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.

Breathing as One: Boehringer Ingelheim Canada COPD Catalyst Grant

Registration deadline: December 10, 2019 by 3:30pm EDT

Application deadline: December 24, 2019 by 3:30pm EDT

Amount: total funding available is $30,000.

The Breathing as One - Boehringer Ingelheim Canada COPD Catalyst Grant competition promotes innovative research related to the treatment/quality of life, mechanism of disease, and health care services for COPD. Catalyst grants are scalable research studies that can be pilot studies, feasibility studies, translational studies, and novel and innovative approaches.

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2020 Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship Competition

AU’s internal deadline is December 20, 2019

The Scholarship program of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is a gateway for courageous, bold, original thinkers who are hungry to play a leadership role in their communities.

The Foundation’s three-year program aims to train Engaged Leaders, in order to build the capacity for academics to make their research accessible beyond academia, to partner and work with a diversity of actors across society, and to help address some of the most pressing domestic and global issues of direct relevance for the future of Canada.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholars receive:

  • Membership in a vibrant community of Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows, all of whom are leaders in their respective disciplines and sectors;
  • Leadership training from our Mentors and Fellows;
  • Up to $40,000 per year for three years to cover tuition and reasonable living expenses; and
  • Up to $20,000 per year for three years, as a research and travel allowance;

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Athabasca University 50th Anniversary I-CARE Completion Bursary

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Athabasca University 50th Anniversary I-CARE Completion Bursaries are intended to assist AU Graduate and Undergraduate program students with continuation of their education without interruption to their studies due to financial need

Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship

Deadline: January 15, 2020

Amount: $2,000

Dr. Gary McPherson was a renowned advocate for people with disabilities. He devoted himself to inspiring leadership and bringing out the best in everyone. He was a member of the Order of Canada, the Alberta Order of Excellence and both the Edmonton and Alberta Sports Halls of Fame.

Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program

Deadline: January 23, 2020

Amount: tuition fees at participating Chinese institutions;

A monthly stipend appropriate to the recipient’s status (approximate values):

  • 2,500 Yuan for undergraduate and language students;
  • 3,000 Yuan for Master’s degree students; and
  • 3,500 Yuan for PhD students and senior scholars.

Global Affairs Canada and the Chinese Ministry of Education are offering short-term scholarships to Canadians wishing to study abroad in China. Scholarships are awarded for studies, research, language studies or a combination of studies and language studies at participating Chinese institutions.

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Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security, Scholarship in Food Insecurity

Proposals due by Feb. 14, 2020

The Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security has launched a series of $15,000 scholarships targeted at master’s and PhD students who are conducting research on determinants, impacts, and possible interventions into food insecurity in Canada. Athabasca University Students who are interested in learning more or applying, can do so at the following website:!page=scholarship-in-food-insecurity or can email

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.

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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.