External Financial Support

Faculty of Graduate Studies




External Financial Support


• 2013-14 Award Winners

Each year, external funding agencies recognize student excellence at Brock. External scholarships are offered on a competitive basis with award values ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 annually. It’s an important investment in your success — financial support that allows you to devote time and energy to a program of research and scholarship. Find out more about the awards and application process.

Tri-Council External Scholarships (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) and Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
External scholarship applications are processed through the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Students who are successful in receiving an external scholarship will also receive the Dean of Graduate Studies Excellence Scholarship. 
Excellence Scholarships of $5,000 are awarded to recipients of Tri-Council Scholarships (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) registered in master's funded programs and $7,500 for registered doctoral students.  Excellence Scholarships of $2,500 are awarded to recipients of OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarships) registered in master's funded programs and $5,000 for registered doctoral students. The Excellence Scholarships are awarded for each year that the external scholarship is held during the program’s defined funding period.
Note: CGS Doctoral Scholarship ($35,000), Ontario Trillium Scholarship ($40,000) and Vanier Doctoral Scholarship ($50,000) recipients are not eligible to receive a Dean of Graduate Studies Excellence Scholarship.
 

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's (CGS M)

Please Note:  In order to accommodate as many applicants as possible, the deadline for submitting applications for the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program (CGS M) via the Research Portal has been extended to Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. (ET). Please note applications already received by the granting agencies are not impacted.

 IMPORTANT: The Research Portal will be unavailable on Wednesday, December 4, from 6 to 8:00 a.m. (ET) due to scheduled maintenance.

 We invite applicants to review the instructions and other support materials available on our Web site, including frequently asked questions. 

 For technical support, applicants should contact the On-line Services Helpdesk. As we are currently experiencing a high volume of calls, it is preferable to send an e-mail to webapp@nserc-crsng.gc.ca or webgrant@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca with specific details on the issue they are experiencing. This should expedite the response time.

 We thank you for your continued support and collaboration, as well as the invaluable assistance you have provided to the research community to date.

 The Tri-Agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) established a "Harmonization Committee" to redesign the CGS Master’s programs. The aim was to create a harmonized, more flexible and effective system of application to fund students who demonstrate a high level of achievement in graduate studies.

 

Successful award recipients will receive one of the following awards depending on their area of research:

  •        NSERC – Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship
  •        SSHRC – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
  •        CIHR – Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship

Award Value:    $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable

Application Deadline Date:  December 1, 2013

Application Form:  Research Portal on-line application

Please refer to the Tri-Agency website for:

  •          Eligibility
  •          Application Instructions
  •          Canadian Common CV (CCV) Instructions

Transcripts:  Students are responsible to upload their up-to-date official transcript(s) to the Research Portal by December 1, 2013.  If you are registered in a program for the Fall term you must submit a transcript showing that you are currently registered, even though you will have no grades.    You must submit your official transcripts to the Faculty of Graduate Studies by December 2, 2013.

Note:  If you have applied for an OGS award, you may include your official transcript(s) with your OGS application package. 

Announcement of Results:  Universities will post their competition results on the Research Portal, April 1, 2014.

Acceptance and Declines of Offers:  Applicants will have three weeks to respond to offers of awards.  Offers not accepted will be deemed to have been declined.

 Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral  (CGSD/PGSD)

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral (PGS D) provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program in the natural sciences or engineering.  The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) offers two types of awards through one application.  The CGS D will be offered to the top-ranked applicants and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered an NSERC PGS D.

Award Value:  CGS D:  $35,000 a year (for two or three years)

                       PGS D:  $21,000 a year (for two or three years)

Application Deadline Date:  October 7, 2013  

     

Application Form:  On-line System application

 You may submit only one application per year to one Tri-Agency (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR)

You may submit an application to NSERC Doctoral and to the VANIER CGS competition in the same year.

Please refer to NSERC website for:

  • Eligibility
  • Application Instructions

Transcripts:  Students must have their up-to-date and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies by October 7, 2013.

