Scholarships

Scholarships at IALH

Annual Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health Scholarships and Travel Awards

A scholarship can be the deciding factor in the decision to pursue graduate education or in selecting which university to attend. The opportunity to work with world class researchers is also a deciding factor. The Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health scholarships bring essential elements to support the University of Victoria, an institution that has always had a reputation for superior educational opportunities.

IALH currently offers the following scholarships and awards: 

Alice-Lou Poy Scholarship

The Alice Lou-Poy Graduate Scholarship was created by former UVic Chancellor Ronald Lou-Poy in memory of his mother. The scholarship is a gift from the community and the Lou-Poy family.

The Alice Lou-Poy Graduate Scholarship will be awarded to up to two outstanding graduate students conducting research on Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.

The application period for the 2023/2024 Alice-Lou Poy Graduate Scholarship is now closed. 

See the Alice Lou-Poy Graduate Scholarship description

 

 

Dr. David Chuenyan Lai Scholarship

Dr. David Chuenyan Lai was Professor Emeritus of Geography and an Adjunct Professor in Pacific and Asian studies at UVic.  He was also an Adjunct Professor in the David Lam Centre for International Communication at Simon Fraser University. He was a well-known promoter of multiculturalism and was a member of British Columbia’s Multicultural Advisory Committee for several years.

The Dr. David Chuenyan Lai Scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding graduate student doing research on aging.

The application period for the 2023/2024 Dr. David Chuenyan Lai Scholarship is now closed. 

See the Dr. David Chuenyan Lai Scholarship description.

 

 

Elaine Gallagher Award

Dr. Elaine Gallagher was the third Director of the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health (formerly the Centre on Aging). She is a Professor Emeritus in the UVic School of Nursing, and held an adjunct appointment in the Gerontology Program at Simon Fraser University.

During her career, much of Dr. Gallagher’s research focused on understanding the causes of falls among older adults and preventing them. Her research in the area of injury and falls prevention raised awareness of, and interest in, the reduction of morbidity and mortality due to falls at the local, regional, provincial and national levels.

The Elaine Gallagher Award will be provided to up to two outstanding graduate students doing research on aging who will be presenting a paper or poster at a conference on aging.

The application period for the 2023/2024 Elaine Gallagher Award is now closed. 

See the Elaine Gallagher Award description.

 

Ferguson Graduate Research Award in Digital Health

Chris Ferguson is a UVic alumnus as well as an Adjunct Professor of Design at the University of Toronto. He is  co-founder of Service Design Canada, and founder of Bridgeable, North America’s most awarded design consultancy. Mr. Ferguson has worked with some of the world’s largest and most innovative companies to transform their businesses to be more human-centred through design.

The Ferguson Graduate Research Award in Digital Health will be awarded to an outstanding graduate student whose research is in the area of digital health innovation and application.

The application period for the 2022/2023 Ferguson Graduate Research Award in Digital Health is now closed. 

For more information on this award, see the award description.

 

 

Marilynne Convey Graduate Scholarship

Marilynne Convey was a nurse who discovered her passion for older adults when she worked for the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON). She was instrumental in creating Heritage Woods, a model care facility for seniors in the Western Communities. Her passion and work will continue to have an enormous impact on eldercare. Ms. Convey was also an avid volunteer with many organizations including Government House and Abkhazi Garden.

The Marilynne Convey Graduate Scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding graduate student conducting research on aging.

The application period for the 2023/2024 Marilynne Convey Graduate Scholarship is now closed.   

See the Marilynne Convey Graduate Scholarship description.

 

Neena L. Chappell Scholarship

Dr. Neena Chappell is Professor Emeritus at the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health and the Department of Sociology. For more than 30 years, her research focused on three areas: quality of life for seniors, caregiving, and the health care system and related policy. Throughout her career, Dr. Chappell argued for recognition of the positive aspects of aging as well as problems and challenges associated with growing older. Her research on quality of life for seniors led the way in debunking myths about seniors as frail, lonely individuals and demonstrated that most seniors maintain their independence within active social networks.

The Neena Chappell Scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding graduate student doing research on aging.

The application period for the 2023/2024 Neena Chappell Scholarship is now closed.

See the Neena Chappell Scholarship description

 

UVRA Award

The mandate of the University of Victoria Retirees Association (UVRA) is to further retirees’ social, intellectual, and cultural wellness, and to create opportunities to extend their relationship with the University of Victoria. The UVRA and IALH share several goals including improving the wellness of the older population and supporting research regarding the needs and experiences of older individuals. The UVRA award reflects these joint aims and is intended to provide encouragement to graduate students at a crucial stage in their careers.

The UVic Retirees Association Award will be awarded to up to two outstanding graduate students whose research focuses on individuals 55 years of age and older.

The application period for the 2023/2024 UVic Retirees Association Award is now closed.

See the UVic Retirees Association Award description

 

Please consider a gift, pledge or bequest in honor of these distinguished scholars and community members. For further information, please contact IALH@uvic.ca 

View the 2022/2023 IALH Student Award Recipients
View the 2021/2022 IALH Student Award Recipients
 

 

Eldercare Foundation Research Awards

Administrated in partnership with IALH, the Eldercare Foundation is offering two awards: The Funke-Furber Gerontological Research Award and the Ruth A. Gardner Research Award. The application period for 2023/2024 is now open! Deadline to apply: February 29, 2024

Funke-Furber Gerontological Award

Open to health care professionals, graduate students or undergraduate students registered in an educational program offered by UVic.  Applicants must also be UVic IALH affiliates. For information on this award, and to apply, please see https://gvef.org/the-funke-furber-gerontological-research-support-fund/

Ruth A. Gardner Research Award

Open to graduate student registered in an educational program offered by UVic. Applicants must also be affiliates of IALH.For more information on this award, and to apply, please see https://gvef.org/the-ruth-a-gardner-research-award/

 

Other Award Opportunities at UVic

UVic awards 8+ million dollars in scholarships each year on the basis of academic merit or excellence, as well as a number of bursaries. For more information please click here.

3M National Student Fellowship for Undergraduate Students

The award is open to undergraduate students who are enrolled full time in a post-secondary Canadian institution, have completed at least one full semester of study at the time of nomination, and have not previously received a 3M student fellowship. Call for nominations (PDF) will be posted in Fall 2023.  UVic deadline for nominations will also be annouced in Fall 2023.