External awards and fellowships

There are a number of national and provincial granting agencies that annually fund graduate students and their research. These are merit-based fellowships which must be applied for individually. Most of the agencies have specific application guidelines and deadlines.

The funding opportunities below all require an internal pre-selection process coordinated through the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Transcripts required for external competitions

For all external award and fellowship competitions requiring transcripts, please note the following specifications:

  • Official transcripts are required, for all external competitions and must be submitted by the relevant UVic internal deadline – no administrative transcripts will be accepted;
  • Transcripts must be up-to-date: dated or issued in the current session (if currently registered) or after the last term completed (if not currently registered);
  • Order your transcripts early and have them sent directly to you; do not risk having your transcripts sent to Uvic as we cannot ensure delivery to the correct person by the deadlines stipulated;
  • Unless you are required to scan and upload them yourself (such as with CGSM) transcripts should be submitted in sealed envelopes;
  • Be sure to carefully read the instructions for the specific competition you are applying to for any further details related to transcripts;
  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding transcripts, please contact a Scholarship Officer: Yvonne Rondeau scholoff@uvic.ca or Kathy McCarthy fgsaward@uvic.ca

Other external funding opportunities

There are many other external funding competitions that you can apply for directly (they do not involve an extra pre-selection step at the university level). As we find out about opportunities we forward the information to departmental graduate secretaries across campus. They'll send out the announcements through their student email distribution lists. Please ensure that you get your preferred email address on your graduate secretary's email list.

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters (CGS-M) ($17,500)

APPLICATION OPEN NOW!

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) harmonized the application process for the Canada Graduate Scholarship – Masters.  The application process is the same for all three councils and the application is now open.

To find out if you qualify to apply read the Eligibility Requirements

To apply students complete the CGSM application which is available in the Research Portal, an online application system created by the federal research councils.  As part of the application students will attach their Outline of Proposed Research (research proposal) and Bibliography, each one page maximum, and official copies of all university level transcripts.  If you have not provided the up-to-date official transcripts needed to determine whether you have achieved a first-class average in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent), your application will be deemed ineligible. Two referee assessments are also required and completed through the Research Portal.

Students must also create and attach a Canadian Common CV (CCV). A version of the CCV has been modified specifically for the Canada Graduate Scholarship-Masters Application and students must chose the CGSM version of the CCV in order to ensure it connects with their application.

Students are advised to carefully read through the Application Instructions.

The deadline to complete their application is December 1, 2019.  This is a hard deadline established by the federal councils; extensions cannot be granted.

Students interested in applying are encouraged to attend one of the CGSM workshops and to connect with the faculty volunteer coaches, who will give feedback and help refine the Outline of Proposed Research.  FGS Scholarship Officers Yvonne Rondeau scholoff@uvic.ca and Kathy McCarthy fgsaward@uvic.ca are available to answer question about eligibility and how to complete the application and will be presenting at the workshops.

Workshop Details:

  • NSERC – Friday October 4, 2019 10:30-12, Henderson Room Cadboro Commons – NSERC Coach Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi rana@uvic.ca
  • SSHRC – Wednesday October 9, 2019 10 – 11:30 University Centre A180 – SSHRC Coaches Dr. Adrienne Williams Boyarin aboyarin@uvic.ca or Dr. James Rowe jkrowe@uvic.ca
  • CIHR – Thursday September 26, 2019 4-5:30 FGS Boardroom University Centre A207 – CIHR Coach Dr. Patricia MacKenzie patmack@uvic.ca

 

 

CIHR / NSERC / SSHRC – Doctoral Scholarships

CIHR / NSERC / SSHRC – Doctoral Scholarships

Three federal research councils support doctoral research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).  These agencies provide doctoral scholarships of $20,000 to $35,000/year to qualified doctoral students conducting research in a PhD degree program.

Each agency offers the Canada Graduate Scholarship –Doctoral (CGSD) worth $35,000/year to students doing their PhD at a Canadian university and agency specific doctoral scholarships of $20,000 to $35,000/year to students doing their PhD in Canada OR abroad.  You complete one application to the appropriate agency to be considered for both awards.

Before you begin an application, determine which agency to apply to.  You can only apply to one research agency.  You choose the agency based on the subject matter of your research.  Read - Select the Correct Research Agency to help you decide.  If you need further assistance with this step contact Scholarship Officers in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Yvonne scholoff@uvic.ca or Kathy fgsaward@uvic.ca.

