Bursaries

Bursaries

Bursaries are non-repayable awards offered based on financial need and reasonable academic standing. Graduate bursaries are administered by the Office of Student Awards and Financial Aid.

Application

  • There are two opportunities to apply each year. The deadlines are June 1 for the summer session (May to August) and October 15 for the winter session (September to April).
  • Only one application per session is necessary to be considered for all bursaries administered by Student Awards and Financial Aid. To be considered you must complete the application through Student Awards and Financial Aid.

Eligibility

  • You must be receiving the maximum full-time government student loans available to you.
  • You must meet the definition of full-time status as determined by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Full graduate bursary eligibility and application information is available from Student Awards and Financial Aid.

List of graduate bursaries

  • Dorothy Lucile Adams Bursary - A bursary is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student in the School of Nursing. It is the wish of the School of Nursing that the first year of the award be given to an undergraduate student and the following year a graduate student alternating every year after that.
  • Alumni Association Visual Arts Graduate Bursary - One or more bursaries are made to graduate students in the Department of Visual Arts. Selection of the recipient(s) will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid upon the recommendation of the Department of Visual Arts.
  • The Jack Barraclough Bursary - This bursary has been established by the Sara Spencer Foundation to honour devoted volunteer service to the Victoria community by Jack Barraclough. The bursary of $1000 will be awarded annually to a student entering the Master of Social Work program in the Faculty of Human and Social Development, who is in financial need, and who has demonstrated skillful and innovative social work practice since graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work. Selection of the recipient will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid upon the recommendation of the School of Social Work.
  • Edward Bassett Family Bursaries - One or more bursaries are given to graduate students whose progams focus on any of the following areas: resource conservation, resource management, environmental impact, pollution control, or environmental sustainability, sustainable energy systems, fuel cells, community-based environmental research, alternative energy systems design. Application may be made through the office of Student Awards and Financial Aid.
  • The Patricia Beer Bursary - One or more bursaries will be awarded to a student or students entering or returning to an undergraduate or graduate program in visual arts. In the case of an undergraduate award, selection will be made by the senate committee on awards upon the recommendation of the Department of Visual Arts. In the case of a graduate award, selection will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid upon the recommendation of the Department of Visual Arts.
  • Denis W. Brown Bursary - One or more bursaries are awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in the Faculty of Education.  In the case of an undergraduate award, selection will be made by the senate committee on awards upon the recommendation of the Faculty of Education.  In the case of a graduate award, selection will be made by the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office upon the recommendation of the Faculty of Education.
  • The Henry, Annie and Harry Cathcart Bursary Fund - A number of bursaries, worth a minimum of $3000 each, are awarded to graduate or undergraduate students in the School of Music. Where practical, two-thirds of the bursaries are to be awarded to students whose principal instrument is piano, and one-third of the bursaries are to be awarded to students whose principal instrument is violin, viola or cello. Preference will be given first to graduate or undergraduate students entering the School of Music, and second to students proceeding to their second or third year of studies in the School of Music. In the case of a graduate award, selection will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid upon the recommendation of the School of Music.
  • Michael Crowe/VFABC Bursary - One or more bursaries are awarded to undergraduate students at the University of Victoria. Preference will be given to students who have a parent or grandparent who is a member of the Volunteer Firefighter's Association of British Columbia (VFABC).  If there are no undergraduate students eligible, then it may be awarded to graduate students. Members of the association may also be eligible if there are no eligible children.
  • Drina Fraser Davison Bursary - One or more bursaries are awarded to graduate students in the Faculty of Education. Preference will be given to students studying in the area of special education. Selection of the recipient(s) will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid.
  • The Environmental Studies Graduate Bursaries - One or more bursaries of at least $2500 each are awarded to graduate students doing an MSc, MA or PhD in Environmental Studies. Selection will be made by Student Financial Aid Services upon the recommendation of the School of Environmental Studies.
  • Faculty of Education Bursaries - One or more bursaries are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Education.
