Scholarships and Fellowships – Chapter 1 – Introduction

When you apply for a scholarship or fellowship from NSERC, your application needs to stand out against a group of high-calibre competitors. Meeting the appropriate standards of excellence goes beyond the merit of the research proposal alone. Members of the committees that evaluate applications are looking for exciting ideas presented in a creative way. They expect to see well prepared and communicated proposals that captivate their attention.

They are looking for accomplished, well-rounded candidates. This video provides practical tips from selection committee members on how to make your best case for financial support. What we’re trying to do is evaluate
from the paper that we get who the person is, who is applying for the scholarship and what they bring to the table that makes them better than all of the other candidates that they’re up against from across Canada.

Then, we’re looking for what else they have. Do they have any experience with research, whether that’s in a research class or a summer research position or a cooperative placement. Do they have leadership abilities? Have they worked with their student organization, you know, their own chemistry or physics society, the student government? Have they done volunteer activities bringing their science into the community?

We’re really trying to get a handle on the whole picture. We need details, and especially details that provide a general idea of who you are and show that you are an excellent student. That’s what’s essential.

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