Scholarships and Awards

At the University of Windsor, we are proud to offer a competitve funding program for graduate students that spans entrance scholarships, national and provincial scholarships, departmental scholarships, and employement opportunities.

Current calls for applications and additional award information is posted under "Grad News" in the top right section of this website.

To learn more about our funding options, please review our directory below and do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.


To be considered for an entrance scholarship, applicants must submit the full application package for admission into the academic program by the entrance scholarship deadline.

At the time of admission both Canadian and International full-time applicants to research-based programs with an admission average of at least 80% (or equivalent) will be considered for entrance scholarships upon the recommendation of their program:

Master's

  • in a thesis or major paper stream: $7,500 for one year (non-renewable)
  • in a non-thesis or non-major paper stream: $3,750 for one year (non-renewable)
  • students in the following programs are not eligible for funding:  MAC, MActSc, MAEP, MEd (International cohort), MEng, MMB, MM, MSW for Working Professionals

Doctoral

  • $7,500 per year for up to 4 years

International students may also be eligible for scholarship and bursary support through programs based in or administered through their home country. We recommend that international students investigate potential sources of support prior to making an application to graduate school, noting that, in Ontario, tuition costs for international students are higher than those for Canadians and Canadian permanent residents (landed immigrants). 

Recipients of awards from the Tri-Council agencies (NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR) will automatically be offered a University of Windsor entrance scholarship for the duration of the tri-council award.


Eligibility:

Current graduate students and new applicants who hold the following awards:

NSERC - national postgraduate scholarship competitions only (excluding Vanier scholarships)

SSHRC - national postgraduate scholarship competitions only (excluding Vanier scholarships)

CIHR - Master's or Doctoral Research Award - national scholarship competitions only (excluding Vanier scholarships)

Conference travel support fund - application form

Funds are available to full-time graduate students who have made presentations of their research at an academic conference.  The amount of each reimbursement will not exceed $500.00 CDN for travel within North America, and $750.00 CDN for travel outside of North America.


Eligibility:

  1. Must show written proof that the presentation/poster was accepted by the conference organizers.
  2. Must have presented at the conference and must submit a completed Conference Travel Support Fund application to the Graduate Studies within 30 days of travel.
  3. Must be a full-time registered student at the time of the presentation at the conference.
  4. Master’s students are eligible for a maximum of one (1) reimbursement within the first 6 terms of registration.
  5. Doctoral students are eligible for a maximum of two (2) reimbursements within the first 12 terms of registration.

*note: if you received support under the previous Conference Travel fund program (pre-2014) it will be counted towards the allowances outlined in 4. and 5. above

Instructions:

Student submits the following documents to Graduate Studies:

  • Completed Application for Graduate Student Conference Travel Support Fund, signed by the student, advisor, and graduate coordinator (or department head)
  • Written proof of invitation or acceptance from the conference organizers
  • Copy of the final conference program (only the cover and pages containing the student name are required)
  • Signed Conference Travel Support Fund Expense Form
  • Original receipts
  • Boarding passes, or a copy of the mobile boarding pass

Claimable Expenses:

  1. Transportation:  Actual costs incurred (not mileage). These must not exceed economy airfare.
  2. Accommodation:  Room only; meals and beverages are not covered.
  3. Registration fees:  Separate costs of conference dinners or party events are not covered.

Reimbursment:

  • The travel expenses will be reimbursed directly to the student account, or in the case where the student received advanced funding from their research advisor, back to a research grant account. If funds are being reimbursed to a research grant indicate the 30-digit research grant number.
  • Please note that we no longer issue cheques for reimbursements.

The following donor-funded awards are open to graduate students who meet the award eligibility requirements. Calls for applications for these awards are posted under "Grad News" in the top right section of this website:

Ian and Terry Scholarship (formerly the Ian David Berks Scholarship)

Awarded annually through the Faculty of Graduate Studies to a mature, married student with family or other responsibilities, on the basis of academic merit. The recipient may be enrolled in any graduate program in the natural or applied sciences at the University of Windsor, and must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada. This award was established in 1990 by the family and friends of Ian David Berks, and latterly by the family and friends of Terry Behie.
Value $1,000.