  • The Gerald G. Few Graduate Bursaries - One or more bursaries of up to $800 each are awarded to needy graduate students in the biological sciences with a commitment to the field of forest biology. Selection of the recipient(s) will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid upon the recommendation of the forest biology program committee.
  • Graduate Students' Society Bursaries - Awards of $300, the gift of the Graduate Students' Society, are to be made annually to three full-time graduate students in humanities and/or social sciences (as described by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council). The bursaries will be based firstly on the financial need of those eligible and secondly on their academic standing. Selection of the recipients will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid in consultation with the executive of the Graduate Students' Society.
  • University of Victoria Graduate Students' Society Child Care Bursary - One or more bursaries are given to graduate students who demonstrate financial need based on British Columbia Student Assistance Program standards and local child care costs. The bursaries will be used solely to fund actual child care costs which are not paid from other sources such as the Ministry of Social Services or the Ministry of Skills, Training and Labour. Child care funds will be made payable directly to the caregiver. Eligible services may include: private daycare, UVic childcare and babysitting services. Application may be made through Student Awards and Financial Aid between August 15 and October 15. The bursaries will be awarded shortly thereafter.
  • The Shelly Hamilton Memorial Graduate Bursary - An award is given to a female student doing her MA/MEd or PhD in the counselling program, psychological foundations, Faculty of Education. Preference will be given to a single mother carrying out dissertation research or working on a thesis or project. Selection will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid upon the recommendation of the Department of Educational Psychology.
  • Herta Hartmanshenn Bursaries in Social Work - One undergraduate bursary and one graduate bursary are awarded to single parents registered in degree programs in social work. Undergraduate students must be registered in a minimum of nine units of study and graduate students must be registered with the Faculty of Graduate Studies on a full time basis for the winter session. If there is no qualifying graduate student in a particular year, the second award will be given to a qualifying undergraduate student.
  • Charles and Ruth Hayward Memorial Bursary in English Literature - One or more bursaries are awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of English. Preference will be given to students studying English literature.
  • Charles and Ruth Hayward Memorial Bursary in Music - One or more bursaries are awarded to entering or continuing undergraduate or graduate students in the School of Music.
  • Ruth Hayward Memorial Bursary in Music - One or more bursaries are awarded to entering or continuing undergraduate or graduate students in the School of Music.
  • Lorene Kennedy Graduate Bursaries - One or more bursaries are awarded to graduate students affiliated (individual program by special arrangement or interdisciplinary graduate program) with the School of Environmental Studies. The recipients will be chosen by Student Awards and Financial Aid at the recommendation of the School of Environmental Studies.
  • Ronald Kitchener Bursary – A bursary of $500 is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate full-time student at the University of Victoria. Selection of the recipient will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid.
  • Ethel N. Lohbrunner Bursaries - One or more bursaries are awarded to students pursuing a graduate degree in environmental studies whose research is in the study of threatened or endangered birds or mammals of British Columbia and their related eco-systems. Preference will be given to a Canadian citizen. Selection of the recipients will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid upon the recommendation of the School of Environmental Studies.
  • Donald and Evelyn MacLean Fund – Bursaries are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who are single parents. Selection of the recipient will be made by the Office of Student Awards and Financial Aid.
  • Anne McLaughlin Bursary in Leadership Studies - A bursary is awarded to a graduate student in the Leadership Studies program in the Faculty of Education.  Selection of the recipient will be made by Student Awards and Financial aid upon the recommendation of the Faculty of Education.
  • Native Daughters of British Columbia Bursary - One or more bursaries are awarded to undergraduate or graduate students born in British Columbia.
  • Paul Parizeau Bursary - A bursary of $500 is awarded to a graduate student doing research in marine biology with a specialty in cancer research or research on the ecosystems and their impact on marine life in and around Vancouver Island. Selection of the recipient(s) will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid upon the recommendation of the Department of Biology.
  • The Phillips, Hager and North Ltd. Graduate Bursary - A bursary of $2000, the gift of Phillips, Hager and North Ltd., may be awarded to a graduate student in Economics. The bursary will be based firstly on the financial circumstances of those eligible and secondly on their academic standing. The total amount may be divided into two awards. Selection will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid upon the recommendation of the Department of Economics.
  • Denis and Pat Protti Bursary - One or more bursaries are awarded to undergraduate or graduate students entering or continuing in the School of Health Information Science. 