                                                                                                                                                                               

CIHR's CGSD & Doctoral Foreign Study Award

CIHR provides doctoral scholarships through their Health Research Training Award Programs to students pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field. CIHR Doctoral awards are valued at $35,000 per year for up to three years. To apply you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. 

Are you eligible? CIHR CGSD Eligibility and CIHR Doctoral Foreign Study Award Eligibility

 

How to apply?  Register to create a login account in ResearchNet and follow the CIHR Doctoral Research Award Instructions.  By completing one application you will be considered for both CIHR awards.  Your application must be submitted through ResearchNet no later than Wednesday October 2, 2019. 

 

We Can Help/CIHR Doctoral workshop:

Attend the CIHR Doctoral workshop presented by CIHR Coach, Dr. Patricia MacKenzie and UVic Scholarship Officers Yvonne Rondeau and Kathy McCarthy on Thursday September 5, from 4:00 - 5:30 in the Faculty of Graduate Studies Boardroom University Centre A207.  If you are not able to attend the workshop, here are the presentation slides

 

Dr. MacKenzie will meet with you to review the research proposal portion of your application and provide constructive feedback. Email patmack@uvic.ca to set up an appointment.

UVic Scholarship Officers Yvonne Rondeau scholoff@uvic.ca and Kathy McCarthy fgsaward@uvic.ca are available to help you with all aspects of applying for federal council scholarships.

                                                                                                                                                                               

NSERC's CGSD & Postgraduate Scholarship

NSERC provides scholarships to students pursuing a doctoral degree in natural sciences and engineering fields. NSERC’s Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (CGSD) is valued at $35,000/year and the Postgraduate Scholarships (PGSD) at $21,000/year for up to three years. To apply you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. 

Are you eligible? NSERC CGSD Eligibility and NSERC PGSD Eligibility

 

How to apply?  Register in the NSERC On-line System and follow the NSERC Doctoral Application Instructions.  (You will find the On-line System User log-in near the bottom of the webpage)

By completing one application you will be considered for both NSERC awards.  Your application must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies no later than Wednesday October 2, 2019. 

 

We Can Help/NSERC Doctoral workshop:

Attend the NSERC Doctoral workshop presented by NSERC Coach Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi and UVic Scholarship Officers Yvonne Rondeau and Kathy McCarthy on Friday September 6, from 10:30 – 12:00 in the University Centre A180 (Senate Chambers).  If you are not able to attend the workshop, here are the presentation slides

 

Dr. El-Sabaawi will meet with you to review the research proposal portion of your application and provide constructive feedback. Email rana@uvic.ca to set up an appointment.

UVic Scholarship Officers Yvonne Rondeau scholoff@uvic.ca and Kathy McCarthy fgsaward@uvic.ca are available to help you with all aspects of applying for federal council scholarships.

                                                                                                                                                                              

SSHRC's CGSD & Doctoral Fellowship

SSHRC provides scholarships to students pursuing a doctoral degree in social sciences and humanities fields. SSHRC’s Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGSD) is valued at $35,000/year for up to three years and the Doctoral Fellowship at $20,000/year for up to four years. To apply you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. 

Are you eligible? SSHRC CGSD Eligibility and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships

 

How to apply?  Register in the SSHRC On-line System and then follow the SSHRC Doctoral Application Instructions. By completing one application you will be considered for both SSHRC awards.  Your application must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies no later than Wednesday October 2, 2019.  The application and submission is done via the SSHRC On-line System

SSHRC Doctoral Applicants must also complete the SSHRC online CV accessible through the SSHRC On-line System 

SSHRC CCV Instructions

 

We Can Help/SSHRC Doctoral workshop:

Attend the SSHRC Doctoral workshop with SSHRC Coaches Dr. Adrienne Williams Boyarin and Dr. James Rowe and UVic Scholarship Officers Yvonne Rondeau and Kathy McCarthy on Wednesday September 4, from 10:00 – 11:30 in the University Centre A180 (Senate Chambers).  If you are not able to attend the workshop, here are the presentation slides.

 

Dr. Boyarin Williams or Dr. Rowe will meet with you to review the research proposal portion of your application and provide constructive feedback.  Contact a SSHRC Coach for an appointment, Dr. Williams Boyarin aboyarin@uvic.ca or Dr. Rowe jkrowe@uvic.ca .

