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The FCM program offers undergraduate, M.Sc. and Ph.D. scholarships as well as postdoctoral fellowships. Scholarships specifically intended for training placements with experts are also available. Each year, more than $270,000 will be awarded.

Undergraduate Scholarships: Bursaries in the amount of $3,000 are available annually to undergraduate students hired to work as research assistants, or students conducting a research project as part of their studies under the supervision of a regular member of the FCM program. These bursaries are not renewable.

M.Sc. Scholarships: Bursaries in the amount of $8,000 are available annually to master’s students who are working under or will work under the supervision or co-supervision of regular members of the FCM program. These bursaries are not renewable.

Ph.D. Scholarships: Bursaries in the amount of $10,000 are available annually to doctoral students who are working under or will work under the supervision or co-supervision of regular members of the FCM program. These bursaries are renewable twice on the condition that the student remains in good academic standing and actively participates in courses and other scientific activities offered by the FCM program.

Postdoctoral Fellowships: Bursaries in the amount of $20,000 are available annually to postdoctoral fellows who are working under or will work under the supervision or co-supervision of a regular member of the FCM program. These bursaries are renewable once.

Bursary supplement: Bursaries in the amount of $6,000 are available annually to students that already have a full scholarship from NSERC or from equivalent provincial funding bodies, who are working under or will work under the supervision or co-supervision of a regular member of the FCM program. For Ph.D. students, bursaries are renewable up to two times.

 

The full scholarship program’s objective is to stimulate innovation through funding projects otherwise difficult to finance. Supervisors of students who apply must not have other sources of funding for that project. Good although unsuccessful applications for full scholarships will be added to the partial scholarship applications pool.

Ph.D. Scholarships: Two bursaries valued at $19,000 are available annually to doctoral students who are working under or will work under the supervision or co-supervision of regular members of the FCM program. These bursaries are renewable twice on the condition that the student remains in good academic standing and actively participates in courses and other scientific activities offered by the FCM program.

Postdoctoral Fellowships: One bursary valued at $40,000 is available annually to postdoctoral fellows who are working under or will work under the supervision or co-supervision of regular members of the FCM program. These bursaries are renewable once.

 

Training with an Expert: Four (4) bursaries with a maximum value $2,500 are available annually to M.Sc. and Ph.D. students who wish to complete training related to their research project as well as benefit from the expertise of an associated member of the FCM program. The duration of this training period must be decided in conjunction with the host (generally a few weeks). Applicants must not necessarily be FCM scholarship students in order to participate in the Training with an Expert program. These bursaries are not intended to fund participation in courses or conferences.

Internship Scholarship for Foreign Students: One bursary is available annually to a foreign graduate student who wishes to work in collaboration with an FCM regular member without being enrolled in a Canadian university (maximum period of 125 days). The scholarship can take either of the following two forms:

Mobility Scholarships: Apart from its Training with an Expert program, the FCM program does not directly offer mobility bursaries. However, many organizations offer such scholarships to enable students to develop collaborations and exchanges with international researchers, to participate in specialised training or to present their findings at conferences. FCM students have access to the Center for Forest Research mobility scholarships through their supervisors (see conditions) as well as the mobility scholarship programs of their respective universities (UQAM).

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topWhat is expected of scholarship students?

The FCM program is not only a scholarship program. Many training activities within the context of the program’s themes are offered (e.g., regular courses, summer schools, seminars) and graduate students are required to actively participate in those activities.

Graduate scholarship students must also participate to an internship with a non-university partner during their study program, in an area related to their research project.

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topEligibility

Students from all nationalities are eligible for the FCM program. In all cases, students must be under the supervision (or co-supervision) of at least one regular member of the FCM program.

Undergraduate students must be:

  1. enrolled in (or admitted to) an undergraduate or graduate program in one of the participating universities, or
  2. visiting one of the participating universities.

For visiting students who are not enrolled in a Canadian university, financial aid may be granted for a maximum of 125 days.

M.Sc. Students: To be eligible, students must be registered to start their M.Sc. in the subsequent summer or fall terms, or have been enrolled in their program for not more than 6 months.

Ph.D. Students: To be eligible, students must be registered to start their Ph.D. in the subsequent summer or fall terms, or have been enrolled in their program for not more than 12 months.

Students may concurrently hold an NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC scholarship and a bursary supplement from the FCM program. Most scholarships from other sources (foreign, provincial agencies, private organizations, universities, etc.) are generally allowed, however verification of this is the student’s responsibility.

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topSelection Criteria

All applications will be evaluated by the Executive Committee of the FCM program according to the following 3 selection criteria:

  1. Academic excellence and research potential, 50%
  2. Demonstrated interest in solving practical forestry problems, 25%
  3. Special skills, experience, training, or anything else that will increase the interdisciplinary and international scope of the program, 25%

Full scholarships: Applicants must demonstrate the innovative nature of their project and confirm that it has no other source of funding.

The program will ensure that at least 25% of the trainees are from outside Canada and that applicants from various fields of study are well represented.

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topApplications

To apply, candidates should submit the following documents to the FCM program by the deadline:

  • Full scholarship
  • Partial scholarship
  • Others
Ph.D.