  • The Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing Bursary - One or more bursaries are awarded to students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the School of Nursing. Preference will be given to former Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing graduates, or their children or grandchildren. Distance education students who meet the above criteria are also eligible for these bursaries. Selection of the recipient will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid upon the recommendation of the School of Nursing.
  • Miss Kathleen Ruane Bursary – One or more bursaries are awarded to full- or part-time graduate students taking the Master of Nursing program – Nurse Practitioner Option in the School of Nursing. Selection of the recipient will be made by the Office of Student Awards and Financial Aid.
  • Perry Shawana Graduate Bursary - One or more bursaries are awarded to full-time or part-time graduate students in the LLM program in the Faculty of Law. Selection of the recipient will be made by the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law.
  • The Samuel Simco Bursary - An award of $650, established by the Victoria Natural History Society from funds bequeathed for this purpose by the late Mr. Samuel Simco, is awarded to a student pursuing a graduate degree in biology and who is specializing in the area of species and/or habitat conservation. Selection will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid upon the recommendation of the Department of Biology.
  • Sinclair Life Sciences Bursaries - One or more bursaries are awarded to undergraduate students who are enrolled in an honours and major program in the life sciences, and graduate students studying life sciences. Selection of the recipient(s) will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid upon the recommendation of the relevant departments.
  • B and B Sivertz Bursary - Two or more bursaries are awarded to undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Victoria.
  • Doris and Harry Stastny Bursaries – One or more bursaries are awarded to female undergraduate or graduate students who are single parents of two or more children. Selection of the recipient will be made by the Office of Student Awards and Financial Aid.
  • Michaela Tokarski Entrepreneurship Bursary – One or more bursaries are awarded to graduate students in the MBA entrepreneurship specialization in the Faculty of Business. Selection of the recipient(s) will be made by the Office of Student Awards and Financial Aid.
  • UVic Tuition Assistance Bursaries are awarded to students with exceptional financial need. They are intended to assist students completing their programs, not those commencing a UVic program. The recipient must be in good standing with UVic. A minimum sessional GPA of 5.0 is required for graduate students. First preference will be given to those students facing exceptional circumstances beyond their control. Applicants whose need is caused by their negligence, resulting in bankruptcy or default, may have no claim against this fund. Where the amount of the assessed award is insignificant relative to the total funds needed, no award will be made.
    After full-time registration is confirmed, application forms are available by appointment only from the Student Financial Aid Services Office, Second Floor, University Centre. Completed application forms are to be submitted in person.
  • Victoria China-Canada Friendship Association Bursaries - A number of awards, which may vary annually, valued at $350 each, are available to students from the People's Republic of China. The students may be already attending graduate school at the University of Victoria or have been offered admission. The bursaries are for students attending on special authorization. These awards are intended to defray costs of special language courses required by students. They may also be used for other necessary courses or materials recommended for the students' programs by their supervisory committee. Selection of recipients will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid on the recommendation of the departments and schools of the faculty.
  • Roy E.L. Watson Bursaries in Social Work - Three undergraduate bursaries and one graduate bursary are to be given to single parents in financial need. Undergraduate students must be taking a minimum of nine units of study and graduate students must be registered with the Faculty of Graduate Studies on a full-time basis for the winter session. If there is no qualifying graduate student in a particular year, the fourth award will be given to a qualifying undergraduate student. In the case of the undergraduate award, selection will be made by the senate committee on awards upon the recommendation of the School of Social Work. In the case of the graduate award, selection will be made by Student Awards and Financial Aid on the recommendation of the School of Social Work.
  • Florence and Wallace Wilkinson Memorial Bursaries - One or more bursaries of at least $2,000 are awarded to graduate students registered in a master's or PhD program. Selection of the recipients will be made by the graduate admissions and awards committee of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  • Women in Development Graduate Bursary – A bursary is awarded to a female international graduate student at the University of Victoria. Preference will be given to students from Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Selection of the recipient will be made by the Office of Student Awards and Financial Aid.

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