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Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence

Queen's Invests in Talent - Funding for Graduate Students

The Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence (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 Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellenceadd 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 Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence.

This prestigious award recognizes excellence and research potential of applicants who will begin their graduate degree programs in the School of Graduate Studies at Queen’s in 2018-19.  It is named in honour of Queen’s University Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald, co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics.

What is the value of the Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence?

  • $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 Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence

  1. Identify Queen’s as potential host institution when you apply for a 2018-19 Canada Graduate Scholarship-Masters (CGS-M) through the Tri-Councils. Your application will automatically be considered for an Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence.
  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 5, 2018.
  3. If you haven’t applied for CGS-M, but meet the eligibility criteria you are invited to apply directly for an Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 5, 2018.

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  2018-19 CGS-M competition, but you meet the AEA eligibility criteria 

Complete and submit the "Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence” online application.

Deadline: January 5, 2018.

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 Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence

  1. If you are applying to the SSHRC or NSERC 2018-19 Doctoral Scholarship Competition, or to the 2017 CIHR Doctoral Research Award Competition through Queen's University, your application will automatically be considered for an Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence.
  2. a) If you have applied to the 2017 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 1, 2017.
    b) If you have applied to the 2018-19 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 1, 2017.
    c) If you have applied to the 2018-19 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 1, 2017.
     
  3. If you haven’t applied for a Tri-Council Doctoral Scholarship, but meet the eligibility criteria, you are invited to apply directly for an Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence 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 2018-19 Doctoral Scholarship Competition or to the 2017 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 2017 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 1, 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.

2b.You have applied to the 2018-19 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 1, 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.

2c. You have applied to the 2018-19  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 1, 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 for Tri-Council funding, but you meet the AEA eligibility criteria 

 

Complete and submit the "Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence” online application 

 

Deadlines for CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC applicants: December 1, 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.

What happens next?

All applications will be reviewed and you will receive notification of the outcome no later than February 27, 2018.

Questions?

If you have questions about the Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence please contact us.