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The President's Distinguished Graduate Student Scholarship

Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are now closed.

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year open in early 2023.

The President’s Distinguished Graduate Student Scholarship is designed to assist graduate students with the direct costs of their education and is based on student academic achievement and research potential. This scholarship will be awarded to current and incoming students in University of Winnipeg graduate programs.

"Receiving this award not only gives me the confidence and reassurance that I have the research potential to succeed in graduate school, but it also alleviates some of the financial burden while completing my studies full time. Receiving this award has been instrumental toward my success in the MA Criminal Justice program both symbolically and materially. As Grad students, I think many of us struggle to cope with the challenges of living up to the expectations of the department, the university, and ultimately yourself. In many ways, this award signals that I am living up to those expectations, and I couldn’t be more grateful to my professors and to the selection committee."

- Dana Hickson, 2020-21 Award Recipient, Criminal Justice

Value

The President’s Distinguished Graduate Student Scholarship is valued at $17,500 for a period of 12 months. There are a total of four awards available. There are no automatic renewals for a second year.

Eligibility

The offer of a PDGSS does not guarantee admission into a graduate program at the University of Winnipeg. Students are required to follow the departmental admission guidelines.

All students are eligible, regardless of citizenship.

All full-time graduate students in thesis, course-based, practicum-based, or project-based programs are eligible to apply, with the exception of Theology and Joint Masters Programs.

To qualify to apply to this scholarship, the candidate must:

  • Have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.75 in the last 60 credits hours of study.
  • Be entering the first or second year of an eligible master’s program as of May or September of the current year or January of the upcoming year.
  • Be enrolled in a full-time master’s program.

Notes: Although students may be required to apply, students holding NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, Research Manitoba, or UWGSS Awards are not eligible to hold this award.

Application Procedures

The University of Winnipeg Faculty of Graduate Studies is using a harmonized application process for the 2022-2023 University of Winnipeg Graduate Studies Scholarship (UWGSS) and the President’s Distinguished Graduate Student Scholarship (PDGSS).

A completed application package for the UWGSS, PDGSS or both includes the following:

  • A completed University of Winnipeg Graduate Studies Harmonized Application Form
    • Students may use this form to apply for both the UWGSS and the PDGSS.
    • Students applying for the UWGSS must complete both the one-page plan of study/research proposal and the one-page community engagement statement.
    • Students applying for only the PDGSS must complete only the one-page plan of study/research proposal.
  • 2 references: One from your graduate program committee chair or graduate advisor/supervisor and one from an individual who can speak to your academic excellence (for both the UWGSS and the PDGSS), research potential (for the PDGSS only) and community engagement (for the UWGSS only).
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) which includes conference/paper presentations, funding history, relevant work and volunteer experience, etc.
    • Required for both the UWGSS and the PDGSS
    • The CV for UWGSS applicants must include a section outlining community engagement.
  • All past and current transcripts.
    • The University of Winnipeg transcripts can be unofficial copies.
    • All other transcripts must be official.
Deadline

Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are now closed.

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will re-open in early 2023.

The application deadline for this award is typically early to mid-March.