knud George Pedersen International Graduate Students Fund Endowment

The purpose is to provide support for international graduate students with unforeseen or unmet expenses and may also support programs and initiatives designed to enhance the educational experience for international graduate students.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose is to provide support for international graduate students with unforeseen or unmet expenses and may also support programs and initiatives designed to enhance the educational experience for international graduate students. Expenditure amount and type will be at the discretion of the Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies or their designate.
  2. Eligible student expenses may include but are not limited to:
    - funding for personal expenses such as food and rent;
    - travel expenses for family emergencies;
    - travel expenses for education purposes such as conferences; and
    - registration fees for conferences and workshops.
  3. To be eligible for this award, students must:
    1. be designated as international students; and
    2. be enrolled either full-time or part-time in a graduate program at SFU.
  4. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  5. The application will be made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must be accompanied by:
    1. a copy of the SFU transcript; and
    2. statement of financial need.
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

October 2020 / GESR240

Master of Pest Management Graduate Entrance Scholarship

 
This award is intended to provide financial support for a student entering a graduate degree program leading to a Master of Pest Management.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for a student entering a graduate degree program leading to a Master of Pest Management.
  2. The Master of Pest Management Graduate Entrance Scholarship is valued at a portion of the earned income and will be awarded annually. One scholarship is available each year to a graduate student entering the Master of Pest Management Program, in the Department of Biological Sciences.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in Pest Management. A minimum CGPA of 3.00 is required.
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level.
  4. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  5. The award application and/or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all postsecondary transcripts
    2. a concise outline of the proposed program of studies
    3. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s recent work
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR095

Matthew Knott Memorial Graduate Award in Diving Safety

 
This award is intended to provide financial support for a full-time graduate student pursuing research in diving physiology, diver safety or dive equipment design.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and provide financial support to graduate students enrolled full-time in a graduate program at Simon Fraser University who are pursuing research in diving physiology, diver safety or dive equipment design.
  2. One award normally will be offered annually to a graduate student who fulfills the following eligibility criteria:
    1. is registered full-time in a graduate program at SFU
    2. has demonstrated academic excellence at the graduate level
    3. is pursuing research in diving physiology, diver safety or dive equipment design
  3. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a copy of the post-secondary transcript
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
    3. a one page research summary of the applicant's research noting how it relates to research in diving physiology, diver safety or dive equipment design
  4. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination of the Dean, or her designate, Faculty of Science.

Revised: May 2017 / GPSR084

Michael Stevenson Graduate Scholarship

 
This award is intended for a student enrolled in a doctoral program who has demonstrated research excellence at the postgraduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for students enrolled in a doctoral program at Simon Fraser University.
  2. The Michael Stevenson Graduate Scholarship is a three-term award and it is tenable during three consecutive academic terms in Fall, Spring, and Summer.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the graduate level
    2. full-time registration in a doctoral program in any Faculty at SFU
    3. demonstrated research excellence at the postgraduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research
  4. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  5. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. current, unofficial SFU transcript and a copy of the official transcript of the most recent degree program complete
    2. resume summarizing scholastic achievements and work relevant to the aims of this scholarship
    3. letter of reference from the student’s senior supervisor describing the candidate’s research abilities
  6. Student applications are normally accepted at the departmental level. One nomination from each Department is submitted to Graduate Studies and forwarded to the Faculty offices.
  7. The selection of a successful candidate(s) in each Faculty will be made by the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee from the departmental nominations received. One nomination from each Faculty Dean will be forwarded to Graduate Studies, who will make the final selection from among the Faculty nominations received, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR 181

Mutual Fire Insurance Company of BC Graduate Scholarship in Biological Sciences

 
This award is intended for a student pursuing a Masters or PhD degree program in biology with a focus on research applicable to British Columbia’s poultry, dairy, ranch and/or crop agricultural industries.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for a student pursuing a Masters or PhD graduate degree program in biology with a focus on research applicable to British Columbia’s poultry, dairy, ranch and/or crop agricultural industries.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    2. full-time registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences.
    3. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. The student must be nominated for this award by the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. The award application and/or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a nomination letter from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s research interests
    2. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    3. proposed program of studies demonstrating focus on research applicable to British Columbia’s poultry, dairy, ranch and/or crop agricultural industries
  5. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, and on the recommendation of the Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Program Committee.