UVic Scholarship Officers Yvonne Rondeau scholoff@uvic.ca and Kathy McCarthy fgsaward@uvic.ca are available to help you with all aspects of applying for federal council scholarships.

                                                                                                                                                                               

 

Fall 2019 Timeline for Doctoral CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC UVic Internal Competitions

October 2 -       Application submission deadline for all three councils; CIHR and SSHRC applicants submit your application online, NSERC students must print a copy of your application and deliver it to the Faculty of Graduate Studies office along with your attachments and all required official transcripts

October 3 – 31              Accuracy and completion check, students may be contacted to correct applications

November 1 - 18          UVic internal review and selection process        

November 19 - 21        UVic applicants notified of the outcome of internal selection           

November 21                FINAL deadline for all Canadian universities to submit nominations to federal agencies

April 2020                       Federal council announcement of scholarship winners

Student Responsibility

It is the student’s responsibility to;

  • Be sure you apply to the correct agency
  • Be sure you are eligible for the award you applying for
  • Be aware of all internal UVic deadlines (extensions will not be granted)
  • Carefully read the application instructions for the council you are applying to
  • Order official copies of transcripts very early and have them sent directly to you, not to UVic offices
  • Include all required transcripts using complete and official copies in your application
  • Contact referees early and provide them with the information they need to submit reference including a copy of the Selection Criteria
  • Make use of the resources available such as, the application instructions, UVic Scholarship Officers, faculty volunteer coaches, your academic supervisor, and department graduate advisor

 

China Scholarship Council

UVic is in the process of renewing our agreement with the China Scholarship Council (CSC).

The CSC provides scholarships to qualified Chinese graduate students, visiting researchers and post-doctoral students to undertake graduate degree studies and research at partner universities abroad. A signed memorandum of understanding between UVic and the CSC allows for the joint financial and academic support of:

  • Up to 20 Chinese students in a PhD program for up to 48 months, with a degree conferred by UVic
  • Up to 20 Chinese PhD students to conduct research at UVic as a visiting PhD student under the supervision of UVic faculty 
  • 2 Chinese students to pursue a Master’s degree for no more than 24 months, with a degree conferred by UVic
  • Up to 10 scholarships for Chinese faculty members
  • Up to 10 Chinese post-doctoral fellows to visit and conduct research at UVic for up to 12 months

CSC Scholarships payments are made directly to the student or visiting scholar. The UVic portion of the student or visiting scholar support is provided by the sponsoring department and/or faculty supervisor who will ensure that the CSC scholar is informed of the nature of their support in writing well in advance of the commencement of the studies.

Please contact Michelle Fuller at  if you have any questions.

 

DAAD Study Scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service)

Each year the Faculty of Graduate Studies is invited to submit one priority nomination for the DAAD Study Scholarships. These scholarships are available to highly qualified final year undergraduate students or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines for a full Master’s degree program at a German university, or for study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or Master’s degree program completed in the home country.

UVic applicants interested in being considered for the UVic priority nomination for the scholarship must submit a printed copy of the full DAAD scholarship application package to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, attention Scholarship Officer no later than October 25, 2019.

No deadline extensions will be granted. All applications received on time will be reviewed by a committee coordinated by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, who will select one application to submit as UVic's priority nomination.  

Please see the following to ensure you are submitting a complete application: DAAD North America Application Checklist for Study Scholarships of All Academic Disciplines and DAAD North America Application Checklist for Research Grants‐One‐year Grants 

The Study Scholarship applications have multiple components and interested applicants are encouraged to begin their application early. For full eligibility details and application information visit DAAD.

IODE War Memorial Scholarships

The National Chapter of Canada IODE initiated War Memorial Doctoral Scholarships in 1918 to commemorate Canadians who sacrificed their lives for peace and freedom. Initially, bursaries were granted to children of men and women who lost their lives or who were permanently disabled while fighting for Canada. Since the first scholarships were awarded in 1921, IODE War Memorial Scholars have made important contributions to Canada and the world in medicine, science, business, politics and academia.

Eligibility to Apply

A candidate must
* Be a Canadian Citizen
* Hold a first degree from a Canadian university
* Be enrolled in at least the second year of a doctoral program


For application information see the IODE War Memorial Scholarships website.

Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships

Who should read this?

