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Trees and People: Resilience in a Changing Climate – John G. Bene Fellowship Checklist 2020

Please note: Only online applications are accepted

How to apply

Tasks to be completed online:

  • Complete the privacy statement, the eligibility questionnaire, and application form.
  • Upload all scanned copies of the requested documents listed below.
  • All documents should be submitted in English or French (Canada’s two official languages).
  • Submit by 4:00 pm EDT on the day of the deadline.
  • Incomplete and late applications will NOT be considered.

List of documents to upload with your application by the deadline

Please ensure all scanned documents are legible from top to bottom when opened.

1) Research proposal

Proposals must be written in clear English or French in 20-25 pages (not inclusive of bibliography), double-spaced, in 12-point font.

To be eligible, proposals must use the following headings, in the order listed:

  • Abstract of research proposal (max. 250 words)
  • Literature review
  • Research question(s)
  • Research objective
  • Methodology
  • Tentative schedule of field activities
  • Ethical considerations
  • Gender implications
  • Expected results
  • Potential use of results
  • Possible beneficiaries of the research
  • Dissemination plan for results

2) Letter of affiliation

The letter must be signed and on official letterhead from an institution/organization that is confirming affiliation.

The institution/organization must be located in the country where your field research will take place.

If more than one country is involved, you must provide one letter per country.

The institution may be academic (a university) or non-academic (e.g. an NGO, a government department).

The letter of affiliation must indicate the institution’s interest in your research and how the institution will assist you (e.g. by providing an office, allowing access to the library or to previous research, introducing you to researchers in the same or similar fields, providing scientific guidance, etc.).

3) Letter of approval from research supervisor

The letter must be on official university letterhead, signed by your research supervisor, and include the following details: 

  • approval of the final version of the research proposal by your research supervisor;
  • list of courses completed and to be completed in the program;
  • for doctoral students: confirmation that all course work will be completed, and comprehensive/oral exams passed before the award commences;
  • confirmation that you have been “fast-tracked” from one program to another (if applicable); and
  • outline of key safety and security risks to the applicant while in the field and explanation of the university process for ensuring mitigation of any risks.

Your supervisor should use the template for the letter of approval by research supervisor (PDF document).

4) Official transcripts

Scanned versions of original or notarized/certified transcripts from your most recent completed degree AND of your current program, even if not completed.

Note: Web transcripts or Academic History are not recognized as official transcripts.

5) Proof of citizenship/permanent residency

Only scanned versions of the following documents are accepted: current passport or birth certificate, or Canadian Permanent Resident Card.

6) Application form to be completed online (includes the budget)

7) Two recommendations to be completed online

You must provide the names and contact information of two university professors (one must be your research supervisor). Once you have completed the Recommendation Request forms for your recommenders, they will automatically receive an e-mail notification that outlines the steps to complete an online recommendation form.

You will be able to see when they have completed the forms, but you will not have access to the content. It is your responsibility to ensure this step is completed before the deadline. We recommend that you notify your professors of this process well in advance of the deadline.

Please check the online system periodically to make sure that the recommendations have been received. You may only select the “mark as complete” button when both recommendations have been received. Note that you will NOT be able to submit your application until this task is complete.

Important information for re-applicants

You may only apply twice to the Bene call and applications must be in consecutive years.

If you were an unsuccessful candidate during last year’s Bene call and want to reapply during the current call, you may do so by submitting a revised and improved proposal, in addition to the requested documents.

In the application form, explain clearly the changes made to the research proposal since your first application.

In the proposal, indicate where substantive changes have been made by highlighting in colour or using the track-changes feature.

You must also submit a new complete application including a new letter from your research supervisor approving the revised version of your research proposal.

Evaluators’ comments from previous calls will not be provided.