Scotia Scholars Award

Objective

The Scotia ScholarsOM* Awards provide financial support to high caliber research trainees engaged in health research at Nova Scotia universities. The objective of the Scotia ScholarsOM Award is to support the development of the next generation of highly qualified researchers and leaders in the Nova Scotia health research enterprise, and to encourage continued interest in health research careers. Funded applicants have the distinct honour of carrying the designation of Scotia Scholar.

Overview
Application Process
Review Process
Assessment Criteria
Resources and Assistance

Overview

Award Types

Scotia Scholar Awards are offered at three levels of study:

  • Undergraduate
  • Master's
  • Doctoral

Scotia Scholars Award funding is allocated to each institution. The institution determines annually how many awards at each level of study will be issued.

In 2017-18, participating institutions will accept applications for the following award levels:

  • Acadia University - PhD, Master’s, Undergraduate
  • Cape Breton University - Undergraduate
  • Dalhousie University – PhD, Master’s
  • Mount Saint Vincent University - PhD, Master’s
  • Saint Mary’s University - PhD, Master’s
  • St. Francis Xavier University - PhD, Master’s, Undergraduate

Eligibility

To apply for a Scotia Scholars Award, the applicant must meet the following criteria at the time of application:

Doctoral Level Awards

  • Have applied to, be accepted in, or, be enrolled in Year 1, 2 or 3 of a full-time thesis-based Doctoral degree program at a participating Nova Scotian university.

Master's Level Awards

  • Have applied to, be accepted in, or be enrolled in Year 1 of a full-time thesis-based Master’s degree program.

Undergraduate Level Awards

  • Be enrolled full-time in and completed at least two full years of an honours or advanced major undergraduate degree program at a participating Nova Scotian university.

The applicant must also:

  • Be engaged in research activities relevant to the NSHRF research priorities.
  • Have achieved a first-class average (as determined by the university) in the last two years of full time study.
  • Be in good standing for enrollment in the upcoming school year.
  • Not be receiving research trainee funding through an NSHRF Scotia Support Grant
  • Not be employed full-time

Special Eligibility Requirements

  • Due to the recent extension of award funding periods, for this 2017-18 award competition only:
    • 2016-17 Scotia Scholars Award (Master’s) recipients who, at the time of application, are in Year 1 of their program are eligible to apply for an additional year of funding.
    • 2015-16 and 2016-17 Scotia Scholars Award (PhD) recipients who, at the time of application, are currently in Year 1, 2 or 3 of their program are eligible to apply for an additional 1- 2 years of funding.
  • Honourary Scotia Scholars may apply for a funded award at the same level, if their funding no longer exceeds the cap and they meet all other eligibility criteria.

Funding Amount and Duration

Funding is issued to recipients in the following amounts:

  • Undergraduate Level – up to $5,000/ 8 months, non-renewable
  • Master’s Level – up to $10,000/ year, renewable for 1 year
  • Doctorate Level – up to $15,000/ year, renewable for up to 3 years

Students will not be eligible to receive Scotia Scholars Award funding past the end of Year 4 of an Undergraduate program, Year 2 of a Master’s program or past the end of Year 4 of a Doctoral program, as outlined below:

Award/ Degree Level Enrollment Status at Time of Application Maximum Eligible Funding Available
Undergraduate Award Applied to/ Accepted in program Ineligible to apply
In Year 1 or 2 of program Ineligible to apply
In Year 3 of program $5,000/ 8 months
In Year 4 of program or later Ineligible to apply
Master’s Award Applied to/ Accepted in program $10,000/ year for 2 years
In Year 1 of program $10,000/ year for 1 year
In Year 2 of program or later Ineligible to apply
Doctoral Award Applied to/ Accepted in program $15,000/ year for 4 years
In Year 1 of program $15,000/ year for 3 years
In Year 2 of program $15,000/ year for 2 years
In Year 3 of program $15,000/ year for 1 year
In Year 4 of program or later Ineligible to apply

 

NSHRF Research Trainee Funding Caps

A student’s total funding from both the Scotia Scholars Award and external funding sources may not exceed the following annual amounts:

  • Undergraduate Students: $15,000/ year
  • Master’s Students: $20,000/ year
  • Doctoral Students: $30,000/ year

It is the responsibility of the student to notify their institution of all external funding received. A Scotia Scholars Award recipient who holds external funding that exceeds the funding cap, will be named an Honourary Scotia Scholar (i.e. no funding will be issued).
 

