The 2022-23 Scotia Scholars Doctoral Award provides financial support to students with exceptional potential who are or wish to be engaged in a health research project at participating institutions. Recipients will participate on a project supported by a research supervisor. This award will support the growth, acquisition, and retention of highly skilled individuals who are advancing and translating knowledge in disease detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, strengthening health care delivery systems, caring for vulnerable populations, and promoting better opportunities for future health and wellbeing.

Research Nova Scotia pursues equity, diversity and inclusion in Nova Scotia’s research enterprise and will integrate these values in designing and implementing its programs and services.

Funding for this award is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.


To apply for a Scotia Scholars Award, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • At time of application have applied to, be accepted in, or be enrolled in Year 1, 2 or 3 of a full-time thesis-based doctoral degree program.
  • Be engaged in research activities relevant to Research Nova Scotia’s Health Missions.
  • Achievement of first-class average is recommended, as determined by the host institution, in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent). *  
  • Be in good standing for enrollment in the upcoming school year.
  • If successful, maintain all applicable eligibility criteria for full duration of award. Awards are not transferable. 

*Institutions may, at their discretion, offer a Scotia Scholars Award to applicants who have not obtained first class average.

To be eligible to hold an award, applicants must:

  • hold only one Scotia Scholar Award at a time.
  • maintain eligibility for award during the full duration of the award. If program completion occurs before end of award, recipient can maintain eligibility to hold the award during the period approved by the supervisor and institution.
  • not exceed any funding caps as determined by the institution. All external funding must be reported to the institution.

Please note: Awards are not transferable

Subject Matter Eligibility

Research Nova Scotia uses a mission-oriented approach to research. This means we start with what we want to accomplish and build a research agenda and coalition of partners and projects to help achieve these goals. We seek to support creativity, diversity, and ingenuity in the research community’s responses to our mission challenges: proposed projects and research areas may include foundational/discovery research or applied research, in a wide variety of fields and disciplines.

All submissions considered for funding must reflect the health pillar of Research Nova Scotia’s mission-oriented strategy, which uses research to support a healthy population and strong health care system. Please demonstrate how the project contributes to one or more of the Research Nova Scotia health missions:

  • Advance disease detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention 
  • Strengthen our health care delivery system 
  • Care for vulnerable populations 
  • Promote better opportunities for future health and wellbeing

Additional information on the Research Nova Scotia Health Missions can be found on our website:

Funding Amount and Duration of Award

Funding may be issued to PhD level recipients in an amount up to $15,000/year, renewable for 3 years.  See outline of maximum eligible funding available based on enrolment status below:

Enrolment Status at Time of ApplicationMaximum Eligible Funding Available 
Applied to/ Accepted in program$15,000/ year for 4 years
In Year 1 of program$15,000/ year for 3 years
In Year 2 of program$15,000/ year for 2 years
In Year 3 of program $15,000/ year for 1 year
In Year 4 of program or laterIneligible to apply

Please note: A student’s total funding from both the Scotia Scholars Award and external funding sources may not exceed annual funding caps established by each individual institution. It is the responsibility of the student to notify their institution of all external funding received.

Important Dates

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 22, 2022 at 1:00p.m. (AST). Applications will not be accepted beyond this date and time. 

Reference Letters are due by Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 1:00pm (AST).

All applicants will be notified of decisions in June 2022. Funding may begin September 2022.


You must work under the supervision of a person who has been deemed eligible by your institution. An eligible supervisor is a person authorized to independently supervise students. Co-supervision is welcome.

If you have any questions about potential supervisors, please connect with the graduate studies representative noted below for your institution. Supervisors will be copied on all reporting reminders and will approve review and approve all reports. 

Application Requirements

Step 1: Confirm Eligibility

Consider whether you are eligible for this opportunity using the criteria outlined above.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact the Research Support Coordinator for confirmation before beginning your application.

Step 2: Review Requirements of Application

Please carefully review all application requirements, as outlined in the document below:

2022-23 Scotia Scholars Application Requirements (PDF)

2022-23 Supervisor Agreement

Step 3: Register for a Jura Account

All applications will be submitted via Research Nova Scotia’s online portal, Jura.

