GRADUATE STUDENTS

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The call for Fellows is currently open. We are receiving applications until July 18, 2021. More info here: https://bios2.usherbrooke.ca/2021/06/21/bios2-fellows-2021-2022/

BIOS² Graduate Fellowship Program

The BIOS² Graduate Fellowship Program is how most of the Fellows get into the BIOS² training program. Graduate Fellows are selected after a call for applications announced in Sping each year. The fellowship includes free access to training activities, financial support for mobility and communication, and scholarships. 

BIOS2 training consists of instruction (courses, short modules, and summer schools), working groups and internships. Internships may be done with partner organizations in industry, government or non-profit sectors. Fellows will use their internships and working groups to solve real-world problems related to biodiversity and to get valuable professional experience outside of academia.

Every Fellow is expected to actively participate in the program’s activities. More specifically, Fellows should at least complete one internship per year with collaborative members, participate in one (but preferentially both) summer schools and take part once to a synthesis or problem solving working group over the course of their studies. 

Funding and resources :

  • Fellows have access to all training activities and financial support, including scholarships, travel and communication grants, and funding to lead workshops.
  • Fellows without external funding (NSERC, FRQNT, or other funding organizations) will have access to scholarship equivalent to 50% of their stipend. The remaining of their stipends must come from other sources (supervisors, departments, universities, partners, etc). 
  • Fellows with external funding (NSERC, FRQNT, or similar funding organizations) will have access to all the program’s resources except stipends.

A central element of the BIOS² fellowships are the mobility and communication grants. 

  • Mobility grant aims to facilitate exchanges across institutions and participation in training activities (training activities and summer schools offered at external institutions, internships, visit external laboratories, etc.).
  • Communication grant aims to encourage Fellow to develop their communication skills (present at national or international conferences, give academic or professional seminars in other institutions or organization, cover publication fees in open access international journals, etc.).

Any graduate student supervised or co-supervised by an academic member can apply to be a Fellow of the program (see the Eligibility rules section below for more details).

  • MSc Fellows are eligible for up to two years of funding equivalent of 50% of their stipend (up to $8750 per year). They have access to travel / communication grant up to the value of $2000. 
  • PhD Fellows are eligible for up to three years of funding equivalent of 50% of their stipend (up to $10500 per year). They have access to travel / communication grant up to the value of $2000. 
  • Note: If the student is receiving an external scholarship, the amount eligible through the BIOS² grant can be adjusted .
  • BIOS² support NSERC’s policies about family and medical leaves. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need more information. 

Application process :  

Fellows need to apply when the Call for Fellows opens in spring each year. Prospective Fellows will need to make contact with at least one academic members prior to the application. If your supervisor is not a BIOS² academic member and you would like to apply to BIOS2, you can share: https://bios2.usherbrooke.ca/get-involved/researchers/.

The selection committee will select students based on the fit between their proposed research, career aspirations and the BIOS2 goals. Fellows can reapply for up to three years in the program. We prioritize the renewal of fellowship over new applicants to maintain continuity in the program. However, Fellow participation in the program will be evaluated each year and the renewal of their fellowship will depend on the completion of the program’s expectations.

Eligibility rules:

Fellows need to be supervised or co-supervised by a BIOS² academic member .

Researchers from any Canadian institution can apply to become a BIOS² academic member and thereby access training and funding for their students. Researchers from an associated institution (Université de Sherbrooke, Université de Montréal, Université Laval, UQAM, UQAR, Concordia University, University McGill, University of Alberta and University of British Columbia) can access funding through one of the co-PIs. Researchers that do not work at one of the 9 associated institutions will need to invite one of the co-PIs to co-advise the Fellow. In all cases, we require that one of the co-PIs be a member of the Fellow’s advisory committee.

To apply to become a BIOS2 academic member, reserchers should send a motivation letter to the direction team (dominique.gravel@usherbrooke.ca & timothee.poisot@umontreal.ca, cc. info.bio2@usherbrooke.ca) describing their interest in the program objectives, their commitment to the collaborative training experience, and how they could be involved in the training activities and administration. All members are expected to contribute to the development or maintenance of at least one training package.

Applications to become academic members will be reviewed in parallel to the student’s application.

If you have any questions, please contact Kim, the program coordinator: kim.gauthier.schampaert@usherbrooke.ca.

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