Competitive Graduate Research Assistantship for Racialized Students

Competitive Graduate Research Assistantship for Racialized Students


This scholarship was established in 2021 in recognition of the fact that racialized students are typically underrepresented in graduate studies in the life sciences and are more likely to be disadvantaged by historic and present day systemic inequities. Adjudication is based on non-traditional metrics of academic success.

Availability: There will be one award available annually for an incoming domestic MSc student in each CBS department (HHNS, IB, MCB).

Duration and Value:  Each award is valued at $10,000 (payable over 3 semesters during the student’s first year of study).

 Eligibility:  To be eligible to apply and hold this award, students must:

  • self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • meet the normal minimum admission requirements for their thesis-based MSc program of interest (see CBS admission requirements for program specific requirements)
  • maintain full-time status for the duration of the award

Note:  Students do not need to have been accepted into a graduate program in CBS by the application deadline; however, they must have a graduate supervisor identified. Students selected for this award will normally be expected to enrol in their program(s) in S23, F23 or W24.

Tenability with other awards: This scholarship may be held with other awards.

Faculty advisors may reduce the graduate research assistantship (GRA) paid to a student who holds this funding for the duration of the award, but recipients must receive a total annual stipend of at least $23,460 (i.e., at least $2,000 per year over the college MSc minimum of $21,460, in keeping with the CBS graduate funding policy for students with major awards.)

Tenure of Awards:  Recipients must remain enrolled as a full-time students and maintain satisfactory progress for the duration of the scholarship in order to maintain funding. 

 Application Process: To apply, students submit the following:

  • A curriculum vitae or resume;
  • A completed and signed eligibility confirmation form;
  • A 1-page description of the thesis research to be undertaken (include confirmation that you have secured an advisor and mention their name);
  • A 1-page personal statement that describes your interest in research and discovery, career interests and leadership activities (which may take a variety of different forms including, but not limited to: work experience, volunteering, extracurricular activities, etc.)

Note: Transcripts are not required. Awards will be conditional upon selected recipients satisfying all program admission requirements, including a minimum 75% average during their last two years or 4 semesters of undergraduate study.

Deadline:  Application materials should be submitted by June 30, 2023 to in one single PDF file.

 Adjudication:  Applications will be adjudicated by the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and a faculty representative from each department’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  Selection will be entirely based on research potential and leadership.