Student Awards

The NSHRF offers four student awards selected from Scotia Scholars Master’s and PhD applicants. For more info about the awards and their application requirements, please click below:

Dates and Deadlines

Master's / Doctoral Competition

Application Criteria Available: February 7, 2017
Application Available in GMS: February 15, 2017
Application Deadline: March 30, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. (AST)
Results Available: late May, 2017
Funds Available: September 2017

Undergraduate Competition

Application Criteria Available: February 7, 2017
Application Available in GMS: November 30, 2017
Application Deadline: January 18, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. (AST)
Results Available: late February, 2018
Funds Available: May, 2018 or September, 2018

 


Application Process

Step 1:
Confirm Eligibility

Consider whether you meet the eligibility criteria (outlined above) and confirm your institution is offering the award level for which you are eligible to apply.

If applicants have any questions related to their eligibility, they are encouraged to contact their institution.

Step 2:
Review Application Requirements

Be sure to carefully review all application requirements, as outlined in the document below:

Note: You are required to submit two letters of reference and all academic transcripts. Please ensure you arrange for these documents well in advance of the application deadline.

Step 3:
Register in NSHRF’s Grants Management System (GMS)
Applications must be submitted through NSHRF’s online Grants Management System (GMS).

Please visit http://gms.nshrf.ca and click "sign up here" to create an account.

Step 4: Ensure Letters of Reference are Submitted

Ensure your academic and leadership letters of reference have been submitted by the referees to your institutional contact prior to the application deadline.
 

Step 5: Complete Application

To apply, login to GMS to access the application, where information will be either entered directly into GMS or uploaded as PDF documents.

Be sure to refer to the Application Requirements (See Step 2) for detailed instructions.


Review Process

  1. Each institution will assess applications to determine whether they are complete and meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. Complete and eligible applications will be reviewed by each institution in accordance with their review practices and the assessment criteria outlined below.
  3. Institutions will submit to NSHRF a list of applicants recommended for funding and a list of alternates, if applicable.
  4. NSHRF will notify applicants of funding decisions and implement the process for award acceptance and payment for funding recipients.

Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used by each institution to assess Scotia Scholar Award applications:                                           

Criteria Weighting Undergrad Weighting Master's Weighting PhD

Academic Excellence

  • Strength of academic record
  • Quality of academic abilities outlined in academic reference letter
  • Funding, duration and prestige of received scholarships and awards
  • Clarity of explanation for any academic interruptions and delays
60% 50% 30%

Leadership Qualities

  • Extent to which past and current employment, volunteer, extracurricular experiences and research contributions demonstrate leadership skills
  • Quality and potential impact of leadership abilities outlined in leadership reference letter
  • Relevance of future plans to career in health research
30% 20% 20%

Research Potential

  • Relevance of academic training and work experience to research activity
  • Funding, duration and prestige of received scholarships and awards
  • Quality and extent of contribution to research activity
  • Quality and potential impact of research abilities outlined in academic reference letter
  • Relevance of research activity to the health research priorities of the NSHRF
  • Potential for impact of research activity on the health of Nova Scotians and the economy, clinical practice, health policy and/or health services in Nova Scotia
10% 30% 50%

 

Resources and Assistance

Application Support

Applicants should contact their institution well in advance of the application deadline with questions related to application content and eligibility:

Institutional Contacts
Acadia University Theresa Starratt
Graduate Studies Officer
902.585.1914
theresa.starratt@acadiau.ca
Cape Breton University Dana Mount
Assistant Dean, Research, Teaching, and Graduate Studies
902.563.1162
dana_mount@cbu.ca
Dalhousie University Danielle Pottie
Scholarships Liaison Officer
902.494.6246
fgs.slo@dal.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University Cathy Lantos
Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Graduate Studies
cathy.lantos@msvu.ca
Saint Mary’s University Heather Taylor
Graduate Studies Officer
902.420.5069
heather.taylor@smu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University Elizabeth Leighton
Administrative Assistant to the Associate VP, Research and Graduate Studies
902.867.2393
eleighto@stfx.ca

GMS and CCV Support

Please click here to download a step by step guide for applicants outlining how to navigate the GMS and Canadian Common CV (CCV).

For technical questions regarding the GMS or CCV, contact the NSHRF Help Desk at 902.424.4043 or helpdesk@nshrf.ca

Please allow 1-2 business days for a response.