Rio Tinto Alcan Research Fellowships


April 29, 2019 at 4:00 PM (PST)

Eligibility of Citizenship: Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International
Degree Level: Masters and Doctoral
Award Status: Open
Applicant Status: Incoming Students and Continuing Students


Quick Facts

As part of its ongoing commitment to innovation and research, Rio Tinto Alcan offers an $18,000 research fellowship for a UBC graduate student in a field of pure or applied science related to Rio Tinto Alcan’s activities. Preferred areas of study include: Aluminum Metallurgy, Electrolysis, Hydrometallurgy, Environment, Analytical Technologies, Modelling and Control Systems, and Data Science.

Annual Value:  $18,000


  • Applicants must be enrolled or accepted in first year Masters or first/second year Doctoral studies in 2019 – 2020 academic year
  • The scholarship is non-renewable and students who received the scholarship in the past are not eligible to apply again

Eligible Research Areas

  • Aluminum metallurgy
  • Electrolysis
  • Hydrometallurgy
  • Environment
  • Analytical technologies
  • Modelling and control systems
  • Data Science


The criteria used by the committee to decide the recipient are:

  • Academic document including distinctions
  • Publications (depending of the level of advancement)
  • Work experience / Leadership / Social implication
  • Quality of the reference letters
  • Relevance of the topic for the Aluminium industry

Application Procedures

Applicants are to submit application materials to the College of Graduate Studies by the deadline indicated above. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. The following application materials are required:

  • Cover letter listing:
    • Student name
    • UBC student number
    • UBC graduate program
    • Name of UBC supervisor
    • Names of those providing letters of recommendation
  • Proof of enrolment or acceptance
  • Project description (four page maximum, double spaced)
    • Must include proposed timeline
  • Official, up-to-date transcripts for all university-level studies (including studies undertaken but not completed)
    • UBC transcripts must be original and official paper transcripts, received by the graduate program in sealed envelope from Enrolment Services
    • Transcripts from institutions other than UBC must be official, but can be original or “certified true” copies provided by the applicant’s graduate programs. Please note that students must request “certified true” copies of transcripts from their graduate program, not from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Updated CV
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or researchers (one of whom must be your research supervisor), who have followed the applicant’s progress during his or her university studies. Only recommendation letters signed by the person providing the reference are acceptable; original or scanned copies sent by e-mail are acceptable
  • Please submit applications electronically to: 

Nomination Procedures

  • The College of Graduate Studies Scholarship and Awards Committee will review and rank all applications submitted and forward the top-ranked applications to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, UBC Vancouver
  • Only successful applicants will be notified

Adjudication Procedures

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, UBC Vancouver will convene an adjudication committee composed of UBC faculty members to review nominations submitted by graduate programs and select UBC’s nominees to the national competition. Only one fellowship per university will be awarded at any one time. Rio Tinto Alcan may decide not to award a fellowship if the project fails to meet the criteria and standards of excellence set by the selection committee.


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