Arts undergraduate scholarships and awards

In addition to the awards offered here through the Faculty of Arts, students in the faculty should check their specific department or program for additional funding opportunities.

Dean of Arts International Student Exchange Travel Award

These awards are offered to students who:

  • are registered in a degree program in the Faculty of Arts at the time of submission of the award application
  • have been accepted into an exchange with an approved international partner institution of the University of Manitoba at the time of submission of the award application
  • have provided evidence of application for other student exchange financial support
  • demonstrate financial need
  • have strong academic achievement in their degree program (appropriate to their year of study in their program), normally indicated by a degree GPA of 3.0 or better

Award value

$500 – $1,000 depending on the number of qualified applicants

Application deadline: Aug. 1

Submit application to:

Dr. Greg T. Smith, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts
c/o; Jennifer Chappellaz, 307 Fletcher Argue Building
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB R3T 5V50
Jennifer.chappellaz@umanitoba.ca

Disbursement of award

Funds will be awarded by way of a credit to your University of Manitoba Aurora Student account, in mid- to late October.

If you do not participate in the exchange program, the funds will be returned to the Faculty of Arts and debited from your Aurora student account. Also, you must remain a student in the Faculty of Arts for the duration of your exchange program to receive this award.

Questions?

You are encouraged to discuss your international exchange options with the Arts Academic Advisor. Also, please direct questions regarding this award to:

Vickie Jolicoeur, International Academic Advisor, Faculty of Arts
Room 134, Fletcher Argue Building
Vickie.Jolicoeur@umanitoba.ca
204-480-9100

Paul Phillips Memorial Award

The available annual interest from the fund (approximately $200) will be used to offer one scholarship to a student who:

  • has completed at least 60 credit hours of a Bachelor of Arts degree in an honours or major program in Economics, Labour Studies, or Global Political Economy
  • has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5
  • has written the best research paper (with a minimum grade of B+), as determined by the selection committee, in one of the following subjects: Canadian economic, labour and/or social history; environment and sustainability; regional development; comparative economic systems; gender; political economy; the socio-economic significance of arts and culture
  • in the next ensuing academic session, is enrolled full time in the Faculty of Arts, in one of the programs listed in criterion (1)

Candidates for the award must be nominated by their instructors.

Application deadline: May 15

Sheila Moore Scholarship

Each year one scholarship will be offered to an undergraduate student who:

  • is enrolled full time (minimum 80 per cent course load) in the third year of study in the Faculty of Arts, in a major or honours program in either French, Political Studies, or English
  • has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5
  • is an active participant with the University of Manitoba student newspaper, The Manitoban, or the University of Manitoba student radio station, UMFM

Application deadline: Aug. 1

University College Endowment Fund awards

Three annual scholarships with a maximum amount of $1,000 each and two annual bursaries with a maximum amount of $500 each are available to student members of University College.

To become a member of University College, please select University College as your college of choice (option 07) when you register for your program online in Aurora.

Scholarships are available to University College students who:

  • have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours in an undergraduate program with a minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • are a member of University College
  • have made a significant contribution to the life of University College
  • continue in the ensuing academic year as members of University College

Bursaries are available to University college students who:

  • have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours in an undergraduate program with a minimum grade point average of 2.5
  • are a member of University College
  • have made a significant contribution to the life of University College
  • continue in the ensuing academic year as members of University College
  • demonstrate financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application

Application deadline: To be announced (Applications are currently closed)

Weston Family Scholarship

Two scholarships valued at $6,000 each are available to Faculty of Arts students who:

  • have completed at least 24 credit hours of full-time study
  • have achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5
  • have registered for 24 credit hours (80% course load) of full-time study for the subsequent year of undergraduate study
  • are Canadian citizens
  • demonstrate exceptional community involvement, excellent communication skills and have outstanding abilities and achievements

Application deadline: Aug. 1 (Application currently closed)

Funding for Arts undergraduate or graduate students

The following Faculty of Arts awards apply to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Faculty of Arts COVID-19 UM Student Emergency Fund

Thanks to the generous contributions of our faculty members and the Faculty of Arts Dean's Office, we are offering emergency funding to support undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts.

The purpose of this fund is to provide bursaries to students facing financial hardship due to the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Please thoroughly review the pre-screening criteria listed below, as these will be used to determine your eligibility prior to assessing your application.

Funding

  • For undergraduate students, bursary values will not exceed $800 for full-time studies and $400 for part-time studies.
  • For graduate students, bursary values will not exceed $1,000 for full-time studies and $500 for part-time studies.

