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April 24, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Ontario Women's Health Scholars Awards



The following is for general information only. See the website for the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies for full details. 

Applications are available online, and students are responsible for ensuring they have met all the eligibility requirements and have adhered to the scholarship application guidelines.


Each applicant must submit to the Dean electronic copies of the following documents by December 2, 2013:

  • The completed application form.
  • A curriculum vitae (including information concerning the eligibility criteria).
  • (For Postdoctoral applicants) a brief summary of the doctoral thesis (maximum 300 words).
  • A statement of research to be undertaken during the period of graduate study or postdoctoral research (maximum 1,000 words). There must also be an additional non-technical summary (maximum 500 words). These statements must be written by the candidate.

The candidate must also provide:

  • (For Masterís and Doctoral applicants) all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. These may be either official transcripts sent directly by the Registrar's office of the issuing university, or copies verified and certified as accurate by the Registrar's office of the Ontario university of current registration.
  • Confidential letters from two assessors for Masterís and Doctoral applicants, and four assessors for Postdoctoral applicants. These appraisals should focus on an evaluation of the applicantís research to date, and the research being undertaken during the graduate or postdoctoral period. The applicant must ask for the appraisals to be transmitted electronically directly to the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. For postdoctoral applications, two of the assessors should preferably be from another university and must not have been associated with the candidate as either a supervisor, or a member of the candidateís supervisory committee, or a co-author.

Value

For 2014-15, up to three awards will be made at each of the Master's and Doctoral levels, and up to two awards at the Postdoctoral level:

  • Masterís Awards - $18,000 plus $1,000 research allowance
  • Doctoral Awards - $20,000 plus $2,000 research allowance
  • Postdoctoral Awards - $40,000 plus $5,000 research allowance

Eligibility to Apply

  • All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada as of the application deadline date (January 31, 2014).
  • All applicants must be sponsored and endorsed by the Dean of Graduate Studies at the Ontario university at which they are undertaking graduate study or postdoctoral research.
  • To be eligible for a Masterís or Doctoral Award, applicants must be registered full-time in a Masterís or Doctoral graduate program at an Ontario university at the time of taking up the award (i.e., the fall term of 2014-15), and must remain registered full-time throughout the term of the award.  Masterís students remain eligible to the end of their sixth term of full-time study, and doctoral students to the end of their fifteenth term of full-time study.
  • To be eligible for a Postdoctoral Award, applicants must be engaged in full-time research at an Ontario university at the time of taking up the award (i.e., September 1, 2014), and must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by the application deadline (i.e., January 31, 2014) and within 36 months of the application deadline (i.e., no earlier than January 31, 2011). If a longer period of time has passed, for example for childrearing, applicants must submit a rationale for the delay in application.
  • Holders of Women's Health Scholars Awards are precluded from holding any other major award during the term of this award.
  • Any publication of any kind, written or oral, related to the research undertaken by the successful applicants contain an acknowledgement of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care's role in supporting the Project (see 2014-15 OWHS Awards Announcement)

Selection Criteria

Committee members are nominated by the Deans of the Graduate Schools in the Province of Ontario and selected by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies.

Applicants for Masterís and Doctoral Awards will be assessed on their talent, the excellence of their work, the vision that they bring to their endeavors, and the impact that they foresee resulting from their work, as measured by:

  • The program of study and research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge about women's health;
  • Past academic results, demonstrated by transcripts, awards and distinctions;
  • Relevant professional and academic experience, including research training, as evidenced by papers presented at conferences and the candidate's publication record;
  • Written letters of appraisal; and
  • Appropriateness of the choice of institution and supervising investigator.

Applicants for Postdoctoral Awards will be assessed on their talent, the excellence of their work, the vision that they bring to their endeavors, and the impact that they foresee resulting from their work, as measured by:

  • The program of study and research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge about women's health;
  • The degree of originality and expected contribution to the advancement of knowledge about women's health;
  • Significance of the research for women's health, understood to encompass scholarly or intellectual significance as well as social and cultural significance;
  • The suitability of theoretical perspectives;
  • The appropriateness and expected effectiveness of the research strategies or methodologies;
  • The suitability and expected effectiveness of plans to communicate research results both within, and, as appropriate, beyond, the academic community;
  • Where appropriate, the nature and extent of research training;
  • Written letters of appraisal; and
  • Appropriateness of the choice of institution and supervising investigator.
Questions? Contact your Graduate Admissions and Records Officer in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.