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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
July 31, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies


Travel and Research Awards

A core competency of the PhD degree is the ability to carry out independent, high quality research. Socialization to a discipline and a community of scholars aids in the development of this competency. A high impact practice for teaching and advising doctoral students requires helping students to make the connection between their focused area of interest and the larger academy. Networks are built and curriculum vitae strengthened through engagement with other scholars beyond the confines of one university campus.

Recipients may use the award ($1250) to travel to scholarly conferences for the purposes of research presentation or for travel opportunities for advanced research training (e.g., workshops on statistical methods; access to special archives, equipment, collections, fieldwork; international practica).

Nominations must be submitted by the doctoral advisor (or program graduate co-ordinator if the advisor has not yet been identified).  The Dissertation Proposal Approval Form should accompany the nomination if available.  The nomination must include the following information:

  1. A description of the opportunity (invitation to participate may be included if available);
  2. The scope of the event (where applicable), and the scope of the level of participation within the province, nationally and internationally;
  3. An assessment of the impact on student academic engagement and success.

Selection is made by the Graduate Awards Committee and is based on the following:

  1. Presentation at a scholarly conference (note acceptance to present is not be required at time of nomination)
  2. Field work necessary for dissertation
  3. Timely progress within program (i.e. within degree time limits)
  4. Successful completion of the comprehensive component of the program
  5. Predicted impact on student success (as contained in the nomination letter)

Nominations should be submitted to Cherie Mongeon (  There are two opportunities annually for advisors to nominate doctoral students:

September 15 and January 15 

Students who receive these funds will be expected to participate in the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition where they will be asked to give a three minute presentation.