Financial support for graduate students | Mount Allison

Graduate students at Mount Allison are typically supported financially by stipends.

The current average base stipend for full-time graduate studies is $17,000/year.

Incoming students should discuss stipend and scholarship opportunities with their supervisor in advance of commencing their studies.

Scholarships and stipends are awarded to the student from external sources (e.g. NSERC, NBIF) or can be derived from research funding to faculty. Teaching assistantships, valued at $3,000 per year (Sept.-Apr.) are sometimes available as well.

At the time of admission the supervisor must provide the student with a letter for their application package detailing the amount, duration, and source(s) of stipend support to the student.

Graduate studies scholarships and fellowships

Robert L. Rice Memorial Graduate Fellowships

Criteria

Robert L. Rice Memorial Graduate Fellowships are awarded annually for demonstrated and potential academic and research ability.

Fellowships are available to entering and continuing full-time Canadian and International students completing graduate work in any field of chemistry as indicated upon their application (Form GSA1).

Two scholarships valued at approximately $7,000 and are granted for a period of one year (Sept. to Aug.). 

One cannot hold a Canada Graduate Scholarship — Masters and a Rice Scholarship at the same time.

Application process (Deadline Sept. 3)

A complete application includes a graduate studies application package (if a new student) — including copies of academic transcripts and two letters of reference — and a one-page (single spaced) research proposal.

Renewal process (Deadline Sep. 3)

Given strong performance, fellowship renewal is possible. Please submit a one-page (singled spaced) statement of progress and a letter of reference from your thesis supervisory committee.

Send applications and renewals to gradstudies@mta.ca with the subject line: Rice Fellowship.

Evaluation

The Graduate Scholarships Committee, comprised of two Science faculty members whose student is not applying plus a third faculty member from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, reviews all applications and forwards their recommendations to the Dean of Graduate Studies for a final decision.

Canada Graduate Scholarships — Master's

Deadline: Dec. 1 each year

(offered by NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR)

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships — Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

The CGS M Program provides financial support to high caliber scholars who are engaged in eligible master's or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada. The CGS M Program supports 2,500 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three federal granting agencies: CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC.

The selection process and post-award administration are carried out at the university level, under the guidance of the three agencies. Students submit their application to the university at which they propose to hold their award via the Research Portal. Qualifying Canadian universities receive a CGS M allocation indicating the number of students to whom they can award scholarships; these allocations are divided by broad fields of study: health, natural sciences and/or engineering, and social sciences and/or humanities.

For more information, visit the Canada Graduate Scholarships site.

Selection process

All eligible applicants are considered together in one pool and are assessed using the nationally established criteria.

Selection committee

Our CGS-Masters Selection Committee is comprised of the department heads from each science department.

Policy on conflicts of interest

Members are responsible for declaring any conflicts of interest prior to the review of applications. If any applicant is, has been, or will be under the direct supervision of a member, or if there is a personal link, the member must withdraw from the committee and assign an alternate from his / her department.

More generally, our institutional Policy on Conflicts of Interest in Research also apply.

Upcoming information sessions TBD

New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Graduate Scholarships

Deadline: 4 p.m. May 31 and August 31, each year

These scholarships are offered by the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) to new graduate students at New Brunswick public universities and are valued at $4,000.

Once approved, NBIF provides the funds to the university, which in turn disburses the funds to scholarship holders.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

1. How to submit

Applications are submitted via ROMEO (www.mta.ca/romeo). Detailed instructions on using the ROMEO system are noted below. 

2. Full submission

A full submission includes the following items:

  • Online application form, with the following attachments:
    • Research proposal (maximum one page) and bibliography (maximum one page), as a single attachment.
    • Canadian Common CV
  • Two reference assessment forms
    • These are separate forms submitted directly to the Office of Research Services in signed sealed envelopes, sent via campus (or in the case of external referees, to Office of Research Services, Mount Allison University, 65 York St., Sackville NB, E4L 1E4) OR scanned PDFs by e-mail to mthistle@mta.ca
  • We will also access your transcripts as submitted with your application for graduate studies, and these will be provided to the review committee as part of the assessment process (see evaluation criteria).

3. Alignment with NBIF priorities

In order to receive an NBIF STEM scholarship, you must demonstrate that your master’s research aligns with NBIF’s and the province’s interests.

In your application you must identify with which of the strategic industries your research is most closely associated, and you must provide a half page (maximum) discussion which describes the ways in which your research may have an economic impact for the Province of New Brunswick (e.g., potential for commercialization of outcomes; use of results by private industry; addressing an economic problem; job creation; etc.).

You may wish to seek advice and guidance from your supervisor or the Office of Research Services in preparing this section. A description of the strategic industries can be found on the NBIF website.

