Fellowships & Academic Awards

New Financial Awards for Okanagan College (GIS & Aboriginal students)

Call for applications - scholarships for MSc in Geospatial Technologies and MSc in Geoinformatics (for specific countries only)

Call for applications:
With the support of the North-Rhine-Westphalian Ministry for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology (MIWFT), the Institute for Geoinformatics offers
•    Five scholarships for the MSc program in Geoinformatics (4 semesters, start October 1, 2009)

Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique National Graduate Scholarship

Mr Doug VanDine, President of the Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique (La foundation canadienne de géotechnique), is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the second annual Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique National Graduate Scholarship.

The scholarship, valued at $5,000, was established by the Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique in 2007 on the occasion of the 60th Canadian Geotechnical Conference in Ottawa.  The first scholarship was awarded in 2008 to Mr Jasmin Raymond, a PhD student at Université Laval, Ste Foy, Quebec.  The 2009 scholarship will be presented at the Canadian Geotechnical Conference, in Halifax, NS, in September 2009.

Any Canadian or permanent resident, entering or registered in a Canadian university Masters or PhD program that is directly related to an identified field of geotechnique, is eligible.  Programs include geotechnical engineering, geological engineering, mining engineering, geoenvironmental engineering or geoenvironmental geoscience, engineering geology and hydrogeology.  Nominees must have a high academic standing.  Preference will given to those who have some practical experience and are active, or show leadership, in the geotechnical community.

Nominations are limited to one per academic department and require a letter, accompanied by rationale, written and signed by the graduate supervisor.  Rationale should include evidence of academic standing, research output, contributions to practice, and leadership/activity in the geotechnical community.  Nomination packages are limited to 5 pages.

Nominations for the 2009 Scholarship will be accepted by the Canadian Geotechnical Society’s Scholarship Selection Committee Chair, Dr Paul Simms (c/o Carleton University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa ON. K1S 5B6, telephone 613 520 2600 ext. 2079, paul_simms@carleton.ca) up until June 1, 2009.  If submitted by email, nominations must be signed by the supervisor and include the words “Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique National Graduate Scholarship” in the subject line.

Contact:  Mr Doug VanDine PEng/PGeo (BC) Telephone 250 598 1028/vandine@islandnet.com.


We have several graduate research opportunities at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University in (1) Web-based GIS and community environmental monitoring and (2) Complexity science and modeling of coupled human and natural systems.

(1) Web-based GIS and community environmental monitoring: Opportunities to research aspects of community environmental monitoring, information sharing, social capital, open source software and web-based GIS systems exist at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University.  This work is associated with a project sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Environment to develop and implement a web-based geographic information system (GIS) to support information sharing and collaboration for environmental monitoring in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).  This is an Open Source prototype system that provides online tools for experts and lay users to support water quality monitoring within the GTA.  We are seeking excellent Masters candidates with combinations of skills in GIS, computer programming, web development and interests in issues such as community based monitoring, water quality, information sharing and interoperability, social capital and public participation.

[Contact: Dr. Martin Bunch.  See below for financial support and other information]

(2) Complexity science and modeling of coupled human and natural systems. We are seeking excellent Masters and PhD candidates to explore the modeling of complex coupled human and natural systems, and the application and uses of such models in the context of (e.g.) watershed management, climate change adaptation and risk management, adaptive management and ecosystem approaches, and human health and well-being (ecohealth).  Successful applicants will be associated with a collaborative initiative (with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Canada) to develop capacity in spatially explicit modeling of complex adaptive systems at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University.  Applicants should speak to their background and skills in GIS, modeling, computer programming as well as their substantive interests in applying these skills.

[York faculty: Dr. Martin Bunch, Dr. Peter Victor, Dr. Justin Podur. Environment Canada researchers: Dr. Kaz Higuchi, Dr. James MacLellan. See below for financial support and other information]

Financial support for graduate students at York University

York provides competitive student funding to our top full-time students. The following typical amounts are offered to graduate students in the form of scholarships and assignments such as graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships or research assistantships. We expect to able to increase this amount by an additional $2500 for Graduate students associated with the projects above.


Master’s Student Funding

A   Y1: $14,000 Y2:$10,000
B+ Y1: $10,000 Y2:$10,000

Doctoral Student Funding

A** $22,400
B+** $19,400

** Years 2 to 4 at least $19,400 per year

Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University: Information on the Faculty of Environmental Studies and its Masters and PhD programs can be found at http://www.fes.yorku.ca

Contact: Interested applicants should contact Dr. Martin Bunch [bunchmj@yorku.ca, 416.736.2100 x:22630]