In order to access the application, this individual must create an account in Jura by clicking the ‘Register’ button found here.

Step 4: Submit Application

To complete your application submission, log in to Jura to access the application, where information will be either entered directly to the form or uploaded as PDF documents.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to select the correct funding opportunity for your university!

Be sure to refer to the ‘2022-23 Scotia Scholars Application Requirements (PDF)’ for detailed instructions while filling out your application.

Click here to download the Supervisor Agreement.

When your application is complete, select ‘submit’. Confirmation of successful submission will be available in your applicant portfolio and will be sent to you via email.

Step 5: Ensure Letters of Reference are Submitted

Ensure your academic and leadership letters have been submitted by the referees to Research Nova Scotia at prior to the deadline. Letters provided via the applicant will not be accepted.

Letters of reference will not be accepted after the deadline under any circumstances.

Note: This is the only component of the application completed outside of Jura.

How to apply?

Applications must be submitted via Research Nova Scotia’s online submission portal, Jura. Follow the link below to create an account, select the opportunity, and upload all requirements as detailed above. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all the above requirements are provided for consideration. Additional details regarding Jura are available on the submission form.

Jura Online Platform:

Please note: no applications or application components will be accepted after the posted deadline. All materials for review must be provided via the online submission form. Materials will not be accepted via mail or email. 

Review and Selection Process

  1. Each institution will assess applications to determine whether they are complete and meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. Eligible applications will be reviewed by each institution in accordance with their scholarship review practices and the assessment criteria outlined for this award.
  3. Institutions will submit to RNS a list of applicants recommended for funding, alternate candidates (if applicable) and applicants ineligible for funding.
  4. Research Nova Scotia will notify successful applicants of all funding decisions and implement the process for award acceptance and payment. 

The following criteria will be used by each institution to assess Scotia Scholars Award Doctoral applications:


Research Ability and Potential

Indicators of research ability and potential:

• Quality of research proposal specific, focused, and feasible research question(s) and
• objective(s)
• clear description of the proposed methodology
• significance and expected contributions to research in a provincial health research priority area
• Relevant training, such as academic training, lived experience and traditional teachings
• Research experience and achievements relative to the applicant’s stage of study, lived experience and knowledge systems
• Quality of contributions and extent to which they advance the field of research. Contributions may include reports, posters, presentations, creative outputs, knowledge translation outputs, community products etc.
• Demonstration of sound judgment and ability to think critically
• Demonstration of responsible and ethical research conduct, including honest and thoughtful inquiry, rigorous analysis, commitment to safety and to the dissemination of research results and adherence to the use of professional standards




Relevant experience and achievements obtained within and beyond academia

Indicators of relevant experience and achievements obtained within and beyond academia:

• Scholarships, awards, and distinctions (amount, duration, and prestige)
• Academic record: Transcripts
• Duration of previous studies
• Program requirements and courses pursued
• Course load
• Relative standing in program (if available)
• Professional, academic, and extracurricular activities as well as collaborations with supervisors, colleagues, peers, students and members of the community, such as: managing projects
• participating in science and/or research promotion
• community outreach, volunteer work and/or civic engagement
• participating in departmental or institutional organizations, associations, societies and/or clubs




Application Support

Inquiries regarding potential supervisors, opportunities, and application creation should be directed to:

Scotia Scholars Award Master’s Institutional Contact Information

Acadia University
Theresa Starratt
Graduate Studies Officer
Acadia Division of Research & Graduate

Dalhousie University
Niki Power
Scholarships Liaison Officer
Dalhousie Faculty of Graduate Studies

Saint Mary’s University
Heather Gray
Graduate Studies Officer
St. Mary’s Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Technical issues related to application submission via Jura can be directed to:
RNS Jura Helpdesk | 902.410.2862
Jura Helpdesk Hours are 8am-4pm AST Monday to Friday.
Responses will be provided as soon as possible but please allow up to 24 hours for a response.