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)

Each year the Faculty of Graduate Studies is invited to submit one priority nomination for one of the following DAAD awards:

1)      Study Scholarships: these scholarships are available to highly qualified final year undergraduate students or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines for a full Master’s degree program at a German university, or for study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or Master’s degree program completed in the home country

2)      Long-Term Research Grants: these scholarships are available to highly qualified candidates who have completed a Master’s degree or in exceptional cases a Bachelor’s degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research, or those who have already completed a PhD (postdocs), or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany

UVic applicants interested in being considered for the UVic priority nomination for either scholarship must submit the full DAAD scholarship application package to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, attention Scholarship Officer, by 4:00pm Friday, October 13, 2017.

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 and Long-Term Research Grant applications have multiple components and interested applicants are encouraged to begin their application early. For full eligibility details and application information visit DAAD.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Doctoral

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 ($35,000/yr.)

THE CIHR DOCTORAL FUNDING APPLICATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 3, 2017

  • You will apply online through ResearchNet and submit your electronic application directly to CIHR for an opportunity to be funded with a Doctoral Research Award (DRA)
  • Within 2 days of the October 3rd dealine, the Faculty of Graduate Studies will confirm your submission via ResearchNet; students normally receive a confirmation email from ResearchNet once this step is complete.
  • There is no university pre-selection process however, UVic grantscrafting support will be available to you.

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

CIHR Doctoral Grantcrafting Workshop: Monday, September 11, 2017 4:00 - 5:30pm, HSD B347 with Dr. Patricia Mackenzie. You can access the powerpoint for this workshop here.

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters (CGS-M) ($17, 500) - The application will reopen in September 2017 with a deadline of December 1, 2017.

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. There is now one application for all three councils.

The application is done through the Research Portal (available in September). Students must create and attach a Canadian Common CV (CCV); 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 referees 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 eliminated from the competition. There will be no opportunity to submit transcripts after December 1. 

CGSM Application Workshops: 

NSERC: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 3:00 - 4:30pm, Clearihue A314 with Dr. Steve Perlman

SSHRC: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:00 - 11:30am, MacLaurin D101 with Dr. Steve Garlick and Dr. Alison Chapman

CIHR: Thursday, September 14, 2017 4:00 - 5:30pm, HSD B347 with Dr. Patricia Mackenzie. You can access the powerpoint for this workshop here.

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 normally in early February; please check back in Fall 2017 for the 2018 application deadline update.

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.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada - Doctoral

Who should read this?

NSERC Doctoral ($21,000-$35,000) Eligibility:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • 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 nominated.

Students must complete 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 A207; no later then Wednesday October 4, 2017. 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 normally in mid-March.

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

NSERC Doctoral Grantcrafting Workshop: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 3:00 - 4:30pm, Cornett B111 with Dr. Steve Perlman. You can access the two powerpoints for this workshop here and here.

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

The 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 reached your 19th birthday and not have passed your 25th birthday at October 1 in the year of commencement at Oxford University; you must have been born after September 30, 1993 and on or before October 1, 1999
  • 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. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will contact the President’s Office and request an endorsement letter for all successful UVic applicants and send the letters to the Secretary of the Regional Selection Committee. Applicants will not be provided with a copy of the endorsement letter directly.

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 chose 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 full. 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:

  • Excellent academic standing of cumulative GPA of 8.0 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 https://rhodes.embark.com/auth/login. 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 4:00 PM Friday August 4, 2017.  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 of Victoria internal competition will be provided with a code to submit their full application to Rhodes by the application deadline of September 30, 2017.

A full list of the required supporting documents is included in the Memorandum for Candidate point 5.

Important Notes About Selecting Referees:

You must provide a list of six (6) people who are willing to submit references on your behalf. At least four of the referees must be people who taught you in your undergraduate studies (they should clearly indicate so in the letter), and who can comment in detail on your academic ability and how well they think you would fare at Oxford.

Two of the referees should act as character references who will testify to your character and/or your involvement in extra-curricular/service or leadership activities. Your referees must not be personal friends, relatives or contemporaries.

Your referees must be able to submit an initial reference letter for you by the UVic internal deadline of August 4, 2017, and if you are nominated, they must be willing to submit a final reference letter via the Rhodes application portal by October 14, 2017. Tips for references can be found here.