Revised: February 2012 / GESR140

Patricia Gallaugher Award in Coastal Science Management

 
This award is intended to provide funding to graduate students conducting community-engaged research that informs positive change and/or policy in marine or environmental conservation.

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Dr. Gallaugher was the inaugural Director of the Centre for Coastal Science and Management as well as the Director of Continuing Studies in Science and Environment at SFU. Passionate about interdisciplinary research that links science with local knowledge to inform policy and inspire conservation, Patricia has built extensive partnerships with faculty, students, communities, First Nations, industry, NGOs, and governments at local, national and international scales.

These partnerships have addressed important issues such as coastal and marine conservation, adaptation to climate change and building capacity by sharing information, building awareness and identifying solutions.

Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of the award is to recognize and provide funding to graduate students conducting community-engaged research that informs policy and/or influences marine or environmental conservation.
  2. One award, valued at a minimum of $1,500, will be granted annually in the fall term to either a master's or doctoral student. Once the endowment income provides for it, two or more awards will be granted annually. If more than one award is granted, the preference is to grant equal numbers of awards to master's and doctoral students.
  3. The award(s) will be offered to graduate students who fulfill the following eligibility criteria:
    1. demonstrated academic achievement in the most recent degree completed or in their current graduate program;
    2. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in community engaged research that inform positive change and/or policy in marine or environmental conservation;
    3. full-time registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Faculty of Environment or the Faculty of Science; and
    4. focus on community-engaged research that informs policy and/ or influences marine or environmental conservation.
  4. Preference will be given to students in the Faculty of Environment.
  5. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and/or a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed;
    2. one letter of reference from an SFU faculty member familiar with the applicant's work and interests in community-based approaches to marine or environmental management;
    3. a current curriculum vitae;
    4. a one page research proposal related to the community-engaged research that informs policy and/or influences marine or environmental conservation;
    5. a half-page personal statement of goals related to the aims of this award.
  6. The completed application and all supporting documentation should be submitted via GA3, to be reviewed by the Faculty of Environment's Graduate Program Committee, chaired by the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Faculty of Environment.
  7. The award will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows upon the nomination of the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Faculty of Environment.

Revised: December 2015 / GESR211

Philip and Marian McClelland Memorial Scholarship

This award is meant for graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences, who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and have demonstrated leadership and research potential.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide funding to a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences.
  2. Multiple awards may be offered if endowment income permits; however, the value of additional awards must be equal to the first award given in any fiscal year. The criteria for this award are:
    1. enrollment in the Department of Biological Sciences
    2. good academic standing at the graduate level
    3. minimum CGPA of 3.00
    4. demonstrated leadership and research potential
    5. Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  3. Students must be nominated for this award by the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences.
  4. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work, that speaks to the student's leadership and research potential
  5. The value of the scholarship is intended to be above and beyond the normal salary or funding package) offered to students in the Department of Biological Sciences. It is the responsibility of the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences to ensure that this award is not considered as part of the funding package guaranteed to the recipient.
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination of the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences.

Revised: November 2020 / GESR201

Phyllis Carter Burr Graduate Scholarship in Developmental Biology and Cell Biology

 
This award is intended for a graduate student intending to/or pursuing an academic research career specializing in developmental biology and/or cell biology. Preference will be given, but not restricted to, female applicants.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for graduate students in any department at Simon Fraser University who intend to pursue an academic research career specializing in developmental biology and/or cell biology (currently, this would include students in the departments of Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, and Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology in the Faculty of Science).
  2. The Phyllis Carter Burr Graduate Scholarship is intended to recognize outstanding students and to allow them to concentrate fully on their thesis research during its tenure.
  3. Preference will be given, but not restricted to, female applicants.
  4. The criteria for this award are:
    1. registration in a graduate program in science (MSc or PhD) at Simon Fraser University
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    3. promise of outstanding achievement with particular emphasis on research ability and originality
  5. This award may be held in any term in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies. It may not be held while holding a Teaching Assistantship or other remuneration for work not constituting the recipient’s thesis research project.
  6. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. a concise outline of the proposed or actual thesis research
    3. a curriculum vitae summarizing scholastic achievements and work relevant to the aims of this scholarship
    4. one of reference from someone other than his/her supervisor who is familiar with the applicant’s research ability
  7. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.
  8. A copy of the recipient's proposed or actual research thesis will be sent to the donor of the award once a year.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR053

President's PhD Scholarship

 
This award PhD students who have made excellent progress in their degree, and who have demonstrated academic excellence, substantial scholarly output and leadership early in their PhD program relative to their peers. Note that not all departments use this award.

