Justification of a low GPA
The inclusion of a student with a low GPA in a fellowship competition should be addressed through comments on the recommendations already allowed by the competitions. These comments should be included on the competition’s required forms. Extra documents are not acceptable.
A recommending supervisor and/or the departmental nomination is the most appropriate place to address a low GPA. In some cases, this justification will guarantee the inclusion of the student; in some cases, it will not. If you have any questions, contact GPS Fellowships.
Examples of admissible, compelling circumstances
These circumstances should be addressed in the Departmental assessment or a separate letter, as applicable to the competition. In some competitions, there will be no exceptions made to GPA requirement.
- Illness of student or immediate family member where the student was primary care-giver
- Foreign GPA conversion, where the converted grade does not reflect student achievement
- Courses completed in an unrelated field of study
- Significant field experience gained since studies earlier in academic career; a significant gap between earlier studies and current program.