Funding Opportunities / Scholarships

Athabasca University offers a number of awards, scholarships, and other funding to help students succeed in their program. Check the Research Centre’s website for information on funding that is available from external research granting agencies.

A number of graduate awards, scholarships, and bursaries are administered by the Office of the Registrar. You can learn more about the graduate student awards AU co-ordinates and administers by referring to the Masters Level Student Awards page. For more information about doctoral research funding at AU visit Awards for Doctoral Students page.


Laura Bassi Scholarship

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which awards a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded in December 2019:

Application deadline: 25 November 2019

Results: 15 December 2019

All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV through the application portal by the relevant deadline. Further details, previous winners, and the application portal can be found at:
https://editing.press/bassi


Competition open for Canadian and Brazilian professors and graduate students:

Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects, 2020-2022

Global Affairs Canada and the Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) of Brazil are offering scholarships to support team-oriented research projects, between Canadian and Brazilian universities, in mutually beneficial research fields.

  • Program name: Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects
  • Funding organizations: Governments of Canada and Brazil
  • Target audiences: Canadian and Brazilian professors and graduate students
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Inclusions: Visa, airfare, health insurance, living expenses, ground transportation expenses, books and supplies
  • Deadline: November 26, 2019

For full program details, visit: Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects.

Information regarding the Brazilian participants can be accessed on the CAPES website (Portuguese only).

All inquiries regarding this program in Canada should be directed to: scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca.


CIHR Summer Program in Aging

A unique, interactive training program, SPA will run from June 7-12, 2020 at the Hockley Valley Resort, approximately one hour north of Toronto, Ontario. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows either working with or interested in learning more about research related to the area of longitudinal studies in aging are encouraged to apply. Trainees will have the opportunity to participate in advanced training that crosses disciplines and brings together trainees, researchers, and members of the public and private sector from Canada and abroad.The program will feature internationally renowned guest speakers, and networking opportunities will be offered throughout the week. The program is expected to be launched in January 2020 on CIHR’s ResearchNet. More information will be available in the coming weeks.


Graduate Student Research Fund (GSRF) Funding Opportunities

Application Deadline: Four times per year, February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1

As graduate (master’s and/or doctoral) programs develop at Athabasca University and student enrolment increases, the importance and value of graduate student research proliferate. Students engaging in systematic inquiry not only will be completing important milestones in their respective academic programs of graduate studies, but will also be contributing to their respective disciplines. The quality and reputation of Athabasca University as an academic centre of excellence will be reflected in the extent to which graduate students learn, develop, and apply their research competencies to investigate substantive questions/hypotheses in their respective disciplines.

For more information visit the Research Centre.


AU Access to Research Tools Award

These awards are intended to facilitate the research conducted by AU graduate program students to assist in partially covering the costs incurred while completing a thesis/dissertation or major project. Examples of anticipated expenses that a student may incur include purchasing licenses for statistical software such as SPSS, NVIVO, mileage to conduct interviews for the research, or obtaining copyright permission to use a particular research tool/instrument.

Visit: http://registrar.athabascau.ca/studentawards/graduate.php#48 for more information.


Funding Opportunities

AU Student Awards

As a reminder, AU's Students Awards Program offers the following two awards to support dissemination/presentation opportunities for AU graduate students:

More information on these two awards is available at Student Awards.


Graduate Student Access to Data Management/Analysis Software

Funds are available through the Research Centre for research conducted by Athabasca University graduate program students' to assist in partially covering Data Management/Analysis Software costs incurred while completing their thesis/dissertation.

Visit http://research.athabascau.ca/students/student_access.php for the guidelines and application form.