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.


2020 AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 27, 2020

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is a grassroots organization that works to improve the lives of blind, deafblind and partially sighted Canadians through education, empowerment, and advocacy.

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Dr. Ken Stewart Annual Scholarship in Aquatic Biology and Conservation

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Preference will be given to Fish Futures' objectives: preservation, protection and enhancement of fish stocks and aquatic habitats, and public education about the value and need for conservation of aquatic resources and habitats.

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Canadian Japanese Mennonite Scholarship - Mennonite Central Committee Canada

Deadline: April 1, 2020

In 1984 MCC issued an apology, on behalf of Canadian Mennonites, to Canadian Japanese for abuse suffered during World War II. This scholarship is a symbol of cooperation between the two groups.

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Barbara Roberts Memorial Award

Deadline: April 15, 2020

This annual award recognizes outstanding written work by an AU undergraduate program student on topics on women, gender and feminism.

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International Policy Ideas Challenge

Deadline: April 17, 2020

SSHRC is pleased to announce the launch the fifth edition of the International Policy Ideas Challenge call for proposals, organized in partnership with Global Affairs Canada. This is a great opportunity to support graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and Early Career Researchers with hands-on training and mentorship across government to catalyze the transfer of research knowledge into policy briefs that address emerging international policy challenges.

Should you have any question about this call, please contact Global Affairs Canada at: IPIC-CIPI.POR@international.gc.ca


National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

Deadline: May 8, 2020

The NEADS National Student Awards Program is offered to encourage full access to post-secondary education for persons with disabilities, who often have greater barriers to participation in higher education, as well as extra costs because of their disabilities.

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Peter Elzinga Family Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: June 1, 2020

The Peter Elzinga Family Foundation was established for the purpose of awarding Educational Scholarships which are intended to promote the advancement of education and to provide an incentive and means for anyone to continue learning.

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Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), Arctic Section Scholarship

Deadline: June 26, 2020

In 2020, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Arctic Section is pleased to offer one scholarship award of C$3000 in memory of John W. Davies, a former Chair of the Section.

The competition is open to any full time graduate student at a recognized University in Canada or the US State of Alaska whose research will assist in providing solutions to problems encountered in the Arctic or in cold ocean environments. The attached letter contains information on research areas and selection requirements. Information is also on the Arctic Section’s website.

This scholarship will be awarded by October 15, 2020.


ATCO Indigenous Education Awards Program

Deadline: July 15, 2020

Our Indigenous Education Awards Program supports First Nation, Inuit and Métis students across Canada by providing financial assistance to help them in their quest for higher education. These awards, bursaries and scholarships are given to students who demonstrate leadership capabilities and strive to be role models in their schools and communities.

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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.

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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.

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AU Student Travel Awards

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

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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.

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