External awards and fellowships

There are a number of national and provincial granting agencies that annually fund graduate students and their research. These are merit-based fellowships which must be applied for individually. Most of the agencies have specific application guidelines and deadlines.

The funding opportunities below all require an internal pre-selection process coordinated through the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Other external funding opportunities

There are many other external funding competitions that you can apply for directly (they do not involve an extra pre-selection step at the university level). As we find out about opportunities we forward the information to departmental graduate secretaries across campus. They'll send out the announcements through their student email distribution lists. Please ensure that you get your preferred email address on your graduate secretary's email list.

DAAD Study Scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service)

Highly qualified graduating seniors (final year undergraduates) or bachelor degree graduates of any discipline may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarship for a year of independent study or a full masters degree program at a German university.

Each year the Faculty of Graduate Studies is invited to submit one priority nomination.  The deadline for the next DAAD Study Scholarship competition is November 4, 2014.  UVic applicants interested in being considered for the UVic Priority Nomination must submit the full DAAD Scholarship Application Package to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, attention Scholarship Officer, no later than 4:30 PM on October 1, 2014. No deadline extensions will be granted.  All applications received on time will be reviewed by a committee coordinated by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, who will select one application to submit as UVic's priority nomination.   

The Study Scholarship Application has multiple components and interested applicants are encouraged to begin their application early. For full eligibility details and application information visit DAAD.

This document can assist applicants to ensure they have a complete application - DAAD Applicant Checklist

PLEASE NOTE: The Study Scholarship is the only DAAD program administered in partnership with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, for all other DAAD programs please contact the Student Advisor-UVic Students on Exchange, in The International Office.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Who should read this?

You should read this if you are interested in scholarship support for your studies in a health-related field, at a master's or doctoral level.

Doctoral degree funding ($22,000 - $35,000/yr.)

THE CIHR DOCTORAL FUNDING APPLICATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 1, 2014

  • You will apply online and submit your electronic application directly to CIHR for an opportunity to be funded with a Doctoral Research Award (DRA)
  • There is no university pre-selection process however, UVic grantscrafting support will be available to you.

CIHR HAS JUST RECENTLY PROVIDED US WITH UPDATED INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING THE SIGNATURE PAGES:

Candidates must:

  • print the signature pages and get their supervisor(s) signatures only (no signatures required for NI);
  • scan the dully completed signature pages and upload them to their application (NI candidates must scan and upload the blank signature pages);
  • submit electronically their completed application to the institution paid that they indicated in their application.

Once you have completed your application, the UVic Scholarship Officers now e-approve your application in ResearchNet in lieu of the of institutuional signatures, before it goes to CIHR.

You can read the full eligibility and application information on ResearchNet CIHR.

CIHR Doctoral Grantcrafting Workshop: Friday September 5, 2014, 10 am - 12 pm  Human & Social Development Building Room A270 with Dr. Claire Carlin

Doctoral grantcrafting workshop PowerPoint presentations - General Information Grantcrafting Presentation

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Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters (CGS-M) ($17, 500) - APPLICATION DEADLINE DECEMBER 1, 2014

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have harmonized the application process for Masters Applications and as a result there is now one application for all three councils which is hosted on the NSERC website. 

As part of the new application which is done through the Research Portal, students must create and attach a Canadian Common CV (CCV) and a version of the CCV has been modified specifically for the Canada Graduate Scholarship-Masters Application. Applicants must also upload all necessary official transcripts, and an outline of their proposed research, and will be prompted in the application to invite two people to provide Reference Assessments.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to:

  • Start their application early
  • Begin by reading through all instructions for the application and the modified Canadian Common CV
  • Contact references early
  • Order OFFICIAL transcripts early, to be mailed directly to you and uploaded by you as part of your application  - do not have your transcripts sent to UVIC
  • Applications missing transcripts or with unofficial transcripts uploaded as part of the application will be considered an incomplete application by the UVIC reviewers. 
  • Attend the grantcrafting workshop most relevant to your area of research

Application instructions and access to the Research Portal here.

There is no longer a federal review of the applications; final recipients will be selected by the university based on academic excellence, research potential and personal character.  For UVic applicants academic excellence requires a minimum GPA of 7.0 (equivalent to A-) in both of the last two years of full time study.  A description of the Selection Criteria is available online.

Successful applicants will be notified April 1, 2015 via an award offer made through the Research Portal, and students will have three weeks to accept or decline the award offer.

Masters scholarships are no longer portable; students may apply to up to five universities and if they are successful must take up the scholarship at one of the five universities identified in their application.

CIHR Masters Grantcrafting Workshop: If you missed the CIHR Master's Grantcrafting workshop you can view the presentation slides below.  Dr. Claire Carlin is also available to read and provide feedback on your CIHR research proposal.

Canada Graduate Master's Scholarship

CIHR Grantcrafting Presentation

Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships

Who should read this?

  • You should read this if you are interested in scholarship funding to support graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere.
  • There are two scholarship categories:
    • The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship - open to graduates of any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) graduate study in any field, in Canada or elsewhere. One awarded annually, valued at $10,000 but subject to change.
    • The Mackenzie Travelling Scholarship - open to graduates of any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) graduate study, in the United States or the United Kingdom, of international relations or industrial relations (including the international or industrial relations aspects of law, history, politics and economics). Four awarded annually, valued at $11,000 but the number and value of scholarships are subject to change. 

Are you eligible to apply?

  • The awards will be based on high academic achievements (first class standing and equivalent), personal qualities, and demonstrated aptitudes.
  • Consideration will be given to the applicant's proposed program of study.

Application deadline

  • Applications must be made to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the Canadian university from which you most recently graduated or at which you are currently enrolled.
  • Application forms and further information can be found on the Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships website
  • Deadline for submission to the University of Victoria Faculty of Graduate Studies is 4:30 p.m. on February 2, 2015. Please note that late or incomplete applications will not be considered and this deadline will not be extended.

What happens to your application at UVic once you submit it?

The university is restricted by how many applications we can send forward to the Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships Board of Trustees. The Faculty of Graduate Studies designated committee will review the applications and forward a short-list of recommended candidates together with their applications for competition at the national level.

You will be advised of the outcome of this internal pre-selection process in early March. Decisions in the national competition are usually announced by the end of April.

Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (MSFSS)

The MSFSS program supports active Tri-Council master's and doctoral CGS award holders with travel supplements of up to $6,000. These supplements are available to help offset the costs of undertaking research studies outside of Canada for a defined period. They are awarded by Canada's three federal funding agencies:

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada by the application deadline dates;
  • be registered at an eligible Canadian institution at the time of application;
  • have accepted or currently hold one of the following Canada Graduate Scholarships:
    • Joseph-Armand Bombardier (SSHRC);
    • Alexander Graham Bell (NSERC);
    • Frederick Banting and Charles Best (CIHR); or
    • Vanier CGS (if eligible);
  • undertake your proposed trip abroad no earlier than the competition deadline date; and
  • not hold, or have held, any other CGS-MSFSS during the course of your graduate studies.

How to apply

  • There are two MSFSS competitions each year – one in June and one in October.
  • The Faculty of Graduate Studies has an internal deadline for your application (always set earlier than the deadlines noted on the NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR websites) and selects which applications to submit to the granting agencies.
  • If you are an active CGS award holder you will receive an email from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, before each MSFSS competition cycle, to advise you of the application process and internal submission deadline.
  • If you are a qualified applicant, you must complete the necessary documentation and submit it to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for consideration.

What happens to your application at UVic once you submit it?

The university is restricted by how many MSFSS applications we can send forward to the granting agencies. The Faculty of Graduate Studies is informed of the number of supplements available to them in each of the three areas of research disciplines. A committee of associate deans will review the applications and decide which ones will be forwarded to the agencies with a recommendation.

  • June MSFSS competition - you will be advised if your application has been forwarded to the appropriate agency in early June. Official funding decisions are announced in late July.
  • October MSFSS competition - you will be advised if your application has been forwarded to the appropriate agency in early October. Official funding decisions are announced in late November.

NSERC Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships

Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships (IPS) are available to highly qualified science and engineering students pursuing or wishing to pursue master's or doctoral degrees at a Canadian university. These scholarships are intended to help you gain research experience in industry while undertaking advanced studies in Canada in the hopes that you will consider a research career. 

Eligibility

  • You must have a sponsoring company willing to contribute a minimum $6000 per year toward the scholarship. Additionally, you must spend a minimum of 20 per cent of your time (at least 50 days per year) at the organization on activities related to your thesis project.
  • Full eligibility criteria

How to apply

Take time to read through the NSERC website for specific information regarding program eligibility.

Read through the instructions for completion of the NSERC IPS application.

The application consists of multiple pieces.  The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) is responsible for submitting your completed application to NSERC.  A complete application must include the following items:

  • NSERC form 200 Application for an Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Terms and Conditions of Applying Form
  • NSERC IPS Program Application Checklist
  • Template describing how you will spend your time with the Sponsor
  • If your industry partner has not previously sponsored a NSERC IPS student they must complete Form 183B available via the online system.
  • Offical Transcripts for your last two years of full time study
  • UVic Supplemental Agreement available from UVic Research Services.  Questions about the supplemental agreement should be directed to .

Deliver your complete application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Attention: Yvonne Rondeau, in person in the University Centre A207 or via .

Application deadline

There are no NSERC deadlines for this program but there are university deadlines based on your proposed start date.  All NSERC IPS applications are due to the Faculty of Graduate Studies 6 weeks before the intended IPS start date.  These deadlines allow time for FGS to review your application and forward it for approval to NSERC:

  • September start date - application must be delivered to FGS no later than July 15th
  • January start date - application must be delivered to FGS no later than November 15th
  • May start date - application must be delivered to FGS no later than March 15th

Late applicants may have their intended start date adjusted to a later time.

What happens to your application at UVic once you submit it?

  • Your application will be checked for completeness
  • The FGS Associate Dean signature for the UVic Supplemental Agreement will be done
  • A nomination cover letter will be prepared to satisfy the NSERC requirement
  • Your application will be sent to NSERC
  • A copy of your application will be sent to you, your supervisor and your sponsor

NSERC will notify you and the Faculty of Graduate Studies of its decision within a month of the date NSERC receives a complete nomination.

For any questions about the NSERC IPS, please contact .

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada

Who should read this?

NSERC Doctoral ($21,000-$25,000) Eligibility:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • hold, or expect to hold (at the time you take up the award), a degree in science or engineering from a university whose standing is recognized by NSERC (if you have a degree in a field other than science or engineering, NSERC may accept your application at its discretion)
  • intend to pursue, in the following year, full-time graduate studies and research at the doctoral level in an eligible program in an NSERC-supported field
  • have obtained a first-class average (a grade of "A-") in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent).
  • Eligibility criteria for proposed research and programs of study

The university is restricted by how many NSERC Doctoral applications we can send forward to the national competition. We are assigned a quota each year by the Council. The UVic Natural Sciences and Engineering committee will review the applications to determine which applicants will be forwarded with a recommendation to the national competition.

Students must submit an electronic application through NSERC and submit a printed paper copy of the application together with sealed official transcripts to the Faculty of Graduate Studies University Centre A206 no later than 4:30 pm Wednesday October 1, 2014.  Applications received on time will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness and forwarded to the appropriate departments for review and ranking.  Departmental representatives meet in November to select applications which will be forwarded onto NSERC to be considered in the national competition.  NSERC will notify all nominated applicants of the outcome of their application by mail; notice letters should arrive early in April 2015.

Due the volume of applications and multiple deadlines within the NSERC Doctoral award process application extensions are not possible. 

NSERC Doctoral Grantcrafting Workshop: Wednesday September 10, 2014 1-3 pm, Maclaurin Building Room D110 with Dr. Bradley Buckham.

If you missed the Doctoral grantcrafting workshop you can view the NSERC Doctoral Grantcrafting Presentation.  You may also contact Dr. Buckham at bbuckham@uvic.ca for individual help with your research proposal.

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Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters (CGS-M) ($17, 500) - APPLICATION DEADLINE DECEMBER 1, 2014

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have harmonized the application process for Masters Applications and as a result there is now one application for all three councils which is hosted on the NSERC website.

As part of the new application which is done through the Research Portal, students must create and attach a Canadian Common CV (CCV) and a version of the CCV has been modified specifically for the Canada Graduate Scholarship-Masters Application. Applicants must also upload all necessary official transcripts, and an outline of their proposed research, and will be prompted in the application to invite two people to provide Reference Assessments.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to:

  • Start their application early
  • Begin by reading through all instructions for the application and the modified Canadian Common CV
  • Contact references early
  • Order OFFICIAL transcripts early, to be mailed directly to you and uploaded by you as part of your application  - do not have your transcripts sent to UVIC
  • Applications missing transcripts or with unofficial transcripts uploaded as part of the application will be considered an incomplete application by the UVIC reviewers.
  • Attend the grantcrafting workshop most relevant to your area of research

Application instructions and access to the Research Portal here.

There is no longer a federal review of the applications; final recipients will be selected by the university based on academic excellence, research potential and personal character.  For UVic applicants academic excellence requires a minimum GPA of 7.0 (equivalent to A-) in both of the last two years of full time study.  A description of the Selection Criteria is available online.

Successful applicants will be notified April 1, 2015 via an award offer made through the Research Portal, and students will have three weeks to accept or decline the award offer.

Masters scholarships are no longer portable; students may apply to up to five universities and if they are successful must take up the scholarship at one of the five universities identified in their application.

NSERC Masters Grantcrafting  If you missed the grantcrafting workshop on October 7th, you can contact Dr. Bradley Buckham for help with the research proposal portion of your Master's application, at bbuckham@uvic.ca, you can also view the presentation slides below.

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's

NSERC Master's Grantcrafting

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) – Graduate Fellowships

Who should read this?

  • You should read this if you are interested in fellowship funding to support your master's or doctoral research in an area related to climate change impacts and adaptation.
  • PICS Graduate Fellowships are available on an annual basis to outstanding master's and PhD students. Fellowship holders are expected to conduct research in an area that is both of importance to British Columbia and related to the PICS Strategic Research Plan, which incorporates research questions related to the following themes:
    • The low carbon-emissions economy
    • Sustainable communities
    • Resilient ecosystems
    • Social mobilization
    • Carbon management in BC forests
  • Fellowships are valued at $12,000 per year for master's and $18,000 per year for PhD students.

Are you eligible to apply?

To be considered eligible for support, as of the application deadline date, you must:

  • have a first class average (a grade of "A-") in at least the last 12-24 months of your current or previous studies
  • be conducting or intend to conduct research in an area that is both of importance to British Columbia and related to the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Application process

  • PICS posts a call for applications in early February of each year on their website. Our office will also send it out.
  • It is only during this time (between February and late-March) that the fellowship application is available on the PICS website.
  • Application forms and supporting documentation must be submitted electronically in pdf format (as one file if possible) via email to picsra@uvic.ca.
  • There is no internal pre-selection process done through the Faculty of Graduate Studies office.
  • Decisions on funding are announced mid to late May each year.

Rhodes Scholarship

A Rhodes Scholarship is tenable at the University of Oxford, England and provides recipients with direct payment to the University of Oxford and the Scholar’s College of approved fees (tuition, laboratory fees, and certain other set charges) plus a maintenance allowance which is paid directly to the recipient.

Eligibility to Apply:

A candidate must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (students attending a Canadian university on a visa are not eligible to apply).
  • Be domiciled in Canada
  • Have been born after 30 September 1990 and on or before 1 October 1996
  • Have received an undergraduate degree before taking up the Scholarship at Oxford

All candidates currently attending the University of Victoria must participate in the UVic screening process and earn the endorsement of the University President, which will be provided in the form of a letter to candidates successful in the University of Victoria internal screening process.

Previous students of the University of Victoria, who have been granted a degree from UVic, may apply through their province of residence; however former students who choose to apply through their province will not be considered candidates in the University of Victoria internal competition.

Basis of Selection

Proven intellectual and academic attainment of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but they will also be required to show integrity of character, sympathy for and protection of the weak, the ability to lead and the energy to use their talents to the fullest. The last of these qualities may be evidenced through participation and success in sports, or other ways that demonstrate candidates have the physical vigour to make an effective contribution.

For the University of Victoria internal screening competition the qualities listed above will be demonstrated by:

  • First class academic standing of cumulative GPA of 7.0 or higher
  • Achievement of academic merit awards, such as scholarships, awards and prizes
  • Consistent and ongoing participation in community and volunteer activities on campus or in the community at large that demonstrate leadership, community service and integrity of character

The presence of these qualities must be evidenced through the candidate’s application, a thoughtful and well written personal essay, and letters from 6 references.

How to apply:

Applications are to be done online through the website for the Rhodes Trust.  Students are to complete the application, print it and bring it along with all supporting documents to the Faculty of Graduate Studies University Centre A207 no later than 4:30 PM Friday August 29, 2014.  No deadline extensions will be possible.

Applicants will be able to create a Rhodes Application account to complete an application, but will not be able to submit the application directly to Rhodes.  Finalists in the University Victoria internal competition will be provided with a code to submit their full application to Rhodes along with the university endorsement letter via the Rhodes online application no later than October 17, 2014.

A full list of the required supporting documents is found here.

Applicants should contact potential references very early to respectfully request their support in the form of a letter of appraisal.  Letters of appraisal should also be included in the application package delivered to the Faculty of Graduate studies and must be received in sealed envelopes, they can also be mailed directly to Scholarship Officer, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Rhodes Competition, Office of the Dean, PO Box 3025 STN CSC, Victoria BC V8W3P2.  Mailed appraisal letters must also be received by August 29, 2014 or the application will be considered incomplete and disqualified.  

Please be sure to notify your references that there are potentially two deadlines they must meet; the internal UVic competition deadline of August 29th, and should you be successful in the UVic competition, your referee will be contacted by Rhodes to upload their reference letter to your online application for submission by October 17th.

Tips for references can be found here.

What happens if I am selected by my University?

Successful applicants in the UVic competition will be informed of their success early in October and will be provided with the necessary authorization code to upload their final application to Rhodes by October 17, 2014 to move them forward to the provincial competition.  Candidates invited to interview may be asked to bring originals of all uploaded materials and to provide a digital head and shoulders photograph of sufficient resolution to be printed postcard size.  Candidates are also responsible for any related travel expenses to attend the interview if invited.

The Canada Rhodes Scholarship winners are usually announced in December.

Questions about this competition can be directed to .

You may also visit the Rhodes Canada website for more information.

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada

Who should read this?

  • You should read this if you are interested in scholarship funding for your studies in the social sciences or humanities fields, at a master's or doctoral level.
  • SSHRC's Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Doctoral Fellowships are relevant only to graduate students, or those considering graduate studies within the next year.
  • SSHRC is a federal agency that supports the advanced studies of high-calibre university students like you, helping to develop scholars and researchers into Canada's future leaders.

Are you eligible to apply?

SSHRC Doctoral Information

You do not get to choose whether you apply through UVic or as a direct applicant to SSHRC.

  • If you are currently registered at UVic in any capacity, or on an approved leave of absence, your complete SSHRC doctoral application must be submitted to your academic unit by Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
  • If you are a registered interdisciplinary student applying for a SSHRC doctoral award, the same deadlines apply, but your application must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies office (UC A207) no later than 4:30 on Wednesday October 15, 2014.

What happens to your application at UVic once you submit it?

  • Your academic unit will review all applications received and will forward the strongest applications to the Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • In the SSHRC doctoral process the number of applications our selection committee can recommend depends on a quota SSHRC assigns each year. The UVic Social Sciences & Humanities Committee (a multidisciplinary committee) will review the applications to determine which applicants will be forwarded to the national competition.
  • You will be advised if your application has been forwarded to the national competition in early December. Results of the national competition are announced the following April.

SSHRC Doctoral Grantcrafting Workshop: Tuesday September 9, 2014 2-4 pm, Engineering Computer Science Building Room 124 with Dr. Rosemary Ommer

If you missed the SSHRC doctoral grantcrafting workshop you can still view the Grantcrafting Presentation 

You may also contact Dr. Ommer at ommer@uvic.ca for feedback on your program of study (also referred to as a research proposal).

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Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters (CGS-M) ($17, 500) - APPLICATION DEADLINE DECEMBER 1, 2014

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have harmonized the application process for Masters Applications and as a result there is now one application for all three councils which is hosted on the NSERC website.

As part of the new application which is done through the Research Portal, students must create and attach a Canadian Common CV (CCV) and a version of the CCV has been modified specifically for the Canada Graduate Scholarship-Masters Application. Applicants must also upload all necessary official transcripts, and an outline of their proposed research, and will be prompted in the application to invite two people to provide Reference Assessments.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to:

  • Start their application early
  • Begin by reading through all instructions for the application and the modified Canadian Common CV
  • Contact references early
  • Order OFFICIAL transcripts early, to be mailed directly to you and uploaded by you as part of your application  - do not have your transcripts sent to UVIC
  • Applications missing transcripts or with unofficial transcripts uploaded as part of the application will be considered an incomplete application by the UVIC reviewers.
  • Attend the grantcrafting workshop most relevant to your area of research

Application instructions and access to the Research Portal here.

There is no longer a federal review of the applications; final recipients will be selected by the university based on academic excellence, research potential and personal character.  For UVic applicants academic excellence requires a minimum GPA of 7.0 (equivalent to A-) in both of the last two years of full time study.  A description of the Selection Criteria is available online.

Successful applicants will be notified April 1, 2015 via an award offer made through the Research Portal, and students will have three weeks to accept or decline the award offer.

Masters scholarships are no longer portable; students may apply to up to five universities and if they are successful must take up the scholarship at one of the five universities identified in their application.

SSHRC Masters Grantcrafting Workshop: If you missed the grantcrafting workshop on October 8th you can view the presentation slides below and you can also contact Dr. Rosemary Ommer for assistance with your research proposal via email at ommer@uvic.ca.

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters

SSHRC Grantcrafting Presentation

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

Up to 15 Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships ($60,000/year) are awarded each year to support doctoral candidates pursuing research of compelling present-day concern, touching upon one or more of the four themes of the foundation:

  • human rights and dignity
  • responsible citizenship
  • Canada in the world
  • people and their natural environment

Eligibility

Trudeau Scholars are highly gifted individuals who are actively engaged in their fields and expected to become leading national and international figures. To be considered eligible you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a Canadian university;
    OR
  • be a Canadian citizen applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a foreign university;
    OR
  • be a foreign national (with a preference for candidates from the developing world) applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a Canadian university;
  • present a research project linked to one of the four themes of the foundation; and
  • be nominated by a university

How to apply

  • Full information and application forms can be found on the Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship page.
  • Late August/early September – Application form available online.
  • Trudeau doctoral scholarship applicants who completed a degree program at UVic or are currently registered at UVic must submit their complete application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies no later than 4 PM Monday, November 10 2014.  Due to external deadlines no extensions are possible.
  • Applications must be submitted to the foundation directly by the nominating university;

What happens to your application at UVic once you submit it?

The Faculty of Graduate Studies will hold a competition in which approximately six candidates will be selected as nominees by our designated committee.

If you are nominated for a Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship, we will contact you in mid-December. The Trudeau Foundation will contact their selected finalists in early March for the next phase of their selection process.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) of $50,000/yr are available to Canadian and international graduate students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement and are pursuing doctoral study at a Canadian university. These scholarships are administered by Canada's three federal funding agencies:

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

Eligibility

• Visit the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Website to read the full eligibility details.

How to apply

  • The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program does not accept direct applications. You must be nominated by a Canadian university with a Vanier CGS allocation. 
  • Only one Canadian university can nominate you and it must be the university where you intend to pursue doctoral studies.
  • If you want to be nominated by UVic, you should speak with your department's graduate adviser to express interest in the Vanier Scholarship. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will request one nomination from each department in early September of each year. 

How will you know if you are nominated by your department?

If you are nominated for a Vanier CGS, you will be contacted by email by the Faculty of Graduate Studies in September and invited to complete the online Vanier application form. The email will include the UVic deadline and resources available to assist you with the application.

What happens to your application at UVic once you submit it?

The University of Victoria is restricted in how many Vanier nominations we can send forward to the national competition for NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR.  The UVic Vanier CGS committee will review the applications and decide which applicants will be forwarded to the national competition.

You will be advised if your application has been forwarded to the national competition in early November. Results of the national competition are announced the following April.


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