Funding for graduate students

See below for many funding opportunities available for nursing  graduate students.  UVic Graduate Studies Financial aid and funding page  also offers many funding opportunities.

Banting Post-Doctoral Fellowships - due September

$70,000 per year (taxable) for two years

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program will be distinguished from existing postdoctoral fellowships programs by its emphasis on: the synergy between an applicant (their individual merit and potential to launch a successful research-intensive career); and the host institution (its commitment to the research program and environment with which the applicant is to be affiliated). An applicant to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program must complete their application in full collaboration with the proposed host institution.

BC History of Nursing Society Scholarships - due March and November

Awarded twice annually, March and November DEADLINE. Please visit the website for more information.

BC nurses who are members of the BC History of Nursing Society (including student members) and who are pursuing studies in historical aspects of nursing are eligible for financial assistance from the Society.

The purpose of the scholarship funding is to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to undertake a project or study to add to the rich heritage of nursing history.

BC Nurses Union Education Fund - due Mar 31

The purpose of the BC Nurses Union Education Fund is to assist in financing educational opportunities for current and future telehealth nurses and all HealthlinkBC and BC Bedline Services (HLBC) employees.

Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees

2020 $1,000 Honors in Nursing Scholarship

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to take your nursing career to the next level, and you know the MSN is the degree that will get you there.

Maybe your goal is to enter advanced practice as a nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife, clinical nurse specialist or nurse anesthetist… or perhaps a role in administration, informatics, clinical leadership or education is what you’re after. No matter how you plan to contribute to the field of nursing, earning an MSN can provide a highly-focused path to advancement and specialization.

We respect nurses with those kinds of ambitions, and we know that earning your master’s degree doesn’t come cheap. That’s why we’re honored to be able to offer the $1,000 Honors in Nursing Scholarship to help make your journey toward earning your MSN a little more affordable.

Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation (CACR) Graduate Student Awards - due May 1

$3,000 award

These awards are to recognize the research of graduate students in the area of cardiac rehabilitation and to reflect Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation (CACR) support of their educational endeavours in this area.

Canadian Diabetes Association

Maximum award $100,000 annually

The Canadian Diabetes Association offers support for research projects designed to enhance our knowledge of the prevention, etiology, management, and cure of diabetes and related complications. As well as population health, health services, diabetes education, community and practice-based research.

Canadian Institute of Health Research - various due dates

CIHR is the Government of Canada's agency responsible for funding health research in Canada. CIHR's many ongoing competitions have various deadlines. Be sure to check the CIHR website for the most up to date and accurate list of funding deadlines.

Canadian Nurses Foundation Scholarships - due March 31

$3000-6000 per year

Study Awards are supported by the Scholarship Fund Trust Accounts investment income as designated by Canadian Nurses Foundation donors, and by contributions made by corporate and individuals donors. CNF gives nurses across Canada approximately $275,000 annually in scholarships and certification awards.

Centre for Studies in Religion and Society Graduate Student Fellowships - due November 15

Ian H. Stewart Graduate Student Fellowships (2) and Vandekerkhove Family Trust Graduate Student Fellowships (2)

The centre welcomes applications for projects that meet its mandate of promoting the interdisciplinary study of religion in relation to any and all aspects of society and culture, both contemporary and historical.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, examinations of religious themes within the areas of ethics, health, environment, technology, public policy, human conflict, art, literature, the media, and social currents and debates within philosophy and/or the natural sciences. Applications from all disciplinary backgrounds are welcome

Dorothy Kergin Endowment Fund - due November

The objective of the Dorothy Kergin Endowment Fund is to support specific research activities including: research projects, travel to research conferences and development of new knowledge.

Application Deadlines: November

IODE War Memorial Doctoral Scholarship - due December

Award of $15,000

Applicants to the IODE War Memorial Doctoral Scholarship are judged on academic excellence and potential. Candidates must be Canadian citizens and in at least their second year of doctoral program at a Canadian or Commonwealth university.

Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation of Canada Scholarships - due March

$2,500 anually

Applicants to the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation of Canada Scholarships must be a female Canadian citizen currently enrolled in and pursuing and PhD program.

Kidney Foundation of Canada - Allied Health Doctoral Fellowships - due March 15

Up to $31,000 a year

The Kidney Foundation of Canada offers a limited number of fellowships designed to provide for full-time academic and research preparation at the doctoral level.

The objective of this program is to promote and enhance the development of nephrology/urology allied health investigators in Canada.

LGM Continuous Learning Bursary - due Dec 1

One $800 bursary

LGM Financial Services Inc. (LGM) recognizes the importance of health and wellness in the workplace. 

Along with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), BC Division, they want to remove the stigma of mental illness at work and empower those living with it to achieve their career and education goals.

Lorne Fraser Educational Bursary - June 30

Several $700 awards.

The Lorne Fraser Educational Bursary awards several bursaries to people with a mental illness to help further their pursuit of post-secondary education.

Bursary amounts are based on the annual interest of the fund and are awarded for the fall term of each year.

In addition to the bursary program, the scholarship program annually awards $1000 or $2000 to two post-secondary students living with mental illness, whose educational and career goals are related to mental health promotion.

