CAUS Training Scholarship


This scholarship will encourage continued excellence in the training of early-career researchers in Canadian post-secondary academic institutions, while at the same time promoting the culture of safe scientific diving practices that are advanced by CAUS.

It will motivate and reward academic achievement and excellence within the scientific diving sector, and highlight the importance of the continued application of safe diving practices which aid in the study of a broad range of scientific disciplines in the aquatic environment.

Further, this scholarship has been established to promote the importance of CAUS as the leading, national volunteer organization dedicated to developing and advancing a safe and effective code of practice for scientific diving in Canada.

Who is Eligible?

Eligible candidates are:

  1. Undergraduate or graduate students;
  2. Enrolled in academic institutions that are members in good standing of the CAUS; and,
  3. Undertaking a research or pedagogical project, in any scientific discipline, that promotes, advances or otherwise contributes to the use of safe scientific diving practices.


One cash award of $750, awarded annually.

Applicant Requirements

All applicants must:

  1. Be a currently registered undergraduate or graduate student of a CAUS member institution (in good standing);
  2. EXCEPTION: In this first year (2016) only of the award, the applicant must may have graduated no more than 12 months prior to submission of the application;
  3. Be a currently qualified CAUS Scientific Diver or equivalent, or if not a certified diver, have a demonstrated contribution to the advancement of scientific diving or education; and,
  4. Be directly involved in a research, education or training project that uses the tools and safe practices of scientific diving.


All applicants must:

  1. Using the template provided, submit an application detailing the diving or diving-related activities to be conducted. Describe how diving is essential for the successful completion of the proposed work;
  2. Briefly describe the diving or dive training methods used in the research, education or training program, and outline how the work contributes to the culture and promotion of safe scientific diving practices;
  3. Provide a resume or curriculum vitae, and specifically describe any unique training and other certifications related to diving;
  4. Provide a copy of the most recent academic transcripts, including courses currently in progress; and,
  5. Provide a letter of support from the academic advisor.

Download the info sheet and application template.

Deadline for Applications

The completed application and supporting materials[1] must be submitted by December 31 of the year before the scholarship is awarded. For example, the application for the 2017 Scholarship must be received by December 31, 2016.

Applicants will be notified of award status by February 28 of the following year.

Applications and supporting materials must be sent to withCAUS Training Scholarship Application – 20xx (where xx is the scholarship year)” in the subject line.

Questions regarding the scholarship can be directed to with “CAUS Training Scholarship” in the subject line.

2016 CAUS Evaluation Committee

  • Rich Moccia – Chair
  • Mark Bailey
  • Sherri Ferguson
  • Jeremy Heywood
  • Gary Saunders

[1] Note that all application files will be treated in strictest confidence, and will only be seen by the CAUS Evaluation Committee.  All files will be destroyed after the annual assessments are completed in order to protect confidentiality of applicant.