National and Provincial Scholarships and Awards

Information about any current scholarship competitions is posted in the "Grad News" section in the top right section of this website

A student should have an outstanding academic record to be in the running for these external awards. A grade average of A- in the most recent two years of study (undergraduate or graduate coursework) is usually necessary.

  • Evidence of research capability, previous research awards (such as NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards), and experience of research will also strengthen an application.
  • An application for an external scholarship will pass through several stages: first, the application must be submitted to the program by the appropriate deadline date, then applications may have to be ranked by a program committee. The applications will then be forwarded, along with the program's ranking, to the Dean of Graduate Studies. A committee representing the Faculty of Graduate Studies may then have to rank the applications overall. The Dean will forward recommendations and ranking to the external agency. These applications should be prepared with care. They must be typed, and complete.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the application package, including letters of reference, arrives on time. Applicants should check to see whether an award is renewable, or if it must be applied for anew on subsequent occasions.

NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS:

SERC scholarships are open to students in the fields of natural sciences and engineering, and in some areas of psychology and kinesiology. At the time of application, an applicant must be either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.  They are available to both Doctoral and Master’s students.

  • Doctoral:  Two types of scholarships are available - NSERC postgraduate scholarships (PGS) and Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS). The PGS is valued at $21,000 a year (for up to three years), and CGS - Doctoral is $35,000 a year for up to three years.  Students submit one application to be considered for both scholarships.  The deadline for students to submit their application is set by each department, but will normally be in late September.  Further information may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Studies, or at www.nserc.ca.
  • Master’s:  The Canada Gradate Scholarship (Master’s) is a one-year award valued at $17,500.  Students submit their application on-line to NSERC by the deadline of December 1.  Further details are available from the Graduate Studies Office or  from the competition webpage.

SSHRC scholarships are intended to support the acquisition of research skills and to assist in the training of highly qualified personnel. Candidates must demonstrate a high standard of academic achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.  They are available to both Doctoral and Master’s students.

  • Doctoral:  Both Doctoral Fellowships and Canada Graduate Scholarships are available. Doctoral Fellowships are valued at $20,000 per year, and CGS are valued at $35,000 a year for 36 months. By the time of taking up the award students must have completed a Master’s degree, or at least one year of doctoral study.
  • Master’s:  The Canada Gradate Scholarship (Master’s) is a one-year award valued at $17,500.  Students submit their application on-line by the deadline of December 1.  Further details are available from the Graduate Studies Office or  from the competition webpage.

CIHR strives to ensure a strong foundation of future health research leaders, and is committed to offering programs that increase the supply of highly-qualified research personnel.  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.  They are available to both Doctoral and Master’s students.  These awards provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada or abroad.

  • Doctoral:  The Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award (CGS-D) and the CIHR Doctoral Foreign Study Awards (DFSA) are valued at $35,000 per year for up to three years.
  • Master’s:  The Canada Gradate Scholarship (Master’s) is a one-year award valued at $17,500.  Students submit their application on-line by the deadline of December 1.  Further details are available from the Graduate Studies Office or from the competition webpage.

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for more than 15 years.

Mitacs Accelerate

  • Funding starts at $15,000 for research internships with industry or non-profit partners.
  • Grad students and postdoctoral fellows can apply anytime.
  • Applications are accepted any time.
  • www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/accelerate

Mitacs Elevate

  • $50,000 annual grant for two-year postdoctoral fellowships with industry or non-profit partners. Fellows also receive research management training.
  • The call for postdoc applications is issued twice a year, usually in September and January.
  • www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/elevate

Mitacs Globalink

Mitacs Step

  • Professional development workshops facilitated by industry leaders.
  • Grad students and postdoctoral fellows can attend workshops anytime, at no charge.
  • www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/step

PROVINCIAL SCHOLARSHIPS:

The Government of the Province of Ontario provides annually a number of postgraduate awards. An Ontario Graduate Scholarship is awarded for one academic year, which may consist of two or three consecutive terms. One-term awards are not granted.

The value of the OGS is $5,000 per term, thus you may receive $10,000 for two consecutive terms or $15,000 for three consecutive terms.

The purpose of these awards is to encourage excellence in graduate studies in all disciplines.  Applicants should have an 80% grade average or better in the most recent two years of study.

