Scotia Scholars Award

University of King’s College – Undergraduate

This competition is now closed, thank you to all who applied.

The 2021-22 Scotia Scholars Undergraduate Award provides financial support to a student with exceptional potential who is or wishes to be engaged in health research at the University of King’s College (King’s). The recipient will be the principal investigator of the ‘Humanities in Hospital Healthcare: A Study of Books by Heart’ project under the mentorship of Dr. Gordon McOuat.

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.


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.
  • Have taken the course “Origins of Modern Medicine” or bring with them equivalent experience or study.
  • 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 should ideally be in Medical Humanities or History of Science and Technology. 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 be 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 King’s.
  • Not exceed any funding caps as determined by King’s. All external funding must be reported to King’s.

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

  • 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 2021.

Important Dates

Application open in Jura: Monday, June 21, 2021

Application deadline: Monday, July 5, 2021 by 1:00 PM (ADT)

Reference letter deadline: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 by 3:00 PM (ADT)

All applicants will be notified of decisions in July 2021. Funding may begin after official notification. The final start date will be determined by the supervisor and King’s in coordination with recipient.


The research mentor of record will be Dr. Gordon McOuat, lead of the Medical Humanities Program at King’s and former Director of the SSHRC-funded Strategic Knowledge Cluster, “Situating Science: Cluster for the Humanities and Social Studies of Science.” The student researcher will also benefit from close contact with Books by Heart lead Dr. Gabrielle Horne, Staff Cardiologist at the QEII Health Sciences Centre and Associate Professor, Cardiology and Biomedical Engineering, Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine.

Application Process

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 documents below:
2021-21 University of King’s College Research Project Description
2021-22 Undergraduate Scotia Scholars Award Application Requirements 

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

Applications must be submitted via Research Nova Scotia’s online portal, Jura

Please visit and click “Register” to create an account.

Step 4: Complete Application

To apply, login to Jura to access the application. Information will either be entered directly into Jura or uploaded as PDF documents. Be sure to refer to the ‘Application Requirements’ for detailed instructions.

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 application 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. 

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 unless otherwise noted.

Review and Selection Process

  1. King’s will assess applications to determine whether they are complete and meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. Complete and eligible applications will be reviewed by King’s in accordance with their review practices and the assessment criteria outlined below.
  3. King’s 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
  • Clarity of explanation for any academic interruptions and delays




Leadership Qualities

Indicators of Research Ability and Potential

  • 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 




Research Potential

Indicators of Research Ability and 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 described
  • 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



Application Support

Inquiries regarding potential opportunities, and application creation should be directed to:
Joanna Sheridan
Academic Projects Coordinator

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

Jura Helpdesk Hours are 8am-4pm ADT Monday to Friday.
Responses will be provided as soon as possible but please allow up to 24 hours for a response.