• Internal Deadline:
    Nov 03, 2017
  • Sponsor Deadline:
    Nov 03, 2017
  • Value:
    $50,000 over 1 year and $50,000 over 2 ye
  • Program Homepage:
    Unspecified
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Royal Bank of Canada Research Institute Post-Doctoral & Graduate Fellowships

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Award Overview

Application Deadline:   4:00pm, November 3, 2017

Value/Duration: 

  • 2 RBC Research Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship – $50,000 over  1 year
  • 2 RBC Research Institute Graduate Fellowship – $50,000 over 2 years ($25K/yr. for 2 years)
  • The RBC Research Institute Fellowships may be held along with any other financial support or research funds

Level of Study:

  • RBC Research Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • RBC Research Institute Graduate Fellowship – Masters or PhD

Required Legal Status: Canadian citizen, landed immigrant, or foreign national

Results:   January 2017

Purpose

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Innovation Post-Doctoral & Graduate Fellowships at The University of Toronto will support research and innovation at the University of Toronto. The RBC Research Institute Fellowship program will recognize emerging leaders who are establishing a record of research, scholarship and impact, and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to the body of research in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation.  In addition to research excellence, preference will be given to those who have a demonstrated and/or future interest in entrepreneurship and company creation.

Various outcomes and new knowledge of the RBC Fellows may be translated into knowledge with applications for policymakers, educators, service providers and entrepreneurs both at the University of Toronto and further afield.

Three fellows a year will be selected from a variety of disciplines:

  • RBC Research Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship – 2 post-doctoral fellowships valued at $50,000 over 1 year
  • RBC Research Institute Graduate Fellowship – 2 graduate student scholarships valued at $50,000 over 2 years ($25K/yr. for 2 years)

The RBC may further support the selected Fellows by providing access to RBC research personnel, subject-matter and industry experts as well as access to proprietary datasets and RBC infrastructure when appropriate.

Research Themes for 2017

Applicants are invited to submit research projects in the areas noted below for the 2017 RBC Research Institute Post-Doctoral & Graduate Fellowships. The research projects may have applications in financial services such as fraud detection and prevention, risk modeling, security, news / insight discovery such as cybersecurity.

Proposals will be within one or more of the following research areas:

Machine Learning and Advanced Data Analytics – Including theory and applications, deep learning and learning representations, pattern recognition, computer vision theory and applications, natural language processing, human-computer interaction, advanced data analytics, predictive algorithmic models, image/video/time-series analysis and related applications.

Security – Including biometric security, cybersecurity, cryptography, differential privacy, privacy enhancing solutions, biometric encryption and other methods that balance security and convenience.

RBC Research Institute Fellows may interact with RBC Research Institute personnel to receive expert advice and direction on the domains listed above.

Eligibility to Apply

The RBC Research Institute Fellowships are awarded to assist the recipients in their research and professional development;

preference will be given to those involved in work, activities and/or research that demonstrate a past, current and/or future interest in entrepreneurship, knowledge translation, commercialization and/or company creation;

students from Research and Professional programs are invited to apply.

Applicant must:

  • be registered full-time in a Master’s or Doctoral program at the University of Toronto at the time of accepting the award and remain registered, full-time for the duration of the two year fellowship;
  • or
  • be planning to continue to postdoctoral studies at the University of Toronto and meet the following criteria:
    • is near completion of doctoral studies in any recognized university in the world; and
    • Has received the doctoral degree between September 1, 2013 and April 30, 2017, or if the doctoral degree has not yet been awarded, will have completed all the requirements for the doctoral degree by December 30, 2017. Applicants holding faculty appointments within these time limits may apply. (Note: Applicants who have been on parental leave between the time of completion of the doctorate and the time of application may have their period of eligibility extended by six months.);
  • have a proven academic record and be making exceptional progress in his/her research program, as demonstrated by the academic records, letters of recommendation and other measures of scholarship;

Application Process

Applicants must submit an electronic copy of the following documents in a single PDF Package by 4pm on November 3, 2017 to entrepreneurs@utoronto.ca:

