Learning Development Award (LeaDA) – Call for applications

This award has been put together to allow grad students and postdoctoral fellows to get involved in the development of learning clubs and “user groups” in order to transfer acquired scientific and technical knowledge  necessary to conduct research in biodiversity science within and between student cohorts.

General rules

  • Applicants (or group of applicants) are limited to two Learning Development Award per semester
  • Awards can be combined with other awards if allowed by the other funding sources including QCBS.

Amounts of funding: $200 – $500 award per student according to the importance of their involvement. Applicants can apply as a group, requesting several individual awards.

Eligibility requirements

  • Active and full time graduate student status;
  • Enrolled in one of the QCBS partner universities;
  • Supervised by a QCBS member;
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident at time of award application.

Preparing an application

Learning club and user group development award (LeaDA) application must contain the following items:

  • Cover letter with the applicant’s contact information;
  • Applicant’s CV (recipients’ CVs can be posted on the QCBS website);
  • Brief explanation of the relation between the proposed LeaDA and the QCBS research axes and themes (maximum of one page, or ~400 words);
  • Detailed work plan and schedule for the proposed LeaDA;
  • Detailed budget (including operational budget if needed);
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from your advisor and another from a past or potential trainee attesting to the need for the training/improvement and the capacity of the applicant to answer that need

Evaluation process

The QCBS scientific committee will evaluate applications using the following criteria:

  • Application completeness (includes the following six documents: cover letter, CV, brief justification for the LeaDA, detailed plan and schedule, detailed budget, recommendation letters);
  • Student’s eligibility/compatibility with their academic duties;
  • Feasibility of proposed activity;
  • Innovative and collaborative nature of the LeaDA;

Award timeline

Three application deadlines per year

  • Period covered (application deadline) : January to March (November 15), April to August (February 15th) and September to December (June 30th);

Obligations of awards recipients

  • Award recipients will make their association with the QCBS visible on their documents and presentations;
  • Award recipients will allow QCBS to post information about his/her contribution to LeaDA on the QCBS website, in accordance with publication regulations and policies;
  • Award recipients will produce a short technical report for QCBS within 2 weeks of the completed activity (attendee info, evaluation comments, photos etc.). 

 Award transfer

  • McGill Students*     

Students of McGill University will receive their award by direct deposit.  

*Different procedure for Postdoctoral fellows, contact the QCBS for further details

  • Non-McGill Students

Students of all other universities are reimbursed by their supervisor, as the award amount is transferred directly to them.  


Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Philippe Auzel.