Thank you to all who applied to the AMS Doctoral Completion Award. Applications are now closed.

The AMS Doctoral Completion award exists to support full-time dissertation writing leading to dissertation completion for a doctoral student in the humanities or social sciences, writing on a history of medicine/health care topic. AMS defines the history of medicine broadly as the study of past practices and epistemologies related to human health, healthcare and disease using a variety of historical and critical methodologies.



To apply for an AMS Doctoral Completion Award, the Principal Investigator (PI) must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident AND:

  • have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation (i.e. obtained ABD status) by the application deadline
  • be writing on a history of medicine/health care topic
  • expect to complete the dissertation within one year upon commencement of the award
  • have not received a doctoral completion award in the past

Special Eligibility Considerations

  • Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Individuals who are seeking to hold their awards outside of Canada must provide proof of Canadian Citizenship or Canadian Permanent Residency.


  • The AMS stipend must be larger than any other single award or remunerative position received during the award year and must be acknowledged as the major award.
  • Doctoral Completion Award recipients cannot hold concurrent fellowships or grants for the purpose of supporting their final year of writing or completing the dissertation.

Funding Amount and Duration

  • A $25,000 stipend
  • The awards may begin on the first of any month between September 1, 2020 and September 1, 2021 and cannot be longer than one year in duration.

Dates and Deadlines 

Deadline: July 22, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (AT)

Application Process

Step 1: Confirm Eligibility 

Consider whether you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above. 
If you are unsure please contact or call (902) 424-3054 for confirmation before beginning application. 

Step 2: Review Application Requirements

Carefully review the 2020-21 Doctoral Completion Application Requirements (PDF)

Be sure to fulfill all application requirements.

Institution Agreement Form: The form must be filled out and included with your application

Step 3: Register in the Grants Management System (GMS)

Applications will be submitted via an online Grants Management System (GMS).

To access the application in GMS, the applicant (the Principal Investigator (PI)) must create an account.

*Please note that the GMS is only available in English, though submission may be made in French. Applications will be translated for review in English.

Step 4: Complete Application

To apply, login to GMS to access the application, where information will be either entered directly into GMS or uploaded as PDF documents.

Be sure to refer to the Application Requirements for detailed instructions.

Be sure to upload a scanned or electronic copy of the completed Institution Agreement Form.

Review Process

Research Nova Scotia staff will assess applications to determine whether they are complete and meet the eligibility criteria. A peer review panel will review applications in accordance with RNS’s peer review guidelines and the assessment criteria outlined below.

AMS Peer Review Scoring Rubric (PDF)

Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used by the peer review committee to assess AMS Doctoral Completion Award applications:

Completion Feasibility (yes/no)

  • The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work (and complete dissertation) within the proposed time frame. A “no” proposal will not be scored further.

Dissertation Contribution


  • The potential of the project as an original and significant contribution to the history of medicine/health care. No further scoring of a “no” score.

Proposal Quality (35%)

  • The quality of the proposal in communicating the quality of the thesis, its significance, its originality, scholarly rigor and relevance.

Applicant Competency (15%)

  • The applicant’s record of scholarly engagement and potential for scholarly achievement.

Resources & Assistance

The AMS Doctoral Completion award is administered by Research Nova Scotia.

GMS Technical Support 

All applications for this opportunity will be accepted via an online Grants Management System (GMS). A GMS support guide has been created to assist with your application. Please refer to the document below: 

AMS Doctoral Completion Award GMS Guide (PDF)

For additional technical support using the GMS please contact the helpdesk at or by calling (902) 424-3054.

Require assistance? 
If you require any application support or have questions about this funding opportunity please contact Trish Cormier at (902) 424-3054 /

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