Overview
Application Process
Review Process
Assessment Criteria
Resources and Assistance

Overview

Overview

Objective

The Undergraduate Scotia ScholarsOM Awards provide financial support to high caliber research trainees engaged in health research at select Nova Scotian universities. The objective of the Scotia ScholarsOM Award is to support the development of the next generation of highly qualified researchers and leaders in the Nova Scotia health research enterprise, and to encourage continued interest in health research careers. Funded applicants have the distinct honour of carrying the designation of Scotia Scholar.

Participating Institutions
Acadia University
Cape Breton University
Mount Saint Vincent University
St. Francis Xavier University
The institution determines annually how many awards at each level of study will be issued.

The applicant must also:

  • Have achieved a first-class average (as determined by the university) in the last two years of full time study.
  • Be in good standing for enrollment in the upcoming school year.
  • Not be employed full-time.

Special Eligibility Requirements

Honourary Scotia Scholars may apply for a funded award at the same level, if their funding no longer exceeds the cap and they meet all other eligibility criteria.

Funding Amount and Duration

Funding is issued to undergraduate level awards recipients in the following amounts: up to $5,000/8 months, non-renewable.

Holders of RNS Scotia Scholar Grants who plan to take family-related leave or medical leave may be able to extend the length of their grant. However, grant holders are not able to request an increase to their funding amount to cover eligible expenses during their leave of absence. To request an extension, please contact your institutional contact for more information. 

Students will not be eligible to receive Scotia Scholars Award funding past the end of Year 4 of an Undergraduate program, as outlined below:


Enrollment Status at Time of ApplicationMaximum Eligible Funding Available
Applied to/Accepted in program Ineligible to apply
In Year 1 or 2 of program Ineligible to apply
In Year 3 of program$5,000/ 8 months
In Year 4 of program or laterIneligible to apply

Student Funding Caps

Scotia Scholars Award applicants may receive a pro-rated award if their funding would otherwise exceed institutional caps or may be named an Honourary Scotia Scholar (i.e. no funding will be issued) if the applicant holds additional scholarships which exceed institutional funding caps. Participating institutions maintain their own policies for governing total funding caps for Trainee support. For information on the institutional funding cap policies please contact your institutional representative.  

Dates and Deadlines

Application Available in GMS: TBD
Deadline: TBD
Results Available: TBD
Funds Available: TBD 

Application Process


StepProcess
Step 1:
Confirm Eligibility
Consider whether you meet the eligibility criteria (outlined above) and confirm your institution is offering the award level for which you are eligible to apply.If applicants have any questions related to their eligibility, they are encouraged to contact their institution.
Step 2:
Review Application Requirements
Be sure to carefully review all application requirements, as outlined in the document below: 2019-20 Scotia Scholar Award (Undergraduate) Application Requirements 

Note: You are required to submit two letters of reference and all academic transcripts. Please ensure you arrange for these documents well in advance of the application deadline.
Step 3:
Register in RNS’s Grants Management System (GMS)
Applications must be submitted through RNS’s online Grants Management System (GMS). Please visit http://gms.nshrf.ca and click “sign up here” to create an account.
Step 4: Ensure Letters of Reference are SubmittedEnsure your academic and leadership letters have been submitted by the referees to Trish Cormier, Corporate Assistant (Trish.Cormier@researchns.ca) prior to the application deadline. Letters provided via the applicant will not be accepted. (This is the only component of the application completed outside of the Grants Management System.)
Step 5: Complete ApplicationTo 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 (See Step 2) for detailed instructions.

Review Process

  1. Each institution will assess applications to determine whether they are complete and meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. Complete and eligible applications will be reviewed by each institution in accordance with their review practices and the assessment criteria outlined below.
  3. Institutions will submit to RNS a list of applicants recommended for funding and a list of alternates, if applicable.
  4. RNS will notify applicants of funding decisions and implement the process for award acceptance and payment for funding recipients.

Assessment Criteria

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

CriteriaWeighting
Academic Excellence
  • Strength of academic record
  • Quality of academic abilities outlined in academic reference letter
  • Funding, duration and prestige of received scholarships and awards
  • Clarity of explanation for any academic interruptions and delays
60%
Leadership Qualities
  • Extent to which past and current employment, volunteer, extracurricular experiences and research contributions demonstrate leadership skills
  • Quality and potential impact of leadership abilities outlined in leadership reference letter
  • Relevance of future plans to career in health research
30%
Research Potential
  • Relevance of academic training and work experience to research activity
  • Funding, duration and prestige of received scholarships and awards
  • Quality and extent of contribution to research activity
  • Quality and potential impact of research abilities outlined in academic reference letter
  • Potential for impact of research activity on the health of Nova Scotians and the economy, clinical practice, health policy and/or health services in Nova Scotia
10%

Resources and Assistance

Applicants should contact their institution well in advance of the application deadline with questions related to application content and eligibility:

Institution Contacts
Acadia UniversityBarb Baker
Research Office Administrator
Tel: (902) 585-1498
E-mail: barbara.baker@acadiau.ca
Cape Breton UniversityZuzana Ištvanková
Research Administration Officer: Major Initiatives
Scholarships Liaison Officer
902.563.1832
zuzana_istvankova@cbu.ca
Mount Saint Vincent UniversityCathy Lantos
Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Graduate Studies
902-457-6400
Cathy.lantos@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier UniversityMarie Gillis
Research Administrative Coordinator
Research Services Group
902.867.2393
mgillis@stfx.ca

Grants Management System (GMS) Support 

Please click here to download a step by step guide for applicants outlining how to navigate the Grants Management System. 

For technical questions regarding the GMS (including password resets, system navigation), contact the RNS Helpdesk at 902-424-0218 or RNS.helpdesk@researchns.ca

Please allow 1-2 business days for a response.