rare Scholarship in Graduate Research

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THANK YOU- WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2016. Check back in September, 2016 for more information on the 2017 program. 

The rare Charitable Research Reserve has partnered with Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation, Ages Foundation Fund to financially assist students in pursuit of higher education as they tackle important environmental issues. The Fellowship will allow students to study in a relatively undisturbed, yet highly accessible site in Waterloo Region.  The monetary award will help ensure successful candidates have the necessary resources to conduct and report on their research at rare.  It will also allow the student to give an oral presentation at a conference in their discipline.


  • Canadian or International graduate student who will conduct field research on the rare Charitable Research Reserve property between May 2016 and April 2017.
  • Research is environment focused, and takes a landscape-scale approach to this year’s theme:


Using a landscape-scale approach, we need to understand the connectivity between organisms and biogeochemical cycles, the flows of materials and energy between components of the system. Not only do we need to collect baseline data to understand these systems better, but in a changing world there are numerous human-induced threats to biodiversity, including climate change, habitat loss and degradation, introduction of alien invasive species, over-exploitation of natural resources, and pollution. Many questions have emerged regarding how ecological systems will respond, and how their functions may change.  What are the thresholds of ecosystem change and resilience?  How do we measure resilience?  What are the responses of species to niches opened by environmental change?  What are the impacts of assisted migration or other actions to develop ecosystem balance? With rare being established as a long-term research site and its long history of human exploration, numerous opportunities exist to examine how ecosystem processes change over time.

Applications Details:

  1. Applications can be submitted until 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
  2. Students will be required to provide a final report to rare one year after receiving the scholarship.
  3. The successful applicant will be notified by May 13th, 2016.  A sum of $3,500 will be awarded shortly thereafter while the remaining $500 will be awarded in May 2017, upon successful completion of the requirements of the scholarship (including the final report and conference presentation).
  4. The recipient will retain all intellectual property rights.
  5. The research will be required to go through the normal rare Research Application approval process.

Submission Details:

Download and complete the Ages Fellowship Application Form, and provide the requested information including:

  •  your name, telephone number and email address, the name of your supervisor, department and university where the research will be completed;
  • current university transcripts from all institutions you attend or attended as an undergraduate or postgraduate student;
  • names, telephone numbers and email addresses for two references who can best assess your academic credentials.
  •  an outline of the proposed research including:
    • the problem the research is addressing;
    • your hypothesis;
    • your sampling design, field equipment and statistical tests that will be employed;
    • The importance of your work in Waterloo Region
    • the length of time fieldwork will be conducted at rare;
    • the areas at rare where you will be sampling (give specific habitats and/or precise locations if possible);
    • details on how the results will be made available to academics and the general public.

Submit application to:

Program Scientist – Research Priorities, Partnerships & Monitoring
rare Charitable Research Reserve
1679 Blair Road
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada  N3H 4R8.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their research with rare staff in advance of applying. If you have any further questions or you would like a tour of the reserve please contact us by phone at (519) 650-9336 x 111. On-site accommodations are available for researchers. 

Note to Applicants

Completion of a rare research application is required for all individuals interested in conducting research or monitoring on property owned by the rare Charitable Research Reserve. Please submit your research proposal to the Program Scientist at least four weeks in advance of the anticipated start date to allow sufficient time for review by our advisory teams.

Completion of a research proposal is a requirement for all scientific research and monitoring initiatives involving fieldwork. Scientific research involves the formulation of hypotheses, the construction of a sampling design, the collection and analysis of data, the drawing of conclusions and associated recommendations and the publication of the information in peer-reviewed literature. Environmental monitoring involves the collection of data on biological populations or environmental phenomena to assess trends through time. All specimens, artifacts and information collected remain the property of the rare Charitable Research Reserve.

If approved, please notify the Program Scientist of approximate start dates for all research or monitoring and the areas of the property in which they will be conducted.

Please provide the Program Scientist with copies of all peer-reviewed literature, publications, theses and reports stemming from research or monitoring on rare property.

Please send your completed Application (by email, mail, or fax) to:

Jenna Quinn, Program Scientist – Research Priorities, Partnerships & Monitoring
rare Charitable Research Reserve
1679 Blair Road
Cambridge, ON, Canada N3H 4R8
fax: 519-650-5923
phone: 519-650-9336 x 111

rare Charitable Research Reserve
1679 Blair Road
Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8
(519) 650-9336