MES Student Funding

The Neil Munro Parks and Protected Areas Award

Neil Munro was an employee of Parks Canada, an agency responsible for managing nationally significant Natural and Historic Sites in Canada. He held various positions within the organization and had a strong interest in the planning and the use of science in managerial decision making in both terrestrial and marine areas. He was an advocate of public consultation in decision-making and was involved in several proposals for new Parks, Marine Conservation Areas, and Biosphere Reserves. He provided a strong voice for the use of science as one of the key considerations in decision-making. He was instrumental in developing closer relations between Parks Canada and universities through the use of cooperative agreements for research and education. He was one of the founders of The Science and Management of Protected Areas Association (SAMPAA) and served as the co-chair for the first five international conferences on Science and the Management of Protected Areas. He encouraged the sharing and discussion of scientific research and its application to parks management among academics, professionals and managers. He was an adjunct professor at various academic institutions, particularly Dalhousie University, through most of his career.

Purpose

This award provides support for graduate studies in protected areas planning, design, policy, protection or management. Students who receive the award should be conducting research that is applied in nature and relates to potential or existing parks or protected areas, including but not limited to: National Parks, Provincial Parks or Wilderness Areas, marine protected areas, and National Marine Conservation Areas. Studies that relate to the application of science in decision-making with respect to protected areas are of particular interest.

Amount

The award will have a value of $1,000 with one competition per year.

Eligibility

The award is available to students in the second year of their graduate studies in the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies (SRES) at Dalhousie University, or a related interdisciplinary program at Dalhousie University.

A successful student must have a strong academic background. The thesis research must relate to the planning, design, policy development, protection or operation of parks and protected areas, and must consider the application of the research to the management of parks and protected areas.

Application process

Students will be prompted to apply before the end of their first year of study through a notice from the department.

Interested students must write a one-page single-spaced rationale explaining why they feel they should receive the award. This letter must be accompanied by curriculum vitae, an approved thesis proposal, and two letters of reference.

Adjudication

In consultation with the Director of SRES, the Awards Committee of SRES shall receive applications and make the award.

Colin Stewart Scholarship for Studies on Parks and Protected Areas in the Acadian Forest Region

Purpose

To support and encourage graduate studies that explores the roles of parks and protected areas in conserving the ecological integrity of the Acadian forest. 

Background

Colin Stewart was a tireless advocate for forest conservation in the Acadian forest region (Maritime Provinces). He worked closely with industry, government and the environmental community to promote improved management practices. He argued persuasively for parks and protected areas as important tools that both shed light on the ecology of the Acadian forest and that, by preserving important features of Acadian forest undisturbed, allow for intelligent economic utilization of the working forest.

Eligibility and Application Process

The award is available to students beginning their second year of graduate studies in the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies (SRES) at Dalhousie University. 

A successful student must have a strong academic background and the thesis research must involve parks and protected areas in the Acadian forest. 

Interested students must write a one-page, single-spaced rationale explaining why they feel they should receive the award. This letter must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, an approved thesis proposal, and two letters of reference, one of which must be from the student’s supervisor.

Students will be prompted to apply before the end of their first year of study through a notice from the department. Applications are due as posted each year and are to be submitted to Jennifer Oxenham (jennifer.oxenham@dal.ca) for submission to the Awards Committee.

MES Thesis Research Award

The MES Research Award is designed to enhance opportunities for productive and innovative thesis research. Funding for this award is dependent upon donations received from alumni and others. The number of awards available will vary from year to year based upon availability of funds and the quality of applications.

Amount

Up to $500 maximum. Smaller requests will be considered.

Eligibility

Students must be registered in the MES graduate program at the time of application and must use the funding before graduation.

Evidence must be presented that the student’s supervisor is not funding the research project.

Adjudication

Awards will be made by the SRES Awards Committee, comprised of two core faculty members.

Terms and conditions

  • Only one award will be made per student.
  • Receipts are required for all expenses.
  • Awards will not be made for expenses already incurred.

Budget guidelines


Equipment

Limited assistance may be provided for the purchase of equipment essential to the project specified in the application, if, and only if, that equipment is unavailable within the School or associated institutions (a letter to that effect from your academic advisor must accompany the application).

Travel

Permitted for purposes of consultation, field work, and library studies. Assistance will be considered for travel for field research and for consultations with subjects of research, appropriate government officials, or with specified experts with whom advance arrangements have been made. Funds also may be used to defray costs associated with conducting library research at other institutions, archives or special collections.

Living allowance

  • Commercial accommodations, food and incidental expenses may be covered up to $60 per day for up to 10 days.
  • Personal food and incidental expenses may be covered up to $25 per day for up to 24 days.
  • Applicants are encouraged to arrange accommodations with friends.
  • Original receipts are required.

Miscellaneous expenses

  • Up to $100 may be awarded for basic disposable supplies such as telephone costs, postage, stationery, ink cartridges, and digital storage.
  • An itemized list of expected expenses is required.  
  • Funding for greater amounts will be considered if these costs are required for supplies needed to produce and mail survey instruments or for other similar purposes.
  • Consult your supervisor for assistance in preparing the budget.

For more information on budget guidelines contact Jennifer Oxenham at jennifer.oxenham@dal.ca or 902.494.1375.

How to apply

Submit two copies of your application materials to:

SRES Awards Committee c/o Jennifer Oxenham
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Ave. Suite 5010, B3H 3J5

Application materials

Applications must be text-processed. You are not required to use the application form as long as all requested information is included.