June Newsletter

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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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Palash Sanyal named Action Canadian Fellow

GIWS Strategic Partnership Specialist, Palash Sanyal, was selected as one of the emerging leaders to become Action Canada Fellows. They are top candidates who share a common commitment to Canada and a demonstrated engagement in public policy. 


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. 

Application deadline for the 2020-2021 year: June 15th, 2020

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Water Special Issue
GIWS member Dr. Barry 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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Water Day on the Hill 2020 Report

The Water Day on the Hill (WDOT) 2020 report has been released. The report describes the objective of the event, provides highlights of the activities and offers insights into future direction.

read full report >>

Keep an eye out for WDOTH 2021.


Integrated Modelling Program For Canada 3rd (Virtual) Annual Meeting 

The 3rd annual IMPC meeting will be held as planned on 15-17 June, 2020. However, due to challenges posed by the COVID-19 situation, this meeting will be held in a virtual and abridged format. Registration is required and a link to join webinars will be cirulated after registration. 

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GWF2020 Virtual Annual Open Science Meeting

GWF2020 Virtual Open Science Meeting will be held this year beginning on June 15, 2020, in an alternative virtual format including published compendium of abstracts, an online poster session, and an online policy panel discussion.

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USask-led international film festival launches

A six-week film festival and competition showcasing internationally acclaimed documentaries, features and independent shorts—including films by students from Saskatoon schools—was launched this week by the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).


USask-led partnership awarded $2.5M to advance global climate education

Working with international partners, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has been awarded a $2.5-million Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to increase climate change education, training and public awareness on a global scale.


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

Each week from May 21 - June 26 we will release our curated selection of a featured film and a handful of submissions from our Water Film Prize competition in our virtual theatre. 

Watch and rate now to give your favorites a chance to win the Viewers' Choice Award!

Week 3 Featured Films - June 4:

The Resilient
The Resilient follows the drought-stricken Norwegian farmer Einar as he is searching for ways to continue the family legacy of dairy farming. After the most difficult season of his career, he travels to Malawi in East Africa.
Featured competition films:
3.6% of water consumption is spent on household purposes: to drink, to cook, to clean.
Listen - Learn - Act
A brief video explaining the importance of everybody becoming aware of the issues we face with water.
Water Empathy: The Science of Caring
This video summarizes the importance of empathy in the governance, distribution, and sharing of water.
Watch now!

In the News

USask Nutrient App kit engages community to take lead on algal blooms
May 22, 2020 - Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine
Diogo Costa comments on the new-community based sampling app kit used to engage citizen science in helping to identify algal bloom hotspots. 

Recent Publications

Fang, X. and Pomeroy, J. W. (2020), Diagnosis of future changes in hydrology for a Canadian Rockies headwater basin, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 2731–2754,

Vionnet, V., Fortin, V., Gaborit, E., Roy, G., Abrahamowicz, M., Gasset, N., & Pomeroy, J. W. (2020). Assessing the factors governing the ability to predict late-spring flooding in cold-region mountain basins. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences24(4), 2141.

Westbrook, C.J., Ronnquist, A. and Bedard‐Haughn, A. (2020), Hydrological functioning of a beaver dam sequence and regional dam persistence during an extreme rainstorm. Hydrological Processes. In press. doi:10.1002/hyp.13828


Upcoming Courses, Workshops and Webinars

Process-Based Hydrological Modelling
October 17-28, 2020
Barrier Lake Field Station
Registration deadline: coming soon
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
Climate and Artist Webinar Series - Part 2
Climate Change & Canada's Water Future 
With John Pomeroy & Trevor Davies
June 17, 2020 11 am PT

Funding and Award Opportunities

🆕 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


Indigenous Innovation Initiative/Grand Challenges Canada - Advancing Indigenous Gender Equality Through Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Request for Proposals (RFP)

Grants of $100,000 to $250,000 to Advance Indigenous Gender Equality

Indigenous Innovation Initiative seeks bold ideas that will advance equality for Indigenous peoples across Canada, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in urban, rural, remote, and Northern region

Approaches must be grounded in Indigenous community, culture and ways of knowing and being and apply a gender lens in its considerations on equality. Indigenous women and gender diverse innovators and Indigenous women and gender diverse-led projects will be given priority.

Expression of Interest deadline date: June 9, 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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Mitacs Globalink Research Internship

The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (GRI) is now accepting faculty submissions for summer 2021. GRI pairs faculty in Canada with international undergrads for 12-week research projects from May to October.

Submit projects by June 10, 2020, at 1 p.m. PT.

For information and support, please contact Dr. Zsuzsa Papp at and the USask international research facilitation team at
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Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship Funding 

  • Master’s students can complete an 18-month project (minimum $30,000 stipend)
  • PhD students can complete a three-year project (minimum $72,000 stipend)

Along with their research experience with an industry or not-for-profit partner, participating students receive training that helps them ensure the success of their projects and further their careers.

Apply now

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute grants and funding opportunities  

Job Opportunities

Forest Carbon Research Scientist - Soils
Natural Resources Canada - Northern Forestry Centre - Canadian Forest Service
Alberta, Canada
Application deadline: July 3, 2020

Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Remote Sensing of Snow Hydrology
University of Saskatchewan
Application deadline: May 26

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

Ducks Unlimited Canada Chair: Wetland and Waterfowl Conservation
University of Saskatchewan
Application review: March 2, 2020

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

Assistant Professor, Hydrology and Surface Processes
Baylor University, Department of Geosciences
Application review: November 1, 2019


Student Opportunities

Post-Doc in Hydrological Research
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute

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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