3 Graduate Scholarships you should apply for!

Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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Master's of Environmental Sustainability - SPI Research Fellowship

M.Sc. Candidate and Smart Prosperity Institute Research Fellow Emma McGuire and Institute of the Environment Research Director Geoff McCarney

For four years you have worked hard to get those great grades. You kept your options open so you could get into your graduate school of choice. Your hard work has paid off, so don’t forget to apply for funding!

If you are interested in applying to our Master’s of Environmental Sustainability program, look into these 3 external awards. It’s unbelievable how many A and A+ students come into our program and haven’t even submitted an application for OGS!

Taking the time to apply for funding and completing your master’s program without worrying about a part-time job is well worth the effort. Good luck!

1. Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) / Bourses d’études supérieures de l’Ontario (BÉSO)

Deadline to apply : December 1st
Scholarship amount: $15,000

Length of Scholarship: One year, non-renewable, but students may choose to apply for funding for subsequent years of study.

Eligibility: Canadian citizens and permanent residents with an admission average of 8.0 or more are eligible to apply (you do not need to be a resident of Ontario). The award is available for students interested in our one-year Research Paper option and our two-year Thesis option.

Beware though, OGS applications are not transferrable from one university to another, or even from one Faculty to another.  Be sure to submit an OGS application for the Master’s of Environmental Sustainability program at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment!

Your Chances: Each Faculty / Institute gets an OGS quota, and based on the number of eligible applications from last year, your success rate at the Institute of the Environment is somewhere around 33%. Those chances are way better than buying a lottery ticket, so be sure to apply!

2. Canadian Graduate Scholarship Program (CGS) – CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC / Bourses d'études supérieures du Canada (BÉSC) - IRSC, CRSNG et CRSH

Master's of Environmental Sustainability - Scholarship Blog

Deadline to apply : December 1st
Scholarship amount: $17,500

Length of Scholarship: One year, non-renewable.

Eligibility:  Canadian citizens and permanent residents with an admission average of 8.0 or more are eligible to apply. An eligible graduate program must have a significant research component; this award is therefore only available for students interested in our two-year thesis option. Please refer to the website for additional restrictions on eligibility.

Your chances: The University of Ottawa receives a CGS allocation. The application is reviewed and recommended by the department, then the faculty, and is then submitted to the University for review. This is a more competitive award, but one that is still well worth applying to!

3. Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI) Research Fellowships / La bourse de recherche IntelliProspérité

Deadline to apply: December 1st for International Students; February 1st for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Scholarship amount: Minimum $5,000; Maximum $10,000.

Length of Scholarship: One year, non-renewable.

Eligibility: Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and International students with an admission average of 8.0 or more and a research interest that aligns with SPI (ex. the green economy). The award is available for students interested in our one-year Research Paper option and our two-year Thesis option.

Recipients of the Fellowship will provide research assistance during their studies to Smart Prosperity Institute, located at the University of Ottawa's Institute of the Environment.

To apply, students should signal their interest in being considered for the award in their letter of intent, explain how their research interests align with SPI’s, and demonstrate how their experience would make them an ideal candidate.

Your chances: This award is only available to eligible students who apply to our Master’s of Environmental Sustainability program, and is reviewed by the Institute of the Environment’s Research Director Geoff McCarney. If you are a strong candidate (GPA 8.0+) with a background in Economics, and are interested in doing research on the green economy, please apply! Your chances are very good.

Smart Prosperity Institute is a national research network and policy think tank based at the University of Ottawa. We deliver world-class research and work with public and private partners – all to advance practical policies and market solutions for a stronger, cleaner economy.

Read our blog: 6 Practical Tips for writing Scholarship Proposal Grants

Authored by Kaitlyn Innes, Assistant Director (Graduate Studies) at the Institute of the Environment

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