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Master's Scholarships

Program objectives

The purpose of Sentinel North Master's scholarships is to encourage top applicants to undertake or pursue masters studies related to Sentinel North’s research program in a transdisciplinary environment.

Scholarships of $15,000 per year are available, can be renewed once, and must be supplemented to a minimum of $17,500 per year from other sources.

There are various eligible fields of research. Outstanding students who have excellent academic records and research proposals with innovative, multidisciplinary potential are invited to apply.

 

Call for applications

A call for applicants is issued twice a year by means of a competition. The number of scholarships offered varies among competitions.

Spring

February 1st - March 10 (5:00 pm ET)
Announcement of the results: July
Effective date: Starting September 1st

Fall

September 1st - October 10 (5:00 pm ET)
Announcement of the results: December
Effective date: Starting January 1st

  • Eligibility criteria

    Applicants must meet all the following conditions to be eligible for the program:

    • Be registered or to plan to register into a Université Laval Master's program

    • Be supervised by a research supervisor and co-supervisor from different disciplines or have an agreement with a research supervisor and co-supervisor from different disciplines to supervise the master's

    • Present a research project whose results and outcomes have potential applications and impact in the North, consistent with Sentinel North’s research program.

    • Have at least a B- grade point average (3.0/4.3) at the bachelor’s level, and at least an A- grade point average (3.6/4.3) at the Master’s level (if applicable)

    • Provide proof of co-funding of at least $2,500/year from the research supervisor or co-supervisor or from other sources (private funds, foundations, etc.)

     

    This competition is open to all applicants interested in pursuing studies within Sentinel North’s research program, with no citizenship or residency restrictions. Applicants whose research proposals are not covered by projects already funded by Sentinel North are eligible and encouraged to apply. However, at least one of the co-supervisors must be involved as lead researcher or collaborator in a project funded by Sentinel North.

    Concurrent scholarships are permitted only under certain conditions. Please refer to the Specific program terms and conditions section for details.

  • Application procedure

    To submit an application, the candidate must fill out the online scholarship application form. This form requires the candidate to provide :

    • General information and motivation
    • Academic curriculum and professional experience
    • Other scholarships and awards obtained, social involvement
    • Information on the research project
    • The transdisciplinary aspect of the research project and relevance with the Sentinel North research program

     

    The following documents must be attached to the application form :

    • A copy of the applicant’s university transcripts1 (Bachelor's and Master's if applicable). Transcripts from a same cycle must be combined into a single file.

    • A copy of award letters or attestations of all scholarships received by the applicant while pursing university studies (where applicable), other than those from federal and provincial granting agencies (combined into a single file).

    • A recommendation letter from the UL research supervisor or co-supervisor providing an overall assessment of the applicant and the funds2 that will be available to the applicant to carry out the research proposal and co-fund the Master's scholarship.


    In addition to the documents listed above, two (2) reports on the candidate (using the form REG-135E-AD or REG-135-AD for francophone sponsors) completed by the sponsors (other than the research supervisor) must be sent directly to formation@sn.ulaval.ca before the competition deadline. The subject of the message must begin with the first and last name of the candidate and clearly state the name of the program targeted by the application. An automatic receipt will be sent to confirm receipt of documents

    All pieces must be submitted before the competition deadline.



    For academic transcripts from institutions outside of North America, applicants must attach a letter explaining the grading system in effect at the institution in question. For original transcripts issued in a language other than English or French, a translation must be provided. Sentinel North reserves the right to verify the authenticity of information provided with the institutions of origin.

    Although the Sentinel North Master's scholarship does not provide for the payment of research fees, Sentinel North wishes to ensure that the funds available to the student will be sufficient to enable him to carry out the research project for which Sentinel North is funding the student.

  • Application evaluation

    Applications are assessed and judged by the Sentinel North evaluation committee according to the evaluation criteria and weighting process. Only proposals consistent with Sentinel North's research program and supported by applicants' supervisors will be considered.


    Indicators by evaluation criteria

    Excellence of the academic record (50 points)

    • Grade point averages for previous university studies (the minimum GPA required for application is A- [3.6/4.3] for the bachelor's an master's level, each cycle being considered independently)

    • Academic background (length of studies, general course)

    • Excellence of academic record in general (awards, scholarships, distinctions obtained)

     

    Applicant's aptitude for research (25 points)

    • Justification for application, including research interests and reasons leading the applicant to pursue a Master's degree.

    • Applicant's experience and achievements (publications, research assistantships, professional experiences, etc.)