Referees may also send their letters directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, however they must arrive by August 4th, 2017.

Reference letters can be sent by mail to:

Scholarship Officer, Rhodes Competition

Faculty of Graduate Studies, Office of the Dean,

University of Victoria

PO Box 3025 STN CSC, Victoria BC V8W3P2

Canada. 

Reference letters can be sent by courier to:

Scholarship Officer, Rhodes Competition

Faculty of Graduate Studies, Office of the Dean

University Centre A207

3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road)

Victoria BC V8P5C2


What happens if I am nominated by UVic?

By the end of August 2017, successful applicants will be given the authorization code to upload their final application to Rhodes by September 30, 2017. The Rhodes committee will invite their shortlist candidates for an interview to take place in November, and winners will be announced early in 2018.

Questions about this competition can be directed to Yvonne Rondeau scholoff@uvic.ca or Kelsey Amos at fgsschol@uvic.ca

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada - Doctoral

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 Doctoral ($20,000 - $35,000) Eligibility:

Please take time to read through the full eligibility guidlelines and application instructions for SSHRC Doctoral.

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 no later then Wednesday October 11, 2017.
  • 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.

SSHRC Doctoral Grantcrafting Workshop: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 10:00 - 11:30am, Senate Chambers (University Centre A180) with Dr. Steve Garlick and Dr. Alison Chapman. You can access the powerpoint for this workshop here.

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

The Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship is Canada's most prestigious doctoral award in the social sciences and humanities. 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

Who can apply for a Trudeau Scholarship?

  • Full-time first or second year students enrolled (or in the process of enrolling) in a doctoral program in the humanities and social sciences (includes Fine Arts, Law, Business, Education and Human & Social Development)
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents enrolled full-time in a doctoral program in Canada
  • Up to one scholar in four per year may be a non-Canadian (permanent resident or foreign national) enrolled in a full-time doctoral program at a Canadian institution.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic excellence  (first class GPA, academic awards and accomplishments)
  • Communication skills (written and verbal – stage two of the competition includes a mandatory in-person interview)
  • Public engagement (candidates must be available to attend conferences and internships and participate in academic mentorship)
  • Desire to contribute to public dialogue and transmit knowledge (through publication, dissemination of research, and participation at internships, conferences etc.)
  • Desire to be involved in the community with other researchers or scholars (participate in mentorship)
  • Thematic relevance of the doctoral research (research must relate to at least one of the four themes)

How to apply

  • Applications are done through the Trudeau Foundation Portal which is open now
  • UVic can nominate up to 8 doctoral students; applicants wishing to be considered for nomination by UVic, or who are currently registered at UVic, must complete the application and ensure all required documents have been uploaded to their Trudeau application by Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
  • UVic applicants must also notify FGS via email to Yvonne scholoff@uvic.ca of their intention to apply; applicants who fail to do so may be excluded.

What happens to your application?

The Faculty of Graduate Studies will coordinate a review of all applications submitted by the internal UVIC deadline and nominate the most competitive candidates.

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, which includes a mandatory in-person interview.

If you have any questions you can contact Yvonne in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at scholoff@uvic.ca

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.

China Scholarship Council

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) provides scholarships to qualified Chinese graduate students, visiting researchers and post-doctoral students to undertake graduate degree studies and research at partner universities abroad. A signed memorandum of understanding between UVic and the CSC allows for the joint financial and academic support of:

  • Up to 20 Chinese students in a PhD program for up to 48 months, with a degree conferred by UVic
  • Up to 20 Chinese PhD students to conduct research at UVic as a visiting PhD student under the supervision of UVic faculty 
  • 2 Chinese students to pursue a Master’s degree for no more than 24 months, with a degree conferred by UVic
  • Up to 10 scholarships for Chinese faculty members
  • Up to 10 Chinese post-doctoral fellows to visit and conduct research at UVic for up to 12 months

CSC Scholarships payments are made directly to the student or visiting scholar.  The UVic portion of the student or visiting scholar support is provided by the sponsoring department and/or faculty supervisor who will ensure that the CSC scholar is informed of the nature of their support in writing well in advance of the commencement of the studies.

Please contact Cathy Stacey at fgsadmin@uvic.ca if you have any questions.


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