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External Awards

Graduate Studies


Each year The University of Winnipeg's top students compete for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Canada Graduate Scholarships.

Graduate students are encouraged to seek funding from Canada's major research granting agencies:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

The Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Master's program seeks to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly-qualified personnel by supporting students in the social sciences and humanities who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.  This program, together with the SSHRC Doctoral Awards and Postdoctoral Fellowships programs, helps train Canada's researchers and leaders of tomorrow.  The CGS Master's program offers non-renewable twelve-month awards, valued at $17,500, and tenable only at recognized Canadian universities, to applicants who will be registered as full-time students at the master's level in a discipline supported by SSHRC.

Application Dates: September 1 - December 1

SSHRC Departmental Representatives 2016 - 2017

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships and Postgraduate Scholarships provide financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in master's or doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering.  The Canada Graduate Scholarships valued at $17,500 will be offered to the top-ranked applicants at each level (master's and doctoral) and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered an NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship valued at $17,300.  For more information on eligibility and program requirements please visit NSERC website.

Application Dates: September 1 - December 1

NSERC Departmental Representatives 2016 - 2017


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's Awards administered by CIHR are intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a Master's degree in a health related field in Canada.  These candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity.

Application Dates: September 1 - December 1

Other Scholarships/Fellowships Opportunities

  • Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies
  • Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships (Internal Deadline to Graduate Studies Office: November 1)
  • Mackenzie King Scholarships:

    The Mackenzie King Scholarships were established as an independent trust under the will of the late Rt. Hon. William Mackenzie King (1874-1950).

    Two classes of Mackenzie King Scholarship are available to graduates of Canadian universities: the Open Scholarship and the Travelling Scholarship. Both are to support graduate study.

    The Open Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere.  One Open Scholarship is awarded each year. The value has recently been about $9000 but it is subject to change.

    The Travelling Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in the United States or the United Kingdom in the areas of international relations or industrial relations.  Recently four scholarships of $11,000 each have been awarded annually, but the number and the amount are subject to change.

    Submit application packages (found here) to Deanna England, Graduate Studies Officer by February 1 (or next business day) in 1RC023C.

  • Fulbright Award ~The prestigious Fulbright Award (http://www.fulbright.ca) is open to outstanding graduate students, faculty, professionals and independent researchers who wish to conduct research, lecture, or enroll in formal academic programs in the United States.
  • Mary Guibault Bursary
    The Mary Guilbault Métis Bursary is an award available to Manitoba Métis students who excel in their academics and community. Any Métis student enrolled in their second year or more at a post-secondary institution in Manitoba may apply.  All applicants must have resided in Manitoba for at least 12 months. This bursary was named in honour of Mrs. Mary Guilbault, a respected Elder in the Métis community and a pivotal player in the creation of the Manitoba Métis Federation.
    Click here for the application form.

  • Soroptimist Foundation of Canada Grants

    The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada annually offers several $7,500 grants to female graduate students in Canada to assist them with university studies which will qualify them for careers which will improve the quality of women's lives. Examples include but are not limited to: providing services, providing legal counselling and assistance, counselling mature women entering or re-entering the labour market, counselling women in crisis, counselling and training women for non-traditional employment, and positions in women's centres.
    Value: $7,500.00
    Application Deadline: January 31

  • The Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC)
    The Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC) are offering four Graduate Student Awards of Merit in the amount of $3000 to woman-identifying graduate students in Western Canada. 
    The University of Winnipeg may nominate one student. Nominees must be enrolled in a Canadian graduate program and must exhibit both outstanding academic performance and leadership. Detailed criteria information can be found at http://www.swaac.ca/graduate-student-award-of-merit.html.