Apply

 

 

LRIGS invites applications from interested graduate students and post doctoral fellows from Canada and around the world.

Information for master’s or doctoral students | Information for post doctoral fellows | Information about research assitant funding

 

If you are applying for a master's or doctoral position with LRIGS follow the steps listed immediately below in the order shown.

STEP 1

Review the terms of reference for graduate students found here. If accepted into the program you will be asked to sign a copy of the document to demonstrate your agreement with all that it says.

 

STEP 2

Contact the LRIGS Coordinator to discuss your eligibility for admittance to LRIGS, potential supervisors and research projects.

 

STEP 3.

Find a supervisor who agrees to accept you as a graduate student. The LRIGS Coordinator will have discussed potential supervisors with you and the list can be viewed here. Find someone conducting research that matches your interests and then consider working with the LRIGS Coordinator to make contact or contacting that person directly yourself. In both instances the purpose of the initial conversation will be to introduce yourself, to determine if your research interests are compatible and to determine if the potential supervisor can accept you as a student because he or she has space on his or her research team and research funding to support you. If making initial contact on your own, let the potential supervisor know that you are interested in working with him or her through LRIGS. Only proceed to STEP 4 once you have secured a supervisor and the two of you have agreed upon a research project that will satisy the criteria found here.

 

STEP 4

If your supervisor is in Renewable Resources but you have not yet started your graduate studies program at the University of Alberta, then follow these instructions:

Complete an online application with the University of Alberta Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR).

You can apply online here.

On the program page select the following options:

  • Select “Renewable Resources” when asked “What department are you applying to?”
  • Select either “Master of Science (Thes)” or “Doctor of Philosophy” when asked “What program are you applying to?”
  • Select “Land Reclamation & Remediation” when asked “What specialization or study field are you applying to?”

The rest of the process should be completed as per your individual circumstances.

If your supervisor is in Renewable Resources and you have already started your graduate studies program at the University of Alberta, then follow these instructions:

Skip ahead to STEP 5 below.

If your supervisor is in Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology (REES) follow these instructions:

Graduate student applicants to the LRIGS program through REES are typically already enrolled in REES and are close to completing their course requirements. Skip ahead to STEP 5 below.

If your supervisor is in Biological Sciences but you have not yet started your graduate studies program at the University of Alberta, then follow these instructions:

Complete an online application with the University of Alberta Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR).

You can apply online here.

On the program page select the following options:

  • Select “Biological Sciences” when asked “What department are you applying to?”
  • Select either “Master of Science (Thes)” or “Doctor of Philosophy” when asked “What program are you applying to?”
  • Select whatever your supervisor tells you to select when asked “What specialization or study field are you applying to?”

The rest of the process should be completed as per your individual circumstances.

If your supervisor is in Biological Sciences and you have already started your graduate studies program at the University of Alberta, then follow these instructions:

Skip ahead to STEP 5 below.

 

STEP 5

Complete this step immediately after completing the online application with FGSR (including payment of any fees) in STEP 4 or if told to skip ahead to STEP 5. What you are asked to do below may appear similar to what you may have done in STEP 4 above for FGSR. However, the two steps are separate and distinct. You may be asked to submit documents in both steps that are, or appear to be, the same, so please do so. When submitting documents for your LRIGS application package do not submit them using any of the FGSR template documents you may have had to use in STEP 4. Put together an application package to be submitted only to LRIGS that consists of the following documents:

  • LRIGS application form (available here). Fill out most of this form online then print a copy to sign and date in ink. (The LRIGS application form is an editable pdf document. To fill it out, you may need the most recent version of Adobe Reader which you can download free from http://get.adobe.com/reader/. If your computer cannot support this software please contact us at michal.guzowski@ualberta.ca.)
  • Responses to questions on the LRIGS application form.
  • Transcripts (official copies only) from all post secondary institutions attended. Official copies are those that 1) are mailed directly to LRIGS from the institutions of origin, 2) are copies that have been notarized OR 3) have been signed and dated as authentic by people in authority at the post secondary institutions of origin or from your current post secondary institution.  Specifically, for the third official transcript option just listed, the people in authority need to legibly print their names, sign above their printed names and then date below the printed name.  Only one person needs to sign each transcript.  One person can sign more than one transcript.  People in authority eligible to satisfy this requirement can include Deans, Department Chairs, previous supervisors or academic staff members at the post secondary institution from which the transcripts originate or current supervisors or academic staff members at your present post secondary institution.
  • Up to date curriculum vitae. PhD applicants need to list all oral and poster presentations and peer reviewed publications.
  • Two letters of reference from current or past employment supervisors or academic instructors or supervisors. Both letters must be current, must explain the referee's relationship to the applicant, be targeted specifically to LRIGS in a way that describes how the applicant would be a good fit to the program, and must include the referee's assessment of how the applicant ranks, percentage wise, in comparison to the referee's past and current students or employees.
  • One letter of reference from the proposed LRIGS supervisor. It needs to confirm that research funds are in place for the applicant, describe the research proposal, describe the interactions and communications that the proposed supervisor has had with the applicant to date and describe the proposed supervisor’s general assessment of the applicant’s strengths.
  • If you have not yet started your graduate studies program at the University of Alberta, then please provide a copy of the email you received from FGSR that confirms the successful submission of your online application to the University of Alberta for admission to graduate studies.
  • If you have already started your graduate studies program at the University of Alberta, then please provide a copy of your official admission approval notice from FGSR.
  • Please send all the requested documents together at one time to the LRIGS Coordinator. The only exception to this instruction is in relation to letters of reference. Your referees can mail or email copies of their letters directly to the LRIGS Coordinator if they prefer to do so.

 

We advise you to:

  • Carefully read and follow all relevant instructions on this web page. If you are applying to the program again, be sure to read the instructions again as they may have changed in the interim.
  • Contact the LRIGS Coordinator should you have any questions or require more information about the application process.
  • Have your proposed LRIGS supervisor review your LRIGS application package before you submit it.
  • Submit your entire LRIGS application package to the LRIGS Coordinator as soon as possible before the deadline. We recommend submitting it at least one week early, but sooner than that is even better. When possible, the LRIGS Coordinator will try to help you by reviewing the package to check for errors or omissions. His feedback will allow you to address errors or omissions before the deadline. Please understand that the LRIGS application process is competitive and late submissions or submissions with errors or omissions will result in your elimination from the competition.

 

Scan and email pdf copies of your completed LRIGS application documents from STEP 5 to the LRIGS Coordinator, at michal.guzowski@ualberta.ca, or mail hard copies of the application documents to the LRIGS Coordinator at:

Mr Michal Guzowski
Coordinator, Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS)
855E General Services Building
Department of Renewable Resources
Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2H1

 

Applications will be accepted throughout the year. 

 

Applications are encouraged from all interested individuals. Those individuals satisfying the selection criteria found here are most likely to be accepted to fill available positions in the program. LRIGS follows the procedure found here when making selection decisions.

 

If you would like to begin the program on September 1 then the LRIGS Coordinator needs to receive your application package by February 1 of the same year. If February 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline will automatically be extended to the end of the following Monday instead. We will reply with an acceptance decision sometime in April.

 

If you would like to begin the program on January 1 then the LRIGS Coordinator needs to receive your application package by June 1 of the previous year. If June 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline will automatically be extended to the end of the following Monday instead. We will reply with an acceptance decision sometime in August.


Go to Top of Page

 

 

If you are applying for a post doctoral fellow position with LRIGS follow the steps listed immediately below in the order shown.

STEP 1

Review the terms of reference document for post doctoral fellows found here. If accepted into the program you will be asked to sign a copy of the document to demonstrate your agreement with all that it says.

 

STEP 2

Secure a supervisor. More information about potential LRIGS supervisors can be found here. When you find someone conducting research that matches your interests you should contact that person to see if he or she would be willing and able to work with you. Let the potential supervisor know that you are interested in working through LRIGS.

 

STEP 3

Agree on a land reclamation research project with your supervisor. Your research project must satisfy the criteria here. Your supervisor needs to have research funding in place to support your project.

