RESEARCHERS

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Any permanent researcher from a Canadian academic institution is welcome to become an academic member of the training program and access its resources, including funding, training activities and material. 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.

Academic Membership comes with several responsibilities:

  • All Members are expected to contribute to the development or maintenance of at least one training package and/or participate to the summer schools.
  • Members should work to consolidate partnerships with collaborating organizations.
  • Members must make sure their students participate actively in the program, including conducting internships.
  • Members must provide the information required to report the activities and the productivity of the program to NSERC.

Academic membership is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that members are active in the program. 

To become a BIOS2 Academic Member, interested researchers have to send a motivation letter to the direction team (info.bios2@usherbrooke.ca) describing their interest in the program objectives, their commitment to improving the collaborative training experience, and a description of how they could be involved in both our training activities and administrative tasks.

Funding for academic members

BIOS² Graduate Fellowship Program

See all the information here:

https://bios2.usherbrooke.ca/get-involved/graduate-students/

Open PhD projects for NSE and Non-NSE students

Each year, BIOS2 is supporting two open PhD projects propose by academic members :

  • 1 PhD Project in biodiversity science
  • 1 PhD Project in education, social sciences, economics, or political science (Non-Natural Sciences and Engineering). 

The goal of this call is to fund projects, not students. Once the project is awarded, students are selected by the academic member. Selected students become BIOS2 fellow.

Funding and resources :

  • Selected PhD fellows will have access to all training activities and financial support, including scholarships, travel grants and workshops.
  • PhD fellows are eligible for up to three years of funding equivalent of 50% of their stipend ($10500 per year). They have access to travel / communication grant up to the value of $2000. 
  • BIOS² support NSERC’s policies about family and medical leaves. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need more information. 

Application process :  

  • The application is conducted by an academic member or collaborator under the  supervision of a BIOS2 co-applicant
  • The call for proposal opens each spring
  • Students will be selected by the academic member once the project is awarded and will become a BIOS² Fellow
  • Project should start within 6 months after application.

The selection is based on the above objectives and applications must respect the program rules for diversity and equity.

Fully funded PhD Project proposed by a Partner

The objective of this grant is to support a PhD project proposed by a non-academic partner to BIOS2 in order to improve their capacity in  biodiversity assessments. The overall theme of the call is “improving  biodiversity assessments with new computing technologies”. The  organization could be private, governmental or non-profit based. The  organization will be involved in the development and realization of the  project and his expected to host the student for part of his studies. 

The contact person must be a biodiversity specialist but is not required  to be a researcher. A strong emphasis is given to problems that are of  strategic importance to partners and with concrete applications of research outputs.

The goal of this call is to fund projects, not students. Once the project is awarded, a student is selected by the academic member. Selected student become a BIOS2 fellow.

Funding and resources :

Selected PhD fellows are eligible for up to three years of full funding ($21000 / year) . They have access to travel / communication grant up to the value of $2000.  The funding will be administered by one of the  BIOS² co-applicant.

Application process :  

  • The application is conducted by a non-academic partner, under the  supervision of a BIOS2 co-applicant
  • The call for proposal opens each spring
  • Student will be selected by the partner and the academic member once the project is awarded will become a BIOS² Fellow
  • Project should start within 6 months after application.

The selection is based on the above objectives and applications must respect the program rules for diversity and equity.

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