Financial support for undergraduates

By declaring your major, you make yourself eligible for department scholarships and bursaries. So go to Academic Advising and take this important first step to finding a departmental home.

Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards

Outstanding upper-year students can apply for a prestigious Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award worth $1500. These scholarships allow excellent students to do research in their chosen discipline under the supervision of a professor who is an expert in the field.

Departmental academic awards

If you earn high marks in your courses, you may win one of many academic awards held by your department. There is no need to apply, but you should register your major, because many such awards are only offered to students registered in specific disciplines.


Once you are at UVic, consider applying for a bursary, which is a non-repayable award based on financial need and sound academic standing.

Student loans

Students may also apply for repayable government student loans.

Work study

If you hold a student loan, you may be able to work off part the loan while at UVic and while gaining valuable work experience. Check out the Work Study program, which allows you to work in your field of study for up to 340 hours per year.

Faculty awards

Our faculty offers a number of awards to promote student research and travel in academic areas:

Margaret and Richard Beck Student Research Travel Award

One award of up to $6,000 for travel to Iceland for research or study purposes. 

Deadline: December 15 

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Andrew Rippin Memorial Scholarship

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students who are focusing on the study of religion and are enrolled in a program offered by the Faculty of Humanities.

Deadline: May 15 

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Peter G. Liddell Humanities Computing Award

One or more awards of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students with minimum third-year standing or to graduate students who have completed a project in a course or thesis in the Humanities that makes a significant creative or innovative contribution to humanities computing.

Deadline: March 31

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Elias Mandel Award for Study Abroad in the Humanities

Award(s) of up to $6,000 available for undergraduate students registered in the Faculty of Humanities who are studying abroad through courses, field schools, or programs offered or recognized by the Faculty of Humanities.

Deadline: Feb 28

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