Application deadline: Applications for the winter call are currently closed

Pre-screening criteria

  • You must be a University of Manitoba student enrolled in a Faculty of Arts undergraduate or graduate degree program.
  • You must have been a full-time or part-time student in the current academic session.
  • You must have paid all tuition owing for both the current and from previous academic sessions.
  • You must have repaid all outstanding emergency aid from previous academic sessions.
  • You must have achieved the minimum passing grade on all courses taken in the previous academic session.

If you have already received funding through the University of Manitoba or Faculty of Arts COVID-19 emergency funds, you cannot receive further awards. Applications will be reviewed and ranked after the deadline and until the fund is depleted.

Application form - Not available at this time

How to complete the form

Step 1: Download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Step 2: After completing the form, save it to your computer
Step 3: Email the form as an attachment from your UM email address as follows:

Email subject: Arts COVID-19 App, <Your Name>, <Your Student Number>
Email address: FOA.C19Fund@umanitoba.ca

Applications will be reviewed by the Faculty of Arts Dean's Office. Only successful applicants will be informed of a decision. Award notices will be sent to your University email address. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Donate to this fund

Any donation to this fund to help support Faculty of Arts students at this challenging time is much appreciated.

Donate to COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund

J.W. Dafoe Paper Prize

This $1,000 prize is awarded to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in any year of their studies who has demonstrated outstanding research and writing ability.

The purpose of the award is to support scholarship and research on any issue in the field of Canada on the world stage, or of Western Canada.

Application deadline: May 1 (Application is currently closed)

Student Conference Travel Award

The Faculty of Arts Student Conference Travel Award is suspended until further notice.

This fund provides graduate and senior undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts with financial support to attend a conference in their discipline at which they will present a paper, or play a role of similar significance.

Application deadline: N/A

Arts graduate scholarships, fellowships and awards

In addition to the awards offered through the Faculty of Arts, graduate students are eligible for awards through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the UM Graduate Students' Association. Students can also pursue funding from external organizations.

Berdie and Irvin Cohen Scholarship in Peace and Conflict Studies

An award will be given annually to a graduate student who:

  • is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, either at the Master's or PhD level, in a Faculty of Arts program or in the PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies offered through the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice
  • has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5 (or equivalent) based on the last 60 credit hours of study
  • has completed the necessary course work towards the degree
  • has obtained approval for a thesis or dissertation proposal prior to undertaking the research funded by this award
  • is conducting graduate research into the causes of human conflict and the processes of peace building.

Application deadline: Jan. 31

Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award

Please see more information including eligibility and nomination forms in the Arts teaching awards section below.

J.G. Fletcher Award

At least three awards, of up to $3,000 each, will be given annually to graduate students in good standing in programs offered in the Faculty of Arts, to support research toward the completion of a thesis or dissertation.

Students in interdisciplinary (IDP) programs are also eligible if their thesis or dissertation supervisor is in the Faculty of Arts.

Application deadline: April 15

J.W. Dafoe Graduate Fellowship for study in international relations

Each year one fellowship, valued at $10,000 will be offered to support scholarship and research on any issue in the field of international relations and/or international comparative studies.

Application deadline: May 1 (Application is currently closed)

Lillian Webb, Arthur Webb, and Elsie M. Webb Graduate Scholarship

A scholarship with a maximum value of $5,000 will be offered annually to a graduate student who:

  • has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Manitoba
  • is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in the first year of a Master's program delivered by a department in the Faculty of Arts
  • has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5 based on the last 60 credit hours of study
  • has volunteered within and outside their role as a student
  • has demonstrated strong leadership abilities

Application deadline: March 15

Raymond F. Currie Graduate Fellowship


Two awards of equal value (approximately $3,000) will be given annually to graduate students who:

  • are enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, either at the Master's or PhD level, in a program delivered by a department in the Faculty of Arts in the year in which the fellowship is tenable
  • have completed at least one Regular Session (or two terms) in the chosen program to date
  • have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 (or equivalent) based on the last 60 credit hours of study (or equivalent)
  • have undertaken or have proposed to undertake research focused on issues related to Indigenous Canadian people or to persons with disabilities

One fellowship will be offered to a student whose research focuses on issues related to Indigenous Canadian people and one will be offered to a student whose research concerns issues related to persons with disabilities.

Application deadline: June 15 (Application is currently closed)

UM Graduate Fellowships

Each year, more than $2 million in university graduate fellowships are offered to full-time master’s and PhD students to recognize and support academic excellence. The fellowships are offered to students who have demonstrated superior intellectual ability and academic accomplishment.

Students must be recommended by their department or unit to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for a UM Graduate Fellowship.

