Excellence Scholarships

IVADO funding program for excellence scholarships

The goal of the excellence scholarship program is to support promising students in their training as future highly qualified personnel and future actors in the fields promoted by IVADO.

Introduction

Program description

FAQ

Application

Program description

  • Program Name: IVADO funding program for excellence scholarships
  • Program Type: Scholarships for graduate students
  • Strategic / priority domain: Data science, data-driven innovation.

Goals

The goal of the excellence scholarship program is to support promising students in their training as future highly qualified personnel (researchers, professors, professionals) and more generally, future actors in the field of data science, mainly in IVADO members’ areas of excellence: operations research, machine learning, decision sciences.

Deadlines

  • Application deadline: December 15th, 2017
  • Expected application notification date: April 1st, 2018
  • Official acceptance from the candidate before May 1st, 2018
  • Grant should start within nine months of announcement, and can be retroactive with some conditions.

Research area supported

The excellence scholarship program supports research concerning the issues described in the Apogée/CFREF grant (http://www.cfref-apogee.gc.ca/results-resultats/abstracts-resumes/competition_2/universite_de_montreal-eng.aspx): data science in the broadest sense, including methodological research in data science (machine learning, operations research, statistics) and their applications in various fields (including health, transportation, logistics, energy, business and finance).

Program description

  • Program Name: IVADO funding program for excellence scholarships
  • Program Type: Scholarships for graduate students
  • Strategic / priority domain: Data science, data-driven innovation.

Goals

The goal of the excellence scholarship program is to support promising students in their training as future highly qualified personnel (researchers, professors, professionals) and more generally, future actors in the field of data science, mainly in IVADO members’ areas of excellence: operations research, machine learning, decision sciences.

Deadlines

  • Application deadline: December 15th, 2017
  • Expected application notification date: April 1st, 2018
  • Official acceptance from the candidate before May 1st, 2018
  • Grant should start within nine months of announcement, and can be retroactive with some conditions.

Research area supported

The excellence scholarship program supports research concerning the issues described in the Apogée/CFREF grant (http://www.cfref-apogee.gc.ca/results-resultats/abstracts-resumes/competition_2/universite_de_montreal-eng.aspx): data science in the broadest sense, including methodological research in data science (machine learning, operations research, statistics) and their applications in various fields (including health, transportation, logistics, energy, business and finance).

Amount and duration of the scholarships

Available scholarships include:

  • For Master students: 4 scholarships at 20k$ per year (including social benefits/taxes), for a maximum of six sessions or two years
  • For Doctoral students: 6 scholarships at 25k$ per year (including social benefits/taxes), for a maximum of 12 sessions or four years

Funding will be renewed every year upon request from the supervisor(s):

  • Until a maximum of six sessions for Master students, 12 sessions for Doctoral students.
  • Until the diploma has been granted.

Students are allowed to reapply to the program at the end of their funding.

Guidelines

Generally, the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/professors-professeurs/financialadminguide-guideadminfinancier/index_eng.asp) and the rules of the Apogée/CFREF program (http://www.cfref-apogee.gc.ca/program-programme/admin_guide-guide_administration-eng.aspx) will serve as guides for the program.

Eligibility

For the students:

  • MSc and PhD students, enrolled, or planning to enroll in a program at HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal, McGill University or University of Alberta.
  • Must have a first class minimum average grade (3.7/4.3 or 3.5/4.00) over the previous years of study.

For the professor submitting the application (main supervisor)

  • Must be a professor from one of the institutions of Campus Montréal: HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal or Université de Montréal.
  • Professors from the University of Alberta and University McGill can also be supervisors, provided that they are also members of one of IVADO’s research groups (MILA, CIRRELT, GERAD, CERC data science, CRM or Tech3Lab).

The student can be co-supervised, and there is no eligibility constraints on the co-supervisor.

For the activities planned for the duration of the scholarship:

  • activities must be aligned with the goals of IVADO and Apogée/CFREF.

Application

Elements of the application:

  • CV of the candidate
  • Grade transcript of previous sessions
  • CV of the supervisor(s)
  • Expected start date
  • A maximum of three support letters
  • Research project, co-written with the supervisor (1 p. max)
  • A paragraph with a popularized description of the research project. This text could be made public by IVADO

The application is presented by the supervisor. Each supervisor cannot present more than 5 candidates.

Assessment Criteria

The evaluation of projects will be based mainly on:

  • Candidate’s record
  • Research ability
  • Depth and breadth of experience (multidisciplinary, professional experience, extra-curricular activities…)
  • Expected adequacy with the proposed project

And secondarily on:

  • Scientific merit of the research project
  • Contribution to the field
  • Originality, anticipated impacts
  • Feasibility, relevance of the host laboratory(ies) and supervisor(s)
  • Suitability of the project within the overall framework of IVADO and Apogée/CFREF
  • Promoting multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Fostering diversity

Evaluation Process

Proposals will go through an administrative screening to check for program requirements (incomplete, too long, ineligible supervisor or candidate, etc.). Only applications meeting the requirements will be forwarded to the evaluation committee.

The evaluation committee will consist of faculty from Campus Montreal, knowledgeable about areas of excellence of IVADO, and who present no candidate. Depending on the situation, the committee could enlist the help of other local or external reviewers (professors or postdoctoral fellows).

The evaluation committee will first validate the scientific correspondence of the project with areas fostered by IVADO. All fitting applications will be ranked according to the criteria, and scholarships will be awarded following the ranking established.

Financing requirements

  • For projects requiring ethical approval, the funds will not be released until approval is obtained.
  • The funds will be transferred to the Office of Research of the institution of the supervisor, and the institution will administer it according to its own rules.
  • At the end of the funding period, the supervisor will not be eligible to apply for other IVADO funding programs until the final report is produced.

Commitments

  • The student agrees to be significantly present at his supervisor’s university.
  • The student intends to reasonably attend and participate in community/IVADO activities, including for example:
    • presentations on their own research
    • training or knowledge dissemination activities
    • counseling
    • support on various activities that are normally part of a research career (mentoring, participation in reviews, co-organizing events, etc.)
  • The student recognizes that he/she is part of an academic community, to which he/she will contribute.
  • The student will be subject to the policy of the three organizations on free access to publications (http://www.science.gc.ca/eic/site/063.nsf/fra/h_F6765465.html).They are encouraged to publish as much of their research productions (publications, recording oral presentations, source code, databases, etc.) in compliance with the rules of intellectual property that apply in their specific case.

The support of IVADO and Apogée/CFREF must be acknowledged in the dissemination of research results and more generally in the various activities that the student will participate in.

The supervisor commits to:

  • Providing a work environment that suits the completion of the project
  • Supervising the student.

Final report

At the end of the funding period, the supervisor and the student must submit a final report including:

  • project review;
  • list of publications;
  • list of participation in events;
  • list of participation in community/IVADO activities.

The supervisor cannot apply to other funding opportunities from IVADO as long as this report is due.

Contacts

FAQ

  • Question?
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Other questions? Please submit them to programmes-excellence@ivado.ca

The elements of the application are:

  • This form, filled.
  • CV of the candidate
  • CV of the supervisor(s)
  • A cover letter of the candidate (optional, max. one page)
  • Description of the project (max. one page)
  • A maximum of three support letters (there is no minimum)
  • Grade transcript of previous sessions

The application must be sent to programmes-excellence@ivado.ca, CCed to the supervisor and the candidate, preferably as a single pdf file. If prefered, support letters can be sent directly to   programmes-excellence@ivado.ca .