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Systematics Research Graduate Supplements

This supplement is available to you only if you are awarded an Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, an NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship-Doctoral or a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Value Up to $5,000/year for up to three years
Application deadline See below
How to apply See below
For more information See below


The purpose of the Systematics Research Graduate Supplements (SRGS) is to:

  • promote graduate research in systematics* in Canada
  • encourage and support graduate students to carry out all or part of their research at centres of excellence in systematics research
  • maintain and strengthen the base of expertise for systematics research in Canada
  • provide practical work experience with natural history collections within a professional setting


At the time you apply for a scholarship supplement, you must be studying or planning to study in a university faculty that provides the opportunity to engage in a research project directly related to an area of systematics, such as taxonomy, evolution, biogeography, phylogeny and crystal chemistry, within the disciplines of zoology, botany, paleontology, or mineralogy.

In addition, a faculty member or staff research scientist from one of the sponsoring organizations must be on your supervisory committee, and you must carry out all or part of your research in conjunction with one of the following organizations (see Note):


These supplements provide financial support to high-calibre students working towards a master's or doctoral degree in systematics. The number of supplements available will depend on the sponsoring organizations.

Note: The list of organizations is subject to change; for example, an organization that has renewed a supplement may not have the resources to offer a new supplement the same year and will be removed from the list for that year. Therefore, if you are interested in being sponsored by a particular organization, you should contact the Canadian Museum of Nature at the address below to verify that the organization is still participating in the program.

Value of supplement

If you are a successful applicant, the sponsoring organization will supplement your scholarship by up to $5,000 per year. The supplement is renewable annually for as long as you hold your scholarship.

Application procedures

Successful NSERC postgraduate scholars who meet the eligibility requirements as stated above are encouraged to apply for this supplement. Candidates for the supplement should contact the sponsoring organization they wish to work with to enquire about the availability of a supplement. If a supplement is available, you must submit the following to the address below by April 30 of the year in which you receive your scholarship:

  • a copy of your Notification of Award from NSERC
  • a copy of your successful scholarship application
  • a 200-word essay on the importance of the facility's specimen collection to your work
  • complete contact information to receive the results of the supplement review.

Selection process

Applications are sent to the sponsoring organizations, and each organization is responsible for its own review. When the review is complete, you will be contacted by a representative of the organization. The final results will be known within a month of receipt of the documents.

Notification of results

The final results will be known by the end of May. The sponsoring organizations will contact both the successful and unsuccessful candidates directly.


The sponsoring organizations are responsible for releasing the scholarship supplement. They must also ensure that recipients of the supplement continue to hold a scholarship and meet the other requirements of the supplement.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Mark Graham
Research and Collection
Canadian Museum of Nature
P.O. Box 3443, Station D
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 6P4

Tel.: 613-566-4743
Fax: 613-364-4021

* Systematics is the science that deals with the naming and classification of living and fossil species, and minerals. Systematics research tells us how these entities evolved, how they are related to others, where they are found and how they go about (or in the case of fossil species, used to go about) making a living.

The knowledge gained from this research is basic to resource management decisions and in applications that use natural resources. Canada's systematics expertise is decreasing. It is vital that a country so rich in natural resources maintain this expertise.