Application submissions and student eligibility

The Centre on Aging student awards and Alzheimer Society Graduate Student Fellowships are two separate applications. Graduate Students who intend to apply for both the Centre on Aging and Alzheimer awards must complete TWO separate application forms.

Student award applications are now closed. Applicants will be contacted later, once the student awards committee meets to make their decision.

To be eligible to apply for any of the awards tenable in the 2021–2022 academic year, students must intend to register full time in the upcoming year (for the Fall and Winter terms).

Aging research definition

For the purposes of the student awards, the research should focus on some aspect of the aging process or study older participants/subjects. Studying diseases as the focus, even if that disease commonly occurs in older people, might make the application ineligible for funding.

Aging terminology

The Centre on Aging expects the use of appropriate and respectful language when describing older adults. Refer to the Gerontological Society of America's (GSA) "Reframing Aging Journal Manuscript Guidelines."

Centre on Aging awards

The following awards are available through the Centre on Aging. Alzheimer Society Graduate Student Fellowships, valued at $4000 each, are available through a separate application.

Barbara Jean Payne Memorial Award in Social Gerontology ($1000)

Eligibility requirement

  • Full-time students enrolled in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Manitoba, in a Master’s or Doctoral program;
  • have achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0 (or
    equivalent) based on the last 60 credit hours (or equivalent);
  • and is conducting or will conduct thesis research in the area of social gerontology.

Centre on Aging Betty Havens Memorial Graduate Fellowship ($4000)

Eligibility requirement

  • Is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in either the first or second year of a Master’s program, or is within the first four years of a Doctoral program, and whose research focuses on aging;
  • Has achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on the previous 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study;
  • Has demonstrated outstanding interest or commitment to research in aging; and,
  • Is not a recipient of a major award valued at $10,000 or greater in the year in which the award is tenable.

Jack MacDonell Scholarship for Research on Aging ($4000)

Eligibility requirement

  • Is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in either the first or second year of a Master’s program, or is within the first four years of a Doctoral program, and whose research focuses on aging;
  • Has achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on the previous 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study;
  • Has demonstrated outstanding interest or commitment to research in aging; and,
  • Is not a recipient of a major award valued at $10,000 or greater in the year in which the award is tenable.

Esther and Samuel Milmot Scholarship ($500)

Eligibility requirement

  • The Esther and Samuel Milmot Scholarship is available to Faculty of Arts graduate or undergraduate students ONLY. 
  • Full-time students pursuing a program which bears on gerontology either in the Faculty of Arts or in the Faculty of Graduate Studies with the principal field of study in a department of the Faculty of Arts.

Student award facts and figures

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    Student recipients

    Funding awarded to 72 students since 1986

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    Awards available

    Four awards available to students

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    Master's students awarded

    48 recipients

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    Doctoral students awarded

    30 recipients

How to apply for the Centre on Aging awards

  1. Download and review the updated application guidelines in the Centre on Aging student awards information sheet.
  2. Download the application form, advisor and reference cover forms.
  3. Check the boxes for the Centre on Aging awards you are applying for.
  4. Graduate students and Undergraduate students (Faculty of Arts only) should download and complete the following application forms: 
    • Centre on Aging Student award application form 2021–2022
    • Advisor/Faculty reference cover letter 2021–2022 (To be provided to your advisor and reference, and returned by BOTH your advisor and reference).

Student award applications are now closed. Applicants will be contacted later, once the student awards committee meets to make their decision.

  1. Provide e-copy of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended by May 21, 2021. Official transcripts must be submitted. Web transcripts are not considered official. For 2021, applicants can provide e-copy transcripts in any of the following ways: 
    1. Transcripts emailed directly from the academic institution to nicole.dunn@umanitoba.ca
    2. Transcripts emailed to the applicant from the academic institution, and then forwarded to nicole.dunn@umanitoba.ca (please include the original email from the academic institution in the forwarded email)
    3. Hard copy transcripts uploaded by the applicant and emailed to nicole.dunn@umanitoba.ca. Retain the paper copy of any uploaded transcripts, as you may be asked to provide it for verification purposes.
  2. If you have questions about the application process, review the Centre on Aging Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) first. We also recommend reviewing the section Tips for writing a successful application. Any other inquiries about the Centre's student awards can be directed to Nicole Dunn.
  3. Complete the application package in full and return it electronically to Nicole Dunn by 4:00 pm on or before May 21, 2021.

NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the letters of reference are sent and received by the Centre on Aging on or before May 21.

  1. All applicants will be contacted by the Centre on Aging once the Scholarship Adjudication Committee has convened and made their decision based on the Criteria for adjudication.

Award conditions for all applicants and award recipients

  • Students should review the award conditions
  • Applications and references must be received by the specified due date at 4 p.m., using the fillable application form.
  • Include a description of the proposed research and a statement of its relevance to aging.
  • Provide e-copy transcripts from all post-secondary institutions via email from the academic institution, forwarded by the applicant via email from the academic institution, or scanned hardcopies sent by email. 
    (See point 5 How to apply for the Centre on Aging awards)
  • Two faculty references familiar with the applicant’s work are to be forwarded by the referee directly to the Centre on Aging, on appropriate forms. One of these must be from the applicant's advisor (graduate students only).
  • The awards will be payable in installments during the period of September 1, 2021 to May 1, 2022.
  • Each award may not be held more than once during a specific degree program.

Additional conditions for graduate students

An electronic copy of the recipient’s thesis/dissertation, when completed, must be submitted to the Centre on Aging.

Centre on Aging acknowledgement

Recipients must acknowledge the financial support provided by the Centre on Aging in any publications during the term of the award or that arise in whole or in part as a result of the award.

Award decisions

Recipient selection and appeals

The Scholarship Adjudication Committee will be comprised of individuals from various disciplines.
The Centre on Aging does not have an appeal process for decisions made by the Scholarship Adjudication Committee. The decisions made are considered final.

Criteria for adjudication

Student award applications (Centre on Aging and Alzheimer Society Research Fellowships) are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Academic record (GPA, awards, progress in program) (40 per cent)
  • Research project (25 per cent)
  • Research experience, publications, and presentations (25 per cent)
  • Letters of support (10 per cent)

Centre on Aging award recipients

The 2020-2021 student award recipients were announced at the Centre on Aging's virtual student award ceremony and Speaker Series held on November 17, 2020.

Congratulations to all the Centre on Aging 2020–2021 student award recipients!

  • Barbara Jean Payne Memorial Award in Social Gerontology recipient: Inga Christianson
  • Betty Havens Memorial Graduate Fellowship recipient: George Okoli 
  • Jack MacDonell Scholarship for Research on Aging recipient: Isaac Oppong
  • Esther and Samuel Milmot Scholarship recipient: Aneet Saran

Frequently Asked Questions

Most commonly asked questions about the Centre on Aging application process

Tips for writing a successful student award application

  • Pay attention to all the informational documents shared for the awards before you start your application. Read the Guidelines, FAQ, use of appropriate langue article, definition of aging research, and application form so you know what is expected of you. 
  • Double and triple check your eligibility for each award you are applying.
  • Start your application EARLY. We cannot stress this enough. 
    • Some things will take time. For example, if you attended an international institution, it can take 6-8 weeks to receive a transcript. 
    • Do not expect your references to drop everything they are working on to complete a reference letter for you the night before the application is due. It’s disrespectful of their time and they will not be able to provide you with the best quality reference letter if they feel rushed. Give them the time to truly reflect on your skills by requesting a reference letter well before the deadline.
  • READ the instructions on the application and ensure you have answered every single question. There should not be any blanks. If something does not apply to you, use n/a (not applicable).
  • Ensure your proposal is written clearly and concisely. Avoid dense prose. Make this an easy read for a reviewer. 
  • Choose your words carefully. Use of inappropriate language may result in unfavourable results. 
  • It is wise to have your advisor review your proposal for feedback and to be aware you are applying for a Centre on Aging Student award. 
  • Write your research proposal so anyone can understand your research. The reviewers may come from any discipline at the University of Manitoba. Avoid using discipline specific jargon unless you can easily define it.
  • Ensure your proposal is logical. There should be a clear link from your rationale for the study to your methods and anticipated outcomes.
  • Have others review your full application for errors and comprehension. Try to ask both people within your discipline as well as people not in your discipline. For example, you could ask a fellow student and a family member to review it (unless the family member is an expert in your field of study!).
  • Keep to the guidelines. One page maximum is one page maximum. This is where being clear and concise is important and helpful.
  • Ask for help and ask questions—if they are not addressed in any of the other documents provided to aid in your application.

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Contact us

Centre on Aging
338 Isbister Building
183 Dafoe Rd
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

204-474-8754
Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm