Student grants and awards

CSEE provides student travel grants and presentation awards for each year’s annual conference.

Travel Grants

CSEE supports students traveling to the annual meeting. In 2018, CSEE will provide 20  travel grants to students and 5 travel grants to post-doctoral members presenting a talk or poster at the annual meeting. Travel grants are valued at $500To be eligible for a travel grant you must be:

  • a student or PDF member of the CSEE
  • up to date on paying your membership fees
  • presenting a talk or poster
  • traveling more than 500 km to the meeting

Recipients will be chosen at random from student and post-doc members. If you would like to be considered for a travel grant, you must forward the email confirming your submission of a presentation, note that you are a CSEE member, and list the address of your home University to by the early bird registration deadline (April 1st, 2018). We will send a confirmation email so that you can be sure your application has been received and winners will be notified two weeks after the early-bird submission date.

Conference presentation awards

Each year, CSEE administers a Student Award Competition for the best talks and posters.  Prizes of $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded for 1st,  2nd  and 3rd of each presentation type.  Entries will only be accepted until the end of early registration.  Note that no abstract is required for student awards.  To apply, just click the appropriate box during the registration process.

Diversity and Excellence in Doctoral Research Award

The CSEE invites PhD candidates whom are at an advanced stage of their dissertation to apply for our Diversity and Excellence in Doctoral Research Award. Award winners will receive $500 and will have an opportunity to present their doctorial research in our special Graduate Student Award Symposium at the annual CSEE meeting.

 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 evolution. In addition to demonstrated scholarship and merit, the selection committee aims to promote diversity in science (we encourage applicants to refer to the CSEE diversity statement published in the last bulletin), and to balance field of study and institutional representation. All eligible PhD students are encouraged to apply.


Applicants must be registered in a PhD program and a member of CSEE at the time of application. Applicants should be within their last year of study (about to submit or defend their thesis) but should not have completed their degree requirements by the time of application (recent degree holders should consider applying for the Early Career Award instead).  Successful applicants are expected to attend the CSEE meeting in Guelph in July and to present their work as part of the CSEE Graduate Student Awards Symposium (exemptions for parental reasons 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 should include the following sections in the following order:

1) Thesis Summary (500 words maximum): An overview of the different chapters of your thesis and how each contributes to the fields of ecology or evolution (subheadings for different thesis chapters are permitted)

2) Other Relevant Activities (250 words maximum): In this section describe any professional and extracurricular activities that demonstrate your communication and leadership skills.

3) Select Awards and Contributions (1 page maximum): Using three headings, highlight awards that you have received, talks or posters that you have given and papers published

4) Letter of support 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.

Materials 1 through 3 should be submitted as a single word or pdf document with the filename  “<lastname>_CSEE_PhDaward” to The letter of support should be submitted directly from the referee to the same email address. The application deadline is April 20, 2018.

Other Important Information

Successful applicants will be scheduled to give a 30 minute talk in the Graduate Student Award Symposium and will not be able to give a separate talk or poster during the conference. Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to give a regular talk or poster during the conference but are not automatically assigned a talk or poster slot. For this reason, all applicants should also apply to present at the meeting following the standard conference registration procedure and following the separate deadlines announced for the meeting (this includes indicating interest in being considered for the regular student talk/poster awards). The top five runners up will be acknowledged during the conference.