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 – 2021 University scholarship


  • Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES)

Application deadline

October 1, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.


Promote graduate-level studies in fields related to responsible maritime economic development.

Examples: transport logistics, oceanography, environment, engineering, international trade, international logistics, water sciences, geography, administration, etc.


  • 1 scholarship of $1 500 (non-renewable)


  • Annual

Reserved for

  • Canadian citizens
  • Permanent residents

Students targeted

  • Master’s and PhD students
  • Postdoctoral fellows
    • All programs

Eligibility criteria

  • Be a Canadian citizen or have resident/permanent resident status;
  • Have completed two (2) sessions in your 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 scholarship is awarded;
  • Be enrolled in a Québec university in a field of study or research related to responsible maritime economic development;
  • Show leadership and involvement in your field/community.

Selection criteria

Academic excellence (at university)             40%

Research potential                                         35%

Character traits and social skills                15%

Essay question                                              10%


Essay question

We would like to learn more about you and your goals. Please answer the following essay question on your vision for the maritime sector in a Word document (300-700 words): “Explain your vision of the maritime sector of tomorrow. How will your contribution(s) help achieve this vision?”.

Application documents

Your application must include the following:

  • Application form;
  • Summary of proposed research, describing the research project and its importance for the maritime sector (1 page maximum);
  • Detailed résumé, including your involvement in university life, volunteering and community work;
  • Copy of most recent transcript* and/or program average;
  • List of your scientific or cultural publications, participation in studies or research, if applicable, linked to the maritime sector;
  • Word document answering the essay question (300-700 words).

* Identify relevant program courses using a colour code if more than one program/study level is shown on the document provided. If you have no courses this session, please identify the courses linked to the maritime sector taken in previous years.