Lois K. Smedick Graduate Award (number of awards varies each year)

Awarded annually, to Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents, on the basis of financial need and scholastic ability. Established in 1996, by friends and colleagues of Dr. Lois K. Smedick, former Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, in recognition of her contribution to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Value: $500 to $1000 per award.

Canadian Federation of University Women (Windsor Club) Award (1 award per year)

Awarded annually to a female graduate student whose research area concerns issues related to women.  Available to a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada on the basis of academic merit and financial need.
Value: $2,500. 

Charles Clark Graduate Awards (number of awards varies each year)

For graduate students in any program. Must be Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident with an average of at least 80%, and show financial need.
Value $1,000 per award.

Elena Loaring Memorial Fund for Breast Cancer Research (number of awards varies each year)

Awarded to Master’s or PhD students engaged in medical-related breast cancer research in Nursing or Science. Must be Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, and show financial need.
Value: minimum of $500 per award.

Casino Windsor Cares/Gail Rosenblum Memorial Breast Cancer Research Scholarships (number of awards varies each year)

Awarded to Master’s or PhD students engaged in study in breast cancer research. Must be Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, and show financial need.
Value: $5,000 per award.

Gloria & Carl Morgan Graduate Scholarships in Breast Cancer Research

Awarded to Master’s or PhD students engaged in study in breast cancer research in any discipline. Must be Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, and show financial need.
Value: $1,000 per award.

University of Windsor Community Scholarship

Awarded to a student from South Africa who meets the following criteria: belongs to a group in South Africa disadvantaged by apartheid and who has completed an undergraduate degree in South Africa; has a plan of study for a graduate degree that could be obtained at the University of Windsor; has demonstrated by past activities and experiences that she/he is committed to contributing to the development of post-apartheid South Africa; is eligible for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Windsor. Interested students should e-mail the Faculty of Graduate Studies (gradst@uwindsor.ca)
Value: Tuition and reasonable living expenses

Verdecchia Family Graduate Scholarships in Health Sciences (number of awards varies each year)

Awarded to Master’s or PhD students engaged in study in the health sciences (Kinesiology, Nursing, Science).  Must be Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, and show financial need.
Value: $1,000 per award. 

Windsor Prostate Cancer Scholarships (number of awards varies each year)

Awarded to Master’s or PhD students engaged in research related to prostate cancer in any discipline. Must be Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, and show financial need.
Value: $1,000 per award.

Dr. Ross H. Paul Scholarships (number of awards varies each year) 

Awarded to a graduate student with a minimum average of 80% in any discipline. Must be Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, and show financial need.
Value: $1,000 per award.

A. R. and E.G. Ferriss Awards (number of awards varies each year)

Awarded to a graduate student with a minimum average of 80% in any discipline. Must be Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, and show financial need.
Value: $1,000 per award.

James Molnar Graduate Scholarship (number of awards vairies each year)

Awarded to a graduate student with a minimum average of 80% in any discipline.
Must be Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, and show financial need.
Value: $500 per award.

Brian and Wilma Hannon Graduate Scholarship (1 available)

Awarded to a graduate student with a minimum average of 80% who is registered in a program related to Health Sciences (Kinesiology, Nursing, Science). Must be Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, and show financial need.
Value: minimum of $500 per award.

Scholarship payments are made automatically to your student account at the beginning of each semester, once you are registered for that semester.
For Winter 2019 scholarships, payments are expected to be credited to students' accounts after January 5, 2019. 

If you are entitled to a refund after your fees have been paid follow the instructions below:

  1. Log in to UWinsite – Student
  2. Click on ‘Financial Account’ tile
  3. Click on ‘Account Services’
  4. Click on ‘Online Refund Request’
  5. Follow the instructions

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Studies Office at gradaward@uwindsor.ca.


External Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

Review the External Graduate Scholarships Deadlines for scholarships tenable in 2019-20.

A student should have an outstanding academic record to be in the running for these external awards. A grade average of A- in the most recent two years of study (undergraduate or graduate coursework) is usually necessary.

