Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Faculty: Apply for Grants or Fellowships

Applying for grants or fellowships is a vital endeavour for all faculty to fund research or career goals.

To aid in this process, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research divides such opportunities into these general categories:


  • funding from Saint Mary's University, available only to current SMU faculty or SMU graduate students


  • funding opportunities from other institutions or agencies, which can be further separated into two broad categories:
    • funding from Canadian institutions, available only to Canadian faculty or graduate students                                                                                                 
    • funding from global institutions, available to non-Canadian faculty or graduate students


The following list provides some internal forms:

Application and Guidelines for an Internal Grant for New Faculty - Deadline October 15

Sample Internal New Faculty Grant - To show the detail the FGSR Research Committee is expecting.

Course Release for Research Purposes - Deadline November 1

Course Release for supervision of PhD students - Deadline November 1

Application and Guidelines for an Internal Grant for Established Faculty – Deadline February 15

Grantee's Progress Report
Required to reapply for Internal Grants or to extend the granting period of Internal Grants. This form may be emailed to the Research Grants Officer.

International Conference Participation Travel Fund
Application and guidelines - Deadlines October 15 and March 15


External Funding Opportunities


Fulbright Arctic Initiative

  • Conditions: US$40,000 for 18 months
  • Application Deadline: May 11, 2020
  • Detailed eligibility available here
  • Application platform available here




Program activities will run from Fall 2020 to Spring 2022.  All grantees are expected to attend three seminar group meetings, complete an academic residential exchange, participate in monthly virtual plenary meetings, and maintain ongoing virtual communication with fellow grantees and lead scholars.  


Canadian scholars will complete a research visit to the United States prior to February 2022 for a minimum of six consecutive weeks and a maximum of three consecutive months. 


  • September 2020 - First Group Meeting and Orientation (Canada)
  • June 2021 - Mid-term Group Meeting (Norway)
  • March/April 2022 - Final Group Meeting (United States)


The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will provide a platform for scholars from around the Arctic circle to engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving and multi-disciplinary research in the following areas:


  • Arctic Security and Cooperation: The Arctic region benefits from innovative models of international cooperation, particularly in the areas of search and rescue, management of the Arctic marine environment, and collaborative governance through oversight bodies such as the Arctic Council. Individual Arctic states have also created innovative models of co‐management and self‐government with Indigenous peoples. As the Arctic region becomes more accessible, the need for greater attention to Arctic security in all its dimensions—human security, environmental security, energy security, and traditional security—will continue to grow in importance.
  • Arctic Infrastructure in a Changing Environment: More research is needed to understand the environmental changes taking place in the Arctic and the impacts they are having on the built environment. The prosperity and security of the region depend on sound infrastructure for housing, transportation, communications and energy. Changes to land and marine environments are placing stress on both coastal and inland communities in the Arctic. At the same time, these very same changes are generating interest in the Arctic for energy and mineral resources, increasing tourism, and opening up new fisheries and transportation routes. The global energy transition is placing greater pressures in Arctic and sub‐Arctic regions as sources for renewable energy from wind and hydro, as well as mineral resources. Together, these trends provide new opportunities for sustainable development that have the potential to improve life for Arctic communities.
  • Community Dimensions of Health: The health of children, youth, adults, and the elderly is vital to the security of Arctic communities and the region’s future. While Arctic communities are constantly innovating to address their own needs, environmental fluctuations, underdeveloped infrastructures, food insecurities, economic development, infectious diseases, health disparities, and entrenched institutional systems have created challenges for human health and the diverse ecologies of Arctic peoples. Citizens of the Arctic are looking to engage in research that addresses their concerns and will find ways to improve and sustain human health in the Arctic.

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship 2019 - Call for Proposals

The QES 2019 call focuses on education, social services and health as well as diversity, inclusion, and innovative solutions to complex community issues.

Eligible countries in the QES2019 call are: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos.

Only one application is permitted per institution … therefore: if you are interested in potentially preparing an application to be considered as the SMU submission/application, please email myself (adam.sarty@smu.ca) and Miyuki Aria in the Global Learning and Intercultural Support Office (Miyuki.Arai@smu.ca) by MONDAY, SEPT. 30 to express interest and provide a project idea … Miyuki’s Office will work with FGSR to be the unit responsible for administering the QES program, and they will work with the group we identify as the SMU submission to finalize the application.  (The final application deadline is Nov. 4).

Program Guidelines
Application form
Frequently Asked Questions

Robin Rigby Trust - Call for Proposals
Proposals are invited from qualified individuals seeking financial support to undertake collaborative research projects that focus on understanding and implementing conservation and sustainable development in coastal areas.  (see Call for Proposals for definition of qualified individuals) Deadline to apply: Oct. 31, 2019

Fulbright Canada - Research Chairs Program
Competition open from May 15 - November 15, 2019

Fulbright Canada - Canadian Scholars Award 2020/2021
These Fulbright Awards provide closely to 20 research and/or teaching grants to Canadian faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.
Application Deadline: November 15, 2019

The Laura Bassi Scholarship
This scholarship awards a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, and was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded in December 2019:

      Winter 2019
      Application deadline: 25 November 2019
      Results: 15 December 2019

 All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment. 

Mitacs - JSPS Summer Program
The Mitacs-JSPS Summer Program, offered in partnership with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) provides opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in Canada to pursue collaborative research in Japan, allowing them to advance their own research while promoting scientific progress in both Japan and Canada. Deadline to apply: November 27, 2019 (5:00pm PT)

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – Bank of Canada 2020 Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program awards support high-quality Canadian academic research related to the Bank’s core functions: monetary policy, the financial system, currency and funds management. There are two types of financial awards:


  • the Fellowship Award provides annual funding of up to $90,000 to leading academic researchers for a term of up to five years; and
  • the Governor’s Award consists of an annual research grant of $30,000 for distinguished, up-and-coming university researchers for a term of up to two years.


Our goal for the Fellowship Program is to foster excellence in economic and financial research in Canada and to support collaboration between Bank staff and leading academics at Canadian post-secondary institutions. There is no limit to the number of candidates a university can nominate for either of the awards and we encourage you to re-nominate candidates nominated in previous years. Full details on eligibility requirements and the nomination process can be found on the Bank’s website. The deadline for 2020 nominations is November 29, 2019. The award recipients will be announced in March of 2020.

The Westin Family Awards in Northern Research
Since 2007, The Weston Family Awards in Northern Research (previously The W. Garfield Weston Awards in Northern Research) have provided unparalleled support to young scientists in Canada pursuing research in Canada’s North. Funded by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, these annual awards are some of the most prestigious in the country for students pursuing a master’s degree, PhD or postdoctoral fellowship. Over 270 early-career researchers have been selected to receive an award since the program’s inception, forming a community of Weston Family Northern Scientists who are at the forefront of northern scholarship and who are helping shape a better future for Canada and the world.

Weston Family Award winners undertake research projects across a broad spectrum of fields and disciplines in the natural sciences, including studies of northern ecosystems, biodiversity, flora and fauna, meteorology, oceanography, glaciology, geography and environmental studies. Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 20, 2020. Winners will be announced in May 2020.