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Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation Fellowships

Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation Fellowships for Excellence in Graduate Education


Applicant submits to Academic Unit: March 1st 2014

Academic Unit deadlines for nomination to GPS are: March 7th 2014

Academic Unit quotas

Academic Units may recommend a maximum of one (1). 

Eligibility and evaluation

Preference will be given to incoming students

To be eligible, the candidate must

  • be a citizen of Greece,
  • have permanent resident status in Greece,
  • be enrolled in a full-time graduate research program at McGill,
  • hold a First Class CGPA as determined by McGill.

Selection Criteria

Academic excellence As demonstrated by past academic results, transcripts, awards and distinctions; Academic record (first class average), Scholarships and awards held, Duration of previous studies, Type of program and courses pursued, Course load, Relative standing (if available) 50%
Research Potential

As demonstrated by the proposed research; its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field, and any anticipated outcomes; significance, feasibility, and merit of proposed research, Scholarships and awards held, as well as by the applicant’s research history


Personal Characteristics

As demonstrated by the applicant’s personal statement; candidate’s interest in discovery, and enthusiasm for research, leadership experience, academic and community involvement


Recommendation of Academic Unit

As demonstrated by the nomination letter


Required forms/tools

Competition process

Note: “Academic Unit” roles usually refers to work led by appointed fellowships coordinator of the Academic Unit

  1. Student requests transcripts to go to Academic Unit
  2. Student completes application
  3. Student submits complete application package to Academic Unit.
  4. Academic Unit accepts entire application including supporting documents from students in person.
  5. Academic Unit appends official transcripts, including the transcript key, and official translations where required.
  6. Academic Unit file review committee reviews files and chooses best two candidates.
  7. Academic Unit communicates outcomes of their file review to applicants.
  8. Academic Unit prepares letter of nomination to be signed by Chair or designate.
  9. Academic Unit scans application package, complete with nomination letter, and submits via email to GPS (instruction on Nomination Form) 
  10. GPS Graduate Funding's file review committee reviews the recommended files and selects the top candidate who will be offered the award. (2014 will have 1 awardee, then 1 new awardee in each of the following years)
  11. GPS Graduate Funding notifies every applicant (whose application was recommended to GPS by Academic Unit) of the file review outcome.

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