Call for applications

QCBS Student and Postdoc Excellence Awards

General rules:

  • Applicants are limited to one award per academic year.
  • Only successful candidates will be notified.
  • Applications received outside deadlines will not be considered except in exceptional circumstances.
  • Awards shall be allocated within an academic year.
  • Awards can be combined with other awards if allowed by the other funding sources.

Amount of funding available: Between $500 and $2,500 CAD.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Active and full time student (Ph.D. or M.Sc.) and postdoctoral fellow of one of the QCBS partner universities
  • Supervised by a member of the QCBS
  • Registered in the QCBS database

Application contents:
The application must contain the following:

  • Cover letter with applicant’s contact information
  • Up to date transcript(s)
  • Applicant’s CV (recipients’ CVs will be posted on the QCBS website)
  • Brief explanation of student research and relation to QCBS research axes and themes
  • Brief explanation of proposed use of funds
  • Detailed budget indicating proportion of total budget requested as QCBS award
  • List of previous QCBS awards received (if applicable)
  • Recommendation letter written by the student’s supervisor

Detailed application guidelines can be found here.

Evaluation criteria:
A multi-institution QCBS committee will evaluate applications using the following criteria:

  • Application completeness (includes the following eight documents: cover letter, CV, current transcript, description of work, description of how work relates to QCBS, reason for requesting an excellence award, budget showing other funding sources)
  • Student’s eligibility for QCBS student awards;
  • University transcript(s)
  • Relevance of academic project to the QCBS research program
  • Feasibility of proposed activity
  • Innovative and collaborative nature of the project
  • Adequacy of activity and request for funds

Award timelines:

Session Period covered Application deadline Decisions
Summer April to August March 1 April 15
Autumn September to December September 15 October 30
Winter January to March December 15 January 30

Award obligations:

Award recipients need to comply with the following rules:

  • Make their association with the QCBS visible on their documents and presentations.
  • Report upon the use of the award and allow the QCBS to post information about  his/her work, on the QCBS website, in accordance with publication regulations and policies.
  • Produce a short technical and financial report, and send the report to QCBS within 2 months of the completed activity.
  • Present their research at the annual QCBS symposium

Questions about application process:
Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Philippe Auzel at