Arts teaching awards

Nominate Arts professors, instructors, sessionals and graduate students for their achievements in teaching. Nominations are accepted all year. Selections are made annually by the end of May.

Submit nominations (one combined PDF document PER award nomination) to:
Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts
c/o Jennifer Chappellaz, Assistant to the Associate Deans
Jennifer.Chappellaz@umanitoba.ca

Outstanding Professor Award

This award recognizes a professor in the Faculty of Arts who has best demonstrated excellence in teaching, outstanding research and who has an exemplary record of service. 

Eligibility

One $1500 award will be given each spring to a faculty member in the Faculty of Arts who:

  • hold tenure and the rank of Professor or Associate Professor at the time of nomination.
  • have taught at least seven (7) years in the Faculty of Arts since their previous promotion at the time of nomination.

Individuals are only eligible to receive this award once during their tenure at the University of Manitoba.

The name of the recipient will be engraved on the Faculty of Arts' Wall of Recognition.

Nomination deadline: April 30. Nominations are accepted all year. Nominations include the nomination form AND three (3) letters of support from persons in addition to the nominator.

Selection and announcement

The selection committee will review the nominees' nomination package and make their selection by the end of June.

Previous winners

2021 – Dr. Tracey Peter, Department of Sociology and Criminology
This year's winner, Dr. Tracey Peter, Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, has excelled in all of the areas recognized by the award. 

She is described by her colleagues and students as a “caring and generous pedagogue, concerned about students as whole human beings” with a “love and passion for quantitative research”. Dr. Peter has an exceptional international reputation as a researcher appearing in books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journals and reports and numerous presentations.

Dr. Peter has a longstanding record of service. She helped to found the Centre for Social Science Research and Policy in the Faculty of Arts and served as it’s acting academic director. She filled the role of associate head, sociology and criminology for four years. She has served on Senate and numerous university, Faculty of Arts and department committees including playing a key role on the President’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and chaired its data sub-committee. Outside UM, Dr. Peter serves as a member of the Journal of LGBT Youth editorial board and is a past winner of the UM Outreach Award. On July 1, 2021, she was appointed Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs) at the University of Manitoba.

In addition, she is a past winner of teaching excellence awards for both the UM Merit Award for Teaching and the Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence Award and a generous mentor to graduate students and research trainees often described by the phrase “second to none”.

2020 - Dr. Roisin Cossar
2019 - Dr. Warren Cariou
2018 - Dr. Adele Perry
2017 - Dr. Jessica Cameron
2016 - Dr. Jorge Nállim
2015 - Dr. David Churchill

From 2001 to 2012, the Professor of the Year Award was awarded.
2012 - Dr. Lorna Jakobson
2010 - Dr. Myroslav Shkandrij
2009 - Dr. Judith G. Chipperfield
2008 - Dr. Lori Wilkinson
2007 - Dr. Murray Singer
2006 - Dr. Mark Lawall
2005 - Dr. Garry Martin
2004 - Dr. George Toles
2003 - Louise Renée
2002 - Lance Roberts
2001 - Peter Bailey
 

Award in Internationalization

This award recognizes faculty who promote an increase in students’ awareness of international culture, perspective and issues through teaching activities. Examples might include courses integrating international experience, teaching material based on research in other countries and facilitating international student exchange.

Eligibility

One $1000 award (to be used for research, travel or professional development activities) will be given each spring to a full-time faculty member in the Faculty of Arts.

The name of the recipient will be engraved on the Faculty of Arts' Wall of Recognition.

Nomination deadline: April 30. Nominations are accepted all year. Nominations include the nomination form AND a nomination letter.

Selection and announcement

The selection committee will review the nominees' nomination package and make their selection by the end of May.

Previous winners

2021 – no recipient
2020 - Dr. Lori Wilkinson
2019 - Dr. Andrea Charron
2018 - Dr. Haskel Greenfield
2017 - Dr. Andrew Woolford
2016 - Dr. Tina Chen
2015 - Dr. Alexandra Heberger
2012 - Iryna Konstantiuk
2011 - Dr. Jorge Nállim
2010 - Dr. Russell Smandych
2009 - Dr. Enrique Fernández
2008 - Dr. Cheryl Dueck
2007 - Dr. Lea Stirling
2006 - Dr. John Adair
2005 - Dr. George MacLean
 

Established Faculty Teaching Excellence Award

This award recognizes and rewards excellence in teaching by established faculty.

Eligibility

One $1000 award will be given each spring to an established faculty member in the Faculty of Arts who:

  • is in a post-probation position, including individuals who hold tenure and instructors with continuing appointments.
  • have taught at least two (2) years in the Faculty of Arts.

