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.

Applications submissions are now closed. Thank you to all those who applied. Successful applicants will be contacted once the Adjudication Committee has made their final decisions.

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." 

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.

Note: To be eligible to apply for the UMRA scholarship tenable in the 2022–2023 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 2022–2023
    • Advisor reference cover letters 2022–2023 (to be provided to your advisor, and returned by your advisor).
  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 May 20, 2022.

For 2022, applicants can provide e-copy transcripts in any of the following ways:

Official transcripts must be submitted. Web transcripts are not considered official.

  • Transcripts emailed directly from the academic institution to 
    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 (please include the original email from the academic institution in the forwarded email)
  • Hard copy transcripts uploaded by the applicant and emailed to Retain the paper copy of any uploaded transcripts, as you may be asked to provide it for verification purposes.

Note: 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 May 20.

  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 at
  2. Complete the application package in full and return it electronically to Nicole Dunn by 4 p.m. on or before May 20, 2022.
  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.

Note: 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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