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.

Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral Program (CGS-D)

AU’s Internal deadline is midnight, Wednesday, October 23, 2019. (MDT)

Amount: $35,000 for 36 months

  • CIHR—Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards
  • NSERC—Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships
  • SSHRC—Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships

This scholarship is to promote continued excellence in Canadian research by rewarding and retaining high-calibre doctoral students at Canadian institutions. The CGS D program supports high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in all academic disciplines.

Information including eligibility requirements, is available at:

Please advise of your intention to apply to Vikki Bellerose at the Faculty of Graduate Studies or Phone: 780-421-2544. – 1-800-788-9041 ext. 2544

Note: to be eligible, an applicant must have completed no more than 24 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by December 31 of the year of application.

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master’s Program (CGS-M)

AU’s internal deadline is midnight, Sunday, November 3, 2019 (MDT)

Amount: $17,500 for 12 months

  • CIHR— Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships
  • NSERC— Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships
  • SSHRC— Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

Information including eligibility requirements is available at:

Please advise of your intention to apply to Vikki Bellerose at the Faculty of Graduate Studies or Phone: 780-421-2544. – 1-800-788-9041 ext. 2544

Note: to be eligible, an application must have completed, as of December 31 of the year of application: between zero and 12 month of full-time studies in the program for which you are requesting funding.

Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC)

AU’s internal deadline is midnight, Sunday, November 17, 2019 (MDT)

Amount: $3500.00

Four awards, each in the amount of $3500 will be awarded to the women graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the university or general community while maintaining exemplary academic records. The recipients for 2020 will be selected from nominations submitted by universities in the Western Provinces.

Note: Applicants must be nominated by their Program. Each graduate program can put forward one nomination for consideration.

The nominations will be reviewed internally by the FGS awards committee, then one application will be put forward to SWAAC.

Nomination Criteria

  1. Outstanding academic performance
  2. Evidence of leadership
  3. Nomination package

Further details on this award can be found here:

For further information on the AU internal process, contact

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.

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.