SGS Award Announcement  

2011-2012 CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements for CGS Award holders

The Canada Graduate Scholarships—Michael Smith Foreign Study
Supplements (MSFSS) provides financial support to current Canada
Graduate Scholarship (CGS) recipients to study abroad for a portion
of their study program. Eligible students holding a CGS award may
receive up to $6,000 for travel and accommodation to any eligible
foreign university or research institution in the world.

Fall 2011 Deadline: Friday September 23rd 2011 (4pm)

Eligible candidates should submit their completed paper application
and all supporting documents directly to the Graduate Awards Office by
4:00 pm.

A list of supporting documents to be included is provided below.
Printable applications are available on the respective
agencies’ website.

To be eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, you must:

be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada by the
application deadline;

be registered at an eligible Canadian institution at the time of

undertake your proposed trip abroad no earlier than the competition
deadline date;

not hold or have held any other CGS-MSFSS during the course of
your graduate studies; and have accepted or hold one of the following:
a master’s- or doctoral-level Alexander Graham Bell CGS (NSERC);
or a Vanier CGS. 

To remain eligible during the research study period abroad, you must:
hold an active CGS award at the time your research study period abroad
starts; be registered full time in a graduate research studies program at
a Canadian institution for the duration of your research study period
abroad; take up the award within one year of receiving the notice of
award for the CGS-MSFSS; and return to complete your degree in Canada. 

Value and Duration
The value of the CGS-MSFSS is up to $6,000, based on the information and
budget justification provided in the application. Supplements are
non-renewable. The defined research study period abroad to be covered
by the supplement must be for a minimum of three months to a maximum
of six months.  

Application Process
Qualified applicants must complete and assemble all necessary
documentation and submit in hardcopy to the Graduate Awards Office at
the School of Graduate Studies by the above deadline.

You will be required to provide the following documents:

1.      Application Form - available from NSERC website.
This application must have your original signature – scanned,
faxed and emailed signatures are not eligible.

2.      Host Supervisor Information -  the name and contact information
of the host supervisor, and name and location of the foreign
institution where you intend to pursue your research/study activities;

3.      Intended Research Plan - a maximum 2-Page description (this
includes all references and citations) of your intended research
activities during your research study period abroad (including
objectives, methodology, timelines and expected outcomes), an indication
of how this relates to your main graduate research topic, and a
description of the potential benefits that you will derive from
working at, or attending, the host institution in relation to your
current research objectives;

4.      Budget - a budget that provides estimates for costs of travel,
living and other expenses during your research study period abroad
(to a maximum of $6,000).

5.      Two Letters of Support - One letter from your current U of T
Supervisor and one letter from your host Supervisor.  Letters must be
1-Page in length, on official letterhead, bearing an original signature,
and include details of their support of your research study period abroad.
Host supervisors must also indicate that they have the resources
available (e.g., financial, if any; supervision time; equipment;
library access; etc.) to support your planned research activities.
Letters of admission confirming your registration as a visiting
scholar are not sufficient.  Any translated documents must be
performed by a certified translator.  Letters should be collected by
the applicant in a signed sealed envelope  and provided along with all
other supporting documents to the GAO

More Information

Please address questions about this funding opportunity to:

University of Toronto,
Graduate Awards Office
Erin McMahon, Award Officer Federal
63 St. George Street, Room 203

Scholarships and Fellowships Division
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON  K1A 1H5
Tel.: 613-995-5521

Please do not hesitate to contact me with further questions,

Erin McMahon
Awards Officer, Federal
University of Toronto,
School of Graduate Studies
63 St. George Street, Toronto ON, M5S 2Z9
P: 416-978-8260 F: 416-971-2864
Postgraduate CASE Studentship "Q-tensor theory and liquid crystal
displays" <>

Vacancy Reference:


STUDENTSHIP: EPSRC STANDARD STUDENTSHIP + �2000 per annum enhancement +
College and University fees.

