CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: CSEE Diversity & Excellence in Doctoral Research Award 2019

The Canadian Society for Ecology & Evolution (CSEE) invites Ph.D. candidates who are at an advanced stage of their dissertation (typically the final two years) to apply for the Diversity & Excellence in Doctoral Research Award. Award winners will receive $500 and will have an opportunity to present their doctoral research in our Graduate Student Award Symposium at the annual CSEE meeting, which will take place from August 18th – 21st 2019 in beautiful downtown Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.


The deadline to apply is May 1st, 2019. Results will be announced at least two weeks before the closing of the ‘early bird’ registration period.

Scope and Criteria

This award aims to showcase excellent student research from within the society. Successful applicants will have conducted high-quality research that addresses fundamental questions or is of an applied nature in the fields of ecology and/or evolution. In addition to demonstrated scholarship and merit, the selection committee aims to promote diversity in science (see the CSEE Diversity & Inclusivity Statement here), and to balance field of study and institutional representation. All eligible PhD students are encouraged to apply (see Eligibility).


Applicants must have been (i) registered in a Ph.D. program within the year of application (2019) and (ii) a member of CSEE at the time of application. There is no citizenship or residence requirement. Applicants should have advanced to candidacy but should not have completed their degree requirements as of December 31st, 2018 (these individuals are encouraged to apply for the CSEE Early Career Award). Successful applicants are expected to attend the CSEE meeting in Fredericton in July and to present their work as part of the CSEE Graduate Student Awards Symposium (exceptions will be considered on an individual basis). Applicants from last year who were not selected for the award but still meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to re-apply.


Applications must include the following sections:

  • Thesis Summary (300 words maximum): A summary of your thesis (i.e., thesis abstract). You may use subheadings for different thesis chapters if desired. The applicant should make it clear how their research advances the state of knowledge in their field.
  • Other Relevant Activities (250 words maximum): In this section describe any professional and extracurricular activities that demonstrate your communication and leadership skills.
  • Select Awards and Contributions (1 page maximum): Using three headings, highlight (i) awards that you have received, (ii) talks or posters that you have given and (iii) papers you have published. Do not include papers that are in preparation, submitted, or being revised for a journal (including preprints)—only include manuscripts that are published or have been given final acceptance and are ‘in press’. If in press, provide the manuscript number. The applicant must remove their name from all publications and replace it with “Applicant”, in bold.
  • Letter of support (1 page maximum) from your PhD advisor or a committee member. Letters should speak to the criteria listed above and should clearly state that the applicant is close to completion of their thesis. Letters must not contain the name of the applicant but rather non-identifying terms such as “The Applicant”, or similar. For example, “The applicant has been a member of my lab…”.

Sections 1 through 3 should be submitted as a single pdf file with the filename “<lastname_firstinitial>_CSEE_PhDaward.pdf” to (e.g., Smith_J_CSEE_PhDaward.pdf). The letter of support should be submitted directly from the referee to the same email address and should have the same format as the application with “_Letter” added to the end (e.g., Smith_J_CSEE_PhDAward_Letter.pdf). All materials are due by the deadline indicated above. We will respond to each email to confirm receipt within one week.

The name (first or last) of the applicant must not appear anywhere within the application other than the file names. This anonymization is meant to reduce bias during the evaluation process. Failure to properly anonymize applications could result in disqualification.

Other Important Information

Successful applicants will give a 30-minute talk (23 minute talk and 7-minute question period and transition) in the Graduate Student Award Symposium and will not be able to give a separate talk during the conference. Awardees can present a poster if space is available. Successful applicants must respond to accept the award and confirm their registration within one week of notification.


Early Career Award 2019

We are pleased to announce this year’s Early Career Award competition. We encourage nominations of outstanding early career ecology and evolution scientists, and we highly encourage potential nominators to reflect on CSEE’s Diversity and Inclusivity Statement: Self nominations are welcome.

Deadline for receipt of all application materials: 28 February 2019

Award Description:  The CSEE Early Career Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments and promising future research potential in ecology and evolution by scientists early in their career.  Awards will be given to two candidates each year.  They consist of a 10-year membership to CSEE/SCEE, $500 cash award, up to $1000 allowance for travel and accommodation to attend the CSEE meeting in Fredericton, NB, in August 2019, and an invitation to give a keynote lecture at the annual meeting.

Eligibility:  Applicants must be active researchers in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology who received their doctorate within five years of the application deadline, not including time taken for parental leave (i.e., one year of parental leave extends the eligibility period to six years post-Ph.D.).  Candidates need to be Canadian citizens, or landed immigrants, or have completed their PhD at a Canadian University, or be currently working at a Canadian University.

Application/Nomination Procedures:  Candidates may apply directly or may be nominated.  Established researchers are encouraged to nominate outstanding young scientists.  Nominations must contain all of the following supporting materials in the stated order: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a summary of research accomplishments (maximum 2 pages), (3) a 2-page statement of research plans for the next 5 years, (4) three recent publications, (5) names and addresses of 3 referees (including the nominating scientist where applicable) who will provide supporting letters. The 3 letters of reference should be sent separately from the candidate’s nomination package.  All nomination materials and reference letters must be sent as PDFs to the chair of the CSEE Awards committee, Carissa Brown (

Time lines:  The deadline for receipt of all materials including letters of reference is 28 February 2019.  The recipients will be notified of the award in early April and they will receive their award at the following annual meeting.


22nd Evolutionary Biology Meeting, Marseilles, France

22nd Evolutionary Biology Meeting, Marseilles, France

Dates: 25-28 September 2018

Location: CANOPE – Centre Régional de Documentation Pédagogique (CRDP)31, Boulevard d’Athenes 13001, Marseille, FRANCE


*   Evolutionary biology concepts / mathematical modeling;

*   Biodiversity and Systematics;

*   Comparative genomics and post-genomics (at all taxonomic levels);

*   Functional phylogeny;

*   Environment and biological evolution;

*   Origin of life and exobiology;

*   Non-adaptive versus adaptive evolution;

*   The “minor” phyla: their usefulness in evolutionary biology knowledge;

*   Convergent evolution

*   Evolution of complex traits (Evo-Devo)

*   Education

Early Registration (October 2017 – January 2018)
Academics and others…..260 euros
Students………………….210 euros

Registration (February – June 2018)
Academics and others…..380 euros
Students………………….280 euros

Late Registration (July – September 2018)
Academics and others…..480 euros
Students………………….380 euros

Registration fees include coffee breaks, lunches (25th-28th September), 25th and 27th dinners, 26th cocktail and social events during the week-end. Please see Social Events for more information about the week-end.

For more information, contact Don Stewart (, Marie-Helene Rome ( or visit the conference website at