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Terms of Reference

  1. A limited number of President’s PhD Scholarships are available annually and the award is currently valued at $7,000.
  2. To be eligible to hold a PS, the applicant must have completed fewer than 12 terms of enrolment in the program and be registered as a full-time, regular (not “on-leave” or “part-time”) student in good standing in the PhD program at Simon Fraser University.
  3. At the time of nomination, eligible students must have completed all departmental and University requirements for the degree (eg. courses, comprehensive or qualifying examinations), except the thesis and, in the case of students in the Clinical Psychology Program, the internship. Evaluation criteria includes: the extent to which PhD students have made excellent progress in their degrees, and have demonstrated academic excellence, substantial scholarly output and leadership early in their PhD programs relative to their peers.
  4. While there is no restriction on PS recipients receiving income for work performed during their tenure of the PS, given the intent of the award, recipients are expected to limit the number of hours worked weekly and restrict positions to those that are keeping with the spirit of the award.
  5. Recipients should be aware that some external awards may restrict students from holding a PS at the same time as the external award. Students holding a national award from SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC or their equivalent (ie. SFU Entrance Scholarship or a major international award) are ineligible to hold the PS award during the period that they are holding the other award.
  6. A PhD student must be nominated for the PS by the student’s senior supervisor whose nomination letter should address the evaluation criteria. Eligible students may not receive more than one PS during their doctoral program or have previously received a President’s Research Stipend award.
  7. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and is submitted to the department of enrolment by the deadline date. The application must be accompanied by a nomination letter from the senior supervisor.
  8. Awards are made on the recommendations of the academic unit’s Graduate Program Committee to the Dean of Graduate Studies.
  9. All awards are subject to SFU’s general graduate funding policies.

Quirks & Quarks Graduate Award for Best PhD Thesis

 
The Quirks & Quarks Graduate Award for Best PhD Thesis will be awarded annually from a portion of the income earned from the endowment fund.

This award is by nomination only.
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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize the best PhD Thesis by a convocating doctoral student.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. successfully defended the thesis and completed all degree requirements within the twelve month period ending March 31st in a doctoral program in the Faculty of Science at SFU
    2. demonstrated academic and research excellence
  3. The student must be nominated for this award by the Faculty of Science Graduate Studies Committee (FSGSC) from a nomination package received from each department within the Faculty, consisting of the following:
    1. nomination letter from the Department Chair explaining the significance, impact and originality of the doctoral research and identifying the contribution made by the student as distinct from that by the supervisor of the research
    2. a one-page summary of the research written in plain language and signed by the student
    3. an up-to-date curriculum vitae that clearly indicates the student’s contributions to publications and collaborative research activities
    4. a copy of the external examiner’s pre-defense report on the thesis
    5. a current, unofficial SFU transcript
  4. Applications will be accepted on the new online graduate award system (GA3).
  5. The Faculty of Science Graduate Studies Committee will select one candidate from the nominations received and forward this to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on the nomination of the Faculty of Science Graduate Studies Committee, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: May 2015 / GESR153

Robert Russell Family/First Nations Graduate Award

 
This award provides support for an entering or current First Nations or aboriginal graduate student pursuing studies in the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Health Sciences or the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

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Terms of Reference

The purpose of the Robert Russell Family/First Nations Graduate Award is to provide financial support for a First Nations or aboriginal graduate student who is entering or pursuing graduate studies in the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Health Sciences or the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

  1. The Robert Russell Family/First Nations Graduate Award is valued at a portion of the earned income and will be awarded annually.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    3. aboriginal student (First Nations, status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit)
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. a concise outline of the proposed or actual research project
    3. two letters of reference from faculty members familiar with the applicant's scholarly work and academic background
  5. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR126