  • Evidence of research capability, previous research awards (such as NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards), and experience of research will also strengthen an application.
  • An application for an external scholarship will pass through several stages:
    1. First, the application must be submitted to the program by the appropriate deadline date.
    2. Then applications may have to be ranked by a program committee.
    3. The applications will then be forwarded, along with the program's ranking, to the Dean of Graduate Studies.
    4. A committee representing the Faculty of Graduate Studies may then have to rank the applications overall.
    5. The Dean will forward recommendations and ranking to the external agency.
    6. These applications should be prepared with care. They must be typed, and complete.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the application package, including letters of reference, arrives on time. Applicants should check to see whether an award is renewable, or if it must be applied for anew on subsequent occasions

National Scholarships:

NSERC scholarships are open to students in the fields of natural sciences and engineering, and in some areas of psychology and kinesiology. At the time of application, an applicant must be either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident. They are available to both Doctoral and Master’s students.

  • Doctoral:  Two types of scholarships are available - NSERC postgraduate scholarships (PGS) and Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS). The PGS is valued at $21,000 a year (for up to three years), and CGS - Doctoral is $35,000 a year for up to three years.  Students submit one application to be considered for both scholarships.  The deadline for students to submit their application is set by each department, but will normally be in late September.  Further information may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Studies, or at www.nserc.ca.
  • Master’s:  The Canada Gradate Scholarship (Master’s) is a one-year award valued at $17,500.  Students submit their application on-line to NSERC by the deadline of December 1.  Further details are available from the Graduate Studies Office or  from the competition webpage.

Review the External Graduate Scholarships Deadlines for scholarships tenable in 2019-20.

SSHRC scholarships are intended to support the acquisition of research skills and to assist in the training of highly qualified personnel. Candidates must demonstrate a high standard of academic achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.  They are available to both Doctoral and Master’s students.

  • Doctoral:  Both Doctoral Fellowships and Canada Graduate Scholarships are available. Doctoral Fellowships are valued at $20,000 per year, and CGS are valued at $35,000 a year for 36 months. By the time of taking up the award students must have completed a Master’s degree, or at least one year of doctoral study.
  • Master’s:  The Canada Gradate Scholarship (Master’s) is a one-year award valued at $17,500.  Students submit their application on-line by the deadline of December 1.  Further details are available from the Graduate Studies Office or  from the competition webpage.

Review the External Graduate Scholarships Deadlines for scholarships tenable in 2019-20.

CIHR strives to ensure a strong foundation of future health research leaders, and is committed to offering programs that increase the supply of highly-qualified research personnel.  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.  They are available to both Doctoral and Master’s students.  These awards provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada or abroad.

  • Doctoral: The Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award (CGS-D) and the CIHR Doctoral Foreign Study Awards (DFSA) are valued at $35,000 per year for up to three years.
  • Master’s: The Canada Gradate Scholarship (Master’s) is a one-year award valued at $17,500.  Students submit their application on-line by the deadline of December 1.  Further details are available from the Graduate Studies Office or from the competition webpage.

Review the External Graduate Scholarships Deadlines for scholarships tenable in 2019-20.

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for more than 15 years.

Mitacs Accelerate

  • Funding starts at $15,000 for research internships with industry or non-profit partners.
  • Grad students and postdoctoral fellows can apply anytime.
  • Applications are accepted any time.
  • www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/accelerate

Mitacs Elevate

  • $50,000 annual grant for two-year postdoctoral fellowships with industry or non-profit partners. Fellows also receive research management training.
  • The call for postdoc applications is issued twice a year, usually in September and January.
  • www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/elevate

Mitacs Globalink

Mitacs Step

  • Professional development workshops facilitated by industry leaders.
  • Grad students and postdoctoral fellows can attend workshops anytime, at no charge.
  • www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/step

Provincial Scholarships:

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) programs encourage excellence in graduate studies at publicly-assisted universities in Ontario.  

  • Students in all disciplines are eligible to apply for the OGS.
  • Students in science, engineering and certain areas of kinesiology and psychology who apply for OGS will also automatically be considered for the QEII-GSST. 

The scholarship competitions are managed separately by each university. Details about the University of Windsor competition are available from the OGS / QEII-GSST competition webpage. The University of Windsor’s application deadline is normally in mid-January.

A list of each university's deadline can be found at the OGS competition website

The OTS program is an initiative of the Ontario Government to attract more of the best qualified international students to Ontario for PhD studies. They are available to new students who are applying or have applied for admission for either May or September.

The University of Windsor has an allocation of 12 Ontario Trillium Scholarships. Each scholarship is worth $40,000 annually and is awarded for four (4) years, provided the student maintains good academic standing and continues to meet the eligibility requirements.