  • You should read this if you are interested in scholarship funding to support graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere.
  • There are two scholarship categories:
    • The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship - open to graduates of any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) graduate study in any field, in Canada or elsewhere. One awarded annually, valued at $10,000 but subject to change.
    • The Mackenzie Travelling Scholarship - open to graduates of any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) graduate study, in the United States or the United Kingdom, of international relations or industrial relations (including the international or industrial relations aspects of law, history, politics and economics). Four awarded annually, valued at $11,000 but the number and value of scholarships are subject to change. 

Are you eligible to apply?

  • The awards will be based on high academic achievements (first class standing and equivalent), personal qualities, and demonstrated aptitudes.
  • Consideration will be given to the applicant's proposed program of study.

Application deadline

  • Applications must be made to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the Canadian university from which you most recently graduated or at which you are currently enrolled.
  • Application forms and further information can be found on the Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships website
  • Deadline for submission to the University of Victoria, Faculty of Graduate Studies will be posted in the fall

What happens to your application at UVic once you submit it?

The university is restricted by how many applications we can send forward to the Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships Board of Trustees. The Faculty of Graduate Studies designated committee will review the applications and forward a short-list of recommended candidates together with their applications for competition at the national level.

You will be advised of the outcome of this internal pre-selection process in early March. Decisions in the national competition are usually announced by the end of April.

Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (MSFSS)

The MSFSS program supports active Tri-Council master's and doctoral CGS award holders with travel supplements of up to $6,000. These supplements are available to help offset the costs of undertaking research studies outside of Canada for a defined period. They are awarded by Canada's three federal funding agencies:

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada by the application deadline dates;
  • be registered at an eligible Canadian institution at the time of application;
  • have accepted or currently hold one of the following Canada Graduate Scholarships:
    • Joseph-Armand Bombardier (SSHRC);
    • Alexander Graham Bell (NSERC);
    • Frederick Banting and Charles Best (CIHR); or
    • Vanier CGS (if eligible);
  • undertake your proposed trip abroad no earlier than the competition deadline date; and
  • not hold, or have held, any other CGS-MSFSS during the course of your graduate studies.

How to apply

  • There are two MSFSS competitions each year – one in June and one in October.
  • The Faculty of Graduate Studies has an internal deadline for your application (always set earlier than the deadlines noted on the NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR websites) and selects which applications to submit to the granting agencies.
  • If you are an active CGS award holder you will receive an email from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, before each MSFSS competition cycle, to advise you of the application process and internal submission deadline.
  • If you are a qualified applicant, you must complete the necessary documentation and submit it to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for consideration.

What happens to your application at UVic once you submit it?

The university is restricted by how many MSFSS applications we can send forward to the granting agencies. The Faculty of Graduate Studies is informed of the number of supplements available to them in each of the three areas of research disciplines. A committee of associate deans will review the applications and decide which ones will be forwarded to the agencies with a recommendation.

  • June MSFSS competition - you will be advised if your application has been forwarded to the appropriate agency in early June. Official funding decisions are announced in late July.
  • October MSFSS competition - you will be advised if your application has been forwarded to the appropriate agency in early October. Official funding decisions are announced in late November.

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) – Graduate Fellowships

Who should read this?

  • You should read this if you are interested in fellowship funding to support your master's or doctoral research in an area related to climate change impacts and adaptation.
  • PICS Graduate Fellowships are available on an annual basis to outstanding master's and PhD students. Fellowship holders are expected to conduct research in an area that is both of importance to British Columbia and related to the PICS Strategic Research Plan, which incorporates research questions related to the following themes:
    • The low carbon-emissions economy
    • Sustainable communities
    • Resilient ecosystems
    • Social mobilization
    • Carbon management in BC forests
  • Fellowships are valued at $12,000 per year for master's and $18,000 per year for PhD students.

Are you eligible to apply?

To be considered eligible for support, as of the application deadline date, you must:

  • have a first class average (a grade of "A-") in at least the last 12-24 months of your current or previous studies
  • be conducting or intend to conduct research in an area that is both of importance to British Columbia and related to the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Application process

  • PICS posts a call for applications in early February of each year on their website. Our office will also send it out.
  • It is only during this time (between February and late-March) that the fellowship application is available on the PICS website.
  • Application forms and supporting documentation must be submitted electronically in pdf format (as one file if possible) via email to picsra@uvic.ca.
  • There is no internal pre-selection process done through the Faculty of Graduate Studies office.
  • Decisions on funding are announced mid to late May each year.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship - Fall 2019 Competition

 

About the Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships provide $40,000/year for three years to cover tuition and reasonable living expenses, and $20,000/year for three years for research and travel allowance.  The competition is limited to students in humanities and social sciences, this does not mean students must be in one of those two faculties at UVic, to date, the Foundation has offered scholarships to students in many fields, including public health, anthropology, communications, criminology, law, economics, history, literature, philosophy, religion, environmental sciences and political science. Recipients must be available to travel in order to attend events outside of Victoria.

