When you apply for a scholarship
or fellowship from NSERC, your application needs to stand out against
a group of high-calibre competitors. Meeting the appropriate standards
of excellence goes beyond the merit of the research proposal alone.
Members of the committees that evaluate applications are
looking for exciting ideas presented in a creative way.
They expect to see well prepared and communicated proposals
that captivate their attention. They are looking for accomplished,
well-rounded candidates. This video provides practical tips
from selection committee members on how to make your best
case for financial support. What we’re trying to do is evaluate
from the paper that we get who the person is, who is applying for
the scholarship and what they bring to the table that makes them better
than all of the other candidates that they’re up against from
across Canada…So then we’re looking for what else
do they have? Do they have any experience
with research, whether that’s in a research class or a summer research
position or a cooperative placement. Do they have leadership abilities?
Have they worked with their student organization, you know,
their own chemistry or physics society, the student government? Have they
done volunteer activities bringing their science into the community? We’re
really trying to get a handle on the whole picture. We need details, and especially details
that provide a general idea of who you are and show that you are an excellent
student. I think that’s what’s essential.