Students holding external funding (e.g., scholarships, third party tuition payments) are not eligible to be considered.

For details new international students should contact the UWindsor program of their interest. The deadline for applications is set by each program and is usually in January/early February.

Other External Scholarships:

The grant is designed to encourage emerging knowledge and understanding of the complexities of graduate enrollment management including all aspects of admissions and recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation in higher education.  It is open to all graduate students who plan to conduct research on graduate enrollment issues, including any aspect of recruiting, enrolling, retaining and graduating professional, masters, and doctoral level degree students. The award includes:

  • a $2,500 check, payable directly to the individual researcher. NAGAP will not pay institutional overhead or indirect costs. 
  • one year of NAGAP membership with full privileges. 
  • travel and registration to the NAGAP national conference during the year of the award. 
  • recognition at the NAGAP national conference. 

 The deadline for submissions is March 1.  International students are eligible to apply. Additional information and guidelines can be found at http://www.nagap.org/research.

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society international is an organization of professional women in the field of education. A fellowship for graduate study in the amount of $4,000 U.S. is offered to a female graduate student, with a possibility of renewal for a second year.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a female student from a country other than Canada or the United States, studying under a "student authorization", and accepted for admission to graduate studies.

The student must be in a program which will lead to a teaching position in an educational institution (school, college, university, library, nursing institution). In addition, the applicant must plan to return to teach in her home country on completion of studies.

Applications may be obtained from the International Students' Centre, and must be submitted by December 15.

This program provides, for a nine-month period, a grant of $15,000 (U.S.). This Fulbright program sponsors outstanding graduate students who are Canadian citizens who will spend one academic year at a host institution in the U.S. The goal of the program is to promote and improve mutual understanding between Canada and the United States. In addition to the general Canada-U.S. Fullbright awards, the foundation also offers a number of corporate awards.

Eligible topics: issues pertaining to Canada and the U.S., for example science policy issues, international trade, comparative studies of U.S. and Canadian policies and institutions, attitudes, etc.

Deadline: November 15 in the Fulbright Program Office (Ottawa).

This is a prestigious award, and only students in the A range should apply.

Further information is available at www.fulbright.ca.

Various awards are offered at the Master's and Doctoral level. For details, applications and criteria visit www.cemf.ca.

The Canadian Federation of University Women offers the following awards to women holding a degree from a Canadian university and who are Canadian citizens or have held landed immigrant status for one year. More information about the awards is available at www.cfuw.org. The following awards are available:

- CFUW - Margaret McWilliams Pre-doctoral Fellowship
Value $11,000. The candidate must be a full-time student and must have completed at least one full calendar year in doctoral studies at the time of application.

- CFUW - Beverley Jackson Fellowship
Value $2,800. The candidate must be over the age of 35 at the time of application and enrolled in graduate work at an Ontario university.

- CFUW - 1989 Polytechnique Commemorative Award
Value $2,800. For graduate studies in any field. The onus is on the candidate to demonstrate the relevance of her work to women.

- CFUW - Dr. Marion Elder Grant Scholarship
Value $10,000. At the time of application, the candidate must be enrolled in a full-time course of studies at any level of a masters or doctoral program, except the first year of a first masters program. One of her letters of reference must be provided by her graduate supervisor.

- CFUW Memorial Fellowship
Value $6,500. For graduate study in science and technology, either in Canada or abroad.

- CFUW - Bourse Georgette Lemoyne
Value $6,000. For graduate study at a Canadian university where one of the languages of instruction and administration is French.

- CFUW - Margaret Dale Philp Biennial Award
Value $3,000. For graduate studies in the humanities or social sciences with special consideration given to study in Canadian history. The candidate must reside in Canada. This award is offered biennially.

- CFUW - Alice E. Wilson Award
Value $5,000. Three awarded. For graduate studies in any field, with special consideration given to candidates returning to study after at least three years.

Application forms are available from www.cfuw.org. Completed applications and documentation must be received by November 15. Applications should be sent to the Canadian Federation of University Women, 297 Dupuis Street, Suite 308, Ottawa, Ontario K1L 7H8.