 

Fall 2019 Timeline

The Trudeau Foundation has been undergoing some changes this past year and as a result, the competition timeline is slightly shorter and later this year:

  • The application will open November 15th - students should not attempt to begin the application in the Foundation portal before this date, the portal will be refreshed and information will be deleted
  • Students applying through UVic must complete their application no later than Friday December 13th, this is the internal UVic application deadline
  • The adjudication will take place during the first two full weeks of January
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the internal competition by January 22, 2020

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be already accepted into or in year one, two, or three of a full-time doctoral program in the humanities or social sciences
  • Applicants’ doctoral work must relate to at least one of the Foundation’s four themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada and the World, People and their Natural Environment
  • Canadian citizens are eligible whether they are at a Canadian or an international institution
  • Non-Canadians (permanent residents or foreign nationals) enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution are eligible
  • Applicants must be nominated through a university selection process, and cannot apply directly to the Foundation

How to Apply/What is Needed

  • Students do not need to be recommended by their academic department to apply for the Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship but must inform the Faculty of Graduate Studies (Yvonne Rondeau, scholoff@uvic.ca) of their intention to apply to ensure their application is accessible by UVic in the Foundation’s application portal
  • On November 15th when the application opens, Register for an account on the Foundations application portal, your username and password will be emailed to you within 4 business days of registering so register right away to give yourself as much time as possible to complete the application
  • You will need three (3) referees in total; academic references should focus on the academic excellence and leadership references should focus on leadership skills and abilities and all letters must be signed by the referee whose name and contact information should be clearly stated. Referees upload the letters.
  • Order official copies of all transcripts covering your post-secondary education well in advance of the UVIC deadline (Dec. 13) you are required to upload them all together as one PDF document.
  • A Step-by-step guide to applying is available on the Trudeau Foundation website

Evaluation Criteria

  • Academic excellence
  • Leadership experience and abilities
  • Thematic relevance of research to the Foundation’s themes
  • Public engagement
  • Desire to contribute to public dialogue and share knowledge
  • Communication skills
  • Desire to belong to a vibrant community made up of leaders from across sectors

The Foundation welcomes candidates embodying all forms of diversity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, language, region, and discipline. We encourage First Nations, Métis, and Inuit candidates.

 

Deadline

UVic applicants must complete the application in the Trudeau Foundation Portal no later than Friday December 13, 2019

UVic applications will be reviewed and scored by members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Awards Committee and applicants will be notified of the outcome by January 22, 2020.

 

The Trudeau Foundation will contact their shortlisted candidates for interviews.

 

To read about the Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship visit – Trudeau Foundation

 

If you have any questions, contact Yvonne Rondeau scholoff@uvic.ca

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship

A Rhodes Scholarship is tenable at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom and provides recipients with direct payment of the Oxford University (and College) fees, two economy class flights - to and from the UK - for the beginning and end of studies in Oxford, plus an annual stipend and a settling in allowance which are paid directly to the recipient.

Eligibility to Apply:

A candidate must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (students attending a Canadian university on a visa are not eligible to apply)
  • Be domiciled in Canada
  • Have reached your 19th birthday and not have passed your 25th birthday at October 1 in the year of commencement at Oxford University; you must have been born after September 30, 1995 and on or before October 1, 2001
  • Have received an undergraduate degree before taking up the Scholarship at Oxford

All candidates currently attending or just completed their studies at the University of Victoria must participate in the UVic screening process. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will contact the President’s Office and request an endorsement letter for all successful UVic applicants and send the letters to the Secretary of the Regional Selection Committee. Applicants will not be provided with a copy of the endorsement letter directly.

Previous students of the University of Victoria, who have been granted a degree from UVic, may also apply through their province of residence, but must still participate in the UVic screening process.

