Schmidt Science Fellowships

Deadline

Applicants: check with graduate program; Graduate program nomination deadline: Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Annual Value

$100,000

Citizenship

Canadian
Permanent Resident
International

Degree Level

Doctoral
 

The Schmidt Science Fellows program aims to provide the next generation of scientific leaders and innovators with an exceptional opportunity. Fellows receive a stipend of $100,000 and are supported by the program to undertake a full-time, postdoctoral study for at least one year in a world-leading laboratory in a field different from their existing area of expertise. Fellows also spend five weeks during their Fellowship year at four residential meetings around the globe where they receive bespoke training to help them become the next generation of science leaders.

UBC is one of 100 universities that have each been invited to nominate students to the international competition, through which at least 20 Schmidt Science Fellows will be selected.

 

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for nomination and potential selection as a Schmidt Science Fellow, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Have conducted their graduate degree in the natural sciences (Astronomy, Biology - including Neurobiology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences), Engineering, Mathematics, or Computing – and all sub-disciplines therein.
  • Have completed or expect to complete all of the requirements for the conferral of their PhD in one of these fields between 1 May 2019 and 30 June 2020.  Note: to be nominated by UBC, candidates must have received (or will receive) their PhD from UBC.
  • Be available for the entire period of the 2020-2021 program, from July 2020 to July 2021, including attendance at each Global Meeting.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications for the Schmidt Science Fellows program will be judged against the following selection criteria:

  • Extraordinary achievement – Clear record of academic achievement during their PhD at leading institutions of higher learning.
  • Alignment with the Program – Commitment to pursuing a year or more of postdoctoral study in a field different from the topic of study for which the applicant received their PhD.
  • Scientific curiosity – Desire to achieve a broad level of exposure to and knowledge in cutting-edge innovations and research across the sciences.
  • Intellectual spark – High degree of intelligence, energy, and intellectual curiosity that will drive future scientific discoveries.
  • Global ambitions – The will to make a lasting impact in the sciences and society, pursuing knowledge that will benefit the world by engaging in ambitious research and displaying great perseverance and appetite for risk throughout the scientific process.
  • Character – A genuine and demonstrable interest in society and global challenges combined with a desire to use personal talents and expertise to make a positive difference in the world.
  • Collaborative spirit – Demonstrated history of effective collaboration with diverse team members.
  • Use of innovative tools – General interest and comfort in the use and potential of new ways of doing science, such as modern computing and data science techniques.

Application Procedures

Schmidt Science Fellowships applicants must submit their application materials to their graduate program.  A complete application will consist of the following:

  • CV of the nominee, including publications (maximum three pages)
  • Statement from the nominee (maximum one page), addressing the following two points: (a) alignment with the Schmidt Fellows program - interest in pursuing a year or more of postdoctoral study in a field different from the topic of study for which the nominee received his/her doctorate and (b) collaborative spirit - demonstrated history of effective collaboration with diverse team members.
  • Proposal from the nominee (maximum two pages), addressing the following two points: (a) potential postdoctoral research direction and (b) brief rationale for up to three potential postdoctoral Fellowship labs

Successful UBC nominees will be invited directly by the Schmidt Science Fellows program to submit a full application at a later date.

Nomination Procedures

Each UBC graduate program is invited to submit one nomination to a university-wide competition. Given the highly competitive nature of this opportunity, graduate programs should nominate only an exceptional individual who will stand out amongst top applicants from around the world.

A complete nomination package will consist of the following, submitted as 1 PDF document to the department's Workspace folder, by 17 July 2019:

  • CV of the nominee, including publications (maximum three pages)
  • Statement from the nominee (maximum one page), addressing the following two points: (a) alignment with the Schmidt Fellows program - interest in pursuing a year or more of postdoctoral study in a field different from the topic of study for which the nominee received his/her doctorate and (b) collaborative spirit - demonstrated history of effective collaboration with diverse team members.
  • Proposal from the nominee (maximum two pages), addressing the following two points: (c) potential postdoctoral research direction and (d) brief rationale for up to three potential postdoctoral Fellowship labs

Please save the file name as PROGRAM_Schmidt_LastName_FirstName.pdf (e.g. a nomination file for student Jane Smith from MATH would be called MATH_Schmidt_Smith_Jane.pdf).

Adjudication Procedures

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will convene a committee to review the nominations submitted by departments and will nominate up to nine students to the international competition.

Further Information

For further information about the Schmidt Science Fellows, please visit the Schmidt Science Fellows website.  You may find the answer to your question in the website FAQ.

For further information about the UBC nomination process, please contact Natalie Thorson.