Award winners

Award opportunities

These are a sampling of the many awards available to UM graduate students.  

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF)

For: Master’s and doctoral students 

The UMGF Fellowships are valued for a 12-month period at $14,000 for Master's students and $18,000 for PhD students. Please check with your department for how to be considered for a UM Graduate Fellowship. 

Application deadline: Please contact your department. 

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G. Clarence Elliott Fellowship

For: Master’s and doctoral students 

Established in honour of a former Winnipeg vice-president and treasurer of The Great-West Life Assurance Company, the fellowship is awarded to a maximum of $10,000.  

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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

For: Doctoral students 

These scholarships help Canadian institutions attract highly qualified doctoral students. They are valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies. 

Departmental awards

Many University of Manitoba departments have internal awards based on academic merit, the values of which vary by department. Please check with your department for deadlines and details

Research funding

Find available research funding for master’s and doctoral students.

There are a number of funding opportunities available specifically for Indigenous and international students. 

Upcoming award deadlines

September 24, 2020 - McCall MacBain Scholarship Foundation

This scholarship will cover full tuition and fees for a full-time masters program or a second entry professional undergraduate program (i.e. dentistry, law, or medicine) at McGill, starting in Fall 2021. It will also provide students with a living stipend of $2,000 per month during academic terms.

Application Details: Please direct questions to Financial Aid and Awards at

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September 25, 2020 - Roma Zenovea Hawirko Graduate Scholarship

Value: $11,025

For: PhD students 

Research field(s):  Microbiology

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October 1, 2020 - Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition

Value: $70,000 per year for two years

For: Postdoctoral students

Research field(s):  The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is designed to support world-class postdoctoral researchers. The program is open to both Canadian and international researchers who have recently completed a PhD, PhD- equivalent, or health professional degree. Applications must be completed in full collaboration with the proposed host institution.

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October 1, 2020 - University of Manitoba Financial Aid & Awards General Bursary Application

Value: Variable bursary award values

For: Full-time Master’s and PhD students in the 2020-21 academic year 

Research field(s): Unrestricted – application based on financial need

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October 2, 2020 - Sonja I. Bata Material Culture Scholarships

Value: $6,825

For: Master's & PhD students 

Research field(s):  Anthropology, Environmental Studies, History, Native Studies, Fine Arts, Archival Studies, Engineering, or any Natural Sciences related to artifact preservation.

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October 2, 2020 - CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS-D)

Value: $35,000 per year for 3 years

For: PhD students 

Research field(s):  Health Sciences

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October 2, 2020 - SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS-D) & Doctoral Fellowships

Value: Variable; $20,000 to $35,000 per year for 1-4 years

For: PhD students 

Research field(s):  Social Sciences and Humanities

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October 2, 2020 - NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS-D) & Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS-D)

Value: Variable; $21,000 to $35,000 per year for 1-3 years

For: PhD students 

Research field(s):  Natural Sciences and Engineering

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Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Value: $6,000

For: Master's, PhD and postdoctoral students

Research field(s):  Unrestricted

Recommended to apply 16 weeks in advance of planned start date

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NSERC Student Ambassadors

Value: $1,000

For: Master's and PhD students

Research field(s):  Science, Engineering

Applications must be submitted at least two months before the start of a proposed outreach activity.

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Financial aid

If you're facing financial hardship, or need support to pay your expenses as a student, there are programs available to help you. Apply for a loan, find on-campus employment or use our on-campus food bank.