Scotia Scholars Award

NSCC Summer Research

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

The 2021 Scotia Scholars Award – Summer Research provides financial support to students with exceptional potential who wish to participate in health research activities at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). 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.

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


To be eligible to apply for an award, you must:
  • be enrolled at NSCC, as of the deadline date for applications. Canadian and International students are eligible to apply.
  • have obtained, over the previous year of study, a minimum overall average of 70%.
  • not hold a current Scotia Scholars award. You may hold only one Scotia Scholar Award at a time. Additional awards over various years is allowable if student remains eligible to apply and hold award. 

Please note: If you already hold a diploma or bachelor’s degree and are studying toward a subsequent qualification, you may still apply for this award.

To hold an award, you must:
  • be in good academic standing within your NSCC program and have approval from a research supervisor.
  • have been registered in at least one of the two terms immediately before holding the award.

Please note: If program completion occurs before end of award the recipient can maintain eligibility to hold the award during the period approved by the research supervisor and NSCC. 

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 and can be held for a period of a minimum of 10 weeks to a maximum of 6 months. Awards may be held on a part time or full-time basis. Award value will be prorated to the number of weeks and hours, the final determination will be made by the research supervisor and NSCC. 

Important Dates

The deadline for applications is Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (AST). Applications will not be accepted beyond this date and time. 

All applicants will be notified of decisions in April 2021. Funding may begin post official notification. Final start date will be determined by research supervisor and NSCC in coordination with recipient. 


You must work under the supervision of a person who has been deemed eligible by NSCC. An eligible supervisor is a person authorized by NSCC to independently supervise students. Co-supervision is welcome. If you have any questions about potential supervisors, please connect with NSCC applied research @

Application Requirements

To be considered for a summer research award, you will need to apply online by Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM AST and have the following items ready to provide via the online application:

  • A short (two pages/1000 words maximum) description/essay describing why you would like to be considered for this research position, including the following: 
    • How will your work with the research project contribute to one or more of the Research Nova Scotia Health Missions.
    • Why are you interested in the research project?
    • How your courses (and/or your other experience) provide you with some background to work in the area(s) you have selected.
  • An up to date resume (max 2 pages/1000 words)
  • Confirmation that you are in good academic standing (such as an unofficial transcript).

All uploaded documents for review must use minimum 1.0 line spacing, 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) left and right margins, and font must be 11pt minimum, black type. No condensed/narrow font types or spacing. 

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

NSCC is responsible for the selection process for this award and will base decisions on the following four criteria:

  • Research alignment with Research Nova Scotia missions.
  • Applicant’s interest in research.
  • Confirmation of supervisor support for the project.
  • Expected contribution to research project.

Please note: NSCC may determine that reference checks are necessary for this process and will connect with potential awardees for details if required. 

Recommendations for potential recipients will be shared with Research Nova Scotia for final decisions. Funding will be provided directly to NSCC for disbursement to successful recipients. 

Application Support

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

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.