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Examples of texts for a scholarship application

Use the examples as guidelines and adapt them to the contest you wish to apply to.

Projet de recherche (Research Project)

INSTRUCTIONS: The description of the research project must contain, in order, the following: the title of the project, the problem, the objectives (primary and secondary), the methodology, the anticipated benefits of the research and bibliographical references (maximum 3).

Development of a robotic system to allow for repairs involving contact with the environment to be carried out.

Hydro-Québec Production operates in excess of 500 dikes and dams, and more than 100 of these are 50 years old or older. In order to ensure the long-term safety and reliability of its installations, Hydro-Québec must carry out repair works on submerged structures. With a view to reducing the risk of accidents and downtime for electricity production groups, Hydro-Québec has launched a project involving the development of a robotic system to allow for repairs involving contact with the environment to be carried out, namely automated underwater repairs to grooves located in notches in which beams slide in order to allow gates upstream of generating stations to be dried out. This project is part of the second design and development phase for the underwater robotic system aimed at repairing submerged structures related to Hydro-Québec dams.

The proposed research project targets the development of algorithms for controlling the manipulator, which is the part of the system that will generate the precise movements and forces required for the repair procedure. In order to accomplish this, work will be carried on the development of a force-position controller. This controller must be robust, because it will always be operating within a transitional area where the contact surface is not well known. In addition, the manipulator is mounted on a mobile carrier, which means that the positioning of its base is imprecise, and finally, the underwater grinding process will involve unpredictable disturbances caused by the movement of the water.

A literature review will be conducted in order to study the various types of controllers and to become familiar with the grinding process and any studies that have already been conducted in connection with this project. Subsequently, a number of robust control strategies will be compared, with a view to evaluating their performance. More specifically, an impedance-based control law will be compared to a hybrid force-position control law. New methods based on formulations of the robustness problem using linear matrix inequalities will be used to calculate the control system gains. Tests will be conducted in order to validate the limits of the controllers and the quality of deburring that is produced.

This approach will allow for optimization of the performance of the system despite the considerable uncertainties caused by the imprecise carrier and the grinding process, in addition to the immersion of the system in water.

J. J. Slotine and W. Li, “Adaptive manipulator control: A case study”, IEEE Trans. Automat. Contr. vol. 33, no. 11 (Nov. 1988), pp. 995-1003.

G.M. Bone, M.A. Elbestawi, R. Lingarkar, L. Lui, “Force Control for Robotic Deburring”, Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, (1991). pp. 395-113.

Expériences en recherche et autres expériences pertinentes (Research Experiences or other relevant experiences)

INSTRUCTIONS: Identify up to 3 research or work experiences related to your field of research. Describe each experience, your tasks and responsibilities, the location and the dates. Master’s or PhD’s research work are not eligible.

During my second Bachelor work-term, from September to December of 2022, I worked in a research laboratory at Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal (HSCM) under the supervision of Dr. Charles Lafont. The project that I was working on involved the development of a new system for closing human sternums following open heart surgery.

Before I arrived, the HSCM laboratory had already created the shape-memory-alloy connecting element that would allow for the two sides of the sternum to be joined, along with two prototypes of tools to be used to hold it in place. The objective of my work was to create a test bench simulating the thoracic cavity in order to test both the connecting element and the tools. In addition, I was successful in making the latest prototype operational when it was found to have defects that made it unusable. Therefore, I developed skills related to the design of new tools aimed at carrying out research projects.

During the summer of 2021, I worked as a Machinist at Pratt & Whitney. I was involved in the fabrication of engine parts using a variety of production machinery. I also carried out specific repairs in order to recover parts that would normally have been rejected. My work entailed determining the proper tools, rotation speeds and feed rates, and sometimes arranging the modular supports and fixtures to hold the parts.

Aptitudes à la communication et au leadership et entregent (Communication, leadership and interpersonal skills)

INSTRUCTIONS: Describe experiences which demonstrate your communication, leadership and interpersonal skills acquired during your university studies such as: mentoring, teaching, project management, student clubs, event organization, presentations other than conferences or congress. Start with the most recent. Describe each activity, your tasks and responsibilities, the location and the dates.  

Laboratory Assistant (ÉTS) for two sessions at the Bachelor level (ELE105-Electrical Circuits during the Fall 2022 session and MEC240-Thermodynamics during the Winter 2023 session). My duties included explaining the rules of the lab, answering technical and theory-related questions and ensuring the understanding of students. I also acted as mediator among the various work groups.

I took part in ÉTS Classe Techno events (2022 and 2023), the goal of which is to make science accessible to the public. I acted as a guide for young visitors, and was involved in setting up the exhibition and hosting one of the recommended activities (PontPop).


INSTRUCTIONS: Present the complete reference of your refereed publications. Start with the most recent. The information must be presented in the following order: 1) Published articles, 2) Accepted but not yet published articles, 3) Submitted articles.  

  1. Published articles

Bleau, J., Lister, W., Adaptive control: A case study, Automotive Control, vol. 13, no. 11, pp. 995-1003, June 2022

  1. Accepted but not yet published articles

Bleau, J., Moreau, P., LForce Control for Robotic, Journal of Dynamic Systems Control, (2023)

  1. Submitted articles

Bleau, J., Robotics Control and Robot Controller, Journal of Robotics (2022)


INSTRUCTIONS: Present the complete reference of your refereed communications in congresses or conventions (maximum 5). The information must be presented in the following order: 1) Presented communications, 2) Accepted but not yet presented communications, 3) Submitted communications.

  1. Presented communications

Bleau, J., F. Léveillé, H. Nelson, Mesures terrain de l’atténuation du bruit de protecteurs auditifs. Canadian Accoustics Conference, 2022. 

  1. Accepted but not yet presented communications

Bleau, J., Développement de nouvelles mesures du bruit en espaces clos. 10th World Accoustics Congress, december 2023.

  1. Submitted communications

Bleau, J. Performance des protecteurs auditifs de type X en divers milieux de travail.  ICRA 2023 Conférence internationale sur la robotique

Activités prévues (Remaining activities until the end of studies)

INSTRUCTIONS: For each trimester remaining, indicate the planned activities (ex.: literature review, experiment, writing,…)

Winter 2024

Validation of the image analysis will be completed in the coming weeks. An article on the subject is currently being written, and should be submitted for publication in March of 2021.

This trimester will also include the recruitment of subjects, taking exams and analyzing the results. An article pertaining to the correlation between the pattern of movement of the humeral head and the functioning of the shoulder will be written and submitted for publication in the spring of 2021.

Summer 2024

The summer trimester will be primarily dedicated to writing the thesis and preparing to defend it.