Dean's Graduate Research Assistant Award: Terms of Reference

Dean's Graduate Research Assistant Award

Scope and Mandate

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) is very pleased to announce the inaugural Dean’s Research Assistant Award (DGRA2) for domestic graduate students, to be held for three years, starting this academic year 2017/2018 (i.e. candidates applying to start May or September 2018 or January 2019, will be eligible to receive the DGRA2). The award is intended to enhance the graduate student experience and increase the domestic graduate student enrollment, especially at the PhD level.


Application for the award is open to any potential domestic student, who meets the requirements, whether currently at Queen’s or elsewhere in Canada or abroad. Applicants must meet all the application and admission requirements of School of Graduate Studies of Queen’s University, and receive an offer of admission to an eligible FEAS graduate program in order to hold the DGRA2.

Potential domestic applicants in any of the following categories will be eligible to apply for the DRA2:

  • Applicants seeking admission to an eligible FEAS graduate degree program in the upcoming academic year, or summer term after completion of an undergraduate degree;

  • Applicants who already hold graduate degrees (e.g. MEng, MASc, MSc) and are interested in pursuing a higher FEAS graduate degree

  • Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program (e.g. MEng, MASc, MSc) and who seek to be promoted to the PhD in an eligible FEAS graduate program without completing the Master’s (PhD)

Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply, whether they have established any communications with a potential supervisor or a department at Queen’s or not. Similarly, academic supervisors are encouraged to bring this opportunity to the attention of potential graduate students from Queen’s or from outside the university.

Doctoral students holding a DRA2 who receive other external awards, such as NSERC or OGS, and wish to retain the external award, will receive a top up from the DRA2 to bring the total value to $20K.

In allocating DGRA2 awards, priority will be given to PhD applicants.  Awards at the MASc level would be offered only if sufficient funds are available. 

Applicants must start their graduate degree in the spring, fall or winter term that immediately follows their acceptance of the award.

Funding Details

The DGRA2 award will be $20K per year for doctoral students and $15K per year for research Master’s students. The award will be guaranteed for three years for doctoral students subject to supervisor’s approval at the end of first and second year and a minimum cumulative grade of B+. For Master’s students the award will be given for one year.

Five to ten DRA2 are expected to be awarded each year.

Application Details

Application package

Applicants can access the online application form by visiting this page.

Before you begin this application please ensure you have the following required documentation ready to submit:

  • Official university transcripts
  • Proof of citizenship or permanent residency status
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A one-page statement of research interests

These files must be saved in PDF format and contain your first and last name in each document name.

The application must be completed in its entirety in order to be considered for the award. Applications with incomplete answers or no attached documentation will not be considered.


Awards will be offered on a continuous basis throughout the year, but subject to the availability of funds associated with the program.

Adjudication Process

The Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies will bring together a committee at various points in the year to select winners from the most recent pool of applicants.

Upon notification of the applicant with the award they will be asked to sign the award letter and return it within 10 working days to the following email address: At this point the applicant may or may not yet have a faculty supervisor.