Award winners

Award opportunities

These are a sampling of the many awards available to UM graduate students.  

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF)

For: Master’s and doctoral students 

The UMGF Fellowships are valued for a 12-month period at $14,000 for Master's students and $18,000 for PhD students. Please check with your department for how to be considered for a UM Graduate Fellowship. 

Application deadline: Please contact your department. 

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G. Clarence Elliott Fellowship

For: Master’s and doctoral students 

Established in honour of a former Winnipeg vice-president and treasurer of The Great-West Life Assurance Company, the fellowship is awarded to a maximum of $10,000.  

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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

For: Doctoral students 

These scholarships help Canadian institutions attract highly qualified doctoral students. They are valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies. 

Departmental awards

Many University of Manitoba departments have internal awards based on academic merit, the values of which vary by department. Please check with your department for deadlines and details

Research funding

Find available research funding for master’s and doctoral students.

There are a number of funding opportunities available specifically for Indigenous and international students. 

Upcoming award deadlines

May 20, 2022 - International Policy Ideas Challenge

Value: $3,000

For: Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers

Details:  SSHRC and Global Affairs Canada have partnered to launch the sixth International Policy Ideas Challenge. Aimed at graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers from Canadian postsecondary institutions, the challenge provides each of the top six winning entries with a $3,000 award to develop and transform their ideas into policy briefs. The challenge also provides laureates with coaching including access to subject matter experts, networking and skills development opportunities, which will culminate in presenting the resulting policy briefs to Canadian officials during the 2022 National Ideas Symposium later in 2022.

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May 23, 2022 - Doctoral Award for Indigenous Students

Value: Up to $10,000

For: PhD students

Research field(s): This award is offered to meritorious Canadian Indigenous doctoral students who demonstrate significant research ability and scholarly potential.

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May 23, 2022 - Master’s Award for Indigenous Students

Value: Up to $10,000

For: Master's students

Research field(s): This award is offered to meritorious Canadian Indigenous Master’s students who demonstrate significant research ability and scholarly potential.

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May 27, 2022 - McCrorie-West Family Fellowship For Alzheimer's Research

Value: 1 new award and 1 renewal award, up to a maximum of approx. $5,000 each

For: PhD students

Research field(s):  Unrestricted

Application details:  For promising Ph.D students in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba who have an outstanding academic record and have demonstrated an aptitude for conducting research directly related to finding a treatment or cure for Alzheimer disease. Students who apply for this award will also be considered for the Eirikur & Thorbjorg Stephanson Scholarship.

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May 27, 2022 - Eirikur And Thorbjorg Stephanson Scholarship

Value: 1 award up to a maximum of $3,550

For: PhD students

Research field(s):  Unrestricted

Application details:  For a full-time Ph.D. student in good academic standing who has demonstrated an aptitude for conducting research directly related to finding a treatment or cure for Alzheimer's disease, and who is conducting research in the Province of Manitoba in the year in which the award is tenable. Students applying for this award will also be considered for the McCrorie-West Family Fellowship for Alzheimer's Research.

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May 31, 2022 - URISA Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship

Value: $300 awarded to first place and a guaranteed slot to present at an upcoming Student Showcase lunch hour webinar. The top three submissions receive a one-year URISA Alberta student membership and publication of their projects on the URISA Alberta website.

For: Master's & PhD students

Research field(s): Research in the area of GIS and/or remote sensing within the past year at a higher educational institution in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba are eligible to apply. 

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June 1 - Canada Graduate Scholarships - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements

Value: Up to $6,000 for a period of research study abroad

For: Graduate students who hold a Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the Master’s or doctoral level, or a Vanier CGS at the doctoral level

Research field(s):  Available to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada or Protected Persons under subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) who hold a Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) at the Master’s or doctoral level, or a Vanier CGS at the doctoral level. Supplements of up to $6,000 are available to active CGS (Master’s or doctoral) or eligible Vanier CGS holders to help offset the costs of undertaking research studies outside Canada for a defined period.

To apply: Application documents are specific to each agency. For general application information, please visit the CGS-MSFSS website. The “Overview” section (table) lists and links the forms and instructions required by each agency (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC). Please ensure you use the correct instructions and forms, and include all required materials when submitting your application. Incomplete or incorrect applications will not be considered. Please submit complete applications by e-mail (pdf format only) to Mandy.Laing@umanitoba.ca no later than 4pm CDT on June 1, 2022.

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June 1 - CD Howe Memorial Fellowships in Creative Writing & Oral Culture

Value: Minimum $1,000

For: Master's & PhD students

Research field(s):  Students must be studying at the Master’s or doctoral level, conducting research in creative writing or on the critical study of oral cultures.  Students with lived experience of Indigenous and other oral cultures are particularly encouraged to apply.

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June 30, 2022 - John W. Davies Memorial Award

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Arctic Section (SNAME AS)

Value: One award of $3,000

For: Master's & PhD students

Research field(s):  The competition is open to any full time graduate student at a recognized University in Canada or the US State of Alaska whose research will assist in providing solutions to problems encountered in the Arctic or in cold ocean environments. Specifically the research may be in the areas of: marine transportation, development of offshore resources, eco-systems interaction with development of Arctic/cold ocean resources, climate change impact in marine cold regions, or special areas of research for Arctic/cold ocean environments..

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June 30, 2022 - Kathryn Huget Leadership Award

Value: Minimum $1,000

For: Master's & PhD students

Research field(s):  Students must be studying at the Master’s or PhD level, preferably studying in the areas of: organizational behaviour, business administration, business and commerce, sociology or psychology. Awarded to any individual, with preference given to female students currently in leadership roles, whose focus is to improve the business workplace for women.

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September 21, 2022 - McCall MacBain Foundation

Opens: June 2022

Value: Up to 30 full scholarships and 80 entrance awards of $5,000 or $10,000 each. The scholarship will cover full tuition & fees for a full-time master’s program or a second-entry professional undergraduate program (i.e. dentistry, law, or medicine) at McGill, starting in Fall 2023. It will also provide students with a living stipend of $2,000 per month during academic terms.

For: Master's students

Research fields: These scholarships will be offered to candidates who demonstrate character, community engagement, leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, academic strength, and intellectual curiosity. Candidates must have Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or refugee status and have their bachelor’s degree (or be on track to graduate by August 2023).

Information session: Interested students should attend the University of Manitoba information session on Thursday, March 3rd! This one-hour session includes time for Q&A with University of Manitoba student and current finalist Bryden Bukich. RSVP at bit.ly/manitoba-mar3 

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Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Value: $6,000

For: Master's, PhD and postdoctoral students

Research field(s):  Unrestricted

Recommended to apply 16 weeks in advance of planned start date

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NSERC Student Ambassadors

Value: $1,000

For: Master's and PhD students

Research field(s):  Science, Engineering

Applications must be submitted at least two months before the start of a proposed outreach activity.

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Financial aid

If you're facing financial hardship, or need support to pay your expenses as a student, there are programs available to help you. Apply for a loan, find on-campus employment or use our on-campus food bank.

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