 

STEP 4

Put together an application package that consists of the following:

  • LRIGS application form (available here). Fill out most of this form online then print a hard copy to sign and date in ink. (The LRIGS application form is an editable pdf document. To fill it out, you may need the most recent version of Adobe Reader which you can download, for free, from http://get.adobe.com/reader/. If your computer cannot support this software please contact us at michal.guzowski@ualberta.ca.)
  • Responses to questions on the LRIGS application form.
  • Transcripts (official copies only) from all post secondary institutions attended. Official copies are those that 1) are mailed directly to LRIGS from the institutions of origin, 2) are copies that have been notarized OR 3) have been signed and dated as authentic by people in authority at the post secondary institutions of origin or from your current post secondary institution.  Specifically, for the third official transcript option just listed, the people in authority need to legibly print their names, sign above their printed names and then date below the printed name.  Only one person needs to sign each transcript.  One person can sign more than one transcript.  People in authority eligible to satisfy this requirement can include Deans, Department Chairs, previous supervisors or academic staff members at the post secondary institution from which the transcripts originate or current supervisors or academic staff members at your present post secondary institution.
  • Up to date curriculum vitae. List all of your oral and poster presentations and peer reviewed publications.
  • Two letters of reference from current or past employment supervisors or academic instructors or supervisors. Both letters must be current, must explain the referee's relationship to the applicant, be targeted specifically to LRIGS in a way that describes how the applicant would be a good fit to the program, and must include the referee's assessment of how the applicant ranks, percentage wise, in comparison to the referee's past and current students or employees.
  • One letter of reference from the proposed LRIGS supervisor. It needs to confirm that research funds are in place for the applicant, describe the research proposal, describe the interactions and communications that the proposed supervisor has had with the applicant to date and describe the proposed supervisor’s general assessment of the applicant’s strengths.
  • Proof of English language proficiency as applicable and as explained below.
  • Please send all the requested documents together at one time to the LRIGS Coordinator. The only exception to this instruction is in relation to letters of reference. Your referees can mail or email copies of their letters directly to the LRIGS Coordinator if they prefer to do so.

 

To participate in the LRIGS program, post doctoral fellows must have completed their doctoral degree within the last five years. (Parental leave taken for child bearing and rearing is not counted as part of the five year period.)

 

Post doctoral fellows must meet the same English language proficiency requirements as graduate students admitted to the University of Alberta and described in the Graduate Program Manual which can be viewed here and here.

 

  • We advise you to:

    • Carefully read and follow all relevant instructions on this web page. If you are applying to the program again, be sure to read the instructions again as they may have changed in the interim.
    • Contact the LRIGS Coordinator should you have any questions or require more information about the application process.
    • Have your proposed LRIGS supervisor review your LRIGS application package before you submit it.
    • Submit your entire LRIGS application package to the LRIGS Coordinator as soon as possible before the deadline. We recommend submitting it at least one week early, but sooner than that is even better. When possible, the LRIGS Coordinator will try to help you by reviewing the package to check for errors or omissions. His feedback will allow you to address errors or omissions before the deadline. Please understand that the LRIGS application process is competitive and late submissions or submissions with errors or omissions will result in your elimination from the competition.

     

    Scan and email pdf copies of your completed LRIGS application documents from STEP 4 to the LRIGS Coordinator, at michal.guzowski@ualberta.ca, or mail hard copies of the application documents to the LRIGS Coordinator at:

    Mr Michal Guzowski
    Coordinator, Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS)
    855E General Services Building
    Department of Renewable Resources
    Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
    University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2H1


    Applications will be accepted throughout the year. 

     

    Applications are encouraged from all interested individuals. Those individuals satisfying the selection criteria found here are most likely to be accepted to fill available positions in the program. LRIGS follows the procedure found here when making selection decisions.

     

    If you would like to begin the program on September 1 then the LRIGS Coordinator needs to receive your application package by February 1 of the same year. If February 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline will automatically be extended to the end of the following Monday instead. We will reply with an acceptance decision sometime in April.

     

    If you would like to begin the program on January 1 then the LRIGS Coordinator needs to receive your application package by June 1 of the previous year. If June 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline will automatically be extended to the end of the following Monday instead. We will reply with an acceptance decision sometime in August.

     

    Go to Top of Page

     

  •  

    Funding for LRIGS student research assistant positions.

    LRIGS graduate students, post doctoral fellows, researchers and governance committee members can apply for funding for student research assistants. Details about requirements for funding and the funding application process are found here.

     

    Those individuals satisfying the selection criteria found here are most likely to be accepted to fill available positions in the program. LRIGS follows the procedure found here when making selection decisions.

     

    Participating student research assistants must read and agree to a terms of reference document availabe for viewing here. If accepted into the program they will be asked to sign a copy of the document to demonstrate their agreement with all that it says.

     

    Go to Top of Page

     

    Come join us. Help make a positive impact on the world we share.