Individuals are only eligible to receive this award once every five (5) years and five (5) years must elapse between receiving a New Faculty Teaching Award and an Established Faculty Teaching Award.

The name of the recipient will be engraved on the Faculty of Arts' Wall of Recognition.

Nomination deadline: April 30. Nominations are accepted all year. Nominations include the nomination form AND a nomination letter.

After verifying the nominee’s eligibility, the nominee will be asked to submit the following information:

Required documentation
  1. A course outline(s) for the course(s) for which they were nominated.
  2. A copy of the university-approved student-teacher evaluation in current use for each course included in the nomination.
  3. A copy of their teaching dossier.
Selection and announcement

The Teaching Excellence Committee will review the nominees' nomination package and make their selection by the end of May.

2021 Winner: Dr. Veronica Loureiro-Rodriguez, Linguistics

New Faculty Teaching Excellence Award

This award recognizes and rewards excellence in teaching by new faculty.

Eligibility

One $1000 award will be given each spring to a new faculty member in the Faculty of Arts who:

  • have taught at least two (2) years in the Faculty of Arts. Individuals will only be considered in their third (3rd) through sixth (6th) years of service.
  • have not been the recipient of the Faculty of Arts New Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in previous years.

The name of the recipient will be engraved on the Faculty of Arts' Wall of Recognition.

Nomination deadline: April 30. Nominations are accepted all year. Nominations include the nomination form AND a nomination letter.

After verifying the nominee’s eligibility, the nominee will be asked to submit the following information:

Required documentation

  1. A course outline(s) for the course(s) for which they were nominated.
  2. A copy of the university-approved student-teacher evaluation in current use for each course included in the nomination.
  3. A copy of their teaching dossier.
Selection and announcement

The Teaching Excellence Committee will review the nominees' nomination package and make their selection by the end of May.

2021 Winner: Dr. Ryan Giuliano, Psychology

Sessional Instructor Teaching Excellence Award

This award recognizes and rewards excellence in teaching by sessional instructors.

Eligibility

One $1000 award will be given each spring to a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Arts who:

  • have taught at least three-credit hours in the Faculty within the preceding 12 months, including summer session.
  • do not qualify for any other Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence award categories.

The name of the recipient will be engraved on the Faculty of Arts' Wall of Recognition.

Nomination deadline: April 30. Nominations are accepted all year. Nominations include the nomination form AND a nomination letter.

After verifying the nominee’s eligibility, the nominee will be asked to submit the following information:

Required documentation
  1. A course outline(s) for the course(s) for which they were nominated.
  2. A copy of the university-approved student-teacher evaluation in current use for each course included in the nomination.
  3. A copy of their teaching dossier.
Selection and announcement

The Teaching Excellence Committee will review the nominees' nomination package and make their selection by the end of May.

2021 Winner: Matthew Sanscartier, Sociology and Criminology

Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award

These awards recognize and reward excellence in teaching by graduate students. The awards are sponsored by the Arts Graduating Classes of 1943 and 1968 and the Dean of Arts.

Eligibility

Two $500 awards will be given each spring to graduate students in the Faculty of Arts who:

  • are responsible for teaching either a three- or six-credit hour course in the faculty during the regular session immediately preceding the nomination submission deadline date.
  • have not been the recipient of the Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award in previous years.

The names of the recipients will be engraved on the Faculty of Arts' Wall of Recognition.

Nomination deadline: April 30. Nominations are accepted all year. Nominations include the nomination form AND a nomination letter.

In addition, the nominees must submit a teaching dossier containing the following information:

Required documentation
  1. A letter of support from one of the following: department head, associate department head, chair of the department's graduate program or nominee's graduate supervisor.
  2. The results of a standardized teaching evaluation survey currently used by the University the Manitoba: the Student Evaluation of Education Quality, or SEEQ, as administered by the nominee's department.
Optional documentation

Nominees are encouraged to add any other relevant evidence to their teaching dossier. Additional documentation might include:

  • letters of support from faculty members who are familiar with the nominee's teaching.
  • evidence of leadership activities in the area of teaching, such as assisting a faculty member in conducting a workshop for teaching assistants.
  • evidence of efforts to improve their own teaching, such as attendance at the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) or the Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD) workshops; or non-credit or credit teaching courses.
  • research on teaching, publications, or presentations to graduate student groups, their department or at conferences.
  • other evidence of outstanding teaching or teaching-related performance.
Selection and announcement

The Teaching Excellence Committee will review the nominees' teaching dossiers and make their selections by the end of May.

2021 Winners: Laura Forsythe, Indigenous Studies & Michelle Ward, Psychology

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