Wladimir A. Smirnoff Scholarship Programme 2020 for Canadians (Up to $3,000)

Wladimir A. Smirnoff Scholarship Programme 2020 for Canadians (Up to $3,000)

Deadline: April 13, 2020

Applications are open for the Wladimir A. Smirnoff Scholarships 2020. The Wladimir A. Smirnoff Schoalrship is a joint initiative of the Société d’Enomologie du Québec (SEQ), Quebec Society for the Protection of Plants (QSPP) and Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service (NRCan – CFS).

This year, two scholarships will be awarded, one for the Forest Entomology component, supported by the SEQ, and the other in Forest Phytopathology, supported by the QSPP.


  • A $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who pursues graduate or postgraduate university studies in Quebec in the fields of forest entomology or forest phytopathology.


The applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen;
  • Be a member or become a member of the Société d’Enomologie du Québec (SEQ) or the Quebec Society for the Protection of Plants (QSPP).
  • Pursue, in the academic year following the application, for at least one semester, full-time graduate studies at a Québec university;
  • Ensure that these studies relate to forest entomology or forest phytopathology (development of new pest control, prevention and detection approaches, development of application technologies for biological pesticides, improvement of knowledge of the ecology and physiology of pests, development of decision-support tools for pest management, etc.);
  • Have the support of a research director for the project.

Selection Criteria

As an indication, here are the selection criteria that will be taken into consideration:

  • Quality of the candidate’s academic record
  • Letter of interest
  • Value and originality of the proposed project
  • Relevance and potential impact of the project
  • Contribution of the proposed research to the advancement of knowledge in the field
  • Candidate’s ability to complete the project
  • Logistical and financial feasibility of the project

Other Information to Provide

Attach an annex identified Research work experience. It should include the following:

  • Position held
  • Description of tasks
  • Workplace
  • Contact details of the immediate supervisor
  • Hiring period
  • Letters of support from the research director and an immediate supervisor, relating to work experiences, in order to illustrate the candidate’s ability to carry out his project. The research director’s letter of support must certify that the student is registered full-time.

Attach an identified annex Description of the research project. It should include the following:

  • Description of the project (4 pages maximum)
  • Work plan, timetable and research budget
  • Institution attended as part of the project
  • Contact details of the research director
  • Contact details of co-directors or scientific partners


Before submitting your request by e-mail, be sure to attach, in a single PDF file, all of the following documents in the order listed.

Mandatory documents:

  • The registration form duly completed
  • A cover letter
  • A copy of proof of Canadian citizenship
  • A copy of all university transcripts (bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate, if applicable)
  • An appendix identified Research work experience including letters of support from the research director and an immediate supervisor
  • An identified annex Description of the research project
  • A copy of the curriculum vitae
  • A copy of the university diploma (s)

Send the requested document in PDF to the electronic address: [email protected]. Indicate “Smirnoff Scholarships” in the subject line.

For more information, visit Wladimir A. Smirnoff Fellowships.