Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Graduate Students: Applying for Scholarships, Grants, or Fellowships

Applying for scholarships, grants, or fellowships is a vital endeavour for all graduate students 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:

INTERNAL FUNDING

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

EXTERNAL FUNDING

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

SAINT MARY'S UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS


*internal opportunities available to enrolled, eligible SMU graduate students*

Conference Travel Fund~ up to $500 awarded by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research for graduate students with confirmed conference presentations. Deadline - April 1 and October 1.

International Travel Funds for Graduate Student Thesis Field Research~ up to $2,000 awarded by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research to help support graduate students travelling for field research. Deadline - March 15.

International Graduate Student Bursary (application coming soon)
~ an opportunity from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research to help international graduate students offset higher levels of program fees compared to domestic graduate students. Deadline - October 1.

Vice-President Academic and Research (VPAR) International Mobility Award~ up to $1800 awarded by SMU’s Vice-President Academic and Research to help support graduate student travel.  Deadline - March 15 or November 1.


EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

*Annual Competitions for All Graduate Students*

Robin Rigby Trust - Call for Proposals
Proposals are invited from qualified individuals (undergraduate or graduate students, or recent graduates) 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; applicants do not need to be Saint Mary’s University students or employees) Deadline to apply: Oct. 31, 2019

*Annual Competitions for Canadian Masters Students at Canadian Universities*  

Scholarships from the Government of Canada, Master's Program:

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Deadlines: SMU internal deadline (check with your graduate program coordinator); national deadline 1 December 2019. 

~ annual scholarships of $17,500 from CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC support and promote high-quality research in a wide variety of disciplines and areas. Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, and be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission in a master's program.

*Annual Competitions for Master's and PhD Candidates at Canadian Universities* 

opportunities open both to Canadian and international students 

The London Goodenough Association of Canada (LGAC)

Deadline for the 2019-209 academic year: 25 January 2019

~a scholarship provided to Canadian graduate students, who are studying in full-time in London and living at Goodenough College, the pre-eminent residential college for international graduate students in London.

 

MITACS ACCELERATE FELLOWSHIP
Interested applicants can apply any time.
~ this fellowship provides a long-term funding and internship option for master’s and PhD students. Recipients can also access professional development training that helps them ensure project success and gain in-demand career skills.

Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship (NSGS)
Deadlines: 10 April to graduate program coordinator; 1 May to FGSR office.

~ graduate scholarship program created by the Province of Nova Scotia to help advance the economic and social wellbeing of Nova Scotians by investing in graduate thesis research in defined priority sectors. Scholarships are valued at up to $10,000 per year for up to two years at the Master’s level, and up to $15,000 per year for up to four years at the PhD level. Both Canadian and international students are eligible.

 

*Annual Competitions for Canadian PhD Candidates at Canadian Universities* 

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Doctoral Research Award
SMU Internal Deadline: 25 September 2018
CIHR 2018-2019 application deadline: 2 October 2018
~doctoral students in all areas of health are eligible to apply

The CIHR Doctoral Research Awards consist of two programs administered through a single application:

  • The Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards (CGS-D) program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada.
    • Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients may be considered for the honour of having their scholarship named a 'Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela.' For more click here.
  • The Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA) provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad. 

THE CANADA GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS: Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program
Internal Deadlines: May 27, 2019 and September 26, 2019
~ up to $6,000 available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Joseph-Armand Bombardier, an Alexander Graham Bell, or a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the master’s or doctoral level, or a Vanier CGS at the doctoral level.

IODE WAR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Intent to apply: 1 October 2018; application deadline: 15 November 2018.
~ three scholarships of $20,000 will be awarded for research projects in Canada or within the Commonwealth for academic year 2019-20. Applicants must be a Canadian citizen with a first degree from a Canadian univeristy, who are in the second year of a doctoral program. 

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Two doctoral/postgraduate opportunities are offered eligible to PhD students in the natural sciences or engineering, who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada:

  • The Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (CGS D);
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (PGS D)

SMU’s Internal Deadline is 19 October 2018, the application is submitted electronically. The “University Designate” is Heather Taylor, who will upload official transcripts.

Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Scholarship Program
Two doctoral/postgraduate opportunities are offered eligible to PhD students in social sciences or humanities, who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. 

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarships: $35,000 per year;
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships: $20,000 per year

Each SMU graduate program has its own internal deadline for applications; please check with your Graduate Program Coordinator. For 2018, the FGSR deadline is 3 December 2018. 

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship Competition (Doctoral)
The SMU internal deadline for receipt of on-line applications is February 4, 2019

*Annual Competitions for PhD candidates at Canadian Universities* 

opportunities open both to Canadian and international students


Fulbright Canada - Traditional Fulbright Student Awards 
Competition open from May 15 - November 15, 2019