Dalhousie University - Inspiring Minds


3M National Student Fellowship

Note: Award criteria have been changed for 2019 and graduate-level students are no longer eligible to apply.


Nominations for 2019 Award

The 3M National Student Fellowship honours up to ten full-time undergraduate students at Canadian post-secondary institutions who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their lives, at their post-secondary institution. These students embrace a vision of education that enhances their academic experience and beyond

Three Dal students were 3M winners between 2017 and 2018! Learn more about 2018 winner Martha Paynter in this Dal News article. Learn more about 2017 winners Bai Bintou Kaira and Anika Riopel in this Dal News article and read about their presentation at last year's Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STHLE) Conference.

Hear what Dalhousie's 2014 3M winner has to say! Read the Dal News article and the 2013-14 Dalhousie Student Life Report. Since these articles were  written, Alex has done research at MIT (June 2015-August 2016), graduated from Dal Engineering (May 2016) and was accepted into Harvard Law (Fall 2016). 

Each awardee will receive an award of $5,000 to be spent at their discretion. Further, each awardee will be invited to join other award winners at the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), where they will also participate in a 3M National Student Fellowship Program retreat and lead the closing plenary. Awardees will receive a contribution towards their cost of travel, accomodation during the conference, and conference registration. While at the conference, they will have the opportunity to develop a cohort-based collaborative project with  the goal of enhancing teaching and learning at the post-secondary level. The cohort commits the year following their award to implementing and sustaining their project. A facilitator supports the cohort in the development, implementation and sustainability of their project and advises on synergies with STLHE SIGs and previous 3MNSF cohorts.


  • Nominees must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree or college program at a post-secondary Canadian institution.
  • Nominees must have completed at least one full semester of study at the time of nomination
  • Nominees must have not previously received a 3M student fellowship

How to Apply

  • Start your application as instructed by the STLHE 3M National Student Fellowship website
  • Nomination packages should be received at Students Affairs by January 28 for review, prior to the submission deadline of January 31, 2019. Please email your complete package, including nomination letters of support, to Cassandra.Larose@dal.ca or if you would like to submit a hard copy, please see Cassandra in Room 329, 3rd floor, Henry Hicks Building by January 28, 2019.  Cassandra will liaise with the Vice-Provost, Student Affairs Office on the support statements.
  • January 31, 2019 - Deadline to submit your complete package, electronically, as a single PDF through the STLHE 3M National Student Fellowship Awards Dropbox.