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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.

Canadian Cancer Society – Impact Grants

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017

This grant program is primarily designed to support the biomedical, translational and clinical research communities addressing scientific questions that will reduce cancer mortality rates. However, applications from all areas and disciplines of cancer research including multidisciplinary applications will be considered eligible for funding and will be evaluated based on a common set of criteria. Applicants are invited to submit proposals for studies that explicitly address the Society’s strategic priorities to reduce cancer incidence, reduce cancer mortality, and improve the quality of life for Canadians living with and beyond cancer.

More information on this opportunity can be found here

Red Deer Regional Health Foundation – Young Guns Rehabilitation Scholarship

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017

This scholarship is available to individuals who are beginning or advancing their career in the field of physical rehabilitation and who have a permanent address within 100 kilometers of Red Deer. The scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $2,500 to an applicant but may be withheld if a suitable candidate is not identified. Scholarship(s) are to be used for a credit course from a certified educational institution.

More information on this opportunity can be found here.


Application Deadline: October 2, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for Alberta SPOR Graduate Studentships in Patient Oriented Research, a program designed to help students further their knowledge, skills and competency in patient-oriented research. Students receive a one-year award of $30,000 toward their health related thesis-based graduate project which demonstrates a patient-oriented approach. Recipients also take part in learning opportunities throughout the year and present their research at the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit Summer Institute which is takes place May 14-16, 2018, in Calgary.

Learn more about this opportunity here.

Persons Case Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 31, 2017

The Persons Case Scholarship (PCS) was established in 1979 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ‘Persons Case’, which defined Canadian women as persons and, therefore, eligible to vote, to hold public office, obtain university degrees, and enjoy many other aspects of public life.

The scholarship honors the efforts of Alberta’s Famous 5 – 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.

The PCS is administered jointly by Status of Women and Advanced Education. The PCS aligns with the Status of Women Ministry’s key priorities to increase women’s economic security, increase women’s leadership and democratic participation, and decrease violence against women and girls. It also provides a key link between the work done by the ministry today to the achievements of women leaders and activists of the past.

More information on this opportunity.

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 September 14 2017 by Student & Academic Services

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