Ivado (Institut de valorization des données) in Canada is inviting prospective graduate and doctoral students to apply for the IVADO funding program for excellence scholarships in Data science and Data-driven Innovation for the 2018/2019 session
The goal of the excellence scholarship program is to support promising students in their training as future highly qualified personnel (researchers, professors, professionals) and more generally, future actors in the field of data science, mainly in IVADO members’ areas of excellence: operations research, machine learning, decision sciences.
The scholarship is tenable at the institute in Canada for Masters and Doctoral Students.
The excellence scholarship program supports research concerning the issues described in the Apogée/CFREF grant data science in the broadest sense, including methodological research in data science (machine learning, operations research, statistics) and their applications in various fields (including health, transportation, logistics, energy, business and finance).
Worth of Award

  • For Master students: 4 scholarships at 20k$ per year (including social benefits/taxes), for a maximum of six sessions or two years
  • For Doctoral students: 6 scholarships at 25k$ per year (including social benefits/taxes), for a maximum of 12 sessions or four years
  • Funding will be renewed every year upon request from the supervisor(s):
    • Until a maximum of six sessions for Master students, 12 sessions for Doctoral students.
    • Until the diploma has been granted.

    Students are allowed to reapply to the program at the end of their funding.

For the students:

  • MSc and PhD students, enrolled or planning to enroll in a program at HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal, McGill University or the University of Alberta.
  • Must have a first-class minimum average grade (3.7/4.3 or 3.5/4.00) over the previous years of study.

For the professor submitting the application (main supervisor)

  • Must be a professor from one of the institutions of Campus Montréal: HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal or Université de Montréal.
  • Professors from the University of Alberta and University McGill can also be supervisors, provided that they are also members of one of IVADO’s research groups (MILA, CIRRELT, GERAD, CERC data science, CRM or Tech3Lab).
  • The student can be co-supervised, and there is no eligibility constraints on the co-supervisor.
  • For the activities planned for the duration of the scholarship: activities must be aligned with the goals of IVADO and Apogée/CFREF.

Assessment Criteria
The evaluation of projects will be based mainly on:

  • Candidate’s record
  • Research ability
  • Depth and breadth of experience (multidisciplinary, professional experience, extra-curricular activities…)
  • Expected adequacy of the proposed project

And secondarily on:

  • Scientific merit of the research project
  • Contribution to the field
  • Originality, anticipated impacts
  • Feasibility, relevance of the host laboratory(ies) and supervisor(s)
  • Suitability of the project within the overall framework of IVADO and Apogée/CFREF
  • Promoting multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Fostering diversity

How to Apply
Elements of the application:

  • CV of the candidate
  • Grade transcript of previous sessions
  • CV of the supervisor(s)
  • Expected start date
  • A maximum of three support letters
  • Research project, co-written with the supervisor (1 p. max)
  • A paragraph with a popularized description of the research project. This text could be made public by IVADO
  • The application is presented by the supervisor. Each supervisor cannot present more than 5 candidates.
  • Any questions concerning the funding program can be addressed to [email protected]


  • Application deadline: December 15th, 2017
  • Expected application notification date: April 1st, 2018
  • Official acceptance from the candidate before May 1st, 2018
  • Grant should start within nine months of announcement, and can be retroactive with some conditions.

Click here for more details and to apply

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