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Graduate Funding Opportunities

This page outlines the various research scholarships and awards that are available to students wishing to pursue graduate studies or those that are enrolled in graduate programs at VIU.

Other Awards Offered through Financial Aid and Awards

Open to All Students

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.

International Scholarships

For Canadians: Learn about opportunities for graduate study and research abroad. For Non-Canadians: Learn about opportunities for study and research in Canada

Canada is committed to participation in international study and research partnerships that build understanding among peoples, develop global citizens and leaders, and contribute to the development of nations. For more information visit the Government of Canada Internation Scholarships web site.

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.

Mitacs-Accelerate

Through Mitacs Accelerate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from over 50 universities apply their specialized expertise to business-related research challenges. Armed with the very latest tools, techniques, and innovations, the intern (a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow) brings a new perspective to the problem faced by the industry partner. Interns spend approximately half of the time on-site with the industry partner; the remainder is spent at the university advancing the research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. Open to all disciplines and all industry sectors, projects can span a wide range of areas, including: manufacturing, technical innovation, business processes, IT, social sciences, design, and more. For full instructions on how to apply for this award please visit the Mitacs-Accelerate web page.

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Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Globalink initiatives offer two-way mobility between Canada and Mitacs partner countries. Senior undergraduate and graduate students may be eligible. The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides funding to support senior undergraduate and graduate student research projects abroad. Receive up to $5,000 in research award to the Canadian supervisor for student travel expenses. Open to all disciplines. For joint projects with academic collaborators over 12-24 weeks abroad. Partner countries: Brazil, mainland China, India, Mexico, and Vietnam. Applications accepted any time. For full instructions on how to apply for funding please visit the Mitacs Globalink Research Award web site  and contact Kathryn Jepson for assistance with the application process.

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Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

Between 2016 and 2018, Canadian students from any of VIU's Master's degree programs are eligible for one of 12 scholarships to conduct research or complete their for-credit project work if the activity is strongly aligned with one of the 5 BRiCC themes and supported by a partner organization in Belize. For more information please visit the VIU Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship web page.

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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.

 

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.

 

Science Research

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.

 

Royal Canadian Geographical Society

For more than 50 years, the RCGS has contributed to growing geographical understanding of Canada – its people, places, culture, environment and economic challenges – by funding research to broaden Canadians’ knowledge and appreciation of Canada. As one of the oldest organizations in Canada funding geographical research, RCGS research grants and scholarships have enabled students to pursue their passion for geography, sometimes leading to ground-breaking results. This much-needed support has also helped launch the careers of Canada’s brightest minds in geography.  For more information please visit the Royal Canadian Gegraphical Society's web site.

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 Awards Offered through Financial Aid & Awards

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

Tax bulletin regarding Scholarships, Fellowships, Bursaries, Prizes, Research Grants and Financial Assistance.

Updated: June 22, 2015