  • Information and communication technology (ICT) (Internet solutions/e-commerce, geomatics, engineering)
  • Energy and environment (alternative energy sources, climate and natural environment technologies, energy efficiency)
  • Biosciences (biotechnology, wood science, marine science)
  • Aerospace and defence
  • Industrial fabrication (plastics and rubbers, metalworking, electronics)
  • Value-added food
  • Value-added wood

4. Presentation standards for research proposal and bibliography attachment

  • The attachment must conform to the following presentation standards:
  • Text must be single-spaced, with no more than six lines per inch.
  • The acceptable font is Times New Roman (regular, minimum 11-pt.) or any comparable serif 11-point font.
  • Condensed type is not acceptable.
  • Set margins at a minimum of 2 cm (3/4 of an inch) all around.
  • Use a left-justified, standard page layout.
  • The maximum number of pages permitted for each is 1 (one). Pages in excess of the number permitted will be removed.

5. Eligibility

  • You must be registered in, or have applied for and awaiting a decision from, our graduate studies program.
  • You must not have completed more than 12 months of full time study in our graduate studies program at the time of taking up the award.
  • Foreign students are eligible to apply.
  • You may only hold one NBIF scholarship at any time.
  • You may only hold one NBIF STEM scholarship, once. It is intended for new graduate students in their first year of study.

6. Evaluation criteria

Academic excellence 50%

As demonstrated by past academic results, transcripts, awards and distinctions, such as:

  • Academic record
  • Scholarships and awards held
  • Duration of previous studies
  • Type of program and courses pursued
  • Course load
  • Relative standing (if available)

Research potential 30%

As demonstrated by the applicant’s research history, his/her interest in discovery, the proposed research, its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field, and any anticipated outcomes, including:

  • Quality and originality of contributions to research and development
  • Relevance of work experience and academic training to field of proposed research
  • Significance, feasibility, and merit of proposed research
  • Judgment and ability to think critically
  • Ability to apply skills and knowledge
  • Initiative, autonomy and independence
  • Research experience and achievements relative to expectations of someone with the candidate’s academic experience

Personal characteristics and interpersonal skills 20%

As demonstrated by the applicant’s past professional and relevant extracurricular interactions and collaborations, including:

  • Work experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Project management including organizing conferences and meetings
  • The ability or potential to communicate theoretical, technical and/or scientific concepts clearly and logically in written and oral formats
  • Involvement in academic life
  • Volunteerism/community outreach

7. NBIF use of information

These scholarships will be awarded by the NBIF to graduate students whose research interests or research project could have a significant economic impact for New Brunswick.

All students receiving a scholarship will need to create a user account and profile on the NBIF website to receive their scholarship. The institution will not transfer the scholarship to the student before the student has created this user profile.

The following user profile information will be public:

  • Student’s full name
  • Institution at which the student is registered
  • Type of scholarship awarded
  • Citizenship
  • Graduate study program in which the student is enrolled
  • A summary of the student’s research interests

8. Contact

For more information or assistance, please contact:

Maria Thistle
Director, Office of Research Services
Mount Allison University
213 Centennial Hall
(506) 364-2618
mthistle@mta.ca


INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION USING ROMEO

Overview

The application process involves the following:

1. Register as a user on ROMEO

2. Complete the NBIF STEM Graduate Scholarship Application form.

  • a. A series of data points in various folder tabs (the form).
  • b. Upload two PDFs (proposal, CCV).
  • c. Submit.

3. Referees send reference letter separately to ORS and these are attached to your application.

4. Await decision.

Register as a user

1. Go to online system.

2. Register as a user. 

  • a. Rank: Graduate student.
  • b. Affiliation: choose 'Department', then select the department of your advisor (even if this is not the department associated with your major or degree program.)
  • c. Complete other appropriate details, such as e-mail address, phone number, current address, etc.

3. Receive instructions to set up a password.

4. Complete your registration.

NOTE: if you have already used the ROMEO system for any other purpose, you are already registered and can skip to the application itself. If you have forgotten your password,  simply hit “Reset Password” and follow instructions.

COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM

1. Select 'Apply New' (upper right hand corner).

2. In the Student Internal Grants and Scholarships section, select 'NBIF STEM Graduate Scholarship Application'.

3. Anything marked with a red “*” is a mandatory field.

NOTE: You should regularly “Save” your work by clicking on Save in the upper left corner. You can exit any time and your saved work will be saved, and then return at a later time to work on the application. Choose “Applications: Drafts” to access your working application and to edit/update.

