As part of its marine industry promotional campaign, SODES awards a $1,500 scholarship to a graduate or postgraduate student in a field related to the maritime industry, as well as to a Institut maritime du Québec student.

Information – 2018 University scholarship

• St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES)

Application deadline
October 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. EST

Promote university graduate-level studies in fields related to responsible marine-sector economic development.
Examples: transport logistics, oceanography, environment, engineering, international trade, international logistics, water sciences, geography, administration, etc.


  • 1 grant of $1500 (non-renewable)

Grant period
*Grant available for the years 2017 and 2018.

Reserved for

  • Canadian citizens
  • Permanent residents

Students targeted

  • Master’s and Doctorate levels
  • Postdoctoral fellowes
  • All programs

Eligibility criteria

  • Be a Canadian citizen or have resident or permanent resident status;
  • Have completed two (2) terms in his/her program at the time of application;
  • Be registered as a full-time student at the time of application and during the year for which the grant is awarded (12 or more credits per session);
  • Be registered in a Quebec university in a field of study or research related to responsible marine-sector economic development;
  • Show leadership and involvement in his/her field.

To receive this grant, you must participate to the SODES luncheon-conference on November 22, 2018 in Montreal.

Selection criteria

  • Academic excellence (at university) 50%
  • Research potential 30%
  • Leadership characteristics and social skills 20%

Application documents
The candidate’s file must contain the following:

  • application form;
  • summary of research proposed, describing the research project and its importance for one or more fields of research related to the maritime sector (1 page maximum);
  • detailed résumé;
  • copy of most recent transcript.

2017 edition

Sodes awarded the SODES Next Generation scholarship tu David Didier, a PhD a PhD candidate in Environmental Sciences at the Université du Québec à Rimouski and Montréal. The jury, consisted of Céline Audet, Institut des sciences Laureat_bourse_releve_2017_WPde la mer (ISMER), and Theme Director, Resources, marine energies and health of the maritime economy, Réseau Québec Maritime (RQM); Yan Cimon, Full Professor and Director, Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT); and Candice Sénéchal, MerLIN Project Coordinator, Technopole maritime du Québec. The jury members recognized Mr. Didier’s academic excellence and the relevance of his research project analyzing and developing a mapping model of coastal flooding in the Estuary and the Gulf of St. Lawrence in a context of climate change, entitled “Analyse et développement d’un modèle de cartographie de la submersion côtière dans l’estuaire et le golfe du Saint-Laurent dans un contexte de changements climatiques”.

2015 edition

SODES awarded the first SODES Next Generation scholarship to Charles Gignac, a PhD student in water sciences at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS). The jury, consisting of Bernard _SAM4360Gendron, Director of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT), Pierre-Olivier Pineau, Professor at HEC Montréal, and Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, Associate Professor at Polytechnique Montréal, recognized his academic excellence and his research’s potential (“Sea Ice: Past, Present and Future”).

Scholarship for Institut maritime du Québec’s students

SODES also recognizes the academic excellence of Institut maritime du Québec (IMQ) students.