COVID-19 UM Student Emergency Fund

The purpose of this fund is to provide some financial support in the form of a bursary to students facing financial hardship due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic crisis.

Award opportunities

Many award opportunities are available to U of M students based on academic achievement and financial need. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are applying for scholarships and awards:

  • Scholarships are normally offered to full-time students based on academic achievement and course load.  

  • Students who receive an entrance scholarship are required to re-register at the University of Manitoba for the subsequent year in order to continue to qualify for funding.   

  • In most cases, students must register for and complete at least 80 percent of a full course load per term or a minimum of 12 credit hours per term to be eligible for scholarships.  

  • Some course load exceptions apply and are specified in the terms of the scholarship by the donor or a representative of the donor. 

  • Graduate students do not have to adhere to credit hour minimums provided they are registered as full-time students over the fall and winter terms with the Faculty of Graduate Studies. 

Entrance scholarships

The University of Manitoba offers an exciting array of scholarships to recognize the achievements of recent high school graduates and to assist in financing their post-secondary studies. Each year, new students receive over $2.5 million in entrance scholarships.

If you are a Canadian high school student with a minimum 85 per cent average from the list of eligible high school courses, you will be automatically be considered for a wide range of entrance scholarships based on your admission application and submitted transcripts.

Entrance scholarships for international high school graduates are also awarded

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Scholarships for continuing students

Students who continue to register for, and complete, 24 credit hours each academic year are automatically assessed for faculty, school and college scholarships. Generally, students do not need to apply for these awards, however there are some university senate approved awards that do require applications.

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New and continuing full- and part-time students enrolled from September to April may qualify for bursaries if they have demonstrated financial need and a minimum academic standing. Bursaries do not need to be paid back. Over $6 million is awarded annually.

Search for bursary options in the Awards Database

Emergency loans

We offer short-term assistance if you experience unexpected and immediate financial expenses or constraints. This includes, but is not limited to, unanticipated living costs and unexpected delays in government loans or other award funding.

These emergency loans are not a regular supplement or a substitute for traditional forms of student financial aid. Students are expected to have a reasonable financial plan in place to cover normal school expenses, including tuition and living expenses, at the beginning of each academic session.  

Loans are only available to full-time students in the current academic session.

See emergency loan options

Government loans

If you are a full-time Canadian or permanent resident you can apply for student loans from the federal and provincial governments to support your studies. Read more below.

Eligibility and application

You can apply for both federal and provincial assistance in one application. Repayments begin six months after your last day of full-time enrolment (this means the last day you attended class, not the date of your graduation).

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a protected person.
  • Be a permanent resident of a province or territory that issues Canada Student Loans.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be enrolled in at least 60 per cent of a full course load per school term.
  • Be enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program that runs for at least 12 weeks within a 15-week period and is offered by a designated post-secondary educational institution.
  • If you are 22 years old or older and applying for a Canada Student Loan for the first time, you must pass a credit check.
  • Maintain satisfactory grades if you’ve already applied for and received a Canada Student Loan.
  • Not have exhausted your maximum lifetime limit of financial assistance, including interest-free status.

To begin your application, visit the National Student Loans Service Centre, or select your province or territory from the list below.

Indigenous student aid and awards

A range of financial aid programs for Indigenous students are available, both through the University of Manitoba and external partners. These programs improve access to education and increase representation of Indigenous students in various programs of study. 

The majority of scholarships and awards at the University of Manitoba are automatically awarded each year based on academic achievement (no application required). If you are a Canadian Indigenous student and wish to be considered for this funding, complete a Canadian Indigenous Self-Declaration form (PDF)

  • Scholarships are based on academic achievement. Most require that you complete a minimum of 24 credit hours for each fall/winter academic year.

  • Bursaries are based on financial need. Most require at least 18 credit hours for each fall/winter term academic year.

  • The summer term does not count towards credit hours for automatic scholarship and bursary consideration.

Internal awards

U of M Student Awards Database

Check out our searchable awards database for a listing of all U of M awards

BMO Financial Group Indigenous Leader of Tomorrow Scholarships   

These scholarships, valued at up to $16,000 ($4,000 in each year for four years of an undergraduate degree), are designed to recognize and encourage exceptional Indigenous high school graduates from across Canada who combine outstanding leadership potential with academic giftedness.

Application deadline: December 1

External awards and financial aid bodies

Manitoba Student Aid 

Provincial student aid provides supplemental financial assistance for post-secondary educational purposes to Manitobans with limited finance.

Louis Riel Institute Bursaries

Louis Riel bursaries are available to qualifying Métis students.

To apply, hand in a completed paper application to the Financial Aid and Awards Office and complete the University of Manitoba general bursary application on your Aurora Student account.

Application Deadline: June 1

Manitoba Hydro awards, bursaries and scholarships

Manitoba Hydro offers awards, bursaries and scholarships to high school, college and university students enrolled in programs that support Manitoba Hydro’s operational requirements.