Mackenzie King Open Scholarships - February 1

The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere.  One Open Scholarship is awarded each year. The value has recently been about $9000 but it is subject to change.

The Travelling Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in the United States or the United Kingdom in the areas of international relations or industrial relations.  Recently four scholarships of $11,000 each have been awarded annually, but the number and the amount are subject to change.

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Trainee Award - due December 4 and Feb 9

MSFHR Research Trainee Program Awards support highly qualified master's, PhD and post-doctoral trainees to prepare for careers as independent health researchers. While "training on the job," these exceptional students significantly increase the productivity of the research programs with which they are affiliated.

By funding their training, BC is better positioned to retain them as future leaders in health research. All awards consist of an annual stipend and a research and travel allowance.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada - various due dates

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada is a federal agency whose vision is to help make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians.

The agency supports 26,500 university students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies.

P.E.O. Scholar Awards for Women - various due dates

$15,000 awards

The P.E.O. Scholar Awards program provides educational awards of $15,000 for women who are U.S. or Canadian citizens and are pursuing a doctoral degree at an accredited university or college. 

The applicant must have at least one full year remaining in her grad program and be within two years of completing her doctoral degree. In selecting recipients of these competitive awards, the P.E.O. Board of Trustees will evaluate each application using the following criteria: 

  1. Scholarly excellence;
  2. Academic achievements;
  3. Academic and career goals;
  4. Recommendations;
  5. Potential of the applicant to make a significant contribution to her field;
  6. Additional qualifications of applicant.

Registered Nurses Foundation of British Columbia - Bursaries

RNFBC raises money for bursaries for students who are enrolled in basic, post-basic, re-entry, specialty and graduate education programs in nursing.

Each year RNFBC awards a significant amount to BC residents studying nursing at colleges and universities in BC and at out-of-province institutions.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.

*Please note that SSHRC no longer funds health research, however SSHRC funding may be applicable to some interdisciplinary students studying in the School of Nursing. If you seek clarification regarding which granting agency to apply to, contact Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship Officer, Carolyn Swayze or Kathy McCarthy.

Soroptimist Foundation of Canada Grants for Female Graduate Students - due January

The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada annually offers several $7,500 grants to female graduate students in Canada to assist them with university studies which will qualify them for careers which will improve the quality of women's lives.

Trudeau Foundation - Doctoral Scholarships - General Trudeau Fellowship - due November

Please note: students can not apply directly to the foundation. Nominations must be made by a faculty member. Please discuss this opportunity with your supervisor if you are interested.

$40,000 per year for up to three years, plus $20,000 to support reserach related travel.

The Trudeau Scholarship program supports outstanding doctoral students this year in the social sciences and humanities who are pursuing research of compelling present-day concern.  Nominees must be applying for the first year of a doctoral program, or be registered in the first or second year of such a program.

The selection criteria will focus on: academic achievement at the level of the most competitive scholarship programs worldwide; an outstanding ability to engage in lively exchange with other researchers and scholars; an intention to work in an area related to one or more of the four themes of the Foundation, and a desire to contribute to public dialogue around these themes. 

The four themes of the Foundation are human rights and social justice, responsible citizenship, Canada and the world, and humans and their natural environment.

Ultan Patrick Bryne Trust Fund Bursary

The Ultan Byrne Trust provides bursaries to students at the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University.

The bursaries are awarded to students based on financial need and not on academic merit, however they must have been born in British Columbia and enrolled in one of the following faculties:  Medicine, Law, Nursing or Engineering

Harold and Myra Thompson Memorial Scholarship recipient

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the donors of the Harold and Myra Thomspon Memorial Scholarship. I am very grateful to receive such an honour. You have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. With this help, I will be able to continue my studies in the Master's of Nursing program, and will be able to use this valuable knowledge in educating nurses and future nurses in providing current, safe, and client-centered care.
St. Ann and Nancy Lee Scholarships recipient Chi Meegwetch! From the Ojibwe language this means thank you very much! I am deeply thankful to UVic for both the St. Ann and Nancy Lee Scholarships! The Scholarships will make possible my studies through the PhD Nursing Program at UVic and my research related to health care for First Nations. Also, in my work as a Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator my learning through UVic is greatly enhancing my over-all nursing knowledge and practice!

Gertrude Helen Robertson Graduate Scholarship recipient

I am thrilled to express my gratitude at being a recipient of the Gertrude Helen Robertson Graduate Scholarship. The scholarship specifically relates to the Maternal/Child area of nursing practice and as such, is a wonderful way to honor both students, and the women and infants for whom we care. It means so much to have my student efforts recognized, and to profile this important area of nursing practice!

James and Phillippa Kerr Award recipient

I am honoured to be awarded the James and Phillippa Kerr Graduate Scholarship in Nursing. I plan to continue work in perioperative nursing during graduate studies.  My goal is to share my experience and educate those who choose to begin nursing studies.  My choice to become a nurse has resulted in a career full of ongoing success and satisfaction.  I deeply appreciate this support in my journey to become a nursing educator.