School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Academic Excellence Awards

Queen's Invests in Talent - Funding for Graduate Students

The Academic Excellence Awards (AEA) are one more way in which Queen’s University invests in Canada’s most talented graduate students. Valued at $15,000 for Masters students and $30,000 for PhD students entering their first year of study, the Academic Excellence Awards add to an already impressive $28 Million in merit-based Queen’s funding available to graduate students each year.

All students who apply to the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Masters (CGS-M) or Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS-PhD) and list Queen's as a host institution are automatically considered for Academic Excellence Awards. 

What is the value of the Academic Excellence Awards?

  • $15,000 for Masters Students in Year 1 (non-renewable)
  • $30,000 for Doctoral Students in Year 1 (non-renewable)

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada  
  • Applicants who have achieved a first-class average (equivalent to an A- or better at Queen’s), in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent). 

How do I apply?

For applicants entering a Masters Program

There are three ways to apply for an Academic Excellence Award

  1. Identify Queen’s as potential host institution when you apply for a 2017-18 Canada Graduate Scholarship-Masters (CGS-M) through the Tri-Councils. Your application will automatically be considered for an Academic Excellence Award.
  2. If you have already submitted your CGS-M application and did not identify Queen’s, then you can submit a PDF copy of your CGS-M application to the Queen’s School of Graduate Studies by January 6, 2017.
  3. If you haven’t applied for CGS-M, but meet the Academic Excellence Award eligibility criteria you are invited to apply directly for an Academic Excellence Award to Queen’s School of Graduate Studies (see details below).

Further details for Masters Programs

Scenario

How to apply

Other application materials required

1. You have applied to the 2017-18 Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS–M) competition (SSHRC, NSERC, or CIHR) and you have identified Queen's as a potential host institution

No action is required - your application will be automatically considered for an AEA .

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2. You have applied to the 2017-18 CGS-M competition but you have not indicated Queen's as a potential host institution

Submit a PDF copy of your completed Tri-Council application to grad.studies@queensu.ca by January 6, 2017.

Two letters of reference to be sent by the referee by the deadline via email to grad.studies@queensu.ca  or by regular mail to 
School of Graduate Studies  
Gordon Hall, Room 425
74 Union Street
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6

Official transcripts of all current and previous university level study to be received by the School of Graduate Studies by the deadline.

3. You have not applied to the  2017-18 CGS-M competition, but you meet the AEA eligibility criteria 

Complete and submit the "Academic Excellence Award” online application.

Deadline: January 6, 2017.

Two letters of reference to be sent by the referee by the deadline via email to grad.studies@queensu.ca  or by regular mail to 
School of Graduate Studies  
Gordon Hall, Room 425
74 Union Street
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6

Official transcripts of all current and previous university level study to be received by the School of Graduate Studies by the deadline.

For applicants entering a  Doctoral Program

There are three ways to apply for an Academic Excellence Award

  1. If you are applying to the SSHRC or NSERC 2017-18 Doctoral Scholarship Competition, or to the 2016 CIHR Doctoral Research Award Competition through Queen's University, your application will automatically be considered for an Academic Excellence Award.
     
  2. a) If you have applied to the 2016 CIHR Doctoral Research Award Competition through another Canadian University, OR applied directly to CIHR, then submit a PDF copy of your application to Queen’s School of Graduate Studies by December 2, 2016.
    b) If you have applied to the 2017-18 NSERC Doctoral Scholarship Competition through another Canadian university OR applied directly to NSERC, then submit a PDF copy of your application to Queen’s School of Graduate Studies by December 2, 2016.
    c) If you have applied to the 2017-18 SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship Competition through another Canadian university OR applied directly to SSHRC, then submit a PDF copy of your application to Queen’s School of Graduate Studies by December 2, 2016.
     
  3. If you haven’t applied for a Tri-Council Doctoral Scholarship, but meet the Academic Excellence Award eligibility criteria, you are invited to apply directly for an Academic Excellence Award to Queen’s School of Graduate Studies (see details below).
     