Business Council of Manitoba Aboriginal Education Awards

The Business Council of Manitoba offers awards valued at $3,000 each for Indigenous students who attend university. You are eligible if:

  • you are of Indigenous ancestry;
  • are a citizen of Canada and permanent resident of Manitoba for the last 12 months;
  • plan to enrol at the U of M in the upcoming academic year;
  • maintain full-time status (at least a 60 per cent course load);
  • are in need of financial assistance.

Application deadline: March 31


Indspire provides scholarships, bursaries and awards to thousands of Indigenous students every year.

Application deadlines: February 1, August 1, November 1

Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation Awards 

Bursaries from the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation are valued between $1,500 and $5,000 for Indigenous students who are enrolled in a minimum 60 per cent course load.

Application deadline: August 30

RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program

The RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program assists Indigenous students to complete post-secondary education. Selected students are awarded up to $4,000 each academic year for two to four years to use towards tuition, textbooks, supplies and living expenses.

Application deadline: February 28

Assiniboine Credit Union

Assiniboine Credit Union awards four bursaries of $2,000 annually to students of Indigenous ancestry who are enrolled in a post-secondary business program or already studying in a business program.

Application deadline: January 31

UM Bursaries

The University of Manitoba offers a variety of bursaries to students who are enrolled in school from September to April and who have a demonstrated financial need and a minimum academic standing.

Government student loan programs

Learn more about government student loan programs available to full- and part-time students.

International awards and funding

The University of Manitoba rewards the academic achievements of international students through entrance scholarships for international high school graduates, as well as scholarships and awards for current undergraduate and graduate international students. In addition to these scholarships, the U of M has established a bursary program designed to assist international students with financial need.

Current students may also apply for U of M bursaries (not available to new international students).

Work–Study programs

The Work–Study program at the U of M provides supplementary financial assistance for students who are currently receiving government student loans. 

Work-Study offers part-time, on-campus employment for University of Manitoba students during the regular academic year (excluding summer). Students gain valuable work experience and develop skills often related to their field of study while combining work and study in one place.
More information for Work–Study students
More information for Work–Study on-campus employers

Graduate student funding

As a member of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities, the University of Manitoba is a research-focused university. We are committed to supporting graduate students success. See the many scholarship options available during your graduate studies below, and connect with your program advisor for department-specific funding. 

UM graduate awards

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF)

Valued for a 12-month period at $18,000 for PhD students, or $14,000 for Master's students.

Please check with your department for details on how to be considered for a University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship.

Departmental awards

Many of our departments have internal awards based on academic merit, the values of which vary by department.

Please check with your department for details on how to be considered for these awards.

Research and teaching assistantships

Many of our departments engage students for help in conducting undergraduate classes and laboratories. Undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows across the University also have many opportunities to work and learn under the formal supervision of independent researchers.

Please check with your department for details on these opportunities.

External awards

Manitoba Graduate Scholarships (MGS)

The Government of Manitoba has provided funds to ensure that Manitoba's best students continue education at home, to foster research that leads to economic growth and to attract excellent students to study in Manitoba.

Valued for a 12-month period at $15,000 for Master's students in the first two years of their program.

Students who are awarded the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship at the Master’s level will also have their name entered into the Manitoba Graduate Scholarship Competition. If you are successful in the MGS competition, the UMGF must be declined.

Tri-Council Awards

Values for awards from Canada's three major research granting agencies are in excess of $16,000 per year.

Please check the appropriate website for instructions.

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies.

Research Manitoba

Research Manitoba provides funds for research in the health sciences through a number of grants and awards programs.

Students apply directly to Research Manitoba for funding. 


Mitacs is a national research network and funding agency which supports collaborative industrial-academic research projects and the training of highly-qualified personnel. Mitacs' comprehensive suite of programs for graduate students includes:

  • Accelerate: Graduate student industrial-academic R&D internships as a platform for technology transfer and commercialization ($15,000 award per 4-month internship period);
  • Elevate: Industrial-Academic R&D projects combined with a comprehensive R&D management training program for recent PhD graduates through classroom instruction and on-site learning (an award of $52,500 per year for two years);
  • PhD Fellowship: Three-year industrial-academic R&D project to cover a full PhD research period, a peer reviewed, non-competitive award ($30,000 award per academic year);
  • Globalink-Research Award: Travel grants of $5,000 for senior undergraduate and graduate students of Canadian universities to undertake 12 to 24 week research projects in Mitacs partner countries.

Government student loans

Full-time graduate students (Canadian citizens or permanent residents) can also apply for Government Student Loans if they require financial assistance.

If you are a full-time graduate student with previous government student loans, you are eligible for interest-free status. Information on interest free forms (i.e. Schedule 2/CR Form) for all federal and provincial loan programs are available at the Financial Aid and Awards Office.

Graduate bursaries

Both full-time and part-time graduate students can apply for University of Manitoba bursaries. The application form is available via Aurora annually in mid-August. Applications are due October 1.

Contact us

Financial Aid and Awards
422-UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada


Faculty of Graduate Studies
500-UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada