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As close monitoring of COVID-19 continues, GIWS is working closely with USask and our home departments to keep you informed on best practices and recommendations. 

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Researchers awarded prestigious national fellowships for climate change-related projects
University of Saskatchewa (USask), Postdoctoral Fellow, Elliott Skierszkan, has been awarded the prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships. Skierskan's research aims to improve water security for Canadian Arctic communities.


Water Special Issue
GIWS member, Dr. Barrie Bonsal with Environment and Climate Change Canada, is the special issue editor for "Past and Future Trends in Hydro-Climatic Processes" in Water.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 
February 28, 2021

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Master of Water Security (MWS)

The Master of Water Security (MWS) is a 12-month interdisciplinary project-based program that focuses on a holistic approach to water security. 

SENS is currently accepting applications for September 2020. We will continue to accept applications until the program is full; please submit your application as early as possible to ensure adequate time for consideration by the admissions committee.


New Researcher Awards: USask honours exceptional MS and water researchers

Helen Baulch, USask associate professor, has been honoured by USask for her inspiring teaching and mentorship, accomplishing it while having taken two parental leaves. 



GWF-YP Executive Recruitment

The Global Water Futures - Young Professionals (GWF-YP) are now accepting applications for executive Chapter Chair positions for the 2020-2021 term. 

Application deadline:
June 30, 2020



Lets Talk About Water Film Festival

The winners of the Let's Talk About Water Film International Water Film Prize and Youth Film Prize have been announced!


Youth Film Prize Winners

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International Film Prize Winners

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In the News

Alberta wrestles with its most critical resource: water
June 18, 2020 - The Narwhal
John Pomeroy comments on the impacts climate change have on water resources in Alberta over recent years.

Canada’s flooding crisis is spilling over our shores. Only urgent action can dam the breach
June 19, 2020 - The Globe and Mail
In this opinion piece, John Pomeroy and Thomas Axworthy, write about how the Canadian Water Agency would assist in fighting the water crisis across Canada. 

Changements climatiques : la Saskatchewan atteint plus de 70 % de ses cibles en 2020
June 20, 2020 - ICI Saskatchewan Radio Canada
Saman Razavi comments on
 Saskatchewan's initiative towards building resilience against climate change.

Recent Publications

Harder, P., Pomeroy, J. W., and Helgason, W. D.: Improving sub-canopy snow depth mapping with unmanned aerial vehicles: lidar versus structure-from-motion techniques, The Cryosphere, 14, 1919–1935,, 2020.

Codling, G., Yuan, H.D., Jones, P.D., J.P. Giesy, and Hecker, M.  2020. Metals and PFAS in Stormwater and Surface Runoff in a Semi-arid Canadian City Subject to Large Variations in Temperature among Seasons Environ Sci Pollut Res 27: 18232–18241

DeBofsky, A., Y. Xie, C. Grimard, A.J. Alcaraz, M. Pipal, M. Brinkmann, M., Hecker and J.P. Giesy. 2020. Differential Responses of Gut Microbiota of Male and Female Fathead Minnow. (Pimephales promelas) to a Short-term Environmentally-relevant, Aqueous Exposure to Benzo[a]pyrene Chemosphere 252:126461. 0045-6535/c 2020.


Upcoming Courses, Workshops and Webinars

Process-Based Hydrological Modelling
Fall 2020

Due to concerns related to Covid-19, this course will be offered online during the Fall term (9:00-11:50am on Tuesdays, September-December 2020). In subsequent years the course will be offered as a field school at the Barrier Lake Field Station and will include logistics fees.
Water and Nutrient Fluxes in Ecosystems Under a Changing Climate: a Tracer-based Perspective
November 4-6, 2020
Heidelberg, Germany
Abstract submissions deadline: August 3, 2020
Registration deadline: September 7, 2020

Funding and Award Opportunities

🆕 New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) 2020 Exploration

In the near future NFRF-Exploration applications will be added to the USask grants repository under the SSHRC heading, though all three agencies are encompassed within the program, administered by the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) housed within SSHRC.

Internal deadlines: the RASI internal deadline remains set at 5 business days prior to the external agency deadline. As both the Notice of Intent (NOI) and Full Application stages are submitted institutionally, applications must be received through UnivRS by the follow dates:

1. NOI: August 11, 2020 (Submitted in Convergence Portal August 18, 2020)
2. Full Application: October 13, 2020 (Submitted in Convergence Portal October 20, 2020)


Commonwealth Scholarship

These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Education in conjunction with UK universities to support world class research and to contribute to UK higher education and research to help sustain international recognition of the UK higher education system and for the benefit of wider society. The CSC does not offer scholarships to candidates from high income Commonwealth countries who have already started their PhD study in the UK.