  1. For post-doctoral fellowship applications please use the subject line: Application: 2017 RBC Research Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship. For Graduate Fellowship applications, please use Application: 2017 RBC Research Institute Graduate Fellowship
  2. The completed application form – available here RBC innovation fellowships form protected
  3. Curriculum vitae (no page restrictions), including information concerning the application, updates to curriculum vitae will not be accepted after submission;
  4. Copies (both sides) of all academic transcripts – legend must be included;
  5. For postdoctoral applicants: A brief summary of the doctoral thesis (maximum 300 words);
  6. A project description regarding your planned research agenda with activities for the next two years and how the Fellowship funds will assist with that research (no more than 1,000 words). Students in professional programs, please submit an overview of your anticipated plans and/or activities for the 2 years of the Fellowship. If a separate page is required for the use of any references such as end notes or bibliography. The reference page is not considered part of the word count;
  7. A non-technical summary of your research and/or activities which also demonstrates how your research connects to the research themes listed above (maximum 500 words, to be written by the applicant);
  8. A one-page outline of your past, current and future entrepreneurial interests and activities;
  9. Confidential letters (on letterhead and signed) from three assessors (emailed directly to entrepreneurs@utoronto.ca before November 3, 2017), one letter must be from your proposed University of Toronto academic supervisor;

Applicant’s packages must have all the above materials required when submitted in one PDF package.

Please Note:

  • Documentation sent directly (by the applicant, unit or referee) to University of Toronto Entrepreneurship will not be considered.
  • Documents in a language other than English requires an official English translation.
  • Documents/Applications received after 4:00pm on November 3, 2017 will not be accepted.

Evaluation Criteria

The RBC Research Institute Post-Doctoral & Graduate Fellowships provide a means to recognize and further assist University of Toronto scholars of demonstrated excellence in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship.  Fellows will be selected on the basis of

  1. proven ability as evidenced by a record in research and scholarship, relative to academic stage
  2. the merit of the research proposal
  3. the relation of the proposed research to the research theme
  4. preference will be given to those who have a demonstrated and/or future interest in entrepreneurship, knowledge translation, commercialization and/or company creation

Applicants for the RBC Research Institute Graduate Fellowship will be assessed on talent, excellence of the work, entrepreneurial/commercialization/knowledge-translation vision, and the impact of their work, as measured by:

  • The program of study and research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge about the proposed research themes, entrepreneurship, commercialization, etc.;
  • Past academic and research results;
  • Relevant professional and academic experience, including research training, as evidenced by papers presented at conferences and the candidate’s publication record;
  • Written letters of appraisal;
  • Relation of the proposed research to the research theme;
  • Preference will be given to those who have a demonstrated and/or future interest in entrepreneurship, knowledge translation, commercialization and/or company creation

Applicants for the RBC Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship will be assessed on their talent, the excellence of their work, entrepreneurial/commercialization/knowledge-translation vision, and the impact that they foresee resulting from their work, as measured by:

  • The program of study and research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge about the proposed research themes, entrepreneurship, commercialization etc.;
  • The degree of originality and expected contribution to the advancement of knowledge about the proposed research theme;
  • The suitability of theoretical perspectives;
  • The appropriateness and expected effectiveness of the research strategies or methodologies;
  • The suitability and expected effectiveness of plans to communicate research results and/or activities both within, and, as appropriate, beyond, the academic community;
  • The industrial / commercial applicability of the proposed research in Financial Services;
  • Where appropriate, the nature and extent of research training;
  • Written letters of appraisal;
  • Relation of the proposed research to the research theme;
  • Preference will be given to those who have a demonstrated and/or future interest in entrepreneurship, knowledge translation, commercialization and/or company creation

Results

Short listed candidates will be invited to an interview where they will be asked to make a short presentation and answer questions in late November or early December. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified at that time.

Contacts & Resources

Please direct all questions regarding the RBC Research Institute Fellowships or application process to:

Jason Kogler

jason.kogler@utoronto.ca

P: 416-946-0577

University of Toronto Entrepreneurship

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