Financial aid & awards


On-campus workstudy jobs allow you to earn money and gain experience


Writing student Ellery Lamm recieved funding through UVic's annaul JCURA program

UVic offers scholarships, bursaries and work study opportunities and provides information about other funding sources, expected costs and strategies for balancing your budget.

Work study

Working to pay for one’s university studies is a reality for most students. Organized through UVic Student Awards and Financial Aid, the work study program creates paid part-time employment opportunities for students who have documented financial need. Students do not only profit financially from this employment but are able to more easily schedule work hours around courses while they learn other important skills.

Co-op education

In a co-op program, students alternate their university terms with paid co-op terms working in organizations relevant to their area of study. Students gain valuable work experience and build competencies while funding their education. To learn more about co-op opportunities contact the Humanities, Fine Arts and Professional Writing Co-op Office.

In recognition of outstanding students, UVic awards more than 8 million dollars in scholarships each year on the basis of academic merit or excellence. In addition, UVic awards over 4 million dollars annually in the form of bursaries for students in financial need. These possibilities are offered through Student Awards and Financial Aid


Bursaries are non-repayable awards based on financial need. Students can apply to receive these award if they are receiving the maximum student loans available for their period of study and are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. 


Scholarships, medals and prizes are awarded to full-time students on the basis of academic merit or excellence. Entrance scholarships are available for new students and in-course scholarships are geared for upper-level returning students.

Financial aid

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) offers generous funding for both master's and doctoral students.  For deadlines and eligibility requirements, consult the SSHRC website.

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