The University of Manitoba Retirees Association Scholarship applications for awards tenable in the 2024–2025 is now open. Submit your completed application and supporting documents by the May 17 deadline by 4 p.m.

The purpose of the UMRA scholarship is to reward the academic achievements of graduate students pursuing research focused on human aging that has the potential to enhance the lives of the aging population.

The University of Manitoba Retirees Association Scholarship, Centre on Aging student awards, and Alzheimer Society Graduate Student Fellowships are three separate applications. Graduate Students who intend to apply for all three awards must complete THREE separate application forms.

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" as outlined on their Web site.

Awards eligibility

Available to graduate students who:

  1. Are a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident;
  2. Are enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in either:
    • The first or second year of a Master’s program, or
    • Within the first four years of a Doctoral program;
  3. Have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on the last 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study; and
  4. Are undertaking thesis research focused on human aging that has the potential to enhance the lives of the aging population.

To be eligible to apply for the UMRA scholarship tenable in the 2024–2025 academic year, students must intend to register full time in the upcoming year (for the Fall and Winter terms).

How to apply


  1. Download the UMRA Scholarship application form and reference cover form. Graduate students should download and complete the following:
    • UMRA Scholarship application form 2024–2025
    • For this year's awards, a cover letter is not required. Instead, provide the Reference letter guidelines for student awards to your Advisor. This document outlines key points your advisor needs to include in their letter of reference.
  1. Applicants will be required to submit:
    • a description of the proposed research and how it will enhance the lives of the aging population,
    • information on their educational background and research experience,
    • one letter of reference from your current academic advisor/supervisor. The letter must be forwarded by the referee, directly to the Centre on Aging, c/o Nicole Dunn, and
    • provide e-copy of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended by the deadline.

All academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be received by the deadline. This includes any international institutions. Applicants can provide e-copy official or *unofficial transcripts in any of the following ways:

  • Transcripts emailed directly from the academic institution to Nicole Dunn. 
    UM transcripts can be ordered through Aurora. Select ‘Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba’.
  • Transcripts emailed to the applicant from the academic institution, and then forwarded to Nicole Dunn (please include the original email from the academic institution in the forwarded email)
  • Hard copy transcripts uploaded by the applicant and emailed to Nicole Dunn. Retain the paper copy of any uploaded transcripts, as you may be asked to provide it for verification purposes.
  • An *unofficial transcript may be submitted for UM transcripts by following these instructions:

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the letter of reference is sent and received by the Centre on Aging on or before the deadline.

  1. If you have questions about the application process, review the Centre on Aging Frequently Asked Questions first. We also recommend reviewing Tips for writing a successful application. Any other inquiries about the Centre's student awards can be directed to Nicole Dunn.
  2. Complete the application package in full and return it electronically to Nicole Dunn by 4 p.m. on or before the deadline.
  3. All UMRA Scholarship applicants will be contacted by the Centre on Aging once the Scholarship Adjudication Committee has convened and made their decision.

Conditions for the UMRA Scholarship recipients

  • The recipient will also be asked to submit a copy of the thesis/dissertation when complete, acknowledging financial support.
  • The award may not be held more than once during a specific degree program. The stage in career will be taken into account. Students will be ranked according to academic record, research project, research experience, publications and presentations, and letters of support.
  • The Director of the Centre on Aging will name the selection committee for this award, in consultation with UMRA.

The Centre on Aging adjudicates the University of Manitoba Retirees Association Scholarship only. Student funding will be distributed by the UM Financial Aid and Awards office.

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