eBulletin Issue 71

Faculty of Graduate Studies

eBulletin Issue 71

 Highlights for this issue 

 • NEW — Scholarship Information Sessions: Fourth-year undergraduate and current graduate students are invited to information sessions about external scholarships. The sessions will focus on the application process and deadlines for NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR and OGS.
Go to the FGS website for a list of dates, times and locations of the sessions.

• NEW — The Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock Medal: The award recognizes graduating students who have demonstrated characteristics of: leadership, courage, innovation, inspiration and community involvement. The Chair of the Board of Trustees, or designate, will present the medals at convocation.
During Fall Convocation only one student is selected at the undergraduate and one at the graduate level.
Students must fill out a paper application found on the Brock University Student Award Website Award Search at
Deadline: Applications must be received in the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office no later than 4.30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5.

• NEW — Important news for graduate students from the Research Ethics Office:
         The Research Ethics Office is going green:
Researchers may submit new REB applications electronically (as PDF or Word attachments), provided that they include digital or scanned signatures. Alternatively, Principal Investigators (i.e., faculty only) may email REB applications with a note in lieu of signatures, provided that the application package is sent from their Brock University email address. Hard copies will be accepted until January 2015.

          Mandatory training for graduate students conducting human participant research: Starting January 1, 2015, all graduate students involved with human participant research projects are required to complete the CORE tutorial before commencing research. A copy of the students’ certificate of completion from the CORE tutorial should be attached to the ethics application.
This applies to all graduate student investigators (including PhD students) completing an exit project (thesis, major research paper, dissertation, etc.) that involves human participant research requiring Research Ethics Board clearance. It also applies to graduate students conducting course-based research or working as research/laboratory staff, project managers, and research assistants, where they will be responsible for recruiting or interacting with human participants.
More information is posted online 
CORE Tutorial 

• NEW — Call for Applications to the Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program: This unique fellowship opportunity consists of  
-       Year one - a full-time intensive residential phase in Montreal for the entire group of a dozen select Fellows.
-       Year two - a part-time field phase tailored to each individual Fellow’s activities in their respective communities and countries.
Deadline for submission of applications: Monday, Sept. 1 2014 12 midnight (ET)
Deadline for submission of the three recommendation forms: Extended to Monday, Sept. 15, 12 midnight (ET)
Go to the
program website for complete details.

• 2014-2015 Vanier CGS competition has been launched: The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program attracts and retains world-class doctoral students and helps establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars receive funding of $50,000 per year for three years (non-renewable). More details about Brock's internal application process and deadline will be available soon.

• Fulbright Canada awards competition now open: Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program operates on the principle of reciprocal exchange and provides the opportunity for outstanding Canadian students to study and/or conduct research in the United States. Award recipients include Canadian citizens who are graduate students, prospective graduate students, or junior professionals. Graduate students can apply to the following:
          Traditional Fulbright Student Award: US$15,000 for one nine-month academic year. These all-discipline awards can be taken up at any college, university, think tank, or government agency in the United States.
          Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program: $400 to $600 stipend per month (commensurate with average cost of living in host city), room and board, visa services, health insurance, and a bursary to complete two courses per semester. The award is for Canadian Francophone students and teachers, aged 21 to 29, who want to teach and study in the United States.
Awards Deadline: Saturday, Nov. 15
(The competition is for awards taken up for one nine-month academic year starting September 2015)
See more details on the Fulbright website

• The Policy on Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities: The policy was recently passed by Senate and is posted online as part of the 2014-15 Graduate Calendar. This document outlines fundamental or core graduate student rights and responsibilities. The intent of the document is to increase awareness and understanding, and to encourage dialogue among graduate students, faculty, staff and administrators in order to promote a collegial, respectful and academically sound relationship.
For more information please visit

 • NEXT ISSUE: Thursday, September 18, 2014

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