Undergraduate funding and awards

Scholarships, prizes, awards

  • Scholarships

Direct Entry Admission Scholarships - Award Value: $ 1,000.00

Awarded to the five highest ranking students who have been admitted to the Faculty directly from high school with good academic standing and who are now enrolled full-time in his/her first year of study in any baccalaureate degree program offered by the Riddell Faculty.

Indigenous Direct Entry Admission Scholarship Award Value: $ 1,000.00

Awarded to the highest ranking indigenous student who has been admitted to the Faculty directly from high school with good academic standing and who are now enrolled full-time in his/her first year of study in any baccalaureate degree program offered by the Riddell Faculty.

Undergraduate Admission Scholarships Award Value: $ 1,000.00

Awarded to the five highest ranking students who have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours and a maximum of 60 credit hours of university level courses with good academic standing and who is now enrolled full-time in his/her second year of study in any baccalaureate degree program offered by the Riddell Faculty.

Indigenous Undergraduate Admission Scholarship Award Value: $ 1,000.00

Awarded to the highest ranking indigenous student who has completed a minimum of 24 credit hours and a maximum of 60 credit hours of university level courses with good academic standing and who is now enrolled full-time in his/her second year of study in any baccalaureate degree program offered by the Riddell Faculty.

Prizes

Undergraduate Initiative Prize Award Value: $1,000.00

For a student who has completed at least one year of full-time study in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, with good academic standing who has by her/his efforts and accomplishments developed, built upon and/or contributed to a local, regional, national, or international initiative that serves the greater good.

Each year, one prize valued at $1000.00 will be offered to an undergraduate student who:

  1. was enrolled full-time (minimum 80% course load) in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, in any General, Advanced, Major, or Honours degree program in the year in which the award is tenable;
  2. has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.00;
  3. has by his/her significant voluntary service efforts and accomplishments developed, built upon and/or contributed to a local, regional, national, or international initiative that serves the greater good. Such initiatives may target specific populations (e.g. students, youth, the elderly), specific issues (e.g. global warming, poverty, resource exploration, environmental pollution), and/or specific outcomes (e.g. policy development).

Nominations will be invited from faculty and students of the University of Manitoba and members of the community. Nominations must be accompanied by:

  1. a cover letter which identifies the award for which they wish to nominate the candidate and provides a description and explanation of the initiative, the candidate’s specific roles and responsibilities, and the resulting outcomes with reference to the selection criterion (maximum 500 words);
  2. the candidate’s resume or curriculum vitae;
  3. two letters of recommendation (maximum 500 words each); one from a faculty member and one from a representative of the broader community most impacted by the initiative. The letters should describe how the candidate has met the requirements set out in the criterion (3) above.

Undergraduate Thesis Prize Award Value: $1,000.00

For a full-time student in the Riddell Faculty, in any Honours degree program, with good academic standing, who has submitted the best undergraduate thesis.

Each year, one prize valued at $1000.00 will be offered to an undergraduate student who:

  1. was enrolled full-time (minimum 80% course load) in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, in any Honours degree program in the year in which the award is tenable;
     
  2. has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.50

Nominations will be invited from faculty of the University of Manitoba and members of the community. Nominations must be accompanied by:

  1. a copy of the final version of the undergraduate thesis;
     
  2. a letter of support from the candidate’s thesis advisor

Awards

NSERC USRA

These awards are intended to stimulate the interest of undergraduate students in research by providing them with valuable experience in a scientific research environment, and to encourage them to undertake graduate studies.  Students holding one of these awards must be exposed to research activities during their work period.

For a full-time undergraduate student with high academic standing in any undergraduate degree program offered at the University of Manitoba.

NSERC USRA (Aboriginal)

These awards are intended to stimulate the interest of aboriginal undergraduate students in research by providing them with valuable experience in a scientific research environment, and to encourage them to undertake graduate studies.  Aboriginal students holding one of these awards must be exposed to research activities during their work period.

For a full-time aboriginal undergraduate student with high academic standing in any undergraduate degree program delivered by the Riddell Faculty.

The Aboriginal NSERC award is a parallel program of undergraduate student research awards for Aboriginal students.  The Aboriginal NSERC USRA is non-competitive and any student applying for the award who meets the eligibility criteria will be awarded a NSERC USRA.

Graduate awards

Graduate Entrance Scholarships Award Value: $ 5,000.00

For a full-time student in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in the first year of a Masters or Doctoral program delivered by a unit in the Riddell faculty, with high academic standing. Ten awards are offered annually and recipients are determined by a selection comittee.

