IGTC Application FAQ

Frequently asked questions about applications

I am a new student, can I still enroll in the IGTC or apply for a fellowship?
Yes, you must identify an advisor at a PIMS university you would like to work with during your graduate studies, and this advisor would need to write you a letter of support. Some potential advisors can be found on the IGTC People page.

What if I apply to the IGTC but then decide to change my research project?
Your project must still fall under Mathematical Biology at a PIMS university, and must be approved by the IGTC Review panel. This review would take place during the annual review of enrollment in the program.

What if I apply to the IGTC but then decide to change my supervisor?
Your project must still fall under Mathematical Biology at a PIMS university, and must be approved by the IGTC Review panel (at the annual review of your enrollment in the IGTC program). If you have an IGTC fellowship, your new supervisor would need to outline their planned contribution to the IGTC curriculum development during the tenure of the award.

I am a new student. Are there any projects I can apply for?
Please have a look at the list of IGTC faculty and projects on the IGTC website.

I am a new student, but intend to apply to multiple PIMS institutions. What should I do to complete my application?
You should complete one application form, submit one set of transcripts, but note which institutions you are applying. One research statement is sufficient, please include your general research interests and if possible a description of your proposed project at each location. You also need to request a letter of support from all potential supervisors, along with a detailed statement of supervisor’s/advisor’s planned contribution to the IGTC curriculum development (from each potential advisor).

I am a faculty member and need to submit statements supporting applications from more than one student. What should I do?

You need to submit only one proposal for your planned contribution to curriculum development. However, please submit a separate statement of planned financial support for each student.

How much information should my statement of research interests include?
Depending on whether you are a new student or existing student your statement may be different. If you have already decided on a research project and a plan for your graduate studies, you should include a summary of this. If you have not decided on a research project, you should describe your area of interest, e.g., ecology, physiology, and what directions you are interested in pursuing. Your statement should be about one paragraph, up to a maximum of one page. The more relevant information you include helps the review panel better evaluate your application.

I am applying for a fellowship, do I also need to submit an application for enrollment?
No, if you apply for a fellowship, your application will automatically be considered for enrollment too. If you are successfully nominated for a fellowship, you will be accepted for enrollment. However if you are unsuccessful in your fellowship application, you will also be considered for enrollment in the program.