Application deadline: August 10, 2020 17:00 (BST)


2020-21 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) competition

Launched by the Vanier-Banting Secretariat, this program offers funding for individuals with PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree completion between September 15, 2017 and September 30, 2021 (inclusively) and is open to both Canadian and international researchers.

Value & duration

  • $70,000 per year (taxable)
  • 2 years (non-renewable)

Process to apply
Nominations must be endorsed by the University of Saskatchewan and will be reviewed internally throughout the application development process to determine suitability for final submission to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat. The University of Saskatchewan timeline.

Key dates

  • July 3, 2020 – 8:00 am (CST): Deadline for submission of U of S Notification of Intent (NOI).  Please see the attached NOI form for details as well as the full competition timeline. Nominees will be notified by July 17th if they have been selected to proceed to the full application stage.
  • August 12, 2020 – 8:00 am (CST): Deadline for submission of full application for internal review and recommendation. Nominees will be notified by August 24th if their application is suitable for submission to the national competition.
  • October 1, 2020 – 8:00am (EDT): Deadline for submission to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat.  Competition results are expected in mid-February 2020.



Eligibility changes to NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships program


NSERC is removing the one-per-lifetime restriction on applications to the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) program. For the 2021 competition year (application deadline October 19, 2020), unsuccessful applicants from previous competitions will be able to apply again, provided they still meet all other eligibility criteria. 


GWF PhD Excellence Scholarships


The entrance scholarship is offered to students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise, have exceptional communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities, and at the time of application have not yet accepted or registered for a PhD program at University of Saskatchewan.

Application deadline: October 16th, 2020


Notification of intent to apply for a Discovery Grant – 2021 competition

The Discovery Grants Program assists in:

  • promoting and maintaining a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities;
  • fostering research excellence;
  • providing a stimulating environment for research training.

The University of Saskatchewan encourages all Discovery Grant applicants to refer to the following online resources that may be useful for your next Discovery Grant application:

Wednesday, July 15th: Submit Intention to Apply/Request for Internal Review Form (attached) for NSERC DG and RTI to indicating ‘Lastname NSERC DG/RTI’ in the subject heading. We recommend that DG applicants ask their internal reviewers to also provide feedback on their RTI application (if applying for RTI). We would like to ask all DG and RTI applicants to submit this form.

Notification of intent to apply (NOI) deadline date: August 4, 2020, 8:00 p.m. (ET). NSERC will not accept an NOI after the deadline date.


University of Saskatchewan Publication Fund

The Publications Fund offers modest support towards scholarly and creative works published by University of Saskatchewan faculty. A faculty member can submit one request in either of the following categories:

•        up to $1,500 to assist in Publishing costs;

•        up to $1,500 for a formal Book Publication Subvention; or

•        up to $1,500 for Other Scholarly and Artistic Works as defined in the guidelines.

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Job Opportunities

Exascale Software Engineer III
Boulding, Colorado
Forest Carbon Research Scientist - Soils
Natural Resources Canada - Northern Forestry Centre - Canadian Forest Service
Alberta, Canada
Application deadline: July 3, 2020

Professor of Empire Innovation in High Resolution Atmospheric Modeling 
University of Albany, State University of New York,
Atmospheric Sciences Research Centre (ASRC)

Application deadline: open until filled

Jarislowsky Chair in Sustainable Water Futures
Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Chemistry and Biogeochemistry
Application deadline: open until filled

Research Scientist Positions - Water Modelling Team
Global Water Futures
University of Saskatchewan
Application deadline: open until filled


Student Opportunities

Integrated surface water and groundwater modelling under changing climate and land management factors
University of Alberta
Application deadline: open until filled

Postdoctoral Research Scientist Position in Tropical Convective Processes and Variability over West Africa
University of Oklahoma
Application deadline: open until filled

GWF Water Modelling opportunities
  • Postdoctoral scholars in Planetary Water Prediction (8 positions)
  • Postdoctoral scholar in convection-permitting climate modelling (1 position)
  • PhD students in computational hydrology (4 positions)

MES in Interdisciplinary Nutrient Monitoring and Management (2 positions)
University of Saskatchewan
Application deadline: open until filled
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