Graduate Initiative Prize Award Value: $1,000.00

For a student who is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in any Master’s or Doctoral program delivered by a unit in the Riddell Faculty, who has demonstrated a commitment to voluntary service that has developed, built upon and/or contributed to a local, regional, national, or international initiative that serves the greater good.

Each year, one prize valued at $1000.00 will be offered to a graduate student who:

  1. was enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in any Master’s or doctoral program delivered by a unit in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, in the year in which the award was tenable;
  2. has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.00 (or equivalent) over the last 60 credit hours of study;
  3. has by his/her significant voluntary service efforts and accomplishments developed, built upon and/or contributed to a local, regional, national, or international initiative that serves the greater good. Such initiatives may target specific populations (e.g. students, youth, the elderly), specific issues (e.g. global warming, poverty, resource exploration, environmental pollution), and/or specific outcomes (e.g. policy development).

Nominations will be invited from faculty and students of the University of Manitoba and members of the community. Nominations must be accompanied by:

  1. a cover letter which provides a description and explanation of the initiative, the candidate’s specific roles and responsibilities, and the resulting outcomes with reference to the selection criterion (maximum 500 words);
  2. the candidate’s resume or curriculum vitae;
  3. a letter of recommendation (maximum 500 words) from a representative of the broader community most impacted by the initiative. The letter should describe how the candidate has met the requirements stout in the criterion (3) above.

Berkes Graduate Scholarship in Community-Based Research Award Value: $3,000.00

Professor Fikret Berkes, Tier I Canada Research Chair in Community-Based Resource Management, has established the Berkes Graduate Scholarship in Community-based Research. This annually funded scholarship will provide support towards degree-related field research and related expenses (including travel, food, housing, and to return research findings to the research host community); an opportunity to train in methods for community-based research, including community-based resource and environmental management, conservation and planning; and an opportunity to engage in outreach training, and to translate results into communication to communities, public audiences, and policy-makers through written, visual, oral and/or multimedia means.

Number of Awards and Value:    one at $3,000

Deadline: February 5, 2021

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba, either in a Master’s or a Ph.D. program;
  2. is pursuing studies in community-based research methods including, but not limited to, community-based resource and environmental management, conservation and planning;
  3. has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5 (or equivalent) on the last 60 credit hours of courses (graduate and undergraduate); and,
  4. does not already hold a UMGF, SSHRC or other major award greater than $10,000.

Applicants are required to submit the following in order to be considered for this award:

  1. A copy of the research proposal (maximum of 2 pages) 

  2. A current academic transcript(s) - web transcripts accepted for UManitoba programs only. Transcripts from external institutions need be official transcripts 

  3. Two letters of reference. One of the letters must be from the graduate advisor, indicating that the applicant does not already hold a major award, and that this scholarship will make a major difference in the applicant’s ability to carry out the proposed research. 

  4. A list of all scholarships and awards received since admission to your graduate program (start with the most recent and include name of award(s), period held and monetary value). 

  5.  A curriculum vitae

Completed application packages should be emailed in one single PDF document to ilka.cudmore@umanitoba.ca.

Henley Graduate Scholarship in Natural Resources Development and Stewardship in Manitoba Award Value: $2,100.00

For a student who is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in any Master’s or Doctoral program delivered by a unit in the Riddell Faculty, with good academic standing who is pursuing studies in natural resources management in Manitoba.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba, either in a Master’s or a Ph.D. program delivered by the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources;
  2. has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5 (or equivalent) on the previous 30 credit hours (or equivalent) of study;
  3. is pursuing studies in natural resources management in Manitoba;
  4. has submitted the highest quality research proposal, in the opinion of the selection committee; and,
  5. currently holds, or has been offered, an award valued at $5,000 or more.

Nomination packages including the award application should be submitted in PDF format via email to: Ilka Cudmore, Awards Secretary, ilka.cudmore@umanitoba.ca

North American Caribou Workshop Graduate Fellowship in Wildlife Management Award Value: $1,600.00

The North American Caribou Workshop Graduate Fellowship in Wildlife Management is geared towards graduate students with a demonstrated interest in aspects of caribou research, monitoring or management and who considers different disciplines or subdisciplines such as ecology, economy, governance, resource management and land use planning.
 

