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.  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 by 4:00pm Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

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.

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) - 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 ($22,000 - $35,000/yr.)

THE CIHR DOCTORAL FUNDING APPLICATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 1, 2015.

  • 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 duly 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: Every fall grantcrafting workshops will be offered.  These workshops are designed to help you write your research proposal and correctly complete the application.

CIHR Doctoral Grantcrafting & Application Workshop September 2, 2015 4-5:30 PM Clearihue room C316 with Dr. Patricia MacKenzie patmack@uvic.caPresentation slides from the CIHR workshop are found here.

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters (CGS-M) ($17, 500) - The application deadline has expired for this year.  The application will reopen in fall 2015 with a deadline of December 1, 2015.

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 eliminated from the competition. There will be no opportunity to submit transcripts after December 1. 

Attend the grantcrafting workshop most relevant to your area of research.

CIHR Masters – September 23, 2015 4-5:30 Hickman Building 116 with Dr. Patricia MacKenzie patmack@uvic.ca If you missed the CIHR workshop you can view the PPT slides here.

NSERC Masters – September 22, 2015 4-5:30 David Strong Building C108 with Dr. Brad Buckham bbuckham@uvic.ca If you missed the NSERC workshop you can view the PPT slides here.

SSHRC Masters – October 1, 2015 1 – 2:30 Arbutus Room Cadboro Commons with Rosemary Ommer ommer@uvic.ca If you missed the SSHRC workshop you can view the PPT slides 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 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.

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

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 A207 no later than 4:30 pm Thursday October 1, 2015.  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 2016.

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

NSERC Doctoral Grantcrafting and Application Workshop September 9, 2015 4-5:30 PM Maclaurin D287 with Dr. Brad Buckham bbuckham@uvic.ca.  Wokshop slides found 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, 1992 and on or before October 1, 1998
  • 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:

  • 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. Please take time to read the Notes of Guidance.

How to apply:

Applications are to be done online through the website for the Rhodes Trust https://apply.embark.com/scholarship/RhodesTrust/20/. 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 Monday August 29, 2016.  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 October 14, 2016.

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

Applicants should contact potential referees very early to respectfully request their support in the form of a letter of appraisal.  Letters of appraisal must be included in the application package delivered to the Faculty of Graduate studies and must be received in sealed envelopes by mail or courier. Be sure to select referees who can describe qualities about you with examples.  It is also helpful when academic referees describe how you have stood out among other students.  You can provide your referees with a CV to remind them of some of things you’ve done.

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 V8W3P

Canada. 

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

Mailed appraisal letters must be received by August 29, 2016 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 if you are 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 14th.

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 late in September and will be provided with the necessary authorization code to upload their final application to Rhodes by October 14, 2016 to move them forward to the provincial competition.  Candidates invited by the Rhodes Provincial Committee 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 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 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 October 14, 2015.
  • 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 October 14, 2015.

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:

September 10, 2015 1-2:30PM Campus View Room, Cadboro Commons with Dr. Rosemary Ommer ommer@uvic.ca.  Workshop powerpoint presentation found 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?

  • Candidates for a Trudeau scholarship must be applying to the first year of a doctoral program in the humanities and social sciences, or be registered in the first or second year of such a program.
  • Trudeau scholars may be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants pursuing full-time doctoral studies in Canada, or Canadian citizens pursuing full-time doctoral studies at a foreign institution.

How are the candidates assessed?

  • Academic achievements at the highest level
  • An outstanding ability to exchange with other researchers and scholars
  • An interest in public policy
  • The intention to work in an area related to one or more Trudeau themes and to contribute to public dialogue in those areas.

How to apply

  • Applications are done through the Trudea Foundation Portal. Interested candidates must visit https://trudeaufdn.fluxx.io/user_sessions/new and use the "Create an Account" button to register and create an application. Candidates complete the form and upload their three letters of recommendation and transcripts. 
  • Trudeau doctoral scholarship 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 Tuesday November 10, 2015.  This is the UVIC internal deadline and only those applicants with complete applications in the Trudeau portal by that time will be considered.

What happens to your application after November 10th?

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

UVic must complete the review process and submit nominations before December 11; in order to meet the deadline no extensions will be granted.

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.

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.


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