Further details for Doctoral Programs

Scenario

How to apply

Other application materials required

1. You have applied to either the SSHRC or NSERC 2017-18 Doctoral Scholarship Competition  or to the 2016 CIHR Doctoral Research Award Competition  through Queen's University

No action is required - your application will be automatically considered.

None

2a.You have applied to the 2016 CIHR Doctoral Research Award Competition  through another Canadian University, OR directly to CIHR

Submit a PDF copy of your completed Tri-Council application to grad.studies@queensu.ca  by December 2, 2016.

Two letters of reference to be sent by the referee by the deadline via email to grad.studies@queensu.ca  or by regular mail to 
School of Graduate Studies  
Gordon Hall, Room 425
74 Union Street
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6

Official transcripts of all current and previous university level study to be received by the School of Graduate Studies by the deadline.

2b.You have applied to the 2017-18 NSERC Doctoral Scholarship Competition through another Canadian university OR directly to NSERC

Submit a PDF copy of your NSERC application to grad.studies@queensu.ca 
by December 2, 2016.

Two letters of reference to be sent by the referee by the deadline via email to grad.studies@queensu.ca  or by regular mail to 
School of Graduate Studies  
Gordon Hall, Room 425
74 Union Street
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6

Official transcripts of all current and previous university level study to be received by the School of Graduate Studies by the deadline.

2c. You have applied to the 2017-18  SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship Competition through another Canadian university or directly to SSHRC

Submit a PDF copy of your SSHRC application  to grad.studies@queensu.ca by December 2, 2016.

Two letters of reference to be sent by the referee by the deadline via email to grad.studies@queensu.ca  or by regular mail to 
School of Graduate Studies  
Gordon Hall, Room 425
74 Union Street
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6

Official transcripts of all current and previous university level study to be received by the School of Graduate Studies by the deadline.

3. You have not applied for Tri-Council funding, but you meet the AEA eligibility criteria 

 

Complete and submit the "Academic Excellence Award” online application 

 

Deadlines for CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC applicants: December 2, 2016

Two letters of reference to be sent by the referee by the deadline via email to grad.studies@queensu.ca  or by regular mail to 
School of Graduate Studies  
Gordon Hall, Room 425
74 Union Street
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6

Official transcripts of all current and previous university level study to be received by the School of Graduate Studies by the deadline.

 

What happens next?

All applications will be reviewed and you will receive notification of the outcome no later than February 21, 2017.

Questions?

If you have questions about the Academic Excellence Awards please contact us.

Why Queen's? 

With prize-winning professional development opportunities, such as the Expanding Horizons workshop series, resources for living and staying well offered through the SGS Habitat, and a Career Services Unit that will connect you with the skills and information you need to turn your academic achievements into an equally impressive career, Queen's School of Graduate Studies has a great deal to offer CGS-M recipients. 

Not only do we invest in talent, your graduate funding goes further in Kingston. Rent and the cost of living are relatively low and you can ride the bus anywhere in the city free of charge during the academic year by showing your student card. Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario and centrally located between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, Kingston is big enough to provide all of the conveniences you need and small enough for you to settle in quickly and feel right at home. It is known for its waterfront and proximity to the Thousand Islands, and Eastern Ontario is known for its lakes and natural beauty. Did you know that Queen's has Biology Stations on Lake Opinicon and Elbow Lake that the School of Graduate Studies uses for writing retreats? Both are less than an hour's drive north of Kingston and Queen's will help you get there!

As a student at Queen’s, you will be part of a vibrant community. Graduate students make up a large part (20%) of the student body – the second highest proportion of graduate student enrolment in Ontario –  and Queen's is a place where graduate students learn and discover in a close-knit intellectual community while working alongside leading scholars in award-winning libraries and cutting-edge labs. The Queen's graduate student community also engages in a variety of co- and extra-curricular activities. Between our community initiatives, our newly completed athletic facilities, our long list of clubs, and our renowned Grad Club, your biggest problem might just be finding the time to indulge all of your passions!