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The Wladimir A. Smirnoff Fellowship is a joint initiative of the Société de protection des forêts contre les insectes et maladies (SOPFIM) and Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service (NRCan – CFS).

A $5,000 fellowship will be awarded annually to each of two Master’s or Ph.D. students in biology and integrated management of forest pests (insects and diseases) at a Quebec university.

The deadline for submission of applications is February 28th 2019.

The names of the award winners will be announced at the end of March, and the fellowships will be available as soon as the recipients enroll in the programs.

At the request of the two funding organizations, the award winners should agree to participate in promotional activities.

NOTE: Award winners may apply for a second fellowship (maximum of two fellowships per graduate cycle). These applications will be evaluated in the same way as those from other candidates.

Information sheet Wladimir-A. -Smirnoff_Fellowship.pdf

Wladimir A. Smirnoff (1917 - 2000), the scientist

A native of Russia, Wladimir A. Smirnoff became interested in forest pest control at an early age. After pursuing graduate and doctoral studies in forestry at St. Petersburg State University, he left his country for 10 years of productive research at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) in Morocco while completing a doctoral degree in science at the Sorbonne in Paris.

In 1957, he accepted a position as an insect pathology researcher with the Canadian Forest Service - Laurentian Forestry Centre. Over the next 28 years, he made a significant contribution to the development and recognition of insect pathology.

His great contribution to biological forest pest control was made possible by his powers of persuasion in promoting the use of Bacillus thuringiensis, a microbial insecticide, to control spruce budworm, the most destructive insect in the coniferous forests of North America. During his career, Wladimir A. Smirnoff published more than 300 scholarly articles and won many awards, including the prix Léo-Pariseau presented by the Association canadienne-française pour l’avancement des sciences. He was a lifetime member of the Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers du Québec, member emeritus of the Société d’entomologie du Québec and of the Association des biologistes du Québec, researcher emeritus at the Centre de recherche en biologie forestière de l’Université Laval, researcher emeritus at the Canadian Forest Service and named a member of the Order of Canada in 1997.

A prolific researcher, Wladimir A. Smirnoff was above all a nature lover, and was particularly fond of the Laurentian forest. His splendid paintings, infused with delightful flowers, dreams and symbols, reflect this love.

The fellowship that bears his name will be awarded for the pursuit and promotion of research in the fields that captured the interest of this great scientist.

Eligibility criteria

The applicant must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;

  • be enrolled in a full-time program at the graduate or post-graduate level in a Quebec university during the year following the application, for at least two semesters;

  • study biology and integrated management of forest pests, including insects and diseases (development of new pest control, prevention and detection approaches, development of application technologies for biological pesticides, improvement of knowledge of the ecology and physiology of pests, development of decision-support tools for pest management, etc.);

  • have the support of a research director for the project.

Selection criteria

Provisional list of selection criteria:

  • Quality of the candidate’s academic record;
  • Letter of interest;
  • Value and originality of the proposed project;
  • Relevance and potential impact of the project;
  • Contribution of the proposed research to the advancement of knowledge in the field of biology and integrated management of forest pests;
  • Candidate’s ability to complete the project;
  • Logistical and financial feasibility of the project;

Additional information to be provided

(Please write in block letters)

Attach an appendix entitled Research experience. Include the following:

  • Position held;
  • Description of duties;
  • Work location;
  • Contact information for immediate supervisor;
  • Period of employment.
  • Letters of support from the research director and from an immediate supervisor about the applicant's work experience to illustrate his or her ability to complete the project. The letter of support from the research director shall certify that the student is registered full-time.

Attach an appendix entitled Research project description. Include the following:

  • Description of the project (maximum 4 pages);
  • Work plan, schedule and research budget;
  • Institution involved in the project;
  • Contact information for the research director;
  • Contact information for co-directors and/or partner scientists.

Registration instructions

Before submitting your application by e-mail, make sure that it includes, in one PDF file, all of these documents in the following order:

Required documents:

  • the Formulaire_inscription_2019.pdf duly completed
  • a letter of interest
  • a copy of proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident of Canada
  • a copy of all academic transcripts (undergraduate, master's and doctorate, if applicable)
  • an appendix entitled Research experience including letters of support from a research director and an immediate supervisor
  • an appendix entitled Research project description
  • a copy of the curriculum vitae
  • a copy of university diplomas


Send the requested  PDF document by e-mail to:

As subject of the e-mail, write: Wladimir A. Smirnoff Fellowship


Fellowship applicants

> 2018
Judith Mogouong

Madame Mogouong est étudiante au Doctorat en Biologie à l'institut Armand Frappier de Laval. L'axe principal de recherche du laboratoire Guertin auquel elle est rattachée, vise à  participer à la lutte biologique à travers l'utilisation des champignons entomopathogènes et la caractérisation des microorganismes associés aux insectes. Ses objectifs de recherche visent à démontrer qu'il existe une corrélation entre des facteurs du microenvironnement de l'agrile du frêne et la sructure des communautés bactériennes et fongiques qui lui sont associées.

Progress Report

Progress Report

The report (4-5 pages) is a prerequisite for the second payment of the scholarship to the recipient (the first payment is made in April). The report must

  • include an introduction, a description of the work carried out and of the results obtained, as well as the objectives and schedule of activities for the continuation of the work;
  • be accompanied with a letter from the research director stating that he or she agrees with the content of this report;
  • be accompanied with a letter from the research director or registrar stating that full‑time studies are continuing; and
  • be submitted no later than the first Friday of November.