The awards may be held for three consecutive terms and must be held for at least two consecutive terms. International students should note that while they are eligible to apply for OGS support, there is a very limited number of awards allocated to international students.

International students may also apply for these awards

Note that each Ontario university manages its own OGS competition and students must apply to the institutions(s) where they intend to undertake graduate studies.  A list of each university's deadline can be found at the OGS competition website. The University of Windsor’s application deadline is normally in mid-January.

The Government of the Province of Ontario supports excellence in graduate studies and Technology through the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII GSST).

These scholarships are worth up to $15,000 per year for Master’s and doctoral students.

The purpose of these awards is to encourage excellence in graduate studies in applied sciences, biological sciences, and physical sciences. all disciplines.  Applicants should have an 80% grade average or better in the most recent two years of study.

The awards may be held for three consecutive terms and must be held for at least two consecutive terms. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Note that each Ontario university manages its own competition and students must apply to the institutions(s) where they intend to undertake graduate studies. The University of Windsor’s application deadline is normally in mid-January.

The OTS program is an initiative of the Ontario Government to attract more of the best qualified international students to Ontario for PhD studies. They are available to new students who are applying or have applied for admission for either May or September.

The University of Windsor will receive 3 awards each year from 2011 to 2015, resulting in a total of 12 scholarships as a steady state at our institution. Each scholarship is worth $40,000 annually and is awarded for four (4) years, provided the student maintains good academic standing and continues to meet the eligibility requirements.

Students holding external funding (e.g., scholarships, third party tuition payments) are not eligible to be considered.

For details new international students should contact the UWindsor program of their interest. The deadline for applications is set by each program and is usually in January/early February.

OTHER EXTERNAL AWARDS:

The grant is designed to encourage emerging knowledge and understanding of the complexities of graduate enrollment management including all aspects of admissions and recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation in higher education.  It is open to all graduate students who plan to conduct research on graduate enrollment issues, including any aspect of recruiting, enrolling, retaining and graduating professional, masters, and doctoral level degree students. The award includes:

  • a $2,500 check, payable directly to the individual researcher. NAGAP will not pay institutional overhead or indirect costs. 
  • one year of NAGAP membership with full privileges. 
  • travel and registration to the NAGAP national conference during the year of the award. 
  • recognition at the NAGAP national conference. 

 The deadline for submissions is March 1.  International students are eligible to apply. Additional information and guidelines can be found at http://www.nagap.org/research.

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society international is an organization of professional women in the field of education. A fellowship for graduate study in the amount of $4,000 U.S. is offered to a female graduate student, with a possibility of renewal for a second year.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a female student from a country other than Canada or the United States, studying under a "student authorization", and accepted for admission to graduate studies.

The student must be in a program which will lead to a teaching position in an educational institution (school, college, university, library, nursing institution). In addition, the applicant must plan to return to teach in her home country on completion of studies.

Applications may be obtained from the International Students' Centre, and must be submitted by December 15.

This program provides, for a nine-month period, a grant of $15,000 (U.S.). This Fulbright program sponsors outstanding graduate students who are Canadian citizens who will spend one academic year at a host institution in the U.S. The goal of the program is to promote and improve mutual understanding between Canada and the United States. In addition to the general Canada-U.S. Fullbright awards, the foundation also offers a number of corporate awards.

Eligible topics: issues pertaining to Canada and the U.S., for example science policy issues, international trade, comparative studies of U.S. and Canadian policies and institutions, attitudes, etc.

Deadline: November 15 in the Fulbright Program Office (Ottawa).

This is a prestigious award, and only students in the A range should apply.

Further information is available at www.fulbright.ca.

Various awards are offered at the Master's and Doctoral level. For details, applications and criteria visit www.cemf.ca.

The Canadian Federation of University Women offers the following awards to women holding a degree from a Canadian university and who are Canadian citizens or have held landed immigrant status for one year. More information about the awards is available at www.cfuw.org. The following awards are available:

- CFUW - Margaret McWilliams Pre-doctoral Fellowship
Value $11,000. The candidate must be a full-time student and must have completed at least one full calendar year in doctoral studies at the time of application.

- CFUW - Beverley Jackson Fellowship
Value $2,800. The candidate must be over the age of 35 at the time of application and enrolled in graduate work at an Ontario university.