Awards of up to $10,000 (less income tax) per year are available. The objective of these long-term awards is to develop a body of Canadians competent and expert in the field of international development.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens; proof of citizenship must accompany the application form.

Applicants must have indicated a definite commitment to and suitability for a career in international development work.

Deadline for application is February 1.

More information is available at www.cbie.ca/cida.

The two provincial governments will each award ten fellowships; in 2000-01, students pursuing studies at the Master's level will receive $10,000; doctoral students will receive $12,000. The Ontario-Quebec Commission for Co-operation, in accordance with the interprovincial Agreement for Co-operation and Exchange in Educational and Cultural Matters, sponsors an exchange program that allows students from one province to pursue, on a full-time basis, graduate studies at the Master's or doctoral level in the other province.

Outstanding students from Ontario and Quebec are offered the opportunity to live in the cultural milieu of their second language and to work in their particular field of study in their second language.

Fellowship holders must be registered as full-time students in a graduate program for the tenure of the award.

Students from provinces other than Ontario must have resided in Ontario for twelve consecutive months.

All candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents for at least one year.

More information is available at http://osap.gov.on.ca.

Under a plan drawn up at a conference in Oxford in 1959, each participating country of the Commonwealth offers a number of scholarships to students from other Commonwealth countries.

These scholarships are mainly for graduate study and are tenable in the country making the offer.

Awards are normally for two years and cover travelling, tuition fees, other university fees and a living allowance.

Canadian Students wishing to study in another Commonwealth country may visit www.csfp-online.org for more information and applications.

 Seven to nine scholarships valued at $10,000 for study in Canada ($15,000 for study elsewhere in the Commonwealth) will be awarded to enable students to carry on studies in history, economics, the humanities, constitutional government or any subject vital to the interests of the Commonwealth.

These scholarships are tenable in any university in Canada, Great Britain or within the Commonwealth.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens who hold a first degree from a Canadian university, hold a Master's degree or are in the final year of studies leading to a Master's degree.

Deadline for application is December 1.

Four scholarships of up to $11,000 (subject to change) will be available to graduates of any Canadian university who propose to engage, either in the United States or the United Kingdom, in postgraduate studies in the field of international or industrial relations (including the international or industrial aspects of law, history, politics, economics).

Application material available from www.mkingscholarships.ca.

Deadline: February 1.

One one-year scholarship of $10,000 (subject to change) will be available to graduates of any Canadian university, for full-time postgraduate studies in Canada or elsewhere and in any field.

Application material available from www.mkingscholarships.ca.

Deadline: February 1.

Value: $5000. One scholarship awarded annually to a Canadian woman pursuing graduate work in the Health Sciences.

Awarded on the basis of academic excellence and involvement in volunteer work.

For further information, visit www.maycourt.org/scholarship/.

Deadline for application is normally June 1

Awards of $750 or $1000 each. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of a 250-word essay.

For information please contact www.mensacanada.ca.

Deadline for application is January 31

External Graduate Scholarships Deadlines (for scholarships tenable in 2019-20)

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) program helps Canada’s institutions attract highly qualified doctoral students. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields.

Both Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Scholarship, which is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years.

For 2018-19, the University of Windsor may submit up to two nominations each to NSERC and SSHRC, and onenomination to CIHR.

Eligibility:

  • To be considered for a Vanier Scholarship, a student must be nominated by a Canadian university.  Vanier Scholarships must be held by the student at the university that nominated them. The scholarships are not transferable:  they may not be taken to another university.
  • Applicants do not have to be registered as doctoral students at the time of application, but if they are not they must have applied for admission to a PhD program at UWindsor by the departmental nomination deadline (Wednesday, September 26, 2018).
  • Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents,  and international students are all eligible for Vanier Scholarships.
  • Students who have held or are currently holding Tri-Agency scholarship funding for their doctoral program are not eligible to apply.
  • Please see the Vanier Scholarship website for complete eligibility criteria: http://www.vanier.gc.ca/en/home-accueil.html

Nominations are invited using the following process:

  • Student Application Deadline:  Monday, September 17, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (EST)
  • Current and prospective students will complete their Vanier application using ResearchNet, the online application system, by Monday, September 17, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (EST).

