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IVADO Excellence Graduate Scholarships in Canada, 2020

Applications are invited for IVADO funding program for excellence scholarships to pursue research program (master and doctoral). This is Canada’s first research excellence fund.

The goal of the excellence scholarship program is to support promising students in their training as future highly qualified personnel (researchers, professors, professionals) and more generally, future actors in the field of data science, mainly in IVADO members’ areas of excellence: operations research, machine learning, decision sciences.


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The IVADO aims to bring together industry professionals and academic researchers to develop cutting-edge expertise in data science, operational research, and artificial intelligence. IVADO members provide data management methods and inform decision making for optimal resource use. In essence, the IVADO creates opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaborations between the specialists, partners, researchers, and students in its network.

Course Level: Scholarships are available to pursue a research program

Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded in the field of data science in a broad sense, including methodological research in data science (machine learning, operations research, statistics) and its application in a range of sectors including the priority sectors of IVADO (health, transportation, logistics, energy, business and finance) or any other sector of application (sociology, physics, linguistics, engineering, etc.).

Scholarship Award: $25,000 per year for a maximum of 12 sessions or 4 years

Funding will be renewed every year upon request from the supervisor(s):

  • Until a maximum of six sessions for Master students, 12 sessions for Doctoral students.
  • Until the diploma has been granted.

Students are allowed to reapply to the program at the end of their funding.

Number of Scholarships: Not Known

Scholarship can be taken in Canada


The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • Scholarship applicants must:
    • have already earned their Master degree prior to the date on which they are applying or be enrolled in the last session of the program. IVADO will be flexible with applicants who provide an adequate explanation for a career interruption or particular circumstances. This explanation must be included in the application (e.g. pregnancy/maternity or sick leave);
    • intend to attend HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal, McGill University or University of Alberta;
    • have a first class minimum average grade (3.7/4.3 or 3.5/4.00) over the previous years of study.
  • Professor (supervisor) applicants must:
    • hold a faculty position as a professor at HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal or Université de Montréal;
    • Professors at the University of Alberta and McGill University may act as supervisors providing they are full members of one of these research groups: Mila, CIRRELT, GERAD, CERC Data Science, CRM, Tech3Lab, AMII.

Nationality: Canadian applicants are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.

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How to Apply

How to Apply: Applicants can apply through https://ivado.smapply.io/

All applications will contain:

a questionnaire to be completed on the platform WITH a description of the project (maximum length of one page);

  • A CV (free format) to be uploaded;
  • Master transcripts (as well as information on the grading scale when the transcript is issued by a non-Canadian university);
  • recommendations (a maximum of 3), including an uploaded letter directly from the future supervisor.

Application Deadline: Applications will open on December 2019 and closes on January 2020

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