Funding Opportunities / Scholarships

FGS Administered Awards

2021-2022 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Competition
Canada’s most prestigious and highest valued award for doctoral researchers

AU’s internal deadline is midnight October 3, 2021 (MDT)

Value $50,000 per year for three years

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program is designed to support world-class students pursuing doctoral degrees at Canadian universities.

Note: Applicants cannot have completed no more than 20 months of full-time study in their doctoral program as of May 1, 2022

Applicants must have achieved a first-class average (A- = 3.70) in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent.

If you wish to pursue a nomination from Athabasca University, please visit Vanier’s website and check out the criteria and eligibility to ensure you qualify.

Applicants must be nominated by the Canadian university at which they plan to study.

If you plan to apply, please contact Vikki Bellerose, Faculty of Graduate Studies at vikkib@athabascau.ca.

Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral Program (CGS D)

Value $35,000 for 36 months

AU’s internal deadline to submit is midnight, October 24 (MDT).

The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral (CGS D) program is a federal program of scholarships awarded through national competitions by the granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

These scholarships are to promote continued excellence in Canadian research by rewarding and retaining high-calibre doctoral students at Canadian institutions in all academic disciplines.

Selection criteria is 50% Research ability and potential and 50% Relevant experience and achievements obtained within and beyond academia.

For more information, visit: https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSD-BESCD_eng.asp#a1

Please check the eligibility criteria to ensure you are eligible to apply.

Please direct all inquiries and advise of your intention to apply to Vikki Bellerose, at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, at vikkib@athabascau.ca or 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.


Office of the Registrar

AU Student Travel Awards

Graduate Level Student Travel Awards

Alberta Graduate Students Travel Incentive


Research Centre

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 Student External Award Funding Calendar that is available from external research granting agencies.

Funding for Graduate Students

Graduate Student Access to Data Management/Analysis Software

Graduate Student Research Fund (GSRF) Funding Opportunities

Application Deadline: Four times per year, February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1

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Athabasca University Graduate Students' Association

As a graduate student at Athabasca University, you may be eligible for a number of awards and scholarships to help fund your education. Check out the student awards offered by Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association (AUGSA).


External Awards

MINDS – Targeted Engagement Grants

Application Deadline: October 4, 2021

Award Amount: Up to a maximum of $50,000

Further information is available on the Government of Canada website

MINDS – Young Minds Initiative

Application Deadline: October 4, 2021

Award Amount: $10,000

Further information is available on the Government of Canada website

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral

Application Deadline: October 17, 2021

Award Amount: $21,000 per year for three years

Further information is available on the NSERC website

Soroptimist Foundation of Canada

Applications Accepted: November 1, 2021 until January 31, 2022

Award Amount: Several grants of $7500

Further information is available on the Soroptimist Foundation of Canada website

Fulbright Student Awards

Canadian Blood Services – 2021 Graduate Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: November 15, 2021

Award Amount: $25,000 per annum with an additional travel allowance of $1000 per year of support

Further information is available on the Canadian Blood Services website

Application Deadline: November 15, 2021

Award Amount: $20,000 US for one academic year (9 months)

Further information is available on the Fulbright Canada website

HQP Leadership Awards

Application Deadline: Ongoing Applications Accepted

Amount: Varies

Further information is available at HQP Leadership Awards – Online