Sharon Clements Biological Sciences Award

This award recognizes a graduate student enrolled in the second year or later, in the Department of Biological Sciences. Preference will be given to applicants in the following order of priority: enrolled in the Master of Pest Management program, enrolled in a program of entomological studies, have not received this award before. Preference for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide funding to a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences.
  2. Multiple awards may be offered if endowment income permits; however, the value of additional awards must be equal to the first award given in any year.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. enrollment in the Department of Biological Sciences
    2. enrollment in the second year or later of graduate studies
    3. good academic standing at the graduate level
    4. minimum CGPA of 3.00
    5. Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
    6. has not been nominated, concurrently, for the Shaughn Clements Biological Sciences Award
  4. Students must be nominated for this award by the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
  5. The value of the award is intended to be above and beyond the normal salary (or 'funding package') offered to graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences. It is the responsibility of the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences to ensure that this award is not considered as part of the funding package guaranteed to the recipient.
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination of the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences.

Revised: November 2020 / GESR192

Shaughn Clements Biological Sciences Graduate

This award is meant to support a graduate student enrolled in the second year or later and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide funding to a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences.  
  2. Multiple awards may be offered if endowment income permits; however, the value of additional awards must be equal to the first award given in any year.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. enrollment in the Department of Biological Sciences
    2. enrollment in the second year or later of graduate studies
    3. good academic standing at the graduate level
    4. minimum CGPA of 3.00
    5. Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
    6. has not been nominated, concurrently, for the Sharon Clements Biological Sciences Award or the Philip and marian McClelland Memorial Scholarship.
  4. The value of the award is intended to be above and beyond the normal salary (or funding package) offered to graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences. It is the responsibility of the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences to ensure that this award is not considered as part of the funding package guaranteed to the recipient.
  5. Students must be nominated for this award by the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination of the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences.

Revised: November 2020/ GESR198

Sidney Hogg Memorial Graduate Scholarship

 
This award is intended to provide financial support for a graduate student in the Faculty of Science.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this annual award is to provide financial support for a graduate student in the Faculty of Science.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the Faculty of Science
    2. financial need
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
  5. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    1. a curriculum vitae
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work
    3. a statement describing the financial need.
  6. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR066

Sulzer (Bingham) Pumps Inc. Graduate Scholarship

 
This award supports a graduate student in the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Applied Science. Preference will be given to applicants who are sons, daughters or legal dependants of Sulzer Pumps Inc. employees.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for a student pursuing a graduate degree in the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Applied Science.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    2. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in either a Science or Applied Science graduate program
    3. promise of outstanding achievement at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, graduate level
    4. preference will be given to applicants who are sons, daughters or legal dependants of Sulzer Pumps Inc. employees, but where no such candidate is identified, disbursement of the award will be at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
    2. a concise outline of the proposed or actual program of studies
    3. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s recent work
  5. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017/ GESR081

Thelma Finlayson Graduate Entrance Scholarships

 
This award is meant to provide financial support for incoming graduate students pursuing a Master of Science degree in Master's of Pest Management program.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of the Thelma Finlayson Graduate Entrance Scholarship is to provide financial support for incoming graduate students pursuing a Master of Science degree in Master's of Pest Management program.
  2. The Thelma Finlayson Graduate Entrance Scholarships are valued at a portion of the earned income and will be awarded annually to incoming students. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level. A minimum CGPA of 3.00 is required
    2. full-time student enrolled in a graduate program in Biological Sciences pursuing Pest Management studies
    3. promise of outstanding achievement with particular emphasis on intellectual ability, originality and ability in research
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a concise outline of the proposed or actual research project
    2. two letters of reference from faculty members familiar with the applicant's work
    3. copies of all post-secondary transcripts
  5. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, based on the recommendation of the Chair of Biological Sciences.

