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External scholarships

There are a number of national and provincial granting agencies that annually fund graduate students and their research. These are merit-based fellowships that 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.

Transcripts required for external competitions

All external scholarship competitions require official transcripts for all your completed post-secondary studies. You are responsible for ensuring that transcripts are either attached to the application or delivered to FGS, depending on the requirements of the competition. Make sure you are aware of the deadlines for any external scholarships you are applying for. Transcripts must be complete, official copies. Make sure to order transcripts very early and have them sent directly to you, not to a UVic office.

If you have any questions or concerns about transcripts, please contact Donja Roberts or Kathy McCarthy.

Other external funding opportunities

There are many external funding competitions that you can apply for directly. These 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. Make sure that you have your preferred email address on your graduate secretary's email list.

Available to all

Name Deadline Amount Audience Department
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.
June or October Up to $6,000 PhD External awards Masters Nursing Public Administration Social Work Biochemistry and Microbiology Germanic and Slavic Studies Education Business Computer Science Medieval Studies Art History and Visual Studies Visual Arts Hispanic and Italian Studies Mathematics and Statistics Linguistics Library Pacific and Asian Studies Health Information Science Biology Anthropology Environmental Studies Geography Humanities French Fine Arts Physics and Astronomy Psychology Chemistry Gender Studies Theatre Writing Social Sciences Economics Public Health and Social Policy Political Science Music Greek and Roman Studies English Child and Youth Care Science Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education Earth and Ocean Sciences Sociology History Law Human and Social Development Philosophy
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.
2022 UVic application deadline TBD $50,000 PhD Masters External awards Business Biology Linguistics Social Work Greek and Roman Studies Psychology Germanic and Slavic Studies Physics and Astronomy Medieval Studies Gender Studies Law Music Sociology Library Fine Arts Science Health Information Science Human and Social Development Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education Political Science Chemistry Child and Youth Care Pacific and Asian Studies Theatre Humanities English Mathematics and Statistics Public Health and Social Policy Philosophy History Visual Arts Nursing Environmental Studies Economics Earth and Ocean Sciences Writing Geography Biochemistry and Microbiology Hispanic and Italian Studies Education Art History and Visual Studies Social Sciences French Public Administration Anthropology Computer Science
Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's
The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master’s Program (CGSM) is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.
December 1 $17,500 External awards Masters Theatre Philosophy Art History and Visual Studies Visual Arts Pacific and Asian Studies Law Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education Germanic and Slavic Studies Writing Business Social Work Health Information Science Music Anthropology Sociology Linguistics English Gender Studies Geography Human and Social Development Public Health and Social Policy Library Earth and Ocean Sciences Physics and Astronomy Hispanic and Italian Studies Public Administration Nursing Biochemistry and Microbiology Biology Chemistry French Mathematics and Statistics Social Sciences Economics Science Greek and Roman Studies Fine Arts Environmental Studies Humanities Medieval Studies Political Science Education Computer Science Psychology History Child and Youth Care
Canadian Institutes of Health Research Canada Graduate Scholarship (CIHR CGSD)
CIHR provides doctoral scholarships through their Health Research Training Award Programs to students pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field. CIHR Doctoral awards are valued at $35,000 per year for up to three years. To apply you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
2022 UVic application deadline TBD $35,000 External awards PhD Law Nursing Linguistics Writing Greek and Roman Studies Psychology Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education Art History and Visual Studies Theatre Chemistry Environmental Studies Music Health Information Science Geography Public Administration English Social Sciences Hispanic and Italian Studies Economics Human and Social Development Sociology Fine Arts Public Health and Social Policy Anthropology Germanic and Slavic Studies Biochemistry and Microbiology Biology Social Work Mathematics and Statistics Medieval Studies Computer Science Political Science Visual Arts Philosophy Earth and Ocean Sciences Pacific and Asian Studies History Gender Studies Humanities Child and Youth Care Library Physics and Astronomy Business French Education Science
Rhodes Scholarship
A Rhodes Scholarship is tenable at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom and provides recipients with direct payment of the Oxford University (and College) fees, two economy class flights - to and from the UK - for the beginning and end of studies in Oxford, plus an annual stipend and a settling in allowance which are paid directly to the recipient.
2022 UVic application deadline TBD Varies External awards PhD Biochemistry and Microbiology Fine Arts Art History and Visual Studies Law Writing Human and Social Development Business Germanic and Slavic Studies Humanities History Hispanic and Italian Studies Library French Nursing Environmental Studies Social Work Public Administration Social Sciences Economics Public Health and Social Policy Education Theatre Science Pacific and Asian Studies Physics and Astronomy Anthropology Computer Science Music Earth and Ocean Sciences Greek and Roman Studies Gender Studies Geography English Mathematics and Statistics Sociology Political Science Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education Philosophy Child and Youth Care Medieval Studies Visual Arts Health Information Science Psychology Biology Chemistry Linguistics

Computer Science

Name Deadline Amount Audience Department
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
NSERC provides doctoral scholarships to students pursuing a doctoral degree in natural sciences and engineering. To apply you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
2022 UVic application deadline TBD up to $35,000 PhD External awards Computer Science

Earth and Ocean Sciences

Name Deadline Amount Audience Department
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
NSERC provides doctoral scholarships to students pursuing a doctoral degree in natural sciences and engineering. To apply you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
2022 UVic application deadline TBD up to $35,000 PhD External awards Earth and Ocean Sciences

Engineering and Computer Science

Name Deadline Amount Audience Department
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
NSERC provides doctoral scholarships to students pursuing a doctoral degree in natural sciences and engineering. To apply you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
2022 UVic application deadline TBD up to $35,000 PhD External awards Engineering and Computer Science

Health Information Science

Name Deadline Amount Audience Department
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
NSERC provides doctoral scholarships to students pursuing a doctoral degree in natural sciences and engineering. To apply you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
2022 UVic application deadline TBD up to $35,000 PhD External awards Health Information Science

Humanities

Name Deadline Amount Audience Department
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
SSHRC provides doctoral scholarships to students pursuing a doctoral degree in social sciences, humanities and related fields such as fine arts, law, education etc. To apply you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
2022 UVic application deadline TBD up to $35,000 External awards PhD Humanities

Science

Name Deadline Amount Audience Department
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
NSERC provides doctoral scholarships to students pursuing a doctoral degree in natural sciences and engineering. To apply you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
2022 UVic application deadline TBD up to $35,000 PhD External awards Science

Social Sciences

Name Deadline Amount Audience Department
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
SSHRC provides doctoral scholarships to students pursuing a doctoral degree in social sciences, humanities and related fields such as fine arts, law, education etc. To apply you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
2022 UVic application deadline TBD up to $35,000 External awards PhD Social Sciences

Application help

We have many resources to help you apply to external funding competitions.

Our resources include tips for scholarship referees. You can give this information to the academic professionals who are contributing letters of reference to support your funding application.

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