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Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

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

Other Awards Offered through Financial Aid and Awards

Open to All Students

Michael L. Warsh Law Corporation Award

Michael L. Warsh Law Corporation Award recognizes outstanding research in any of the following: independent research supervised by a faculty member; an independent project undertaken for credit, e.g. under the 491 code; research undertaken as a Work-Opportunities student; financially supported or pro bono research as part of a faculty member’s project, or any other similar project. The Award is targeted to a student who intends to pursue post-graduate studies, and who will be entering her/his last two semesters of their programme. For full instructions on how to apply for funding please visit The Michael L. Warsh Law Corporation Award web page.

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

This award is 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.

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 - Internships for Canadian Undergraduates

Between 2016 and 2018, VIU is offering 12 scholarships to interns for-credit based undergraduate work aligned with the 5 BRiCC themes, in Belize. The internships will be conducted in the workplaces of our partners in Belize. For more information please visit the VIU Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship web page.

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Milner Gardens & Woodland Undergraduate Research Award

The Milner Gardens & Woodland Undergraduate Research Awards are intended to foster student research at Milner Gardens & Woodland. The project may be primarily student driven or one that is associated with a faculty member’s research program. For instructions on how to apply to this award please visit VIU's Milner Gardens & Woodland Undergraduate Research Award funding opportunity web page.

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Health Research

CIHR Health Professional Undergraduate Student Research Awards (HPSRA)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) supports Bachelor of Science in Nursing students to undertake paid clinical research. For full instructions on how to apply for this award please visit VIU's Health Professional Student Research Awards funding opportunity web page.

Hannah Studentship Award

Hannah Studentship Award gives students the opportunity to study and learn the techniques of historical research and to encourage future serious study of medical history. The studentship is being administered in partnership with the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (CSHM) which is responsible for adjudicating the applications. For applications please visit Associated Media Services Hannah Studentship award link.

Science Research

NSERC Industrial Student Research Award

These awards are meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies and to pursue a research career in these fields. For full instructions on how to apply for this award please visit NSERC's Industrial Student Research Award web page.

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

USRA awards are granted to students to enable them to work on a research project with an NSERC research-funded faculty member. For full instructions on how to apply for this award please visit VIU's NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) web page.

Social Sciences and Humanities

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 may be 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 15, 2015