Funding and Scholarships

The Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award 

Awards of $1,500 each are available for undergraduate students to undertake research under the mentorship and guidance of a faculty member and present their research at the annual JCURA Student Fair. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to submit their academic poster for online publication in the JCURA poster collection and/or an article for consideration in the Arbutus Review.

June 15th is the deadline for Anthropology students to submit their JCURA application to the their project's supervisor in the Anthropology department. There are two categories: JCURA and JCURA for Indigenous Students and Faculty.

As a reminder, the eligibility requirements are: 

  • an Anthropology major entering 3rd or 4th year the year you apply.
  • Full time student (registered in 12 or more units of study in the winter session of the JCURA.
  • Have a sessional GPA of at least 7.0
  • Satisfy the general regulations of Student Awards and Financial Aid 

Additional information can be found on the LTSI web site, or by contacting the Anthropology undergraduate adviser 

Congratulations to the Anthropology 2020-2021 JCURA winners. Please see all the JCURA winners’ discussion of their research here

For more information about JCURA and criteria please see here.

The Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award mandate is “to provide support for exceptional undergraduate students who might otherwise not be able to obtain a direct research experience as a part of what we anticipate should be a truly formative learning experience.”

This award gives a student the opportunity to work closely with an Anthropology faculty member on a research project during the academic year. Award holders will present the results of their research at the University of Victoria’s Undergraduate Research fair.

For exceptional projects there will be opportunities to publish these results either in the university’s new undergraduate research journal The Arbutus Review and or in other venues.

Award amount: $1500

Number of awards for anthropology undergraduates: 2-3

Deadline for Anthropology students to apply to the Anthropology department: May 31st the year before the JCURA event.

Event: JCURA is celebrated in March each year.

  • You must be an Anthropology major entering your third or fourth year academic year
  • You must be a full-time student
  • You must have a sessional GPA of at least 7.0
  • You must be working on a research project under the direct supervision of an Anthropology faculty member

Please note: If you meet the first 3 criteria then you are encouraged to talk to an Anthropology faculty member and/or the about a possible project.

Selection criteria

Our selection criteria will include merit and feasibility of the proposed project, quality of student responses to application questions, letter of support from faculty member with whom the project will be undertaken, academic achievement and the importance of this funding to the successful completion of the project. Award holders must meet all eligibility requirements as set by the university.

More information

Get application forms, URS workshop dates and other FAQs at JCURA.

Contact:  for more information.

Barkley Sound Field School Award

  • One award of $1,000 each are given to an undergraduate student in the Department of Anthropology who have completed at least one course in archaeology (in the Department of Anthropology) in the last academic year, are attending the Barkley Sound Field School and have demonstrated financial need. Students are required to apply for award using “Barkley Sound Field School Student Support Application” (link) at same time as applying to attend the Barkley Sound Field School. 
  • The selection is made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the Department of Anthropology.
  • Award winners announced by end of May.
  • For other funding opportunities from ASBC, BCAPA, etc. see the field school blog here:


Faculty of Social Sciences Field Course Student Support Fund

  • The administration of this fund is undergoing revision. Updates will be forthcoming. 


Strategic Framework Experiential Learning Fund


For information on other scholarships and awards offered at UVic please look at the Student Awards & Financial Aid site.

The Grand Post of the Native Sons of BC - Bruce McKelvie Scholarship

A scholarship is awarded to a third year Anthropology student with the highest standing in a course relating to Anthropology in B.C. The student must be a Canadian citizen and must return to the University of Victoria in the next regular session.

Awards are normally in the $500-$700 range depending on the amount available each year. Students cannot apply for this award but are nominated by the Undergraduate Committee.  Award winners are announced in the fall.

The Pett Scholarship in Archaeology

A scholarship is awarded to a student who is a Canadian citizen and who has successfully completed at least one course in Archaeology at the University of Victoria, in order to assist the recipient to do field or laboratory work in British Columbia archaeology. The selection is made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the senior instructor in Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology.

Awards are normally in the $500-$700 range depending on the amount available each year. Students cannot apply for this award but are nominated by the Undergraduate Committee.  Award winners are announced in the fall.


For information on other scholarships and awards offered at UVic please look at the Student Awards & Financial Aid site.

New 2018:  Betty Jamie Chung Scholarship in Anthropology

The terms of reference for the Betty Jamie Chung Scholarship in Anthropology can be viewed on our website here and are pasted below:  One or more scholarships will be awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students in the Department of Anthropology.  Preference will be given to students demonstrating financial need.

Thank you to Alumni Betty Jamie Chung and her family.

UVic Libraries Student Scholarships

The University of Victoria Libraries is proud to be an essential and integral part of the research life cycle at UVic. To this end, we are doubly proud to offer two student scholarships which recognize and honor the contributions and achievements of our graduate and undergraduate students.

Named in honor of donor David Flaherty and bequest donor William Petrie, The David Flaherty Undergraduate Student Library Scholarship and The William Petrie Graduate Student Library Scholarship will annually award one academically outstanding student in any discipline who demonstrates how they have successfully utilized library resources ─ including any print, archival, music, multimedia, or digital resources for a class project, assignment or research paper.

To enter, eligible students must submit a 500 word essay explaining their use of library resources.  As with other university scholarships, the window for submissions opens April 1 and concludes May 31st.  Successful students will be awarded $500 for each scholarship.

In addition to the monetary award, the annual recipients will be recognized through a plaque in the library, and their winning essay will be featured on the Grants and Awards page of the Libraries’ website, with a link to their paper or project in our institutional repository.

For more detailed information about the scholarships’ criteria and application process, email or visit the Grants and Awards page through the University Librarian’s Office on the UVic Libraries website.

Killam Fellowships Program

This award is structurally similar to the Fulbright program as it allows Canadian undergraduate students to spend one semester in the United States.  

Candidates can apply to the:

Direct Exchange Program 

Apply via UVic.

NOTE deadlines vary from December to January at each of the partner institutions participating in the direct exchange.  Consult the Instructions for Canadian undergraduate applicants for exact dates.

Open Competition Program  

Applicants can submit their applications through their home institution or can submit their application directly to Fulbright Canada on or before February 1st.


  • Candidates must be Canadian citizens,
  • Be full-time undergraduate students in good standing at a degree granting institution in Canada,
  • Meet all other eligibility requirements as indicated in the application package.

Inquiries: Michelle Emond, Program Officer (Students),

BC Association of Professional Archaeologists - BCAPA

BCAPA supports the new Dr. Leonard Charles Ham Student Bursary Information.

More opportunities

Stories from Abroad: $1000 British Columbia Study Abroad Scholarship 

Irving K. Barber BC Scholarships Society: One World International Scholarship

Premier's International Scholarship

SIAF-UVic Department of Student Recruitment and Global Engagement: Student International Activities Fund