Founding Chairs Fellowship Competition

The Founding Chairs Fellowship Program is supported by an endowment fund established by the Centre for Agricultural Medicine and administered by the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture.

Application Deadline

May 31st of each year

Eligibility

  1. Trainees may be:
    • Master’s students
    • Ph.D. students
    • Postdoctoral research and Clinical fellows
  2. Trainees’ research projects must support the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture's Mission Statement: "Our mission is to conduct and stimulate research, education and health promotion programs aimed at enhancing the health and well-being of agricultural, rural and remote populations."
  3. Trainees must be supervised or mentored by faculty associated with the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture.
  4. Preference will be given to trainees:
    • Without any other current major scholarship funding
    • Who have not previously received a Founding Chairs Fellowship
    • In the first two years of a Master’s degree and the first three years of a Ph.D.
  5. Postdoctoral fellows may apply within five years of graduating with their Ph.D.

Application Requirements

  • A completed Founding  Chairs Application Form including a description of the proposed research project and a description of how the proposed research project supports the Mission Statement of the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture.
  • A completed Founding  Chairs CV Module.
  • Two letters of reference using the Founding Chairs Supervisor/Referee Report Form. These forms must be in sealed envelopes with the supervisor's/referee's signature across the seal. One of the two reference letters must be from the trainee's current supervisor.
  • Original or copies of official transcripts for all University studies undertaken.
  • A letter indicating admission to a graduate college (Master’s and Ph.D.  applicants only).

Conditions of Award

Awards are granted for one year. Maximum funding time is two years for Master’s and three years for Ph.D. students. Postdoctoral research and Clinical fellows are eligible for two years of support.

Recipients of the Master’s and Ph.D. Fellowships are expected to:

  • Be full time students as defined by the College of Graduate Studies.
  • Provide a max of 12 hours of service, within the academic year they are awarded the fellowship, as research assistants to CCHSA without additional remuneration. 
  • Present in the seminar series each academic year and to participate actively in the CCHSA seminars.
  • Participate in Centre related social activities.
  • Apply for external financial support to supplant the Founding Chairs Fellowship Program thereby permitting the program to offer initial support to as many students as possible.
  • Provide an electronic or bound copy of the thesis for the CCHSA library.

Recipients of the Postdoctoral Research and Clinical Fellowships are expected to:

  • Apply for external financial support to supplant the Founding Chairs Fellowship.
  • Organize and participate actively in the CCHSA seminars.
  • Present in the seminar series each academic year.
  • Develop new ideas for research projects including participating in the design and writing of research grants in conjunction with their supervisors.
  • Present their research findings at appropriate peer-reviewed conferences.
  • Publish in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Take a scholarly approach to all of their endeavours.

Financial Aspects

The number and amount of awards is limited and the availability of funds varies each academic year.

For the academic year 2016-2017, the maximum amounts are as follows:

  • Master's fellowship: $7,500
  • Ph.D. fellowship: $10,000
  • Postdoctoral and Clinical fellowship: $15,000 plus $2,500 research allowance

Final Progress Report

Fellowship recipients must provide a progress report to the Chair of the Founding Chairs Fellowship Committee. The report should include progress on the trainee's research project, details of any publications and presentations (as either first author or co-author), and other relevant progress. The Chair will inform recipients of the report deadline well in advance.

Application Evaluation Rubric

For your information the following rubrics will be used in evaluating the applications:

Contact

Dr. George Katselis
Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA)
Department of Medicine, College of Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
Health Sciences Building, E-Wing
104 Clinic Place, PO Box 23
Saskatoon, SK, S7N 2Z4
Phone: (306) 966-1397
Fax: (306) 966-8799
E-mail: george.katselis@usask.ca

Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities Scholarship

Two $1500 scholarships are awarded annually to rural grade 12 students going on to post-secondary education.

The Scholarship’s History: In 1995, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) auctioned off the first copy of its history book “The Building of a Province: Commemorating the 90th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities.” This auction netted the sum of $2,600 which the SARM Board of Directors contributed to the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA). These funds initiated the SARM 90th Anniversary Student Scholarship in Agricultural Safety & Rural Health. The CCHSA’s Founding Chairs Program now maintains the scholarship.