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.


National Student Paper Competition (NSPC)

AU's Internal Deadline: February 2, 2020

The Seventh Annual National Student Paper Competition (NSPC) invites Masters and Doctoral students in any program in Canada to provide fresh ideas for improving the federal public service and service excellence for Canadians.

Paper submissions can be sent to fgs@athabascau.ca

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Targeted Engagement Grants Program

Deadline: February 3, 2020

The Targeted Engagement Grant program aims to drive innovation in defence policy thinking and to foster the next generation of defence and security experts. We are proud to support the exchange of ideas and a diversity of researchers in the domain of security and defence.

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Targeted Engagement Grants Program: Young Minds Initiative

Deadline: February 3, 2020

The Targeted Engagement Grant program aims to drive innovation in defence policy thinking and to foster the next generation of defence and security experts. We are proud to support the exchange of ideas and a diversity of researchers in the domain of security and defence.

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Graduate Research Awards for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation 2019-2020

Deadline: February 3, 2020

Amount: $5,000

A total of four awards of CAD $5,000 are available to Canadian Master’s and/or Doctoral candidates to support the independent research and writing of an academic paper responding to a specific Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament (NACD) topic. Awards also include domestic travel support to Ottawa where successful candidates will present their completed papers during a special event at Global Affairs Canada Headquarters in March 2020.

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2020-2021 Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarship Competition

AU’s Internal Deadline: February 3, 2020

Applicants must submit all required materials to Vikki Bellerose (vikkib@athabascau.ca) Faculty of Graduate Studies by February 3, 2020.

The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship is open to graduates (meaning holders of a degree) of any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) graduate study (master’s or doctoral) in any field, in Canada or elsewhere.

The Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship is open to graduates (meaning holders of a degree) of any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) graduate study (master’s or doctoral), in the United States or the United Kingdom, of international relations or industrial relations (including the international or industrial relations aspects of law, history, politics and economics).

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

Proposal Deadline: February 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.

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Or email info@feedopportunity.com.


Faculty of Health Disciplines Travel Bursaries

Deadline: February 15, 2020

These bursaries are intended to help offset travel costs incurred by students participating in travel required in Faculty of Health Disciplines’ programs. Examples of required travel include beginning orientation and/or clinical placement. These funds are awarded to current AU students who reside in North or Central Alberta, who have demonstrated financial need and commitment to the health profession and who are enrolled in a program in the Faculty of Health Disciplines in which travel is required.

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AU Award for a Mature Graduate Student

Deadline: February 15, 2020

The AU Award for a Mature Graduate Student is one of the awards in the AU Student Stand Out Awards Portfolio and the premise is to recognize that all AU students Stand Out! The AU Student Stand Out Awards are a portfolio of awards aimed at recognizing the students’ drive to reach desired educational goals, despite the challenges along the way.

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AU Graduate Glass Ceiling Award

Deadline: February 15, 2020

The AU Graduate Glass Ceiling Award is one of the awards in the AU Student Stand Out Awards Portfolio and the premise is to recognize that all AU students Stand Out! The AU Student Stand Out Awards are a portfolio of awards aimed at recognizing the students' drive to reach desired educational goals, despite the challenges along the way.

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Walker Family Master Of Counselling Scholarship

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Awarded annually to students pursuing a Masters of Counselling degree at Athabasca University (AU). Applicants must be entering the third year of the program and be in a practicum placement that focuses on services to children or youth, either in a community, residential or Faculty setting. Individual must be displaying satisfactory performance in the practicum according to the practicum Coordinator.

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Cathy Bray Essay Award

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Amount: $500

The Cathy Bray Essay award recognizes the contributions of Dr. Cathy Bray to the development of the MAIS program, MAIS students and Athabasca University.

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AU Access to Students with Disabilities Education Bursary

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Awarded to an AU undergraduate or graduate program student with an identified learning, physical, or psyciatic disability. A disability is a functional limitation resulting from a physical, sensory, or mental impairment, which, for an indefinite period, affects the ability of the student to perform the activities necessary to participate fully in post-secondary learning.

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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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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:

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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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