University Designate - Joanne Kremble, jkremble@brocku.ca, Graduate Funding & Awards Officer, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1. 

 

Resource Videos:

  • NSERC postgraduate programs summary: General overview on NSERC guidelines and eligibility
  • Tips on applying for an NSERC scholarship or fellowship: NSERC adjudicators provide detailed information about what should be included in your proposal
  • On-line Presentation and Attachment Standards
  • Contributions and Statements - Free Form Section (Attachment)
    • Use the following format for a reference
      o Full authorship as it appears/will appear in the original publication (with the applicant's name in bold);
      o Year;
      o Title;
      o Publication name and volume;
      o First and last page numbers.
    • Example
      • I. Contributions to research and development
        a. Articles published or accepted in refereed journals
        Li, H., Applicant, X.X., and Kay, M. (1994) Protein-structure interactions in cell membranes. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 269: 1120-1124 (PhD work).

Award Holder's Guide - Payment Activation Forms


Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program in the social sciences or humanities.  The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) offers two types of awards through one application.  The CGS D will be offered to the top-ranked applicants and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered a Fellowship.

Award Value:  CGS D: $35,000 a year for 3 years

                       Fellowship: $20,000 a year for 1 to 4 years   

Application Deadline Date:  October 25, 2013       

Application Form:   Web-based application

You may submit only one application per year to one Tri-Agency (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR)

You may submit an application to SSHRC Doctoral and to the VANIER CGS competition in the same year.

Please refer to SSHRC website for:

  • Eligibility
  • Application Instructions

Transcripts:  Students must submit an up-to-date official transcript along with their SSHRC application package to their current program by October 25, 2013.

Resource Centre:

Award Holders Guide - Payment Activation Forms

 

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

 The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.  Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS.

Please refer to the Vanier website for:

  • eligibility
  • application instructions

 Award Value:  $50,000 a year for 3 years

Application Deadline Date:  October 7, 2013

Application Form:  Online application - ResearchNet website .  Please submit all official transcripts directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies by October 7, 2013.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

Please note, this information will pertain to the Brock University's OGS application process. Each university will have its own application and deadline date. 

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program encourages excellence in graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels. The value of an OGS award for one year is $15,000, $5,000 per term. Students may receive the award for two terms ($10,000) or three terms ($15,000), the majority of the scholarships will be awarded for three terms. One-term awards are not granted.
Students must apply for the award at the university where they plan to attend graduate studies. The award is not transferable from University to University. This means that all undergraduate and graduate students wishing to apply for OGS, who plan to study at the graduate level at Brock, must apply and submit their OGS application to Brock.

DEADLINE DATE - Friday, November 15, 2013.
If you are an undergraduate student or graduate student at Brock, you must submit your application package to your current department/program by November 15, 2013.
If you are NOT a Brock student and plan to apply for graduate studies at Brock for 2014/15, you must submit your application to Joanne Kremble, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Brock University, 500 Glenridge Avenue, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1 by November 15, 2013.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
In order to be considered for an OGS, students must be:

  • a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person [under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protections Act (Canada)] at the time of the OGS application deadline date.
  • enrolled in or applying for admission to a graduate program on a full-time basis at Brock at the time of holding the award.
  • Taking an eligible program on a full time basis.

An eligible program is defined as a full-time program of study of two or three terms at an eligible institution leading to a graduate degree.

Visa Students
International students who are studying in Ontario under a temporary resident visa - student study permit, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) are eligible for the allotted visa student awards (Brock’s allocation is 2).

Minimum Academic Requirements
The applicant must, at minimum, meet the following OGS academic requirements:

  •  if entering the first or second year of graduate studies at the time of application the student must have an overall average of at least A- (80%), or the equivalent, on the last 20 one-term/semester courses, or the equivalent, completed.
  • if the student is entering the third year of graduate studies at the time of application the student must have an overall average of at least A- (80%), or the equivalent, on all graduate courses completed.

Eligibility Conditions
Master’s students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years and doctoral students for a maximum of four years, subject to a lifetime maximum of six years per student.