Project info tab

1. Title: Provide a title for your research proposal (your graduate thesis topic).

2. Start date: Enter the full date of the start of your graduate studies program.

3. End date: Enter the full date of your anticipated date of graduation.

4. Keywords: this is optional, do not feel obliged.

5. Related certifications: 

  • a. If your research involves animals, check 'Add New', choose 'Animal Care', then save. No “notes” are required. It is just an administrative placeholder/reminder.
  • b. If your research involves human participants, check 'Add New', choose 'Human Ethics', then save. No “notes” are required. It is just an administrative placeholder/reminder.

Project team info tab

1. Principal investigator: This will automatically pre-populate with your information.

2. Supervisor: Scroll to the bottom of this page to 'Other Project Member Info', and select 'Add New'.

  • a. Do NOT type any information in any of the boxes.
  • b. Choose 'Search Profiles'.
  • c. Type in the last name of your supervisor. 
  • d. Select 'Search'.
  • e. When the name(s) appear, choose 'Select' for your supervisor. All of their information will automatically pre-populate.
  • f. For 'Role in Project', change the setting to supervisor.
  • g. Save.

3. If you will have a co-supervisor, repeat to add a second faculty member.

  • a. For 'Role in Project', change the setting to co-supervisor.

NOTE: If you have one or more additional co-supervisors from other universities, you will not find them in the ROMEO system. In the “Comments” box beneath your supervisor’s information, simply type in details about any other formal co-supervisors. Do not include those who might be “readers” of your thesis.

Project sponsor info tab

This is an administrative section only, do not do anything in this section.

NBIF STEM Graduate Scholarship Application tab

Application details sub-tab

1. Items are self-explanatory, all questions must be answered.

2. For the two “number of months” questions, you must put in an answer for each, even if “0”.

3. For 'Keywords' and for 'Fields of Study', you must put in at least one each; you are not obligated to include more.

Alignment with NBIF

1. You may choose more than one strategic industry.

2. You have a maximum of 2,000 characters (about 400 words) to describe potential economic impact.

Attachments tab

There are two attachments: 

1. Add attachment: Do your research proposal and bibliography first. This is a one page research proposal (maximum) with a one page bibliography (maximum), for a combined single two-page document.

  • a. Browse and upload.
  • b. Doc agreement: Application.
  • c. Add attachment.

2. Repeat for Canadian Common CV (as generated by the CCV system).

  • a. Doc agreement: Select CV/Resume.

Note: A copy of your transcripts, as submitted for graduate studies admission, will be added to your application, as will the two reference letters provided by your referees. These documents will be obtained directly by the Office of Research Services.

Submission

1. Save.

2. Submit.

  • a. If you get an error message, check the error tab to see what needs to be fixed.

3. A “Submit” dialog box will appear to complete the process. Type in the word “complete” in the box, and press 'Submit'.

4. You will receive an auto-message from the system confirming that you successfully submitted your application.

Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Awards and Fellowships

Deadline: Nov. 1 each year

Each year, CFUW provides a range of post-graduate awards and fellowships to women through its Charitable Trust Fund.

The CFUW Fellowships and Awards Program is an affirmative action program as provided for in the Constitution of Canada and eligibility is restricted to women.

CFUW's Fellowship and Award winners have produced work in a variety of academic areas, including international humanitarian efforts, feminist and gender analysis, advanced science, medicine, social justice and human rights for women and girls.

For more information, visit the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Awards and Fellowships site.

Fulbright Program

Deadline: Nov. 15 each year

The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program encourages and promotes bi-national collaborative research and thoughtful public debate on topics that reflect the broad range of contemporary issues relevant to Canada, the United States, and the relationship between the two countries.

Canada-U.S. Fulbright awards offer a unique opportunity to explore a wide range of scholarly issues, including important contemporary issues that are relevant to Canada, to the United States, and to the relationship between the two countries.

While the competition is officially field-open, the program is especially keen to support students in the humanities, in the areas of communications and culture, in Canadian-American relations, in all areas of contemporary public policy, on topics relating to culture and to the environment, law, indigenous issues, and in pure and applied sciences.

For more information, visit the Fulbright Program site.

Mackenzie King Scholarships

Deadline: Feb. 9 each year (if this date falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are due 4:30 p.m. the next business day that the University is open) 

Two classes of Mackenzie King Scholarship are available to graduates of Canadian universities: the Open Scholarship and the Travelling Scholarship. Both are to support graduate study.

The Open Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere. One Open Scholarship is awarded each year. The value has recently been about $9,000 but it is subject to change.

The Travelling Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in the United States or the United Kingdom in the areas of international relations or industrial relations. Recently four scholarships of $11,000 each have been awarded annually, but the number and the amount are subject to change.

For more information, visit the Mackenzie King Scholarships site.

Important note: Applications are submitted internally, first, to the Office of Research Services, 213 Centennial Hall (research@mta.ca), to facilitate the internal selection and nomination process to the national competition.

Questions? Email gradstudies@mta.ca.