Procedures:

As required by the Vanier program applicants must do the following by the deadline noted above:

1. notify the chosen graduate program that they intend to apply for the Vanier Scholarship

2. be currently registered in, or have applied to, a PhD program at the University of Windsor
3. provide official transcripts for all post-secondary studies showing the most recent grades.  UWindsor students must submit official copies supplied by the Registrar's Office.

  • transcripts are to be submitted to the applicant's prospective graduate program, not the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  • the graduate program may have copies of the applicant's official transcripts on file already; if so, the applicant must confirm with the graduate program which transcripts the program has and is willing to provide to support the Vanier application, and which official transcripts the applicant must provide to the graduate program.

4. request four separate letters of support, as follows:

  • Two letters from referees assessing the applicant's academic excellence, research potential and demonstrated and potential leadership ability.  These are submitted electronically through ResearchNet by the referee;
  • Two Leadership Reference letters are to be provided to the applicant, who uploads the letters to his or her electronic application file.  Faculty members may provide this letter, as long as they know the applicant in a non-academic capacity and are addressing leadership in a non-academic environment. It is recommended that applicants request the Leadership Reference Letters from an author that has not provided an assessment of the nomination; however, applications that contain Leadership Reference Letters and a Referee Assessment written by  the same faculty member are accepted.
  • applicants should provide potential referees with the Vanier selection criteria guidelines.

5. submit a completed Vanier application via ResearchNet by the deadline of Monday, September 17, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (EST).


Graduate Program Nomination Deadline: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at noon.
Graduate programs are required to review and rank their applicants and submit one nomination to the Faculty of Graduate Studies by Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at noon.

Nominations documents are to be e-mailed in PDF format to:  gradaward@uwindsor.ca

Procedures:

Transcripts for applicants are to be collected by graduate programs.  Up-to-date, official transcripts are required for all post-secondary studies.  
Note: SIS printouts and copies of Windsor transcripts are not accepted by the Tri-Agencies. Programs are to review their applications for eligibility and completeness.

A complete nomination package will consist of the following:

  1. Nomination Letter to be completed by the graduate program and signed by the Department Head:  Format:  PDF file
    • Please read the guidelines for the nominating letter at:  http://www.vanier.gc.ca/en/information_for_institutions-information_pour...
    • If the nominee is a current UWindsor student, the Department Head is required to provide justification for the lack of mobility and an explanation as to why it is in the candidate’s best interest to stay at Windsor. This will include further elaboration on the appropriateness of the supervisor in terms of resources, funding, publications, their research and training environment. Examples may include (but not limited to) funding, facilities/resources and personnel that will be available to support the candidate as they carry out their proposed research and develop their leadership potential 
  2. A complete set of copies of official transcripts (both sides scanned, arranged in order from most recent to oldest) for each nominated application. Format:  one PDF file

E-mail these two documents to:  gradaward@uwindsor.ca

Note:  The Graduate Awards Committee will review the completed nominations and may request revisions to enhance the competitiveness of the applications.

  • Student application deadline (directly to CIHR): Tuesday, October 2, 2018.
  • Student must have applied for the scholarship through ResearchNet by this deadline.
  • Open only to Canadian and Permanent Resident Applicants

Applications for the NSERC Doctoral Scholarships competition are due in the Graduate Studies office by noon on Friday, October 5, 2018, after being ranked by the departments.

The following is a brief overview of the main steps in the electronic application process, as well as guidelines about certain aspects of the application.
Note that NSERC Master's scholarships (CGS M) have a separate application process and deadline (December 1, 2018).

Application Steps

  1. Students log in to NSERC's on-line system and complete Form 201.  New users must register before creating an application on-line. Students are advised to carefully review the detailed application instructions on NSERC's web-site.
  2. Students' official transcripts are uploaded by the department (normally the graduate secretary).
  3. Students select two referees and provide each referee's contact information as part of the application process. The referees completed the forms through NSERC's on-line system.
  4. Once all of the required documentation has been supplied as part of the on-line application students "submit" their application electronically so that it is available for review on-line.
  5. Students must also print off copies of their completed application along with supporting documents and submit these to their departments by the departmental deadline.
  6. Since students do not have access to print off their references, please send us a list of the students in your department who are applying for NSERC and we will forward their references to you.
  7. Departments submit ranked applications to the Graduate Studies Office by noon on Friday, October 5, 2018.  There is no official ranking form for this so please use whichever format you prefer, but an explanation of how the department ranked the applications would be appreciated by the Graduate Awards Committee.

