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2017-2018 Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award

When:

Thursday, December 1, 2016 11:59 pm - Thursday, December 1, 2016 11:59 pm

Where:

See application details below.

Description:

Women’s Health Scholars Award is administered by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) on behalf of Ontario government ministries.  It is open to Master’s students, Doctoral students, and Postdoctoral Fellows. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, a Scholar Awards Program in Women’s Health has been established to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent women’s health scholars.  The community of women’s health scholars fostered by this Awards program will excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge about women’s health and its translation into improved health for women, more effective health services and products for women, and a strengthened health care system.

Student Deadline to IMS: December 1, 2016
Value/Duration: Master’s – $25,000 plus $1,000 research allowance

Doctoral – $35,000 plus $2,000 research allowance

Postdoctoral – $50,000 plus $5,000 research allowance

Level of Study: Master’s, Doctoral or Postdoctoral
Required Legal Status: Domestic (Canadian citizens or permanent residents)
Results: April 2017 by agency

Eligibility to Apply

  • All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada as of January31, 2017.
  • All applicants must be sponsored and endorsed by the Dean of Graduate Studies at the Ontario university at which they are undertaking graduate study or postdoctoral research (Applicants do not need to obtain the Dean’s signature or endorsement when submitting the application. The Graduate Awards Office will provide this endorsement to those applications selected by SGS to put forth to COU).
  • To be eligible for a Master’s or Doctoral Award, applicants must be registered full-time in a master’s or doctoral graduate program at an Ontario university at the time of taking up the award (i.e., the fall term of 2017-18), and must remain registered full-time throughout the term of the award. Master’s students remain eligible to the end of their sixth term of full-time study, and doctoral students to the end of their fifteenth term of full-time study.
  • To be eligible for a Postdoctoral Award, applicants must be engaged in full-time research at an Ontario university at the time of taking up the award (i.e., September 1, 2017), and must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by the application deadline (i.e., January 31, 2017) and within 36 months of the application deadline (i.e., no earlier than January 31, 2014). If a longer period of time has passed, for example for childrearing, applicants must submit a rationale for the delay in application.
  • Holders of Women’s Health Scholars are precluded from holding any other major award during the term of this award.
  • Any publication of any kind, written or oral, related to the research undertaken by the successful applicants contain an acknowledgement of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s role in supporting the Project as follows:
  1. a) The following statement shall figure prominently at the beginning of the publication:  “The Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care”.
  2. b) in any publication, the acknowledgment described in subsection (a) shall precede all similar acknowledgments of any other person who has provided equal or lesser amounts of financial assistance to the work which is the subject of the publication; and
  3. c) any publication of any kind, written or oral, related to the research undertaken by the successful applicants indicate that the views expressed in the material are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Application Process

Each applicant must submit to their Graduate Unit (not Dean of Graduate Studies) an complete electronic copy of the following documents:

  1. The completed application form – attached, and available from:

http://cou.on.ca/about/chairs-and-awards/ontario-womens-health-scholars-awards

  1. A curriculum vitae – no page restrictions (must include information concerning the eligibility criteria);
  2. For postdoctoral applicants: A brief summary of the doctoral thesis (maximum 300 words);
  3. A statement of research to be undertaken during the period of graduate study or postdoctoral research (maximum 1,000 words) and one additional non-technical summary (maximum 500 words); these statements must be written by the candidate;
  4. For master’s and doctoral applicants: All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required.  ROSI print-outs will not be accepted; and
  5. Confidential letters from two assessors for master’s and doctoral applicants, and four assessors for postdoctoral applicants. For postdoctoral applications, two of the assessors should preferably be from another university and must not have been associated with the candidate as either a supervisor, or a member of the candidate’s supervisory committee, or a co-author.

o    These appraisals should focus on an evaluation of the applicant’s research to date, and the research being undertaken during the graduate or postdoctoral period.

o    The applicant must ask for the appraisals to be emailed directly from the referee to the Graduate Administrator at the graduate unit/department by the student deadline.

Renewals

Current award holders should visit the following website for information regarding their eligibility for renewing their award and the renewal application form: http://cou.on.ca/about/chairs-and-awards/ontario-womens-health-scholars-awards

Evaluation Criteria

Applicants for Master’s and Doctoral Awards will be assessed on their talent, the excellence of their work, the vision that they bring to their endeavours, and the impact that they foresee resulting from their work, as measure by:

  • The program of study and research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge about women’s health;
  • Past academic results, demonstrated by transcripts, awards and distinctions;
  • Relevant professional and academic experience, including research training, as evidenced by papers presented at conferences and the candidate’s publication record;
  • Written letters of appraisal; and
  • Appropriateness of the choice of institution and supervising investigator.

Applicants for Postdoctoral Awards will be assessed on their talent, the excellence of their work, the vision that they bring to their endeavours, and the impact that they foresee resulting from their work, as measure by:

  • The program of study and research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge about women’s health;
  • The degree of originality and expected contribution to the advancement of knowledge about women’s health;
  • Significance of the research for women’s health, understood to encompass scholarly or intellectual significance as well as social and cultural significance;
  • The suitability of theoretical perspectives;
  • The appropriateness and expected effectiveness of the research strategies or methodologies;
  • The suitability and expected effectiveness of plans to communicate research results both within, and, as appropriate, beyond, the academic community;
  • Where appropriate, the nature and extent of research training;
  • Written letters of appraisal; and
  • Appropriateness of the choice of institution and supervising investigator.

Results                           

Results will be announced by the Council of Ontario Universities in April 2017.

Contacts & Resources

Please direct all questions regarding the Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Awards competition or nomination process to:

Stacey Kwan
Awards Officer (Provincial)
Phone: 416-978-2205  Fax: 416-971-2864

staceym.kwan@utoronto.ca  |  www.sgs.utoronto.ca