One fellowship will be offered to a graduate student who:

  1. was enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in any Master’s or doctoral program delivered by a unit in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, in the year in which the award was tenable;
  2. has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.50 (or equivalent) over the last 60 credit hours of study;
  3. demonstrates an interest in aspects of caribou research, monitoring or management and who considers different disciplines or subdisciplines such as ecology, economy, governance, resource management and land use planning.

Applications must be accompanied by:

  1. a short essay (500 words maximum) explaining how different disciplines contribute to caribou research, monitoring as well as management as well as listing any relevant project(s) and /or experience in wildlife management in Manitoba and Canada;            
  2. an official transcript and curriculum vitae;
  3. two letters of recommendation


Completed applications must be submitted electronically to Ilka Cudmore, Awards Secretary, ilka.cudmore@umanitoba.ca

Stantec Graduate Fellowship in Environment, Earth, and Resources Award Value: TBA

For a student whom is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in the second year of a Masters’s program delivered by the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources at the University of Manitoba and is working on an approved Master’s thesis focused on one or more areas of interest to Stantec, including: environmental assessment, energy and resources, water, mining, and/or infrastructure. - AWARD IS ON HOLD FOR THE 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR.

V.E. Barber Memorial Fellowship in Arctic Research Award Value: Variable

Dr. David Barber and Mr. Doug Barber have established an endowment fund in honour of their father, V.E. Barber, a strong supporter of science and an amateur historian and naturalist. The fund will be used to support graduate students conducting thesis research pertaining to the Arctic.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. applicants must be enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in a Master’s or doctoral program and are supervised (or co-supervised) by a faculty member of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources; OR
  2. applicants have recently completed their Master's or Doctoral program and were supervised (or co-supervised) by a faculty member of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources; 
  3. have achieved a minimum degree grade point average (DGPA) of 3.5 (or equivalent) based on the last 60 credit hours of study;
  4. are undertaking thesis research pertaining to the Arctic;
  5. have demonstrated outstanding leadership and/or excellence in Arctic research.

Candidates will be required to submit an application that will consist of:

  1. a description of the candidate’s research and their achievements in Arctic research (maximum 500 words);
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. a current academic transcript(s) - web transcripts accepted for UManitoba programs only, transcripts from external institutions need be official transcripts;
  4. two (2) academic letters of reference from professors at a post-secondary institution(s).

Completed application should be submitted electronically to Ilka Cudmore, Awards Secretary, ilka.cudmore@umanitoba.ca

Masters Thesis Prize Award Value: $1,000.00

The Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources offers an annual prize to the student who has successfully completed all the requirements for a Masters degree program delivered by any unit, including the NRI, with high academic standing and who has completed the best Masters thesis.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Has successfully completed all of the requirements for a Masters degree program delivered by any unit in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources;
  2. has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5 (or equivalent) based on the last 60 credit hours of study;
  3. has received approval of their thesis, and has submitted the final version to the Faculty of Graduate Studies between September 1 and August 31 of the previous academic year.

Applications must be accompanied by two letters of support, one from the candidate’s thesis advisor and one from a member of the candidate’s examining committee. The letters should describe and explain the strengths, merits, and innovative nature of the thesis and the candidate’s research.  

Completed applications must be submitted electronically to Ilka Cudmore, Awards Secretary, ilka.cudmore@umanitoba.ca

Ph.D. Thesis Prize Award Value: $1,000.00

For a student who has successfully completed all the requirements for a Doctoral degree program delivered by any unit in the Riddell faculty, including NRI, with high academic standing and who has completed the best Doctoral thesis.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Has successfully completed all of the requirements for a Doctoral degree program delivered by any unit in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
  2. has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5 (or equivalent) based on the last 60 credit hours of study;
  3. has received approval of their thesis, and has submitted the final version to the Faculty of Graduate Studies between September 1 and August 31 of the previous academic year.

 Applications must be accompanied by the external examiner's report, two letters of support, one from the candidate’s thesis advisor and one from a member of the candidate’s examining committee. The letters should describe and explain the strengths, merits, and innovative nature of the thesis and the candidate’s research.

