CANSSI Graduate Student Exchange Scholarships

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The CANSSI Graduate Student Exchange Scholarship (CANSSI-GSES) program is designed to foster acquisition of new knowledge and skill sets, provide exposure to new areas of research and application, encourage co-discovery of new statistical methodology, provide co-supervision of thesis research, and create new and/or strengthen existing collaborations. There are two variations.

  1. Visiting Scholarships support Masters and Ph.D. students enrolled in statistics, biostatistics, or actuarial science at one Canadian university to work closely with a faculty member in statistics, biostatistics, or actuarial science another Canadian university for an extended period of time (2-4 months).
  2. Applied Immersion Scholarships support Ph.D. students enrolled at a Canadian university to undertake an immersive interdisciplinary or applied experience with a faculty sponsor outside of statistics, biostatistics, or actuarial science.

A primary evaluation criterion is the quality of the proposed experience in terms of training the student and furthering their research interests.

Eligibility:

  1. Students
    1. Visiting Scholarships are available to Masters and PhD students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in statistics, biostatistics, or actuarial science at a CANSSI member university. The host university for the visit must also be a CANSSI member.
    2. Applied Immersion Scholarships are available to PhD students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in statistics, biostatistics, or actuarial science at a CANSSI member university.
    3. Participating students are required to maintain registration at their home university during the tenure of the award.
  2. Faculty
    1. The Visiting Scholarship requires a supervisor, that is an academic advisor or research supervisor in statistics or biostatistics, at a CANSSI member university and a host, that is a faculty member in statistics or biostatistics, at a CANSSI member university.
    2. The Applied Immersion Scholarship program requires a PhD supervisor in statistics, biostatistics, or actuarial science at a CANSSI member university and a sponsor, that is a faculty member in another discipline than statistics, biostatistics, or actuarial science, at any Canadian university, which can include the home university.
    3. Supervisor, hosts and sponsors must be eligible to supervise a graduate student at their institution.

Details:

  • Visiting Scholarships
    • Duration of a proposed visit is 2 months for Masters students and 4 months for PhD students.
    • Provides up to $5,800 for Ph.D. students and up to $2,900 for Masters students which can be used for any combination of travel and housing expenses or stipend.
    • Balance of support is to be provided by the home and hosting universities.
  • Applied Immersion Scholarships
    • Immersion experience must involve sustained research and training interactions with researchers, faculty, and students in another discipline.
    • Duration of an immersion experience must be 3 months or longer.
    • Provides up to $5,800 for Ph.D. students which can be used for any combination of travel and housing expenses or stipend.
    • Balance of support should be provided by the PhD supervisor and host advisor.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Experience

Recognizing the important role of equity, diversity and inclusion in research in statistical sciences, students receiving a GSES Scholarship take part in CANSSI’s annual program of activities related to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), including completion of at least one EDI training course and one other EDI even. The student’s supervisor will take part in at least one activity in CANSS’s annual EDI program. This requirement will be satisfied within one year of the beginning of the semester in which the scholarship is used. Students and supervisors will submit their plans to CANSSI for approval prior to receiving the scholarship.

 Applications are submitted by the student’s supervisor. Application include: 

  1. A cover page (available here (Visiting Scholarship or Applied Immersion Scholarship ))
  2. An up-to-date unofficial transcript;
  3. CANSSI Bio Template for GSES for the supervisor available here;
  4. A summary of the intended research program, activities to be undertaken, and any proposed deliverables (.5 pages)
  5. A letter of reference from the student’s supervisor (maximum two pages) which confirms the current registration status of the student, evaluates the student’s capability and readiness to undertake the proposed visit or immersive experience, describes the benefits and suitability of the proposed visit or immersive experience for the development of the student and for furthering collaboration along with information on how the mentoring will support those goals, and confirms the supervisor’s support for the student participation in CANSSI’s EDI annual program as specified in the EDI Experience section. 
  6. A letter from the proposed host or sponsor (maximum one page) demonstrating interest in and support for the visit and the relation to the student’s supervisor.
  7. A budget for the visit that includes a description of non-CANSSI financial support to be provided along with the requested CANSSI support.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but must be received at least two months before the beginning of the proposed visit.

Applications should be sent to info@canssi.ca

Successful applicants will be expected to write a brief report, describing their experience and describing the research accomplishments resulting from the visit.

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