The objective of the CSEP Scholarship for Persons from Underrepresented Groups in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is to increase participation in research that aligns with the goals of CSEP by recruiting and retaining persons who belong to underrepresented minority groups as identified by the Tri-Agency Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan. This purpose aligns with CSEP’s position on EDI.

  1. The successful applicants (up to 2/year) will receive a non-renewable $2,500 scholarship for one year.
  2. The successful applicant will be paired with a CSEP Academic Member to receive mentorship during their graduate studies.

NOTE: At the discretion of the review committee, one award of up to $5,000.00 may be grated, should need and budget permit.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. The award is restricted to CSEP certified or student member in good standing, enrolled full-time in a graduate program, whose advisor/PI is a member in good standing of CSEP at the time of application.
  2. Underrepresented groups are defined according to the Tri-Agency Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan as ‘including but not limited to: women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups, and members of the LGBTQ2+ communities’.
  3. It is expected that successful applicants will assist in the peer review of similar scholarships in subsequent competitions.
  4. Awardees cannot hold an award worth $10,000 CAD or more annually concurrently with this scholarship.

Application Process

Applicant’s Personal Information:

  1. Contact Information
  2. Does the applicant identify with one of the underrepresented groups identified in the Tri-Agency Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (i.e., women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups, and members of the LGBTQ2+ communities)
  3. Month/Year began/beginning graduate school
  4. CSEP Member Number

Applicant’s Educational Background:

  1. A copy of the acceptance letter to the graduate training program ONLY if coursework has not yet begun.
  2. A current curriculum vitae

Applicant’s Biographical Sketch:

  1. Include previous career development opportunities and research experiences
  2. Statement regarding your specific interest in studying exercise physiology and career aspirations
  3. Statement describing the value of the proposed graduate training experience and research training program
  4. Statement describing how this award will help overcome barriers to entering into or progressing in a CSEP-related graduate program.

FORMATTING GUIDELINES: Limited to 1-page, single-spaced with 2.54 cm margins and 12-point Times New Roman or Arial Font). Applications submitted in French will be provided 20% more space (1.2 pages) according to current CIHR guidelines.

Advisor/PI Contact Information:

  1. Include Advisor’s/PI’s name, title, department, institution, email address, and CSEP Member number

Applicant’s Proposal:

The proposal should be written by the student applicant with only editorial assistance from the Advisor/PI. The proposed research must align with CSEP’s goals. Include the following subheadings: i. Background and Purpose.

  1. Specific Aims & Hypothesis
  2. Research Design & Methods
  3. Significance of Expected Outcomes

FORMATTING GUIDELINES: Limited to 1-page, single-spaced with 2.54 cm margins and 12-point Times New Roman or Arial Font). Applications submitted in French will be provided 20% more space (1.2 pages) according to current CIHR guidelines.

Advisor’s/PI’s Research Training Proposal:

To be completed by Advisor/PI and must include

  1. Advisor’s/PI’s training/mentorship plan
  2. Research and Training Environment

FORMATTING GUIDELINES: Limited to 1-page, single-spaced with 2.54 cm margins and 12-point Times New Roman or Arial Font). Applications submitted in French will be provided 20% more space (1.2 pages) according to current CIHR guidelines.

Affirmation of Student Written Proposal:

  1. A statement certifying that the information provided in the application is accurate to the best of the advisor’s knowledge and that the research plan was written by the student and approved by the advisor.
  2. Signed and dated by the student applicant and Advisor/PI

Recommendation Letters:

  1. Letter of reference from your research advisor/PI. Letter should include how the funds will assist the student to achieve their goals.
  2. Letter should be submitted directly by the PI, independent of the remaining application.

All applications must be received by October 1. As of October 2, the members of the CSEP Member Services Committee will begin deliberations and will provide notification no later than November 1 of the same year.

Adjudication

The application will be scored on past track record of the student applicant’s research and academic accomplishments (40%), the applicant’s biographical sketch (40%), the applicant’s research proposal (10%), the advisor’s/PI’s Research Training Proposal (10%).

A score of 0-100 will be used

In-depth review/feedback comments for unsuccessful applicants will not be provided.

NOTE: Successful applicants will be notified via email, and CSEP will announce the successful recipient at the AGM as part of our efforts to showcase this benefit to members

Equity, Diversity,
and Inclusion Statement

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of the Society’s business. This includes, but is not limited to, applications for membership, awards and grant review, and employment and volunteer positions. CSEP welcomes applications and participation from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. In its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, members of the Society, its committees and employees and/or any award/grant recipients are expected to uphold the same policies in their work related to the Society.