Basis of Selection

Proven intellectual and academic attainment of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but they will also be required to show integrity of character, sympathy for and protection of the weak, the ability to lead, and the energy to use their talents to the full. The last of these qualities may be evidenced through participation and success in sports, or other ways that demonstrate candidates have the physical vigour to make an effective contribution.

For the University of Victoria internal screening competition the qualities listed above will be demonstrated by:

  • Excellent academic standing of cumulative GPA of 8.0 or higher
  • Achievement of academic merit awards, such as scholarships, awards and prizes
  • Consistent and ongoing participation in community and volunteer activities on campus or in the community at large that demonstrate leadership, community service and integrity of character

The presence of these qualities must be evidenced through the candidate’s application, a thoughtful and well written personal essay, and letters from 6 references.

How to apply:

Applications are to be done online through the website for the Rhodes Trust https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/apply/. Students are to complete the application, PRINT IT, and bring it along with all supporting documents to the Faculty of Graduate Studies University Centre A207 no later than 4:30 PM Friday, July 26, 2019. No deadline extensions will be possible.

Applicants will be able to create a Rhodes Application account to complete an application by bypassing the code entry page, but will not be able to submit the application directly to Rhodes.  Finalists in the University of Victoria internal competition will be provided with the code to submit their full application to Rhodes by the application deadline of September 27, 2019.

A full list of the required supporting documents is included in the Information for Candidates point 5.

Important Notes About Selecting Referees:

You must provide a list of six (6) people who are willing to submit references on your behalf. At least three of the referees must be people who taught you in your undergraduate studies (they should clearly indicate so in the letter), and who can comment in detail on your academic ability and how well they think you would fare at Oxford.

Two or more of the referees should act as character references who will testify to your character and/or your involvement in extra-curricular/service or leadership activities. Your referees must not be personal friends, relatives or contemporaries.

Contact your referees very early to request their support. Your referees must be able to submit an initial reference letter for you and if you are nominated, they must be willing to submit a final reference letter via the Rhodes application portal. Share the Guidance for Referees document with your referees to help direct their letters.

Referees must also send their letters directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Reference letters can be sent by mail to:

Scholarship Assistant, Rhodes Competition

Faculty of Graduate Studies, Office of the Dean,

University of Victoria

PO Box 3025 STN CSC, Victoria BC V8W3P2

Canada. 

Reference letters can be sent by courier to:

Scholarship Assistant, Rhodes Competition

Faculty of Graduate Studies, Office of the Dean

University Centre A207

3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road)

Victoria BC V8P5C2

Mailed or emailed reference letters must be received by Friday, July 26, 2019 or the application will be considered incomplete and disqualified. If the letters are emailed, they must be attached on signed letterhead and scanned to PDF.

Please be sure to notify your references that there are potentially two deadlines they must meet; the internal UVic competition deadline of July 26th, and if you are successful in the UVic competition, your referee will need to upload their reference letter to your online application for submission by October 12th.


What happens if I am nominated by UVic?

By the beginning of September 2019, successful applicants will be given the authorization code to upload their final application to Rhodes by the deadline. The Rhodes committee will invite their shortlist candidates for an interview to take place in November, and winners will be announced early in 2020.

Questions about this competition can be directed to Karen del Sol at fgsschol@uvic.ca 

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) of $50,000/yr are available to Canadian and international graduate students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement and are pursuing doctoral study at a Canadian university. These scholarships are administered by Canada's three federal funding agencies:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Social sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Eligibility

• Visit the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Website to read the full eligibility details.

How to apply

  • The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program does not accept direct applications. You must be nominated by a Canadian university with a Vanier CGS allocation. 
  • Only one Canadian university can nominate you and it must be the university where you intend to pursue doctoral studies.
  • If you want to be nominated by UVic, you should speak with your department's graduate adviser to express interest in the Vanier Scholarship. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will request one nomination from each department in early September of each year. 

How will you know if you are nominated by your department?

If you are nominated for a Vanier CGS, you will be contacted by email by the Faculty of Graduate Studies in September and invited to complete the online Vanier application form. The email will include the UVic deadline and resources available to assist you with the application.

What happens to your application at UVic once you submit it?

The University of Victoria is restricted in how many Vanier nominations we can send forward to the national competition for NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR. The UVic Vanier CGS committee will review the applications and decide which applicants will be forwarded to the national competition.

You will be advised if your application has been forwarded to the national competition in early November. Results of the national competition are announced the following April.


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