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Training Funding and Initiatives

MEOPAR offers HQPs support and funding for career development and learning opportunities. Read on below for more details.

MEOPAR Training Awards

MEOPAR Training Awards fund highly-qualified personnel (HQP) in the MEOPAR Network to pursue unique, value-added training opportunities outside of their projects. Training opportunities are identified by HQP to help further their careers. Awards are open to all HQP working on a MEOPAR-funded project; HQP who are affiliate members of MEOPAR are also eligible to apply. To ensure fair access to the fund, each HQP will be eligible to receive the award once per year. 

Award winners receive funding to cover 60% of the cost of their training and travel expenses, up to $2,500. HQP and their supervisors are responsible for finding matching funds to cover the remaining 40% of the costs. 

The purpose of the Training Awards is to fund training that complements (rather than duplicates) training available through the HQP’s university program and research project. Training in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, knowledge mobilization, science communication, leadership, project management, and technical topics are prioritized.  Previous training opportunities supported through the fund include:

  • European Space Agency Cryosphere Remote Sensing Training Course
  • International Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) Summer School
  • Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP) Summer School on the Arctic Ocean and the Marginal Ice Zone
  • Slocum Glider Training at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Applications for funding to present at a conference will only be considered if the applicant can demonstrate that the experience includes a training or experiential learning component (e.g., attendance at a pre-conference workshop; chairing or organizing a conference session). 

Calls for applications are held three times a year, in January, May, and September. 

To apply, download the application documents:

Training Award Instructions 

Training Award Application

Training Award Budget Template

Please submit the application documents to Laura Avery. The next deadline to apply is September 17, 2018.


Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

In 2018/19, MEOPAR will offer three Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards. The purpose of these awards is to bring new postdoctoral fellows into the network to connect them with MEOPAR-funded researchers and HQP. Proposed research activities that would be supported by an Award must address MEOPAR’sorganizational objective (To connect partners, resources and expertise to prepare for risks and take advantage of opportunities in the changing marine environment), and must be linked to one of MEOPAR’s four challenge areas: Ocean Observation; Forecasting/Projection; Coastal Resilience; and Marine Operations/ Transportation. Refer to MEOPAR’s Strategic Plan for more information.

Awards will supplement existing funding support awarded to promising new scholars. To be considered for a MEOPAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, funding applicants must:

  • Receive a base level of financial support ($40,000) from additional sources: home department, supervisor research grants, and/or through government and agency scholarships or awards;
  • Demonstrate support from their supervisor for their work and their proposed use of the award funds;
  • Participate full‐time in their respective program at a Canadian post-secondary institution that is eligible for Tri-Council funding; and
  • Engage in research aligned with the strategic plan of MEOPAR.

Because the purpose of these awards is to bring new postdoctoral fellows into the network, PDFs who are currently supported financially from a MEOPAR research project are ineligible to apply to this competition. For example, a trainee who will be funded through MEOPAR research projects or Cores during 2018-19 would be ineligible. Please contact Laura Avery for questions on eligibility restrictions.

To apply, please download the application instructions, and apply through the online portal link below: 

Postdoctoral Award Instructions (English) / Instructions pour les demandes de bourse (Français)

Online Portal Instructions (English) / Portail pour les demandes en ligne (Français)

Apply Here: Online Portal 

The deadline to apply is July 3, 2018. 




Science Communication Awards

MEOPAR will offer Science Communication Awards to allow a limited number of HQP to attend Beakerhead Science Communications workshops in 2018. 

The Beakerhead Science Communications Program is built on 10 years of experience with the renowned Banff Science Communications Program. It is supported by NSERC and offers intense, creative, audience-focused courses across Canada.

To apply for funding to Beakerhead's Churchill workshop, please complete the application form and submit to Laura Avery.

CHURCHILL: One week in October. Details are TBD

A week-long program to increase your effectiveness as a science leader, with a focus on writing and the environment
Audience: Postdocs and early- to mid-career investigators


Career Mentoring Program (CMP)

MEOPAR’s Career Mentoring Program matches Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) with mentors who are professionals working in the fields of marine risk and resilience. The program is modeled after the University of Alberta's Graduate Student Career Mentoring Program (GSCMP).

Mentors provide their mentees with advice, support and strategies that will promote progress and success in the mentees' future careers. In turn, mentees work to achieve their goals in a low-risk environment under the guidance of their mentor.

The Career Mentoring Program is open to all HQP. The program commitment for both mentors and mentees is a minimum of one hour per month for six months.

Click here to download the application form to apply as a mentee

Applications are being accepted throughout the year. 


Employer Connectors

MEOPAR introduced the Employer Connector program in 2015. We organize tours where groups of MEOPeers visit the workplaces of non-academic partners/potential employers, network with hiring managers, and gain insight on potential post-graduation job prospects. Past participating employers include AMEC Foster Wheeler and the Canadian Hurricane Centre at Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Contact Laura Avery for more information or to nominate an organization for a future Employer Connector event.



MEOPAR partners with public and private sector organizations to facilitate paid internship positions for MEOPeers.

MEOPeers are also encouraged to apply for internships through Mitacs. Contact Laura Avery for more information on internships. 


Webinar Series

MEOPAR offers regular, free webinars on various subjects related to our Network and its training programming. To sign up for our next webinar, visit the webinars page


Regional Training Workshops

MEOPAR provides funding to Regional HQP Groups to organize local training workshops for HQP, end-users, and partners. 

In 2016, HQP on the West Coast organized a three-day training workshop at the University of Victoria, “Acoustic Impacts of Anthropogenic Activities on Marine Life.” The workshop was funded by MEOPAR and facilitated by JASCO Applied Sciences. Click here to download an application to hold a regional training workshop.

Please contact Laura Avery for details.