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BIOS² Graduate Fellowship Program

The BIOS² Graduate Fellowship Program is the route by which most of the fellows get into the BIOS² training program. Graduate Fellows are selected after a call for applications announced in May 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. 

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. This money covers expenses: 

  • To attend training packages and summer schools offered at external institutions ;
  • To realize their internships at collaborating organizations ;
  • To visit external laboratories (national or international) to develop new professional skills. 

Communication grant objective is to encourage fellow to develop their communication skills. Communication grant will be used by fellows : 

  • To do presentation (poster or oral) at national or international conferences
  • To give academic or professional seminars in other institutions or organization
  • To cover publication fees in open access international journals.

Any graduate student supervised or co-supervised by an academic member can apply to be a fellow of the program. Fellows without external funding (from supervisors or with other scholarships) 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). Students fully-funded by external funding can be Fellow and access all the program’s resources except stipends.

Funding and resources :

  • Fellows have access to all training activities and financial support, including scholarships, travel grants and workshops.
  • 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 award, 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 summer each year. Prospective fellows will need to make contact with at least one academic members and one supporting organization prior to the application. The selection committee will select students based on the fit between their proposed research, career aspirations and the BIOS2 goals.

Fellows can reply 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’s 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.