CANSSI Graduate Student Exchange Scholarships

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 at one Canadian university to visit 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 sponsor outside of statistics.

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


  1. Students
    1. Visiting Scholarships are available to Masters and PhD students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in statistics or biostatistics 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 or biostatistics 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 or biostatistics at a CANSSI member university and a sponsor, that is a faculty member in another discipline than statistics, 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.


  • Visiting Scholarships
    • Duration of a proposed visit is 2 months for Masters students and 4 months for PhD students.
    • Scholarship funds can be used for travel and accommodation.
    • Provides up to $1000/month for housing plus $500 for travel, plus $1000 total for stipend support (maximum total of $3,500 for Masters students and $5,500 for PhD students).
    • 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 $6,000 towards stipend of the PhD student.
    • Balance of stipends and any travel costs should be provided by the PhD supervisor and host advisor.

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

  1. A cover page available here: Visiting Scholarship version or Applied Immersion Scholarship version;
  2. An up-to-date unofficial transcript;
  3. CANSSI Bio Template for GSES for the supervisor available here: Word version or LaTeX version;
  4. A summary of the intended research program, activities to be undertaken, and any proposed deliverables (0.5 pages)
  5. A letter of reference from the student’s supervisor (maximum 2 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.
  6. A letter from the proposed host or sponsor (maximum 1 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

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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