Revised: April 2017 / GPSR008

Thelma Finlayson Graduate Fellowship

 
This award is meant to provide financial support for a student pursuing a Master's Pest Management Program degree. Preference given to student studying entomology.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this annual award is to provide financial support for a student pursuing a Master's Pest Management Program degree.
  2. The criteria for this award are:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    2. full-time student enrolled in a program leading to a Master Pest Management Program degree
    3. preference given to student studying entomology
  3. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. a concise outline of the proposed program of studies
    2. a curriculum vitae
    3. three letters of reference from faculty members familiar with the applicant's work
  5. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017 / GPSR009

Waterhouse Graduate Fellowship in Organizational Change and Innovation

 
This award is intended to provide financial support for a graduate student whose research focus is on organizational change and innovation.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this fellowship is to provide financial support for a graduate student whose research focuses is on organizational change and innovation.
  2. The Fellowship is an annual award, disbursed over two terms in the Fall and Spring. Its value is subject to the income earned from its endowment fund and will increase as the endowment grows.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. registration in a graduate program at Simon Fraser University
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    3. indication of interest in issues related to innovation and change management
    4. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on research ability and originality
  4. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  5. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post-secondary transcripts, for the first year graduate student, or a current unofficial SFU transcript, for students past their first year of graduate study
    2. a concise outline of the proposed or actual program of studies pertaining to sustainability, organizational change and innovation
    3. two confidential letters of reference
  6. The final selection of a candidate for the award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR159

Wayne Goeson Memorial Award

 
This award is intended for graduate students in the Faculty of Environment or Faculty of Science, who are conducting research related to the ecology and conservation of fish and their aquatic habitats, with preference for a focus on salmon or steelhead and freshwater ecosystems.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to recognize and provide funding to graduate students in the Faculty of Environment or Faculty of Science at SFU, who are conducting research related to the ecology and conservation of fish and their aquatic habitats, with preference for a focus on salmon or steelhead and freshwater ecosystems. 
  2. One award, valued at a minimum of $1,000, will be offered annually in the fall term.
  3. The award will be offered to a graduate student who fulfills the following eligibility criteria:
    1. demonstrated academic achievement in the most recent degree program completed or in their current graduate program
    2. registered full-time in a graduate program in the Faculty of Environment or Faculty of Science
    3. demonstrated history or expression of interest in research or work related to the ecology or conservation of fish or their habitats.
  4. Preference will be given to students focusing on salmon or steelhead and freshwater ecosystems.
  5. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  6. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
  7. copies of post-secondary transcripts;
    1. a current curriculum vitae;
    2. a one-page research proposal related to the ecology and conservation of fish and their aquatic habitats;
    3. a half page personal statement of goals related to the aims of this award; and
    4. one letter of reference from an SFU faculty member familiar with the applicant’s work and interests in the ecology and conservation of fish and their aquatic habitats.
  8. If a suitable candidate is not identified, the award may be disbursed in a subsequent term or year.
  9. The award will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination of the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Faculty of Environment.

Revised: January 2017 / GESR216

Weston Family Scholarship

 
This award is intended for graduate students in the Faculty of Environment or Faculty of Science, who are conducting research related to the ecology and conservation of fish and their aquatic habitats, with preference for a focus on salmon or steelhead and freshwater ecosystems.

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Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this award is to provide financial support to a graduate student pursuing science-based educational research and/or development activities that support or enhance the aquaculture and/or commercial wild fisheries industries in Canada.
  2. The Weston Family Scholarship is paid over two terms, which is normally in the Fall & Spring terms.
  3. The criteria for this award are:
    1. registration at Simon Fraser University in a graduate program in the department of Biological Science or Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, with preference given to those pursuing science-based educational research and/or development activities that support or enhance the aquaculture and/or commercial wild fisheries industries in Canada.
    2. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate level and, if applicable, at the graduate level
    3. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level with particular emphasis on intellectual ability and originality.
  4. This award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  5. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    1. copies of all post secondary transcripts
    2. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic achievements and experience in marine sciences
    3. a concise outline of the proposed or actual program of studies
  6. The completed application and all supporting documents will be forwarded to the Faculty of Science for selection.
  7. The award will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Dean of Science on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee.
  8. The recipient of this award is expected to submit an online Award Recipient Profile Form to the Garfield Weston Foundation after accepting the award. 

Revised: August 2017 GESR112

The William & Ada Isabelle Steel Memorial Scholarship

 
This award is intended to support a graduate student who is engaged in, or planning to engage in, research which requires work outside the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

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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. Effective Fall 2021, if the total of the Steel Scholarship and the other support exceeds $60,000 per annum, the value of the Steel Scholarship will be reduced so that the total equals $60,000. 
  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. The award application or nomination is made using the Graduate Awards Application System and must include:
    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