Grant Name: Systematics Research graduate supplements





April 30 of the year in which you receive your scholarship


The purpose of the Systematics Research graduate supplement is to

  • promote graduate research in systematics* in Canada
  • encourage and support graduate students to carry out all or part of their research at centres of excellence in systematics research
  • maintain and strengthen the base of expertise for systematics research in Canada
  • provide practical work experience with natural history collections within a professional setting


At the time of your application for this scholarship supplement, you must be studying or planning to study in an institution that provides the opportunity to engage in a research project directly related to an area of systematics, such as taxonomy, evolution, biogeography, phylogeny and crystal chemistry, within the disciplines of zoology, botany, paleontology or mineralogy.

In addition, a faculty member or staff research scientist from one of the sponsoring organizations must be on your supervisory committee, and you must carry out all or part of your research in conjunction with one of the following organizations (see the note below):

How to Apply?

Successful NSERC postgraduate scholars who meet the eligibility requirements as stated above are encouraged to apply for this supplement. You should contact the sponsoring organization you wish to work with to enquire about the availability of a supplement. If a supplement is available, you must submit the following to the Canadian Museum of Nature (see address below) by April 30 of the year in which you receive your scholarship:

  • A copy of your notification of results from NSERC
  • A copy of your successful scholarship application
  • A 200-word essay on the importance of the facility’s specimen collection to your work
  • Complete contact information to receive the results of the supplement review

Funding Amount

Up to $5000/year for up to three years

Contact Information

Dr. Jeffery Saarela
Research and Collection
Canadian Museum of Nature
P.O. Box 3443, Station D
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 6P4
Tel.: 613 364-4080

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