Dr David Schindler—Leader of Experimental Lake Investigations at the Experimental Lakes Area from 1968 till 1989—was many things to many people. Pioneer of Canadian science. Strong advocate for the Experimental Lakes Area. Leader in the world of limnology.


For us, one of Dave’s greatest passions was championing and empowering the next generation of freshwater scientists.


In 2022, to honour that legacy, we established the first-ever Dr. David Schindler IISD-ELA Undergraduate Student Fellowship.


This year the fellowship returns, and will be awarded to a student who demonstrates a passion for freshwater science and a strong interest in field research. They will receive CAD 2,000 in addition to their student salary for the summer and will be promoted in our communications (including the annual report, social media etc.)


Preference will be given to students who self-identify as Indigenous.


Want to become the Dr. David Schindler IISD-ELA Undergraduate Student Fellow for 2023?


Just complete the following two steps:

  • In addition to that application, submit a 500-word essay answering the question “What does the legacy of David Schindler and IISD Experimental Lakes Area mean to you as a budding environmental scientist?” at this link.

Getting to spend a summer at IISD Experimental Lakes Area is the dream—I love the work and the people!

Monica Giesbrecht, our first ever Dr. David Schindler IISD-ELA Undergraduate Student Fellow in 2022.

Want to support the freshwater guardians of the future?

Please consider supporting the first ever Dr. David Schindler IISD-ELA Undergraduate Student Fellowship at IISD-ELA by making a gift to our Endowment Fund by clicking this link.