The Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship for Master’s students is an initiative by Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies. This scholarship aims to support research graduates at Dalhousie who are working on innovative projects that align with or advance Nova Scotia’s priorities.
- Value: $10,000 per year for up to two years.
- Scholarship Type: Entrance.
- Degree Level: Thesis-based master’s.
- Eligibility: Open to both Canadian and international students.
Special Consideration for African Nova Scotian or Mi’kmaq Applicants: The Faculty of Graduate Studies reserves a specific number of Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarships for African Nova Scotian or Mi’kmaq applicants. These students may also have the opportunity to apply after the official deadline and even if they are already enrolled in their program.
The Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship program allocates over $3 million annually to support research graduates at Dalhousie. The primary objectives are to attract and retain top-tier research graduates and to foster exploration, discovery, and innovation in areas crucial to Nova Scotia. To be eligible, students should not have commenced their intended program of study before December 31 of the competition year. Moreover, the proposed research must resonate with one or more research area priorities.
Master’s students can avail of NSGS funding for up to 24 months, but not beyond their second program year. Those planning to transition to a PhD at Dalhousie without completing their thesis can continue to receive NSGS funding at the master’s level for the original eligible award duration. However, to secure doctoral level NSGS funding, students must apply for a doctoral scholarship before officially transitioning into the doctoral program.
Priority Research Areas Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship
- Ocean Science and Technology: Encompasses activities related to the science, management, health, or resources of oceans and marine bodies.
- Information, Computer Science and Technology (ICT): Pertains to the management, analysis, or manipulation of information, artificial intelligence, big data, communications, and the broader fields of computer science and technology development.
- Clean Technology: Focuses on clean technology, resource development, new material/process development, and integrating sustainability concepts into technology development.
- Financial Services: Involves financial modeling, management, security systems, predictive analysis, and innovation within the broader financial services field.
- Life Sciences: Covers activities related to general life sciences, biological systems, biochemistry, agriculture, and biophysics.
- Aerospace & Defense: Encompasses activities related to defense or aerospace, including control systems, material development, performance testing, and policy analysis.
- Health & Wellness: Focuses on human health and well-being, including efficacy studies, impact analysis, policy development, and environmental evaluation.
- Resource Sector: Relates to resource development and management, including technologies and processes used for resource extraction and conversion.
- Social Innovation: Encompasses activities related to social innovation, including international and domestic development, legal systems, public policy, and sociocultural constructs.
Eligibility Criteria Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship
- Applicants must not be currently enrolled in a thesis-based master’s program.
- The intended research should align with one or more of the research priorities identified by Nova Scotia.
Application Process Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship
Applications are channeled through the Harmonized Scholarship Process. The respective department reviews the application and nominates eligible candidates for the award. It’s essential to note that departments might have earlier internal deadlines to provide feedback before the final submission deadline.
For further details or queries, one can contact the Scholarships Liaison Officer at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies.