Frequently asked questions

My supervisor is not a member of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. Can I still apply for a scholarship?

Unless otherwise stated, only students with supervisors who are full members of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta are eligible to apply. If your supervisor is conducting cardiovascular-related research, he/she may apply for full membership within the LCIA.

 

My supervisor is an associate member of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. Can I still apply for a scholarship?

Unless otherwise stated, only students with supervisors who are full members of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta are eligible to apply. If your supervisor is conducting cardiovascular-related research, he/she may apply for full membership within the LCIA.

 

My co-supervisor is a full member of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. Can I still apply for a scholarship?

No, only students with primary supervisors who are full members of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta are eligible to apply.

 

I am not currently a University of Calgary student, and do not have a supervisor at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. Can I still apply for a scholarship?

No, you should be registered in your respective program at the University of Calgary, plus have a supervisor already established prior to applying for a LCIA scholarship. If you are looking for a supervisor, please send your CV, along with a description of what your resesarch interests are to libinres@ucalgary.ca.

 

The scholarship I am applying for requires a copy of my transcript. Does this need to be an original transcript or can I make a copy?

You may submit a copy of your transcript as part of the application package. It does not need to be an official transcript from your post-secondary institution at this time.

 

Should my reference letter be included in my application package or sent as a separate document?

**NEW: References should send their reference letters electronically to libinscholarships@ucalgary.ca. Reference letters sent to libinres@ucalgary.ca will be discarded.

 

I applied for a scholarship in the last intake for applications and was not successful. Can I resubmit the same application?

Yes, if you applied for a LCIA scholarship in the last 12 months and nothing has changed, you may resubmit the same application package (including reference letters), however, please ensure that you update the award(s) you are applying for as we may have introduced other awards you could be eligible for.

 

Can I password-protect parts of my application?

No, when it is time to pass your application onto reviewers, your application is combined into one document (including reference letters) to ensure that all reviewers have everything available to them in the same document. If you password-protect parts of your application, this makes it difficult for reviewers to navigate around.

 

Can I bookmark parts of my application?

We would prefer that you DO NOT bookmark parts of your application. When it is time to pass your application onto reviewers, your application is combined into one document (including reference letters) to ensure that all reviewers have everything available to them in the same document. When you bookmark parts of your application, some of that information can get lost when combining with your reference letters.

 

Can I apply for more than one award on the same application?

Yes, please check off the award(s) you would like to apply for under the “Award Category Selection” on the application form. You will only be eligible to receive one award at a given time.

 

I hold another graduate scholarship or award. Can I still apply for a LCIA graduate scholarship?

All University of Calgary scholarships, including LCIA graduate scholarhips are managed through the Faculty of Graduate Studies, which fall under the UCalgary award regulations. These regulations take into consideration all awards – scholarships, awards, fellowships, internships, research and training grants, etc. that a student holds when considering elibility against the maximum amount under the award.

To provide for fair distribution of University of Calgary academic competitive awards, the maximum amount a student can hold in ‘other awards’ and/or ‘university-wide awards’, as defined below, at any given time is:

  • Master’s: $20,500
  • Doctoral: $26,00
     

What is the CIHR Sex & Gender Online Training Module? Do I have to complete this?

**NEW: Yes, there is an increasing emphasis on the inclusion of sex- and gender-based science research by major funding agencies. To help Libin trainees be more pro-active and prepare strong applications to tri-council agencies, trainees are required to complete a CIHR Sex and Gender Tutorial.  All scholarship applicants are required to complete a CIHR Sex and Gender Tutorial and attach your downloadable certificate to your scholarship application.  

 

What is the award process?

Once the Libin Research Office receives all applications, they are reviewed and scored by 2 to 3 reviewers. The average score is calculated and applicants are ranked according to these average scores. Depending on the number of awards available, the top ranked applications are submitted to the Cumming School of Medicine or the Faculty of Graduate Studies for final approval. You will receive a letter with your result shortly after.

 

How are the applications scored?

All applications are scored based on the applicant, research, and training environment. A sample of the review form can be found on the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta website.