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Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Graduate Scholarship, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

Deadline:

May 25, 2015

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The SJDAWC is very pleased to announce a new animal welfare graduate scholarship. The Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Graduate Scholarshipwill support the training of researchers at the masters or doctoral level to pursue animal welfare research at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Both applied or more fundamental approaches to research pertaining to animal welfare are welcome. Applications for 2015-2016 will be accepted until May 25, 2015, with decision expected by the end of June.Students may take up their award at any time of the year but must do so within 12 months of the date of the letter of offer. 
 
Since 1994, generous support from the Sir James Dunn and Christofor Foundations has provided a stable foundation for the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre (SJDAWC) at the Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI.  The Centre is very grateful to the Christofor Foundation for its renewed commitment for 2015 to 2020, which includes funding for the new scholarship.  

Application and selection guidelines and procedures
The Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre (SJDAWC) seeks outstanding individuals for the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Graduate Scholarship. The scholarship will support the training of researchers at the Masters or Doctoral level to pursue animal welfare research at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). Subject to availability of funds, one scholarship will be awarded each year. Students may take up their award at any time of year but the award must be taken up within 12 months of the date of the letter of offer. See also Terms of Reference.

The Award

  • Masters Student (Domestic) $24,522 – renewable for one additional year
  • Masters Student (International) $31,467 – renewable for one additional year
  • PhD Student (Domestic) $24,522 – renewable for two additional years
  • PhD Student (International) $31,467 – renewable for two additional years

Limited funds will be available, at the discretion of the SJDAWC, to support presentation and dissemination of research results.

Eligibility

This competition is open to any candidate who meets the admission criteria for graduate studies at UPEI. For information on satisfying the UPEI criteria for admission, please see the UPEI Calendar www.upei.ca/programsandcourses/graduate-admissions. Students who receive the award for support of a Masters program are eligible to apply again for support for a subsequent PhD program. This award may be held simultaneously with other awards.

Application


Candidates must apply via email to the Coordinator, SJDAWC (animalwelfare@upei.ca) by May 25, 2015. The attachments to the email application package must contain a letter of intent that specifically addresses each of the selection criteria below, a current curriculum vitae, and academic records. Academic records include scanned copies of official transcripts from all university courses completed by the time of application, together with academic awards, prizes and scholarships. Applicants are encouraged (a) to provide an example of their academic writing, e.g. an academic publication, thesis or essay and (b) to indicate in their letter of intent their areas of interest and if possible an outline of their proposed animal welfare research.
Three letters of reference must come from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s research abilities, leadership, and scholarly contributions. Normally at least one referee is the applicant’s supervisor from a previous or in-progress graduate or honours program. The letters should address the criteria below, but may also include other information that might be useful for adjudication. Each referee must send their letter directly to the Coordinator, SJDAWC animalwelfare@upei.ca which must arrive by the application due date.

Selection
Candidates will be ranked based on their demonstrated potential to excel in the program of study, their qualifications and experience relevant to the conduct of research pertaining to the welfare of animals, potential for leadership in the field of animal welfare, and the feasibility and animal welfare impact of their proposed research and its relevance to the mission of the SJDAWC. Both applied or more fundamental approaches to animal welfare research are welcome. Where there are
two highly ranked candidates of equal standing, preference will be given to a candidate who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. The successful candidate will be recommended by the SJDAWC Management Board in consultation with the Dean of AVC, and approved by the UPEI Senate Committee on Scholarships and Awards.

Awarding of the Scholarship
Award of the scholarship will be conditional on the acceptance of the successful candidate into the graduate program of a relevant academic department, and will be subject to availability of funds to cover operating costs for the research project. Students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors at UPEI prior to application to discuss research opportunities and potential sources of funding. Students may take up their award at any time of year but the award must be taken up
within 12 months of the date of the letter of offer.

Administration
In keeping with all funding granted through the SJDAWC, this program will be administered by the Coordinator of the SJDAWC in conjunction with the UPEI Research Services. Questions about this application and scholarship should be directed to Coordinator, SJDAWC, animalwelfare@upei.ca, 1(902)628-4360.

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