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The Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award

Program

The Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award, 2014–2015

Description

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long–Term Care, a Scholar Awards Program in Women’s Health has been established to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre–eminent women’s health scholars. The community of women’s health scholars fostered by this Awards Program will excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge about women’s health and its translation into improved health for women, more effective health services and products for women, and a strengthened health care system .

Value

Up to three awards will be made at each of the Master’s and Doctoral levels:

  • Master’s Awards — $18,000 plus $1,000 research allowance
  • Doctoral Awards — $20,000 plus $2,000 research allowance
  • Postdoctoral Awards — $40,000 plus $5,000 research allowance

Deadline

December 2, 2013

Technical Eligibility

  • Canada citizens or permanent residents of Canada as of January 31, 20143
  • Sponsored and endorsed by the Dean of Graduate Studies
  • For Masterís and Doctoral award holders: Registered full–time in a Masterís or Doctoral graduate program at the time of taking up the award (i.e. the fall term of 2014–15( and must remain registered full–time throughout the term of the award. Masterís students remain eligible to the end of their sixth term of full–time study, and doctoral students to the end of their fifteenth term of full–time study.
  • For Postdoctoral award holders: engaged in full–time research at an Ontario university at the time of taking up the award (i.e., September 1, 2014), and must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by the application deadline (i.e., January 31, 2014) and within 36 months of the application deadline (i.e., no earlier than January 31, 2011). If a longer period of time has passed, for example for childrearing, applicants must submit a rationale for the delay in application.

Subject Matter Eligibility

The applicants research must be considered to contribute to the community of women’s health by:

  • promoting, assisting and undertaking interdisciplinary, integrative women’s health research that pertains to one or more of the following aspects of women’s health: bio–medical research, clinical research and research respecting health systems, women’s health services, the health of populations, societal and cultural dimensions of women’s health, and environmental influences on women’s health, and other research as required;
  • creating a robust women’s health research environment in Ontario, based on internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence and a peer review process, that will attract, develop, and keep excellent scholars and provide them with the opportunity to contribute to the improvement of women’s health in Ontario and the world;
  • addressing emerging women’s health opportunities, threats and challenges and accelerating the discovery of cures and treatments and improvements to women’s health care, prevention, and wellness strategies;
  • promoting the dissemination of knowledge about women’s health and the application of women’s health research to improve the health of women in Ontario;
  • building the capacity of the Ontario women’s health research community through the development of scholars and the provision of sustained support for scientific careers in women's health research; and
  • exercising leadership within the Ontario research community and fostering collaboration with individuals and organizations in Ontario that have an interest in women’s health or women’s health research.

Evaluation Selection criteria

Applicants for Master’s and Doctoral Awards will be assessed on their talent, the excellence of their work, the vision that they bring to their endeavors, and the impact that they foresee resulting from their work, as measured by:

  • The program of study and research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge about women’s health;
  • Past academic results, demonstrated by transcripts, awards and distinctions;;
  • Relevant professional and academic experience, including research training, as evidenced by papers presented at conferences and the candidate’s publication record;
  • Written letters of appraisal; and
  • Appropriateness of the choice of institution and supervising investigator.

Applicants for Postdoctoral Awards will be assessed on their talent, the excellence of their work, the vision they bring to their endeavors, and the impact that they foresee resulting from their work, as measured by:

  • The program of study and research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge about women's health;
  • The degree of originality and expected contribution to the advancement of knowledge about women's health;
  • Significance of the research for women's health, understood to encompass scholarly or intellectual significance as well as social and cultural significance;
  • The suitability of theoretical perspectives;
  • The appropriateness and expected effectiveness of the research strategies or methodologies;
  • The suitability and expected effectiveness of plans to communicate research results both within, and, as appropriate, beyond, the academic community;
  • Where appropriate, the nature and extent of research training;
  • Written letters of appraisal; and
  • Appropriateness of the choice of institution and supervising investigator.

Required Documentation

  1. The completed application form
  2. A curriculum vitae (including information concerning the eligibility criteria)
  3. (For Postdoctoral applicants a brief summary of the doctoral thesis (maximum 300 words)
  4. A statement of research to be undertaken during the period of graduate study (maximum of 1000 words). There must also be an additional non–technical summary (maximum 500 words). These statements must be written by the candidate
  5. The candidate must also provide:

  6. (For Master’s and Doctoral applicants) all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. These may be either official transcripts sent directly by the Registrar’s office of the issuing university, or copies verified and certified as accurate by the Registrar’s office of the Ontario university of current registration.
  7. Confidential letters from two assessors for Master’s and Doctoral applicants, and four assessors for Postdoctoral applicants. These appraisals should focus on an evaluation of the applicantís research to date, and the research being undertaken during the graduate or postdoctoral period. The applicant must ask for the appraisals to be transmitted electronically directly to Sandra Yiu at fgssac@yorku.ca. For postdoctoral applications, two of the assessors should preferably be from another university and must not have been associated with the candidate as either a supervisor, or a member of the candidate’s supervisory committee, or a co–author.

How to Apply

Each applicant must submit an electronic application package to FGS via Sandra Yiu, Scholarship and Awards Coordinator, 230 York Lanes, fgssac@yorku.ca.

More Information

Award Information
http://cou.on.ca/about/chairs-and-awards/ontario-womens-health-scholars-awards/pdfs/owhs-awards-announcement-2014-15---english---1

Application Form
http://cou.on.ca/getattachment/About/Chairs-and-Awards/Ontario-Womens-Health-Scholars-Awards/OWHS-Awards-Application-2013-14-English-Electronic-form.pdf (Adobe .pdf file)

Contact

Melissa Dalgleish
Research Officer
Ext 44168 fgsro@yorku.ca
Contact regarding: Adjudication and review process, pre–award information

Sandra Yiu
Scholarships and Awards Coordinator
Ext 33954 fgssac@yorku.ca
Contact regarding: submission of applications

 

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