Why and how were specific identities prioritized in the selection process?

The Canada SROP was launched as an anti-racist initiative to support budding BIPOC researchers, with a focus on countering anti-Black racism and anti-Indigenous racism. Indigenous students were given the highest priority. Our funding structure required at least two spots to be filled by Indigenous applicants, because those spots were funded by the Faculty of ArtsContinue reading “Why and how were specific identities prioritized in the selection process?”

How many applications were received?

We received 256 applications. We are so grateful for the interest in the program, but we also find it to be sobering. We wish we could have provided more than 15 fully funded positions this year. However, this response to the Canada SROP will provide a solid justification for us to expand to multiple UniversitiesContinue reading “How many applications were received?”

How were applications evaluated?

We received 256 applications. We used a 4-step process to review applications: Eligibility Screening: An initial screening used the self-reported demographics and undergrad transcripts to ensure eligibility. 242 students passed the initial screening and were determined to be eligible for the program. All students who passed the initial screening will be given access to onlineContinue reading “How were applications evaluated?”

How did you decide on the nomination-lottery approach?

Please see our FAQ post that describes our selection process and the nomination-lottery process we used, in detail. We consulted with a number of groups about the selection process. The key question we had in mind was, “How can we be unbiased when the traditional metrics are biased?” We sought to approach fairness as muchContinue reading “How did you decide on the nomination-lottery approach?”

May I be enrolled in classes, holding a job, or volunteering at the same time?

Unfortunately, no. The Canada SROP is a 40-hour/week commitment for the 8 weeks of June 7 to July 30, 2021. Therefore, students enrolled in the Canada SROP cannot have another school, work, or volunteer commitment for the 8 weeks of the programme. To provide for living expenses during the Canada SROP, students selected for theContinue reading “May I be enrolled in classes, holding a job, or volunteering at the same time?”

How will the “remotely operated” programme in Summer 2021 work?

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Canada SROP will be operated remotely in Summer 2021. This means that SROP Students will be residing in their current living situation (e.g., at their homes). SROP Students will need to have Internet access for the duration of the programme, and we are providing a $200 “remote work supplement”Continue reading “How will the “remotely operated” programme in Summer 2021 work?”