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Scholarships and Awards

The following scholarships are available to students in the Chemistry graduate program (subject to confirmation of funding availability). The Scholarship Chair will notify graduate students of the call for applications via email.

The Paul de Mayo Award

Paul de Mayo was a dedicated teacher-scholar at Western for 35 years. After his death in 1994, contributions for a fund to commemorate his life and work came from around the world, reflecting the high respect, admiration, and affection of his former collaborators and colleagues. This fund now honors one of Western’s top graduate students each year. The award consists of a medal and a cash award that covers travel and an honorarium to deliver a research lecture at UWO.

Lipson-Baines Award in Chemistry

Awarded annually to two full-time Masters or Doctoral students in Chemistry who have achieved the highest marks in the course Chemistry 9658 “Seminar” (minimum 85% average). The Department of Chemistry awards committee will select the recipients each spring. At least one member of this committee will hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This award was established by Professor Robert H. Lipson in appreciation of one of the finest Chemistry departments in Canada where he spent twenty-five years as a faculty member and five years as Chair (2000-2005). Professor Lipson wishes to also recognize the contributions Professor Kim M. Baines has made as Chair (2006-2014), and to their lasting friendship.
Value: 2 at $1,000
Effective: May 2015

G. Michael and Joan Bancroft Graduate Research Award

Awarded to a full-time doctoral student in Chemistry based on research excellence demonstrated by quality and quantity of peer reviewed publications since registrations as a graduate student at Western, and up to a maximum of seven terms.
Value: $1,200
Effective: May 2019

Peter Guthrie Conference Travel Award

Awarded annually to full-time graduate students in the MSc or PhD program in Chemistry based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average). Students are eligible to hold the award once during their program. This award will enable recipients to present their work at a recognized scientific conference. The applicant’s research presentation and the proposed conference must broadly be recognized as being in the field of Organic Chemistry. Preference will be given to oral abstracts and students who are advanced in their program.
Value: Number and value will vary, up to $10,000 available annually, maximum individual award is $2,000 
Effective: May 2018 to April 2023 academic years inclusive

How to Apply

Applications must include:

  • applicant's C.V.
  • conference prospectus
  • draft budget of expenses
  • copy of their abstract
  • letter of support from their supervisor
Applications should be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator and are due on March 31; additional deadlines may be added during the year.

Christian Sivertz Scholarships

The Christian Sivertz Scholarship Fund was established in the memory of Christian Sivertz, Professor Emeritus of Physical Chemistry, by his family and interested friends for the purpose of awarding monies yearly to outstanding students pursuing graduate studies in the area of Physical Chemistry. The awardees will be selected by the Department of Chemistry from among the incoming graduate students.
Value: 2 at $3,500


1-2 awards per year for graduate students registered in the Chemistry Graduate Program. The ASPIRE award funds travel costs for graduate students to visit another research lab so that they can learn new techniques or gain access to equipment not available locally or in Canada.

CSC Travel Award

These awards were established from the proceeds of the Chemical Institute of Canada - 2004 Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference held in London. Awarded to full-time graduate students in the Chemistry Graduate program based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average) and research merit to enable recipients to attend and present their research at a conference (oral or poster presentation).

The Lumsden Fellowship/Award

Awarded to full-time students registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and enrolled in any of the following graduate programs: Applied Mathematics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics, Plant Sciences, Statistics and Actuarial Sciences, Zoology. Candidates must demonstrate financial need and academic achievement (minimum 78% average). Recipients will be selected by the Dean of Science in consultation with a faculty committee. Recipients must meet OSOTF eligibility requirements. Fellowships have been made possible through a bequest from the late Ruth V. Lumsden and Robert O. Lumsden. Each fellowship is valued at $1000 and all graduate students in programs of Departments in the Faculty of Science are eligible for consideration.

Two awards have been made possible through a bequest from the late Ruth V. Lumsden and Robert O. Lumsden. Each award is valued at $1,000 and will be awarded to graduate students in any Ph.D. graduate program based on financial need and academic achievement. Nominees must be either a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident and must have resided in the Province of Ontario for at least two years.

Science International Engagement Fund

The new SIEF fund will support student research collaborations with international partners. Please see the instructions and application form here.  More details will be coming. Deadline March 27, 2019. 

Soltys Award

Awarded to a full-time graduate student in the MSc or PhD program in Chemistry based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average) and financial need. Preference will be given to a married student. Candidates must also meet OSOTF financial need and residency requirements. Applications are available through the Department of Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry will select the recipient in consultation with at least one Chemistry faculty member who is also a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This award was established by Mrs. Judith Soltys and others, in memory of Dr. Joe Soltys (BSc '63, PhD '69), through Foundation Western.