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.

Canadian Cancer Society Impact Grants

Deadline: September 10, 2019

Amount: Maximum of $1,500,000 per grant (renewable). The grant term is up to 5 years.

The Impact Grant program supports significant progression in cancer research programs that are anywhere in the continuum from basic, high impact discovery to translational work of direct relevance to the clinic and beyond. Impact Grants aim to accelerate and focus the knowledge gained from scientific findings, in the short- to medium-term, into outcomes that will significantly advance understanding of cancer and improve scientific knowledge, which will result in optimized patient care, improved cancer treatment or reduced cancer burden. Impact Grants provide funding to support ideas that promote major advancements in research programs, whether at the fundamental discovery stage (such as studies involving model organisms that demonstrate potential for impact) through to applied research (such as patient or population-based proposals). Applications are encouraged from, but not limited to, the areas of biomedical, clinical, health services, and social and population health research.

For more information visit the Canadian Cancer Society website

Attention Doctorate Students

2019-2020 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS)

AU’s Internal deadline is midnight (MT), Sunday, October 6, 2019.

This scholarship 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. The scholarship is worth $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies and is available to both Canadian and international Doctorate students studying at Canadian universities. Areas of research: Health research; Natural sciences and/or engineering research; Social sciences and humanities research.

Note: Students cannot have completed more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2020 and must have achieved a first-class average (A- = 3.70), in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent.

If you wish to pursue a nomination from Athabasca University, please visit the following link for more information.

Applicants will submit to AU so submissions can be reviewed by an AU Awards committee prior to submission to the federal funding agency.

If you intend to apply or require further information, please contact Vikki Bellerose ( at the Faculty Of Graduate Studies. Phone: 780-421-2544.

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral program

Deadline: October 17, 2019

Amount: $21,000 per year for three years

The NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships – Doctoral (PGS D) program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in an eligible doctoral program in the natural sciences or engineering. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields.

For more info on this opportunity visit the NSERC wesite

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: 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 for the guidelines and application form.