Bishop’s University will nominate one student for the 3M National Student Fellowship in 2016. This is the highest recognition of educational leadership for undergraduate students in Canada, and we believe that the students at Bishop’s University have a distinct advantage in this competition. 


Applications must be submitted to Dr. Jessica Riddell, Chair, 3M Selection Committee, by November 15, 2015. Email:
If the candidate is chosen as the institutional nominee, the external deadline is January 29, 2016.


You must be enrolled full-time in a post-secondary college or university diploma or degree program at a Canadian institution. You are enrolled in your first program. You must have completed at least one full semester of study. You may not apply during the final year of your degree or diploma.


The application package should include

  1. Nomination Letter (1-2 pages. Nominators can be faculty, staff, or members of the administration)
  2. Statement of Educational Leadership (1-2 pages on your definition and vision of leadership in higher education)
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Academic Transcripts (university only) 
  5. List of Referees (members of the community who will write letters on behalf of your candidacy. They can be students, staff, faculty, community members, etc). 

For more information about the dossier, see


Each cohort member will receive an award of $5,000 to be spent at their discretion. Further, each cohort member will be invited to join the others at the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) in June, where they will also participate in a 3M National Student Fellowship Program retreat. Awardees will receive a contribution towards their cost of travel to and accommodation during the conference. While at the conference, they will have the opportunity to develop a cross-Canadian collaborative project with other cohort members

3M Student Fellowship Selection Criteria focuses on four ares:

  1. Leadership
  2. Educational Insight
  3. Experiences
  4. Achievements.

Leadership pertains to the ways in which the candidate has demonstrated leadership in their educational institution, as well as in communities external to their college or university. Educational Insights, Experiences, and Achievements pertain to the candidate’s depth of engagement in identifying challenges facing post-secondary education in Canada, transformational educational experiences, their reflections on their experiences (academic and otherwise) to date, and their achievements (academic and otherwise).

While this fellowship does seek to recognize the contributions of candidates to date, it also seeks to identify real potential, supporting the future development of the candidate. Adjudicators are encouraged to look for evidence that the candidate is committed to building on their past experiences as they seek to create change in the future (and not simply ‘rest on their laurels’ from past achievements).