Candidates are evaluated and selected based on the following three criteria, which are weighted equally by the agency-specific selection committees.
- Academic excellence, as demonstrated by past academic results and by transcripts, awards and distinctions.
- Research potential, as demonstrated by the candidates research history, his/her interest in discovery, the proposed research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field, the potential benefit to Canadians, and any anticipated outcomes.
- Leadership (potential and demonstrated ability), as defined by the following qualities:
- Personal achievement:
- professional involvement in dance, arts, music, etc.;
- significant artistic achievement;
- recognized athletic achievement, especially in a leadership role;
- entrepreneurial achievement (startup company); and/or
- foreign travel and study.
- Involvement in academic life:
- supervisory experience;
- involvement in student government and in the university community, including committees, teams, senate, boards, ethics committees, etc.;
- project management;
- roles in professional societies; and/or
- organization of conferences and meetings.
- Volunteerism/community outreach:
- community involvement in charity or not-for-profit organizations.
- Civic engagement:
- parliamentary page positions and internships;
- political activity; and/or
- elected positions.
Assessment of Leadership
Leadership is assessed with the following personal and social skills:
- a clear vision of what they want to accomplish;
- a developed vision for the future that defines a bold change for the community or a group, cause or organization; and
- strategizes how to achieve desired outcomes and has specific, realistic and timely goals.
- knows how to prioritize and complete tasks to reach the desired outcome, and is confident of success;
- establishes learning goals and tasks;
- reaches goals in an efficient, organized and innovative way; and
- is constantly working on self-improvement.
- acts consistently with core ethical and personal values and convictions; and
- accepts personal accountability for the consequences of their actions/decisions.
- is creative and takes initiative;
- is curious;
- deals well with complexity;
- has a strong sense of reality;
- is courageous;
- is strategic, a big-picture thinker;
- focuses on solutions, not problems;
- is capable of producing extraordinary results; and
- is able to solve real problems and create real products.
- knows how to develop positive relationships with a diverse range of people;
- cares about and listens to what others say, and gives feedback;
- knows how to motivate individuals;
- is persuasive;
- is supportive of peers;
- is able to negotiate;
- is viewed as trustworthy, ethical and dependable;
- is well-respected; and
- displays mastery of presentation skills and public communications.
More information on leadership is available in the SSHRC-funded study, Leadership at the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Levels.