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)

Study Scholarships provide highly qualified individuals with an opportunity to do independent study in Germany or to complete a Masters Degree program at a German university. Eligible students include UVic undergraduates in the final year of their degree, or graduate students currently enrolled at UVic.  

While UVic may forward multiple applications, 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 15, 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. 

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.

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.

CIHR's find funding page provides a list of various funding opportunities. You may need to refer to the "browse archived opportunities" tab depending on the time of year you visit their website, or "view all current opportunities" and scroll down to Doctoral Research Awards 2013-14 for current opportunities.

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

THE CIHR DOCTORAL FUNDING APPLICATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED LOOK FOR UPDATED DEADLINE & APPLICATION DETAILS IN AUTUMN 2014 -  (General application information is provided below.)

  • You will apply online and submit your electronic application directly to CIHR for an opportunity to be funded with a Doctoral Research Award (DRA) or a Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Doctoral Research Award.
  • There is no university pre-selection process however, UVic grantscrafting support will be available to you.
  • Students will need to get three University of Victoria signatures on their application; the Department Chair/Director, The Faculty of Graduate Studies, and the Office of Research Services.  Applicants should bring the Signature of Institution Paid form, the Application Details pages and their Research Project Summary to the Graduate Studies office when seeking a signature.  *Allow yourself 3-5 business days to gather all signatures in order to avoid missing the CIHR submission deadline.

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters (CGS-M) ($17, 500)

THE CIHR CANADA GRADUATE MASTERS APPLICATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED LOOK FOR UPDATED DEADLINE AND APPLICATION DETAILS IN AUTUMN 2014  - (General application information is provided below.)

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 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 all necessary transcripts early, to be mailed directly to you - do not have your transcripts sent to UVIC
  • Attend the grantcrafting workshop most relevant to their area of research

Links to application instructions, the Research Portal, and the Canadian Common CV are available 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, 2014 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.

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 1, 2012. 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

  • You must submit the complete NSERC form 200, together with supporting documentation and a University of Victoria supplemental application form available from the Office of Research Services.
  • Full details of the UVic IPS application process and requirements can be found on the NSERC IPS checklist.

Application deadline

There are no NSERC deadlines for this program. We recommend you submit your complete application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at least two months before the date you wish to begin the award.  

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

  • your application will be checked for completeness
  • the remaining signatures will be obtained as per the UVic NSERC IPS checklist
  • a cover letter will be prepared to satisfy the NSERC requirement
  • your application will be sent to NSERC

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

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada

Who should read this?

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

THE NSERC DOCTORAL FUNDING APPLICATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED LOOK FOR UPDATED DEADLINE & APPLICATION DETAILS IN AUTUMN 2014 -  (General application information is provided below.)

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • hold, or expect to hold (at the time you take up the award), a Masters 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.  Applications received on time will be reviewed for eligility 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 2014.

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

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters (CGS-M) ($17, 500)

THE NSERC CANADA GRADUATE MASTERS APPLICATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED LOOK FOR UPDATED DEADLINE AND APPLICATION DETAILS IN AUTUMN 2014  - (General application information is provided below.)

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 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 all necessary transcripts early, to be mailed directly to you - do not have your transcripts sent to UVIC
  • Attend the grantcrafting workshop most relevant to their area of research

Links to application instructions, the Research Portal, and the Canadian Common CV are available 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, 2014 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.

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.

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

THE SSHRC DOCTORAL FUNDING APPLICATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED LOOK FOR UPDATED DEADLINE & APPLICATION DETAILS IN AUTUMN 2014 -  (General application information is provided below.)

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 Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
  • 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).

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.

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters (CGS-M) ($17, 500)

THE SSHRC CANADA GRADUATE MASTERS APPLICATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED LOOK FOR UPDATED DEADLINE AND APPLICATION DETAILS IN AUTUMN 2014  - (General application information is provided below.)

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 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 all necessary transcripts early, to be mailed directly to you - do not have your transcripts sent to UVIC
  • Attend the grantcrafting workshop most relevant to their area of research

Links to application instructions, the Research Portal, and the Canadian Common CV are available 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, 2014 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.

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 Tuesday, November 12, 2013.  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

• Eligibility criteria

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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