Ontario Women's Health Scholars Awards

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Award Overview

Student Deadline to​​ Graduate Unit:

December 1, 2017

​Graduate Unit Deadline to SGS:

December 8, 2017

Value/Duration:

Master’s Awards—$25,000 plus $1,000 research allowance
Doctoral Awards—$35,000 plus $2,000 research allowance
Postdoctoral Awards—$50,000 plus $5,000 research allowance

Level of Study:

Master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral

​Required Legal Status:

Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)​

Purpose

The Ontario 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.

Eligibility

  • To be eligible for an Ontario Women's Health Scholars award, an applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada as of January 31, 2018.
  • 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., fall 2018), and must remain registered full-time throughout the entire duration 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 15th 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, 2018), and must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by January 31, 2018 and normally no earlier than January 31, 2015. In cases where an applicant completed all requirements for a doctoral degree before this date, an explanation (e.g., childrearing responsibilities after graduation) must accompany the application for the delay in application.
  • While holding an Ontario Women's Health Scholars Award, a recipient is precluded from holding any other major award.
  • Publications of any kind, written or oral, related to the research undertaken by a recipient while holding an Ontario Women's Scholars Award shall acknowledge the support of the work from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care with the following notation:

    "The Ontario Women's Health Scholars Award is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care".

    This acknowledgement shall precede all similar acknowledgements of financial support for the work of equal or lesser amounts, and shall also indicate that the views expressed in the publication are the views of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. ​

How to Apply

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).

Applicants must submit to their graduate unit (not Dean of Graduate Studies) an electronic copy (PDF) 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

  2. A curriculum vitae – no page restrictions (must include information concerning the eligibility criteria);

  3. A statement of research written by the candidate (maximum 1,000 words);

  4. A non-technical summary written by the candidate (maximum 500 words);

An application for a master's or a doctoral award must also include:

  • The applicant's undergraduate and (if appropriate) graduate transcripts, which may be either
    • Official transcripts sent directly by the Registrar's office of the issuing university, or
    • Copies verified and certified as accurate by the Registrar's office of the Ontario university where the applicant is currently registered as a student; and
  • Confidential letters of appraisal of the applicant from two assessors***

An application for a postdoctoral award must also include:​

  • A brief summary of the doctoral thesis of no more than 300 words; and

  • Confidential letters of appraisals of the applicant from four assessors***, of whom two

    • Must not have been associated with the applicant as a supervisor, a member of the applicant's supervisory committee, or a co-author; and
    • Are, if at all possible, not at the university at which the applicant as a doctoral student.

***The letters of appraisal should focus on an evaluation of the applicant's research to date, and the research the applicant proposes to undertake during the graduate or postdoctoral period, paying particular attention to the criteria for selection described below.

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 (December 1, 2017).

Renewals

Current award holders should visit the following website for information regarding their eligibility for renewing their award and the renewal application form.

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 measured 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 measured 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 wit​hin, 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.

Contacts & Resources

If you have questions about this award competition, please refer to the COU website or contact:

Stacey Kwan
Graduate Awards Officer (Provincial)
416-946-0808
staceym.kwan@utoronto.ca​