Closing date for applications: 31 March 2011

Applications are invited for a postgraduate studentship, funded by EPSRC
and Hewlett Packard Laboratories, to work on "Q-tensor theory and liquid
crystal displays" with Professor Sir John Ball FRS from the Oxford Centre
for Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations (OxPDE), part of the
Mathematical Institute, and Dr Christopher Newton from HP Labs in Bristol.
 The student will be based in OxPDE
 ( ), but will regularly visit HP
 Labs ( ). The studentship is available for a
 1 October 2011 start and is subject to standard Doctoral Training Account
 rules for eligibility.

 Liquid crystals form an intermediate state of matter between isotropic
 liquids and crystalline solids, and as the working substance of many
 electronic displays  are of immense technological importance. In the
 future displays are likely to be based on novel liquid crystal effects,
 such as bi- or multi-stability, in which there are two or more stable
 states which are optically distinct and which can be switched between
 electrically.  The project concerns the analysis of the nonlinear partial
 differential equations of the Landau - de Gennes Q-tensor theory of
 nematic liquid crystals, and will build on the recent work done in Oxford
 on variational (and dynamic) tools for understanding the Q-tensor theory.
 This understanding will be developed to include the effect of applied
 electric fields, the existence and properties of stable configurations and
 how these depend on surface topography. The aim is to provide a sound
 theoretical underpinning that will guide the computational effort on new
 kinds of displays.

 The studentship is attached to the Queen's College, and accommodation will
 be available in the College for one year. The studentship covers a stipend
 of at least �15,590 per annum (which includes a �2,000 industrial
 enhancement), and College and University fees at the EU rate. The
 studentship is open to all EU citizens, but those from outside the UK are
 eligible for a fees-only award.

 The studentship falls outside the University's Gathered Field process.
 Applications should be made online at and should include a CV,
 covering letter, three references and a transcript of your undergraduate
 degree. Alternatively, applications (and references signed over the seal)
 can be sent to Margaret Sloper at the Mathematical Institute using the
 University's application form for graduate study, which can be downloaded
 from the above link. Applications must arrive by the end of the day on 31
 March 2011. Please quote the correct reference BK/11/007 in your covering
 letter. References can also be sent directly to Margaret (email by the closing date. For further details
 of the projects, including the application process, please see, or contact

 Oxford University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 Emma Waters

 Project Manager

 OxMOS - New Frontiers in the Mathematics of Solids

 OxPDE - Oxford Centre for Nonlinear PDE

 Mathematical Institute

 1st Floor Gibson Building

 Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

 Woodstock Road


 OX2 6HA

 Tel: 01865-615117

 Mailing Address:

 Mathematical Institute

 24-29 St Giles


 OX1 3LB
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Study abroad at Ecole Polytechnique in France in 2010-2011

Ecole Polytechnique is the most prestigious Institute of Science &
Technology in France. The International Exchange Program offers selected
students who have at least completed 2 to 3 years of undergraduate
studies in Science or in Engineering to come to Ecole Polytechnique near
Paris to take courses and/or to do a research internship.

More than 30 students from North American universities (MIT, Harvard,
Berkeley, Columbia, Northwestern, Stanford, McGill...) have participated
in this program in the past few years.

PRE-REQUISITES: Open to junior, senior and graduate students

FIELDS OF STUDY: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Applied
Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanics /
Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Economics

DURATION: 3 to 10 months

COST: No tuition fees at Ecole Polytechnique for students from partner


Late applications for admission in January 2011 are still accepted until
October 31, 2010.

For more information, please visit: <>

Webpage of the program:

On-line course catalog:

Download the flyer:

Download the brochure presenting the program:

Sylvain Ferrari
Associate Vice President for International Development

Vice Presidency for External Relations
Ecole Polytechnique
Route de Saclay
91128 Palaiseau Cedex
Tel: +33 1 69 33 39 43
Fax: +33 1 69 33 39 59
e-mail: <>