In addition, a lifetime maximum of six (6) years of government-funded student awards must have not have been exceeded by the applicant. Awards under the following programs will be counted toward this lifetime maximum:

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

Applicants cannot hold an OGS scholarship and an award from any of the following programs, concurrently:

  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

Recipients must remain enrolled as a full-time student in an eligible program. Recipients who withdraw, transfer to part-time status, or fail to complete the term, will be required to repay the award.

PLEASE NOTE: The application package must NOT be double-sided. No faxed copies or photocopies.

Ontario Trillium Scholarship

The Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) program is a significant initiative to attract more of the best qualified international students to Ontario for PhD studies. Brock University has an allocation of 2 awards for 2014/15, as well as renewing the 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 awards. International students must complete and submit the OTS application form 2014-15.

Application Deadline Date:  February 14

Length of Award
The OTS scholarships are to be awarded to international PhD students for a maximum of four years. Awards are to be automatically awarded to the student for each of the three years following the first year provided the student maintains good academic standing (as defined by the eligible institution) and continues to meet the eligibility requirements. Students do not need to reapply each year for the OTS scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria

• Recipients must be international students who hold a valid Canadian study permit (should an OTS recipient become a permanent resident, he/she will continue to be eligible for the OTS for the balance of his/her renewable OTS scholarship for a total of four years;

• recipients must have achieved a first-class average (80%) in each of the two years of full-time study prior to awarding of the OTS;

• recipients must not be currently studying at an Ontario postsecondary institution at the undergraduate or graduate level;

• recipient must not have concurrently accepted a scholarship or fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), or be in receipt of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) or The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships In Science and Technology (QEII-GSST), formerly the Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (OGSST) award;

• recipients who withdraw, transfer to part-time status or fail to complete the term, without prior consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, may be required to repay the award.

• recipients may change the program of study with the prior written approval from the Dean of Graduate Studies or other institutionally designated official.

Eligible Start Dates for 2014-15 Competition:   May 1, 2014; September 1, 2014; or January 1, 2015.

 

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)

The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) program was formerly the OGSST program.
The QEII-GSST scholarships must be awarded to Canadian citizens or permanent residents enrolled full-time in approved research masters and/or doctoral programs in science and technology at an Ontario university.

Application Deadline Date:  February 14, 2014

Application Form and Eligibility Criteria

Reference Assessment Form

Other Competitions Coordinated by the Faculty of Graduate Studies

Autism Scholars Award — Please submit your application directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies by November 29, 2013.
Mackenzie King Open and Travelling Scholarships - Please submit your application directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies by February 1, 2014.
 
Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement — Deadline: September 27
This foreign study supplements program is available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Joseph-Armand Bombardier, an Alexander Graham Bell, or a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the master’s or doctoral level, or a Vanier CGS at the doctoral level.

   NSERC
   SSHRC
   CIHR

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships - Please submit your application directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies by November 1, 2013.

Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award 
- Please submit your application directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies by November 29, 2013.
 
Fulbright Scholar Awards
Traditional Fulbright Scholar awards for Canadian scholars are open to scholars in all fields (excluding medical training) and are designed to enable emerging and established scholars, post-doctoral researchers and experienced professionals to conduct research, teach, or undertake a combination of both activities for one semester or a full academic year at a university or research centre of their choice in the United States.
Please note: Fulbright Canada has posted a recording of its recent webinar. Click here to find out more about eligibility requirements, programs for students and scholars, the timeline for application, enrichment opportunities, and how to prepare a competitive application. 
Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 15.
 
 
OSAP is a program run by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and funded by the provincial and federal governments. OSAP is a needs-based program. This means that it provides loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries based on a formula that compares your educational costs to expected contributions from your parents or your spouse (if applicable) and your own income and assets.
OSAP provides eligible Ontario students with financial assistance to help pay for their tuition, books, mandatory fees, living costs and transportation.
 

TD Student Line of Credit

Financial Aid referral form available through Joanne Kremble in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, jkremble@brocku.ca, ext. 5207.