Completed applications must be submitted electronically to Ilka Cudmore, Awards Secretary, ilka.cudmore@umanitoba.ca

 

Aboriginal Issues Press Scholarship Award Value: $500.00 to $1,500.00

Number of Awards and Value:   variable
 

Deadline: February 28, 2021

Applicants are required to submit the following in order to be considered for this award:

  1. Evidence of enrollment in Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba at either the Masters or Doctoral level
  2. Evidence of registration in or completed a graduate-level course covering Aboriginal Issues
  3. Have a research focus on Aboriginal issues
  4. Proof of having achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 (A current academic transcript(s) - web transcripts accepted for UManitoba programs only. Transcripts from external institutions need be official transcripts. (scanned copies are acceptable)
  5. Have demonstrated a commitment to disseminate the results of research
  6. Submit a one page statement explaining how research relates to Aboriginal issues and how this research will be disseminated in order to be considered for this award

Normally this scholarship is not awarded to a student entering his/her first year of a graduate program. Recipients may receive this award only once.

Completed application packages should be emailed in one single PDF document to ilka.cudmore@umanitoba.ca.

Oakes-Riewe Environmental Studies Research Award

Number of Awards and Value:   variable

Deadline: February 28, 2021

Applicants are required to submit the following in order to be considered for this award:

Applicants are required to submit the following in order to be considered for this award:

  1. evidence stating whether or not all required course work for the particular degree has been completed and why (this confirmation is to come in writing from the Graduate Program Chair of the student’s home department).
  2. a two-page (single-spaced) research proposal including the purpose, objectives, and methods of the project.
  3. a statement signed by the student’s thesis advisor which states that the research proposal has been approved by the Thesis Advisory Committee.
  4. a signed (by the Chair of the Research Ethics Board of the University of Manitoba) statement that the research is approved by the Research Ethics Board (and Animal Care Committee if applicable) of the University of Manitoba.
  5. letters of approval and/or copies of research licenses signed by the appropriate authority from the Aboriginal Community or Research Authority which will participate in, be influenced by, or benefit from the research.
  6. a statement from the applicant indicating how she/he plans to familiarize her/himself with the protocols practiced by the Aboriginal community in which the research will be conducted.
  7. a budget detailing how the outlined costs relate to particular aspects of the project, list funds received and/or requested from other sources.
  8. award amount requested
  9. a statement that the applicant, if successful, will present his/her research findings at an interdisciplinary seminar with an environmental focus such as the Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources Seminar at the University of Manitoba upon completion of the project and will submit the findings for publication in the Aboriginal Issues Press (or in an equivalent refereed publication).
  10. expected date of Graduation

Recipients may hold this award only once.

Completed application packages should be emailed in one single PDF document to ilka.cudmore@umanitoba.ca.

Teaching awards

These annual awards recognize teaching excellence among professors who are members of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources.

Award of Excellence for First Year Undergraduate Teaching

Eligibility
Any faculty member who has taught a 1000-level course in the academic year immediately preceding the deadline for nominations.
Criteria 
• Excellence in teaching 
• Innovation and effectiveness in pedagogical practice 
• Commitment to the support and advising of students 
• Establishment of a solid foundation for their students in the discipline to support future study 
• Effective coverage of the breadth inherent in introductory courses

Award of Excellence for Undergraduate Teaching

Eligibility
Any faculty member who has taught an undergraduate course (2000, 3000, and/or 4000-level) in the academic year immediately preceding the deadline for nominations.
Criteria
• Excellence in teaching 
• Innovation and effectiveness in pedagogical practice 
• Commitment to the support and advising of students 
• Presentation, discussion, and demonstration of level-appropriate content 
• Assessment of student learning through challenging, innovative, and supportive means 
• Effective coverage of the depth inherent in higher level undergraduate courses

Award of Excellence for Graduate Teaching

Eligibility
Any faculty member who has taught a graduate course or has advised a graduate student in the academic year immediately preceding the deadline for nominations.
Criteria 
• Innovation and effectiveness in pedagogical practice 
• Commitment to the support of student scholarly and research excellence 
• Excellence in research guidance 
• General assistance and availability to graduate students (in program advising, advocacy, and technical/procedural issues)  
• Thesis or dissertation direction  
• Assistance in developing conference presentations and/or publishable works 
• Impact on students individually or collectively by providing opportunities and/or support 
• Outstanding contribution to the structure, organization, and delivery of graduate programming and the graduate student experience

Graduate Student Teaching Award

Eligibility
Any graduate student who has taught a course in the academic year immediately preceding the deadline for nominations and whilst enrolled in a graduate program in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources.
Criteria 
• Innovation and effectiveness in pedagogical practice 
• Commitment to personal development of professional skills and expertise (e.g. attendance at workshops) 
• Commitment to the support and advising of students 
• Effective assessment of student learning

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