Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use my studentship research project for my critical enquiry?
Our working policy is that studentships are intended for research and scholarly activity and are not intended to fund curricular requirements such as critical enquiry. Exceptions of this working policy will be made for projects that have been developed within the course MEDS232A Professional Foundations: Critical Enquiry.

If I find outside funding for a project and also receive a studentship, is this okay?
Students are not permitted to "stack funding".


When will I be paid?
Payments for funded projects are made in 3 equal installments -  one at the end of June, one at the end of July and one at the end of August.  It should be noted that final payment is only handed out when a final report is handed in.  Details of this will be communicated at the appropriate time.

Do I have to stay in Kingston to complete a studentship?
No, all studentships have different requirements.  Please read the descriptions for each one, which will indicate if the research should be conducted at Queen's.  If there is no such indication, the research may be conducted elsewhere.

Can a fellow student and I apply for an award together?
You may apply jointly for a Summer Studentship if it is a collaborative venture. That being said, unless you can justify that the project requires you both to work full-time on the project the funding will be split between you. You and your collaborator should both should apply separately and then in the Timeline section justify that the project requires you both to work full-time on the project. Also, when your supervisor writes to confirm that they are willing to supervise your research they should also justify the need for two investigator full-time for the 3 months.

If I held a studentship last year can I apply again this year?
Yes you may.

May I submit more than one application?
Yes you may. However, you are only eligible for one award.

What length of time should my project be?
Ideally, your project should be 3 months in length, running over the course of the summer.  Sometimes this is not possible.  Each project that is shorter or longer than the required 3 month time frame will have to be looked at individually by the Awards Committee.

How much detail is required for my project application?

Project Information - well developed projects should be submitted. Those applications that include detailed, well thought out projects will assist the Awards Committee in their selection process. Project descriptions should be brief, clear and in lay terms, a clear objective should be stated.  A timeline showing it is reasonable to complete the project in 3 months.  You will also need the approval of a supervisor for your project.

What is required for my application, is it an abstract and project timeline that’s required or a longer proposal? Also, is there a particular length of application that’s expected?
See below:

Research Question:
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Maximum 100 Words

Background/Justification:

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Maximum 700 words a section for your references is at the end of the form.

Methods (Design, Participants, Outcomes):
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Maximum 500 words a section for your references is at the end of the form.

Analysis Plan:
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Maximum 300 words.

Timeline:
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Maximum 150 words.
e.g.
June - Recruitment of subjects and collection of data.
July - Collection of data.
August - Analysis of data.

Importance/potential impact of project:
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Maximum 300 words a section for your references is at the end of the form.

Please describe the quality of the research environment:

This section is optional — only for students who feel qualified to answer. For example, students who are already working with their particular supervisor.


“Please describe the quality of the research environment.” I was wondering if you could provide more details on what this question is asking? 

This section is optional — only for students who feel qualified to answer. For example, students who are already working with their particular supervisor.