Uploading Transcripts

Official and up-to-date transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies (including the transcript legend) must be scanned and uploaded in pdf format in the "Transcripts - University" page of each student's application.  Students will not have grades yet for Fall 2018 but are still required to upload an official transcript showing their registration.  The web (SIS) version of a student’s transcript is not acceptable.

Note that students will not be able to upload their transcripts themselves so the following process should be followed:

  1. Each department should nominate one person in the department (e.g., the graduate secretary) who will be responsible for collecting, scanning, and uploading students' transcripts. 
  2. The department must inform each applicant of the first and last name as well as the e-mail address of the departmental designate. 
  3. The applicants will then enter the designate’ s information on the University Transcripts page of their application. Upon saving, an e-mail will be generated by the system and sent to the designate. Once the transcripts are uploaded by the departmental designate, they will be attached to the application.

Reference Letters

It is important the referees follow the instructions when completing the NSERC reference.  All students sent forward for an NSERC scholarship are excellent and the reference letter may make the difference between a student being selected, or not selected. 

In order to ensure that we send forward the best possible applications, the Graduate Awards Committee reserves the right to request changes to reference letters for competitive students.

Ranking Criteria

Applicants are vying for a very limited allotment of spots that the University is permitted to forward.  Realistically, competitive individuals will have all of the following: outstanding grades and letters of recommendation, compelling research proposals, and a demonstrated track record of publication success or EARLY demonstrated potential.  Students must clearly make a distinction between: published and accepted papers in refereed journals (provide acceptance date and manuscript number): submitted journal articles (provide submission date and manuscript number); non-refereed articles; conference proceedings; abstracts; presentations.  

The University of Windsor’s quota of applications that may be forwarded is expected to be released shortly by NSERC.

NSERC's weighting scheme for assessing doctoral scholarships applications

  • Academic Excellence 30%
  • Research Ability/ Potential 50%
  • Communication, Interpersonal & Leadership Abilities 20%

Total 100%

  • Student application deadline set by individual departments.
  • Deadline for receipt of ranked applications from the graduate programs: Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Graduate programs are required to review and rank applications and submit them to the Graduate Studies Office by this deadline.
  • Open only to Canadian and Permanent Resident applicants

Review information about upcoming SSHRC scholarships information sessions.

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • One website for all applications: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/students-etudiants/pg-cs/cgsm-bescm_eng.asp
  • Deadline for students to complete the on-line application: December 1, 2018
  • Deadline for programs to submit their rankings to Graduate Studies: January 18, 2019
  • Open only to Canadian and Permanent Resident applicants

Resources:

NSERC

Review a copy of the presentation at the September 14 information session on NSERC graduate scholarships/fellowships for next year (2019). 

This session provided an overview of the various NSERC scholarships available, including the Canada Graduate Scholarship (Master’s), Doctoral Scholarships, and Postdoctoral Fellowships. Note that these scholarships are available only to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents. Please also visit the NSERC website and view the resources available on-line (tutorials, videos), as follows:

SSHRC

Review information about upcoming SSHRC scholarships information sessions.

Detailed instructions will be available on the University of Windsor OGS/QEII-GSST webpage later in the Fall.

  • Deadline for students to submit their applications to a graduate department at the University of Windsor: January 11, 2019.
  • Deadline for departments to submit their ranked candidates to their Faculty (if applicable): set by individual Faculties.
  • Deadline for Faculties to submit their ranked candidates to Graduate Studies: Friday, March 1, 2019.
  • QEII-GSST is open only to Canadian and Permanent Resident applicants.
  • OGS is open to international students as well as Canadian and Permanent Resident applicants.
  • Deadline for departments to submit their ranked candidates to Graduate Studies: February 15, 2019.
  • Open only to Canadian and Permanent Resident applicants.
  • Student application deadline set by individual departments.
  • Graduate program nomination deadline: Monday, February 25, 2019
  • Graduate programs are required to review and rank applications and submit one nomination to the Graduate Studies Office by this deadline.
  • In order to be considered for this scholarship nominees must have submitted a complete application for admission, satisfied the English proficiency
  • requirements of the program, and have received an offer of admission by February 25, 2019.