    • Social involvement, leadership and communication skills

    • Evaluation letters

    • Overall presentation of the application

     

    Quality of the research proposal (25 points)

    • Clarity of the scientific objectives set out in the proposal

    • Appropriateness of the methodology in relation to the objectives

    • Contribution to advancement of knowledge

    • Relevance of the proposal in relation to Sentinel North's research program

    • Expected support from the host institution

    • Multidisciplinary nature of the supervising team

    • Multidisciplinary nature of the proposal

    • Quality of the research team

    • Collaboration with private, public and not-for-profit sectors or collaboration with a northern partner


    Announcement of the results

    Each applicant will receive an email informing them of the evaluation committee's decision at the end of the evaluation process.

    Applicants must accept or decline the scholarship within ten (10) business days of receipt of the notice of award by sending an email to formation@sn.ulaval.ca. If acceptance is not received within this time limit, applicants will be deemed to have declined the scholarship.

    Sentinel North's decisions are final and binding.

  • Specific program terms and conditions

    Scholarship validity period

    • The maximum term of a scholarship is two years. A scholarship is granted for the duration of the validity period and renewed annually subject to the presentation of annual progress reports deemed satisfactory by the Sentinel North evaluation committee and the research supervisor. Renewal is also conditional on the presentation of proof that the required co-funding for the Sentinel North scholarship is being maintained.

    • The tenure of a scholarship begins at the start of a semester and runs for eight months, following the grant date. For applicants whose program of study is already underway, tenure will begin at the start of the following semester (January, May, or September).

    • Scholarships are not retroactive. Semesters completed before the effective date of a scholarship cannot be funded.


    Value of a master's scholarship and payment arrangements

    • The maximum annual value of a Sentinel North master's scholarship is $15,000. Each payment of up to $5,000 covers a period of four months or one semester. A scholarship holder may receive up to 6 payments totaling $30,000 within the eligibility period (6 semesters or 24 months).

    • Eligible students can receive master's scholarship payments for a period of two years or until their master's programs are completed, whichever comes first.

    • International students must pay their tuition and health and hospitalization insurance costs, where applicable.


    Required documents

    • Scholarships are awarded upon proof of admission in a master's program at Université Laval.

    • Scholarships are awarded on the condition that students obtain the required legal travel documents (visa, work permit, etc.), where applicable. Obtaining such documents is the sole responsibility of students. Scholarship payments will not be authorized without proof that the required legal documents have been obtained.


    Accelerated access to Ph.D.

    • A fellow who goes to Ph.D. level without having used all of the payments from his master's scholarship may transfer these payments to begin his Ph.D. program. He or she must, however, successfully apply to the Ph.D. scholarship program for subsequent scholarship payments.


    Restrictions

    • Students may not apply for a scholarship to complete full-time preparatory studies (propedeutics).


    Concurrent scholarships

    • Applicants who receive scholarships from a provincial or federal agency, or any other private source, including universities, research chairs, consortiums, private, international, and foreign foundations, governments of other Canadian provinces, and foreign governments, and/or loans and bursaries from MÉES, may combine such sources of support with a Sentinel North Master's research scholarship if permitted under the rules of concurrence of such bodies. However, the accumulation of a Sentinel North scholarship not authorized with funds from the CFREF Program, including Sentinel North.


    Compensation

    • Scholarship holders may take a position that does not exceed 150 working hours per semester (equivalent to a period of four months or 15 weeks) provided that the research supervisors approve and such activities do not hinder their research program.

    • The salary that a student receives from their director of studies to work solely on their research proposal is considered to be a scholarship that may be held concurrently.


    Parental leave

    • Students who interrupt their studies for the birth or adoption of a child may request unpaid parental leave from Sentinel North. Parental leave may be taken for up to 12 months or the equivalent of three semesters. It may start during the semester of the expected birth or adoption and must end no later than one year after the child is born. However, the scholarship coverage period for which Sentinel North receives funds from Canada First may not be exceeded.


    Further details on the procedure for awarding scholarships

    • The number of scholarships available is announced at the start of each competition. However, the selection committee reserves the right not to grant all available scholarships in the event that the number of available scholarships exceeds the number of applicants who meet the requirements of their programs.

    • Scholarship holders must meet program conditions throughout the term of their scholarships to remain eligible.

    • Applications presented by a supervising team where at least one member (supervisor or co-supervisor) has not received research funds from Sentinel North are encouraged.

    • The selection criteria are subject to change from one competition to the next. In such cases, modifications will be duly posted at the start of each competition.

For more information, please contact:

Marie-France Gévry

Training programs coordinator
marie-france.gevry@sn.ulaval.ca
418-656-2131 ext. 408910

 

Sentinel North Masters Scholarships