Emergency Bursaries

UGME Awards: open to all med years


Canada/Provincial Student Financial Assistance

Student Loans Documents requiring the Educational Institution's (University of Manitoba) completion may be brought to 260 Brodie Centre – 727 McDermot Avenue for: 

  • confirmation of enrolment;
  • official's signature;
  • correction of expired date (stale dated).

Note: Awards UGME no longer signs Government Student loans documents, but, UGME and MPAS Learners may drop off forms at the front desk reception in 260 Brodie Centre - 727 McDermot Avenue to be forwarded to Financial Aid & Awards. As a courtesy, we will forward documents to the Financial Aid & Awards representative on Bannatyne campus, each Wednesday, for processing. We will return any documents that require further action, to your student mail box.

Students who find themselves in a Student Loan collection situation should inquire about the Canada Student Loan Rehabilitation program or Repayment Assistance .Students are encouraged to use the Loan Repayment Estimator to help develop a reasonable budget during their MD degree program, which will make repayment easier during residency.

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

Post-secondary education is a major expense, whether you choose to study at a university, a college or learn a specialized trade. Coming up with the money to pay for school can be a big challenge for both students and parents saving for their children’s future. For more information on what your options are, check out Paying for post-secondary education.


Fall/Winter Bursaries

There are a number of bursary opportunities available to our students, each having set criteria and processing requirements. There are two main Bursary opportunities available for qualifying MD students offered annually:

  1. University of Manitoba General Bursary Application*(MPAS & MD students)
  2. Max Rady College of Medicine Bursary program (MD students only)

The University of Manitoba General Bursary application and the Max Rady College of Medicine Bursary applications are accessible through an online process ONLY.

Please follow the *Instructions on accessing the online Bursary applications through your Aurora Student account - Apply for Fall - Winter Bursaries, available as of the month of August annually.

Fall/Winter Bursaries (click for more info).


  • Documentation (Proof of Government Aid) is required by the October 1 bursary application deadline. Apply for your Government Student Loan early (June/July/mid- August) to be sure your documentation is available by the bursary deadline.
  • IMPORTANT! OUT-OF-PROVINCE STUDENTS: Once you have received your Government Notice of Assessment, immediately forward a copy to the Financial Aid & Awards Office, 422 University Centre, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2.
  • MD Students should complete the General and Supplementary applications to be considered for both General University of Manitoba Bursary funding and Max Rady College of Medicine funding. Review eligibility requirements and apply for any other Special Bursary opportunities you are eligible for consideration through the Aurora web portal.

Special Bursaries (requiring application)

Additional Special Bursaries and Scholarships (Undergrad/Graduate/Aboriginal students) opportunities:

  • A complete list of all University of Manitoba bursary opportunities is available through the main campus Financial Aid & Awards office


  • Awards UGME currently posts through Entrada and the OPAL messaging system, notices of external bursary opportunities, as we become aware of them.

Ongomiizwin - Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing - Education

Indigenous students may also be able to access bursary funding through the following organization:

Please email Lisa Harms, Office Assistant at Lisa.Harms@umanitoba.ca or call, 204-789-3511 for further details on bursary opportunities for Indigenous students.

Ongomiizwin - Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing - Education
S206 Basic Medical Services Building
Phone: 204-789-3511

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Emergency Assistance Student Bursary

View the Emergency Assistance Student Bursary page for more info.

Emergency Loan/Bursary Support

View the Emergency Loan/Bursary support page for more info.

There are potentially four sources of emergency support to students in sudden, unforeseen financial crisis: (1) main campus offers an Emergency Loan program; (2) candidates eligible for the Emergency Loan may receive an emergency bursary award, in addition to the loan, at the discretion of the Awards office (no application required); (3) Rady Faculty of Health Sciences offers an Emergency Assistance Student Bursary; (4) while the Max Rady College of Medicine offers modest bursary support as a secondary source.

Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid & Awards Office at 204-474-9531 for additional information on accessing emergency funds, should the need arise. All requests are strictly confidential.


Elective Travel

All Med 1, 2, 3 and 4 students have an opportunity to apply for additional elective travel support in June the year they will enter into Med IV in the fall. The support request may be for specific or generalized funding to supplement elective travel expenses during the upcoming academic session. The number of bursaries granted is limited to the amount of funding available and the number of applications received. If there is a surplus of applications, priority for funding will be given to students who have previously demonstrated financial need through their University Bursary application.

Elective Travel Application Fund Request DEADLINE: August 30 annually.

Sigga Christianson Houston Travel Award 

Northern Remote Elective/Summer Early Exposure Bursary

The Sigga Christianson Houston Travel Award is a bursary award open to UGME students who: (1) show demonstrated financial need on their University Bursary application; (2) are either (a) registered through the Summer Early Exposure program or (b) are completing Clinical Electives; and (3) complete their eligible Clinical elective in a remote northern community within Canada or an underserviced location internationally; under the supervision of a Family Medicine or Pediatrics Physician.  

Sigga Christianson Houston Travel Application  DEADLINE: August 30 annually.

The Alan Klass Memorial Program for Health Equity

Travel Award for Medical Student Early Summer Exposure and Electives

The Alan Klass Memorial Program for Health Equity provides opportunities for undergraduate medical students to engage in learning activities that address health equity and social accountability, both local and global.  Award criteria

Alan Klass Memorial Program for Health Equity Application  TRAVEL DEADLINE:   March 1, 2020

Conference Travel

Conference Travel Undergraduate Medical Education students planning to present a paper or poster at a National or International conference may be eligible to receive funding towards this experience once during their four years of medical school training. Conference Travel support is allocated on a first come first serve basis, as long as financial resources remain available, with a February 20 cut off each academic year to allow processing prior to the March 31 fiscal year end. Priority is given to those who have demonstrated financial need. Travel receipts, copy of paper or poster abstract and proof of Conference acceptance are required from Presenter applicants, prior to funding being released.

NOTE: Each application year begins April 1 and ends on March 31 of the following year. Applications received on/before the February 20 deadline for conferences that occur within this timeframe will be considered for funding within that timeframe.

  1. If you apply for Conference Travel funding on or before February 20th to travel and present at a Conference that will take place before April 1, you would be eligible to receive your funding within the current University fiscal year.
  2. If you apply after February 20th and your Conference is scheduled to take place before April 1st, your application will be marked LATE and you would still be eligible to receive your funding within the current University fiscal year.
  3. If you apply after February 20th and your Conference is scheduled to take place after April 1st, your application would then fall forward into the next/new University fiscal year and be scheduled for processing later in the year.

Conference Travel Award application - PRESENTERS ONLY. DEADLINE: February 20 annually.

Other Funding Opportunities

The CMA 150th Anniversary Bursaries and Awards Program- The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017. As part of the celebrations, the newly created CMA 150th Anniversary Bursaries and Awards program builds on the CMA legacy of contributing to a strong and meaningful future for the medical community.