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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.

The Fifth Annual National Student Paper Competition 2017 – 2018 Call for Papers

AU’s internal deadline is November 15, 2017.

Master’s and Doctoral students in various disciplines are invited to participant

Canada’s first 150 years have been marked by innovation and inspiration, which  continue to be key determinants in defining our future.
Do you have fresh ideas for improving the federal public service and positively influencing Canada’s future?

Are you  ready to contribute your ideas? This is your chance to be heard by  leaders at the most senior levels of the public service!

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

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

Value: $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable
AU internal deadline is November 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (MST)

The CGS M Program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in eligible master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada (refer to Eligibility).
This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies in their chosen fields.

The CGS-M Program supports up to 2,500 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three federal granting agencies: CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. The selection process and post-award administration are carried out at the institutional level, under the guidance of the three agencies.Students submit their application to the institution at which they intend to hold their award using the Research Portal.

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

Deadline for submission into the CGS-M research portal is December 1, 2017

Refer to the Tri-Agency Harmonization of the Canada Graduate Scholarships page for more information.

NSERC – Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program

2018 Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships Competition

AU’s internal deadline is November 24, 2017.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarships in the humanities and social sciences awards up to fifteen scholarships to Canadian and foreign doctoral candidates pursuing research related to one of its four founding themes. Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholars are outstanding students who are interested in growing in a multidisciplinary learning environment and in addressing important questions for Canada and the world.

$40,000 per year for three years
$20,000 per year for three years, as research and travel allowance

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Soroptimist Foundation of Canada -
Canadian Soroptimist Grants for Women

Application deadline is January 31, 2017

The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada annually offers several $7,500 grants to female graduate students in Canada to assist them with university studies that will qualify them for careers that will improve the quality of women’s lives. Examples include but are not limited to: providing medical services, providing legal counselling and assistance, counselling mature women entering or re-entering the labour market, counselling women in crisis, counselling and training women for non-traditional employment, and positions in women’s centres.

Additional information and the application form can be found on the SFC website.

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.

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 November 17 2017 by Student & Academic Services

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