Frequently Asked Questions

Are mature students eligible?
There is no age limit, as long as you are enrolled full time in a Canadian post-secondary institution and you are not a previous 3MNSF recipient.

Are students enrolled in co-op programs eligible?
If your institution considers you a full-time student during co-op, you are eligible. Please note that nominees currently in co-op will need to have the person writing their nomination letter clearly explain the institution’s policies regarding co-op and full-time status.

Are students enrolled in undergraduate MD programs eligible?

What counts as ‘one semester of study’?
One semester of study is typically considered as one academic term.

What is a full time student?
A full time student is one who is registered in the number of courses that the home institution designates as full time status. Check the academic regulations of your own institution to verify what course load counts as full time.

I am finished all of my degree work but I do not actually graduate until next year. Am I eligible?
No, the spirit of the 3MNSF is for students currently enrolled in a degree program.

Can you say more about who the VP, Students is and what is needed from them?
The Vice President (VP), Students is not a student; rather he or she is a high-ranking administrator at your postsecondary institution who oversees student support and activities. Some institutions use other titles for this position such as Vice Provost, Students; Associate Vice President, Students; or Dean of Students.

Are graduate students eligible?
Yes, as long as the student is full-time and not a previous recipient of a 3MNSF.

Are students enrolled in college programs eligible?
Yes, full-time students enrolled in college programs are eligible.

Are the nomination requirements and adjudication criteria the same for graduate students, university students and college students?
Yes, the nomination requirements and adjudication criteria are the same.

Are students in a second degree program eligible?
Yes, students in a second degree and/or college program are eligible, as long as the student is not a previous 3MNSF recipient.

How are students notified of their status in the adjudication process?
The 3MNF website will have a status of adjudication link so that students can see where in the overall process the adjudicators are. Students will be notified that their nomination has been received. The adjudication process takes up to 10 weeks. Once the adjudication process has been completed and all the contact letters have been compiled, then the students will receive notification (email, telephone or both) regarding their nomination’s outcome.

Who are the adjudicators?
The adjudication team is a mix of faculty, staff and students, including those who were recipients of the 3MNSF and the 3MNTF. Each year there is a mix of returning and new adjudicators. No adjudicators review nominations from their home institution.

What is the adjudication process?
Adjudicators are asked to carefully read the Call for Nominations. They are provided guidelines and instructions to help clarify the adjudication process, mirroring the Call.
Each nomination file is read by 2-3 adjudicators. The nominations are distributed so that no adjudicators read a file from their home institution. If adjudicators know a candidate and/or feel they might be biased in some way, they do not read that file. Adjudicators are paired differently for each of their assigned nomination files. After reading each nomination file, adjudicators complete a scoring sheet, supporting their rankings with written comments, including some made directly to the applicant.

How many nominations can each postsecondary institution submit?
There is no limit on the number of nominations from one institution.