□ A recent transcript
□ A curriculum vitae (2 pg. max, including publications)
□ Title and outline of the research project (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter of motivation written by the applicant addressing selection criteria 2 (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter written by the supervisor addressing selection criteria 3 (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter written by the supervisor addressing the specific criteria for full scholarships (1/2 pg. max.)

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Postdoctoral fellowship

□ A recent transcript
□ A curriculum vitae (2 pg. max, including publications)
□ Title and outline of the research project (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter of motivation written by the applicant addressing selection criteria 2 (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter written by the supervisor addressing selection criteria 3 (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter written by the supervisor addressing the specific criteria for full scholarships (1/2 pg. max.)

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Ph.D. renewal

□ A recent transcript
□ A letter written by the applicant indicating their participation in activities related to the FCM program during the last year (academic activities, collaboration with a partner, etc.; 1 pg. max.)

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Postdoctoral fellowship renewal

□ A letter written by the applicant indicating their participation in activities related to the FCM program during the last year (academic activities, collaboration with a partner, etc.; 1 pg. max.)

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Undergraduate

□ A recent transcript
Part I of NSERC Form 202
Part 2 of NSERC Form 202

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M.Sc.

□ A recent transcript
□ A curriculum vitae (2 pg. max, including publications)
□ Title and outline of the research project (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter of motivation written by the applicant addressing selection criteria 2 (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter written by the supervisor addressing selection criteria 3 (1 pg. max.)

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Ph.D.

□ A recent transcript
□ A curriculum vitae (2 pg. max, including publications)
□ Title and outline of the research project (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter of motivation written by the applicant addressing selection criteria 2 (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter written by the supervisor addressing selection criteria 3 (1 pg. max.)

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Postdoctoral fellowship

□ A recent transcript
□ A curriculum vitae (2 pg. max, including publications)
□ Title and outline of the research project (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter of motivation written by the applicant addressing selection criteria 2 (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter written by the supervisor addressing selection criteria 3 (1 pg. max.)

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Ph.D. renewal

□ A recent transcript
□ A letter written by the applicant indicating their participation in activities related to the FCM program during the last year (academic activities, collaboration with a partner, etc.; 1 pg. max.)

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Postdoctoral fellowship renewal

□ A letter written by the applicant indicating their participation in activities related to the FCM program during the last year (academic activities, collaboration with a partner, etc.; 1 pg. max.)

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Bursary supplement

□ A curriculum vitae (2 pg. max, including publications)
□ Title and outline of the research project (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter of motivation written by the applicant addressing selection criteria 2 (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter written by the supervisor addressing selection criteria 3 (1 pg. max.)

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Training with an expert

□ A recent transcript
□ A curriculum vitae (2 pg. max, including publications)
□ A letter of motivation written by the applicant addressing selection criteria 2 (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter written by the supervisor addressing selection criteria 3 (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter written by the supervisor justifying the relevance of training as part of the FCM program  (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter written by the candidate describing the training project (host, location, date), expected budget and total amount asked (1 pg. max.)

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Internship Scholarship for Foreign Students

□ A recent transcript
□ A curriculum vitae (2 pg. max, including publications)
□ A letter of motivation written by the applicant addressing selection criteria 2 and 3 (1,5 pg. max.)
□ A letter written by the internship supervisor justifying the relevance of training as part of the FCM program (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter written by the candidate describing the training project (project, host, location, date) (1 pg. max.)
□ A letter from the supervisor at the student's home university detailing the student's projected financial situation during the internship period (1/2 pg. max.)

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Applications should be sent by email to Virginie Angers (angers.virginie_arielle@uqam.ca) before the deadline. Applicants must indicate for which type of scholarship they are applying. All documents should be in PDF format.

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topAwarding and Payment of Scholarships

Applicant selection will be carried out by the Executive Committee. The number of full scholarships is predetermined, whereas the number of partial scholarships will vary according to demand and previous years’ commitments. Results will be announced in the weeks following the application deadline. All candidates will be contacted.

Successful applicants must refer to the bursary payment form and contact the program coordinator. Students not registered at UQAM will have to provide proof of registration from their home university. In addition to the information required in the form, international students must provide copies of their passport and study permit.

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Important dates

Deadline for applications is February 17th 2012. Results will be announced mid-March 2012. Scholarships will be paid starting in May 2012, after the publication of the federal and provincial scholarship contest results.

Mobility Scholarships: Deadlines vary according to universities.

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topForms

 

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topFAQ

Q1. Am I able to have an FCM scholarship even if I already have a regular NSERC scholarship?

A1. Yes, bursary supplements were designed for that purpose. It is also possible to concurrently hold a bursary from another organization. Students, however, must contact that organization to ensure there is no conflict.

Warning All students from participating universities—even if they do not receive scholarships from the FCM program—may participate in FCM activities!


Q2. Am I able to have an FCM scholarship even if I already have a regular FQRNT (Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies) scholarship?

A2. Yes, bursary supplements were designed for that purpose.