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Graduate Funding Opportunities

This page outlines the various scholarships and awards that are available to graduate students who are wishing to pursue research or present their research findings.

Other information about Financial Aid and Awards:

Open to All Students

Student Travel and Conference Fund and the Jessica Wilde Conference Participation Fund

These funds are available to students who are seeking financial support to participate in conferences, workshops and colloquia related to their studies at VIU. For full instructions on how to apply for funding please visit VIU's Student Travel and Conference Fund and the Jessica Wilde Conference Participation Fund web page.

Connect Canada Internship Program

The AUTO21 Inc. Connect Canada Internship Program is a federal Industrial Research and Development Internship (IRDI) program. Connect Canada matches graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with private sector host organizations for private sector research internships. The interns will work on research projects jointly developed by their academic supervisor and the private sector host. For a more information please go the The AUTO21 Inc. Connect Canada Internship Program web site, or please visit this link for a program guide.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. It is worth $50,000 per year for three years and is available to both Canadian and international PhD students studying at Canadian universities. For more information about this scholarship please visit the Vanier CGS web site.

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program

The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian universities and affiliated research institutions and universities, or other research institutions outside of Canada. For full instructions on how to apply for this award please visit the Funding Opportunity web page.

Jessica Wilde Conference Participation Fund

This award is available to VIU students who are seeking financial support to participate in conferences, workshops and colloquia related to their studies at VIU. For full instructions on how to apply for funding please visit VIU's Student Travel and Conference Fund and the Jessica Wilde Conference Participation Fund web page.

Health Research

CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Awards

The CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's Awards are intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a Master's degree in a health related field in Canada. For full instructions on how to apply please visit VIU's CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's Awards web page.

CIHR Doctoral Awards and Fellowships

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)offers the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards (CGS-D), the Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA) and Fellowships. For details about the awards search for the applicable funding announcement on CIHR's Funding Opportunities web page.

Wellcome Trust Funding

Wellcome Trust supports students in biomedical research and the medical humanities, with the aim of improving human and animal health. They offer a wide range of funding types, including Investigator Awards, fellowships and Strategic Awards, and also support several major initiatives. For more information please visit Wellcome Trust funding web site.

Science Research

Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships Program

Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships (IPS) provide financial support for highly qualified science and engineering graduates. The support allows them to gain research experience in industry while undertaking advanced studies in Canada. These scholarships are aimed at encouraging scholars to consider research careers in industry where they will be able to contribute to strengthening Canadian innovation. For full instructions on how to apply for this award please visit NSERC's Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships Program web page.

NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Awards

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) provide financial support to high-caliber scholars who are engaged in master's program in the natural sciences or engineering. For full instructions on how to apply please visit VIU's NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Awards.

NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship and Postgraduate Scholarship- Doctoral Award

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering. The CGS will be offered to the top-ranked applicants at each level (master’s and doctoral) and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered an NSERC PGS. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields. NSERC encourages interested and qualified Aboriginal students to apply. For full instructions on how to apply for this award please visit NSERC's Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships web page.

Summer Programs in Japan or Taiwan

The Summer Programs in Japan or Taiwan provide graduate students in science and engineering with a hands-on research experience and an introduction to a different culture, language and university research system. For more details about this program please see the Summer Programs in Japan or Taiwan web page.

Social Sciences or Humanities

SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program: Master’s Awards

The Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Awards program seeks to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students in the social sciences and humanities who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.For full instructions on how to apply for this award please visit VIU's SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s Awards web page.

SSHRC Doctoral Awards

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) offers two types of funding for doctoral students: The SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and the Joseph-Armand Bambardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) - Doctoral Scholarship. For more information about these award please visit the SSHRC Doctoral web page.

Sports Participation Research Initiative

The joint Sport Participation Research Initiative (SPRI) supports this objective by funding selected doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and postsecondary institution-affiliated researchers to conduct research on matters related to enhancing participation in sport in Canada. For more details about this supplement please visit the Sports Participation Research Initiative web page.

Mitacs-Accelerate

Mitacs-Accelerate is Canada’s premiere research internship program. It connects companies with over 50 research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges. Interns transfer their skills from theory to real-world application, while the companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise. For full instructions on how to apply for this award please visit the Mitacs-Accelerate web page.

Royal Canadian Geographical Society Awards

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society annually presents awards to deserving individuals. The awards the Society bestows are the Massey Medal, the Gold Medal, the Camsell Medal and the Canadian Award for Environmental Innovation.

SSHRC Research for a Better Life: Storytellers Award

SSHRC is challenging postsecondary students to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future prosperity. We’re looking for storytellers and data journalists, social media masters and aspiring filmmakers.Send SSHRC your pitch communicating a great SSHRC-funded research project happening at your institution. The featured research project or initiative must be funded by SSHRC (e.g. students holding a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's award or working with a SSHRC funded researcher at VIU). For information on how to apply see the SSHRC Research for a Better Life: Storytellers Award web site.

 

Other Information about Financial Aid & Awards

See VIU's Financial Aid & Awards web site for other types of funding.

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