Awarded by The Gunhard A.E. Oravas Educational Fund, The Dr. Gunhard A.E. Oravas Memorial Scholarship is granted to doctoral students involved in research in the area of Computational Mechanics of Deformable Solids. At the present time, the scholarships are intended for Ph. D. students at the Faculty of Engineering of McMaster University and University of Waterloo; however, in the future, applications from other Canadian Universities may be considered.

Scholarship criteria

  • Availability: Annual award; up to 3 scholarships of max. $14,000/each 
  • Deadline: April 15th 
  • Main Criteria: The quality of the proposed research (60%); academic background of applicant (40%)


Please submit:
  • Research proposal (max. 3 pages)
    • Should provide a brief overview of the current state of knowledge in the proposed research area, address the scope of research and methodology, and highlight the novelty of contribution 
  • Curriculum Vitae (1-2 pages)
    • Should demonstrate the applicant’s background in the proposed research area and include the list (or copies) of publications (if any)
  • Transcripts (including M.Sc./Ph.D.)
  • Letter of recommendation from faculty supervisor (to be sent directly to Dr. S. Pietruszczak)
  • Submission: No later than April 15th; via email to Dr. S. Pietruszczak (

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