Scotia Scholars Award – University of King’s College – Undergraduate

The 2021-22 Scotia Scholars Undergraduate Award provides financial support to students with exceptional potential who are, or who wish to be, engaged in health research at the University of King’s College (King’s).

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 be eligible to apply and hold an award, applicants must:

  • Be an undergraduate student trained in humanities and social science research, who is prepared to work at the intersection of sciences, medicine, and the humanities and/or social sciences.
  • Be enrolled full-time in and completed at least two full years of an honours or advanced major undergraduate degree program at King’s. The incumbent ideally will have undertaken significant study in History of Science and Technology or its affiliate programs, such as the Medical Humanities Certificate. Students from other relevant streams of study will also be considered and should demonstrate their preparedness to undertake research in this area.
  • Have obtained, over the previous two years of study, a high level of academic achievement, as determined by King’s.
  • Be in good standing for enrollment in the upcoming school year.
  • Not employed full-time.

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 proposals must be able to fit into one of Research Nova Scotia’s four missions under the pillar “Healthy People & Health Care Systems”:

  1. Advance disease detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
  2. Strengthen our health care delivery system.
  3. Care for vulnerable populations.
  4. Promote better opportunities for future health and wellbeing.

In keeping with King’s commitment to interdisciplinary research at the intersections of the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, proposals are invited in the following areas (these are intended to be illustrative rather than all encompassing):

  • History of applied science and technology as it relates to current and future health system needs
    • For example, what can we learn from what society did during and after past pandemics to build resilience, preserve community, and promote optimal outcomes?
  • Indigenous knowledge systems
    • For example, as they relate to illness prevention or treatment
  • Medical ethics and biopolitics
  • Inequality of access to health care, from research to treatment
  • Social and environmental determinants of health as they would inform preventative medicine
    • For example, historical reflection and contemporary inquiry into how philosophical and literary framings of social and environmental determinants of health have guided health research and societal norms regarding health and how research in this area could be deployed to promote better opportunities for health (i.e. holistic prevention versus reactive medicine)

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

Funding Amount and Duration of Award

  • Awards are valued at up to $5,000 over 8 months and are non-renewable.
  • Students will not be eligible to receive Scotia Scholars Award funding past the end of Year 4 of an Undergraduate program. As such, students must be entering their third or fourth year of their program in September 2022.

Important Dates

Applications Open: January 10, 2022

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 1:00 PM (AST)

Letter of Reference Deadline: Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 1:00 PM (AST)

All applicants will be notified of decisions in March 2022. Funding may begin post official notification. Final start date will be determined by supervisor and the institution in coordination with recipient.

Supervisor (Mentor)

Applicants are to have a research mentor at King’s. Additionally, King’s will strive to pair successful applicants with a secondary mentor who works within the world of health and healthcare.

Application Requirements

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 Requirements of Application

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

2021-22 King’s Scotia Scholars Undergraduate Application Requirements (PDF)

Note: You are required to submit two letters of reference and unofficial academic transcripts. Please ensure you arrange for these documents well in advance of the application deadline.

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 ‘2021-22 King’s Scotia Scholars Undergraduate Application Requirements (PDF)‘ for detailed instructions while filling out your application.

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 reference letter 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. Your institution will assess applications to determine whether they are complete and meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. Complete and eligible applications will be reviewed by your institution in accordance with their review practices and the assessment criteria outlined below.
  3. Your institution will submit a list of applicants recommended for funding and a list of alternates, if applicable, to Research Nova Scotia.
  4. Research Nova Scotia will notify applicants of funding decisions and implement the process for award acceptance and payment for successful applicants.

Assessment Criteria 


Academic Excellence

Indicators of research ability and potential:

  • Strength of academic record
  • Quality of academic abilities outlined in academic reference letter
  • Funding, duration and prestige of received scholarships and awards



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 health research


Research Potential and Interest

  • 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 described 
  • Quality and potential impact of research abilities outlined in academic reference letter
  • Relevance of research activity to the Research Nova Scotia health mission and potential impact 
  • Applicants interest in the project and research activity 


Application Support

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

University of King’s College:

Joanna Sheridan
Assistant to the Vice-President and Public Humanities and Experiential Learning Coordinator

Technical issues related to application submission via Jura can be directed to:
RNS Jura Helpdesk | 902.424.8430
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.