- CFUW - 1989 Polytechnique Commemorative Award
Value $2,800. For graduate studies in any field. The onus is on the candidate to demonstrate the relevance of her work to women.

- CFUW - Dr. Marion Elder Grant Scholarship
Value $10,000. At the time of application, the candidate must be enrolled in a full-time course of studies at any level of a masters or doctoral program, except the first year of a first masters program. One of her letters of reference must be provided by her graduate supervisor.

- CFUW Memorial Fellowship
Value $6,500. For graduate study in science and technology, either in Canada or abroad.

- CFUW - Bourse Georgette Lemoyne
Value $6,000. For graduate study at a Canadian university where one of the languages of instruction and administration is French.

- CFUW - Margaret Dale Philp Biennial Award
Value $3,000. For graduate studies in the humanities or social sciences with special consideration given to study in Canadian history. The candidate must reside in Canada. This award is offered biennially.

- CFUW - Alice E. Wilson Award
Value $5,000. Three awarded. For graduate studies in any field, with special consideration given to candidates returning to study after at least three years.

Application forms are available from www.cfuw.org. Completed applications and documentation must be received by November 15. Applications should be sent to the Canadian Federation of University Women, 297 Dupuis Street, Suite 308, Ottawa, Ontario K1L 7H8.

Awards of up to $10,000 (less income tax) per year are available. The objective of these long-term awards is to develop a body of Canadians competent and expert in the field of international development.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens; proof of citizenship must accompany the application form.

Applicants must have indicated a definite commitment to and suitability for a career in international development work.

Deadline for application is February 1.

More information is available at www.cbie.ca/cida.

The two provincial governments will each award ten fellowships; in 2000-01, students pursuing studies at the Master's level will receive $10,000; doctoral students will receive $12,000. The Ontario-Quebec Commission for Co-operation, in accordance with the interprovincial Agreement for Co-operation and Exchange in Educational and Cultural Matters, sponsors an exchange program that allows students from one province to pursue, on a full-time basis, graduate studies at the Master's or doctoral level in the other province.

Outstanding students from Ontario and Quebec are offered the opportunity to live in the cultural milieu of their second language and to work in their particular field of study in their second language.

Fellowship holders must be registered as full-time students in a graduate program for the tenure of the award.

Students from provinces other than Ontario must have resided in Ontario for twelve consecutive months.

All candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents for at least one year.

More information is available at http://osap.gov.on.ca.

Under a plan drawn up at a conference in Oxford in 1959, each participating country of the Commonwealth offers a number of scholarships to students from other Commonwealth countries.

These scholarships are mainly for graduate study and are tenable in the country making the offer.

Awards are normally for two years and cover travelling, tuition fees, other university fees and a living allowance.

Canadian Students wishing to study in another Commonwealth country may visit www.csfp-online.org for more information and applications.

 Seven to nine scholarships valued at $10,000 for study in Canada ($15,000 for study elsewhere in the Commonwealth) will be awarded to enable students to carry on studies in history, economics, the humanities, constitutional government or any subject vital to the interests of the Commonwealth.

These scholarships are tenable in any university in Canada, Great Britain or within the Commonwealth.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens who hold a first degree from a Canadian university, hold a Master's degree or are in the final year of studies leading to a Master's degree.

Deadline for application is December 1.

Four scholarships of up to $11,000 (subject to change) will be available to graduates of any Canadian university who propose to engage, either in the United States or the United Kingdom, in postgraduate studies in the field of international or industrial relations (including the international or industrial aspects of law, history, politics, economics).

Application material available from www.mkingscholarships.ca.

Deadline: February 1.

One one-year scholarship of $10,000 (subject to change) will be available to graduates of any Canadian university, for full-time postgraduate studies in Canada or elsewhere and in any field.

Application material available from www.mkingscholarships.ca.

Deadline: February 1.

Value: $5000. One scholarship awarded annually to a Canadian woman pursuing graduate work in the Health Sciences.

Awarded on the basis of academic excellence and involvement in volunteer work.

For further information, visit www.maycourt.org/scholarship/.

Deadline for application is normally June 1

Awards of $750 or $1000 each. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of a 250-word essay.

For information please contact www.mensacanada.ca.

Deadline for application is January 31

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