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Graduate Student Research Funding Opportunities

This page outlines the various research scholarships and awards available to students who wish to pursue graduate studies or are enrolled in a graduate program at VIU.

Other Awards Offered through Financial Aid and Awards

Open to All Students

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements Program

This foreign study supplements program is available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Joseph-Armand Bombardier, an Alexander Graham Bell, or a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the master’s or doctoral level, or a Vanier CGS at the doctoral level. For full instructions on how to apply, please visit the funding opportunity website.

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

For more information, visit the Government of Canada International Scholarships website.

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, visit the funding opportunity webpage.

Mitacs-Accelerate

Proposals must include at least one grad student, supervising professor, partner organization, and four-month research project. For full details and instructions on how to apply, visit the Mitacs-Accelerate website.

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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. For full instructions on eligibility and how to apply, visit the Mitacs Globalink Research Award website.

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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 webpage.

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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships were established to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. For more information, visit the Vanier CGS website.

 

Health Research

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

The Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS-M) 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, visit VIU's Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Program webpage.

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 website.

 

Science Research

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Program: NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CSG-M) provide financial support to high-caliber master's students engaged in research in natural sciences or engineering. For full instructions on how to apply, visit VIU's Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Program webpage.

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.

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.

 

Social Sciences or Humanities

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Masters' Program: SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program (CGS-M) 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, visit VIU's Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master’s Program webpage.

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.

Updated: September 24, 2016