This grant program provides students with an intensive research or creative activity experience from May to August each year. Students receive a research grant to conduct their own, independent research or creative activity projects. Projects may be completed on campus, in various communities, or overseas, depending on the nature of the approved project. Many students use this as an opportunity to gather data for their honours thesis, while others use this as an opportunity to explore if research or research-creation is something of interest as their academic career unfolds. The value of the research grant for summer 2017 is $7,000.

Important information for students

  • The program is focused on students with third year standing entering fourth year. Research grants will be given to qualified students meeting this criterion first. Research grants will only be made to other students if there are not enough qualified students with third year standing.
  • You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 including GPA from the fall term in the year of application to be eligible for consideration.
  • If your cumulative GPA is less than 3.5 and you still wish to be considered for an award, you may explain in your statement of preparation any medical or family issues, only, which negatively affected your academic performance.
  • You must achieve a minimum score of 70 per cent against the evaluation criteria in order to qualify for an award, subject to the availability of funds.

NOTE: Grant payments are released in four equal installments. Research grants are not employment income and are not subject to deductions. Students will be issued a T4A for income tax purposes.


Important information for faculty  

  • Faculty members may only be named as the proposed advisor/mentor on a maximum of three (3) student applications, and may only be named as a proposed co-advisor/co-mentor on a maximum of one (1) student application.
  • If you are the proposed advisor/mentor of more than one (1) student, the office of research services will contact you to request that you provide a ranking of the students. This information will be provided to members of the evaluation committee to assist them in their deliberations.
  • When completing your certification form and reference letter (Form 2) please be as specific as possible in commenting on how the student, the proposed project, and the advisory and training environment align with the evaluation criteria.
  • In cases of co-advisors, both advisors/mentors must each complete a separate Form 2 including a separate reference letter.

Submission deadline: January 31, 4:30pm. When January 31 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline is 4:30 p.m. on the following Monday.


Upcoming Information Sessions
December 12, 2016, 10:00am, Crabtree 223 106
December 13, 2016, 10:00am, Dunn 106
January 11, 2017, 2:30pm, Avard-Dixon 118
January 12, 2017, 10:00am, Barclay 115

For more information, please contact David Bruce, Office of Research Services, 364-2618.