To foster graduate education in entomology, the Entomological Society of Canada will offer research-travel scholarships, awarded annually on a competitive basis. The intent of these scholarships is to help students increase the scope of the graduate training. These scholarships, in the range of $500 to $2,000, will provide an opportunity for students to undertake research or course work pertinent to their thesis subject that could not be carried out at their own institution. Applications will be judged on scientific merit and normally at least one scholarship will be given to a Ph.D. student and at least one to a M.Sc. student.
To be eligible, a student must:
1) be enrolled as a full-time graduate student
2) be studying at a Canadian University
3) be pursuing scientific studies on insects or other related terrestrial arthropods.
Application procedures for Research Travel Scholarships
Applications are to be submitted by email to the ESC Association Coordinator at email@example.com by 1 March each year. Before beginning their application, students should read “General regulations applying to all scholarships.”
The application must contain the following documents in this order and be in a single pdf file:
- Cover page
- Identify the document as “Application for Entomological Society of Canada Graduate Research Scholarship”
- Your name and email address
- Email addresses of those providing letters of support.
- Curriculum vitae (6 pages maximum)
- Name and address, phone number, email address, date
- Education (degrees and dates)
- Work and volunteer experience
- Awards and scholarships
- List of scientific contributions
- refereed publications
- non-refereed publications
- talks at meetings
- posters at meetings
- other communications
- Other interests or achievements
- Scanned set of transcripts, either of originals, or copies certified as such by a graduate secretary/administrator or graduate supervisor, showing undergraduate and post graduate (if applicable) grades. Scan at low quality to reduce the size of the file as much as possible. Reduce size of pdf file as well.
- Proposal — approximately 4 pages in the format of a grant proposal, in which the applicant will provide the following information:
- The subject of the thesis
- A pertinent review of the literature in the field
- A concise presentation of the status of the ongoing thesis research
- A description of the research or course work to be undertaken with support from the ESC Research Travel Scholarship, clearly indicating:
- the relevance to the overall goal of the thesis
- an explanation of why such work cannot be carried out at the student’s own university
- the justification of the site where the research/course work will be carried out
- a budget for the proposed project, indicating:
- The itemized costs of the proposed travel and associated research/course work
- The amount (in the range $500 to $2000) requested from the Research Travel Scholarship Program
- An explanation of how costs not covered by the ESC Research Travel Scholarship will be covered
- Anticipated dates of travel and date on which scholarship is needed.
- Arrange for letters of reference from your supervisor and one other person, which clearly indicate your academic abilities, communication skills, progress as a graduate student, the novelty and scholastic contribution of your research to the field of entomology. At least the supervisor’s letter should explain how the proposed travel increases the scope of the graduate program. These letters should be saved as pdf files and emailed to the ESC Association Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name in the subject line.
Process of selection and scholarship presentation
Applications will be reviewed by a committee of the Society based on the following criteria: 1) Academic record, 2) Scientific merit of the thesis research and proposal, 3) Appropriateness of the budget, 4) Referee evaluations. The Student Awards Committee will be advised by the ESC Scholarship Fund Trustees of the total amount available for Research Travel Scholarships in the current competition, and the Student Awards Committee shall decide how best to allocate those funds among the most deserving applicants. Scholarships will be in the range of $500 to $2000 but not necessarily equal to the amount requested.
An announcement of the winners will be made at the annual meeting of the Society and each winner will receive a certificate. Payment of the award will be made at an appropriate time to cover proposed expenses.