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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.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS)

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Value: $50,000 per year for three years

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.

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

As AU has an allocation of (1), submissions will be reviewed/ranked by an AU committee prior to submission to the federal funding agency.

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, 2019 and must have achieved a first-class average (A- = 3.70), in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent.

For further questions, please contact Vikki Bellerose at the Faculty Of Graduate Studies.

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (CGS D) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (PGS D)

Application Deadline: October 15, 2018
CGS D: $35,000 a year (for two or three years)
PGS D: $21,000 a year (for two or three years)

The Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (CGS D) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (PGS D) provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program in the natural sciences or engineering. The CGS D will be offered to the top-ranked applicants and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered a PGS D. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields.

For more information on these scholarships, visit the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada website

Government of Canada - Recruitment of Policy Leaders (RPL) program

The application period for the 2018-2019 campaign will be open for a period of 14 days, from October 22 to November 5 2018.

Each year, the Government of Canada, through its Recruitment of Policy Leaders (RPL) program, seeks candidates with a strong record of academic excellence, an interest in public policy and experience that demonstrates leadership and commitment. All candidates must hold (or be nearing completion) a Master degree or a Doctoral degree, or a law degree, complemented by an undergraduate degree in any discipline. The program offers them a unique opportunity to launch directly into stimulating and diverse careers in the federal public service.

For eligibility criteria, you can visit the following webpage:

For any questions, please contact the Public Service Commission of Canada at

Persons Case Scholarships

Application Deadline: October 31, 2018
Value: $1000 - $5000

The Persons Case Scholarship was established in 1979 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ‘Persons Case’.

The scholarship is jointly administered by Alberta Advanced Education and Status of Women. The scholarship honours the efforts of Alberta’s Famous Five – Emily Murphy, Louise McKinney, Nellie McClung, Irene Parlby and Henrietta Muir Edwards - who fought and won these rights on behalf of some women in Canada to be considered 'Persons'.

For more information on this scholarship, visit the Alberta Student Aid website.

Canadian Graduate Student Master’s Awards (CGS-M)

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018
Value: $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Students must contact FGS at for further instructions before submitting their application into the Tri-Council portal.

Refer to the Tri-Agency Harmonization of the Canada Graduate Scholarships website to check on eligibility requirements and application procedures NSERC – Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program

Graduate Student Research Fund (GSRF) Funding Opportunities

Application Deadline: Three times per year, February 10th, May 10th and October 10th

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.

Updated October 04 2018 by Student & Academic Services

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