Award winners

2022 Distinguished Dissertation Award Winners

University of Manitoba Distinguished Dissertation Awards are given to graduating doctoral students who have been nominated by their faculty/college/school for a dissertation that represents a ground-breaking piece of original work. Each year, one award is offered in each of the following categories: applied sciences, health sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Awardees receive a $3,000 prize.

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

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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

February 1, 2023 - Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship

Value: $10,500

For: Master's & PhD students

Details: All required materials including application, certified transcripts and sealed confidential references must be received by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Research field(s): Restricted to graduate students who engage in study in the United States or United Kingdom, of international or industrial relations. 

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February 1, 2023 - Mackenzie King Open Scholarship

Value: $8,500

For: Master's & PhD students

Details: All required materials including application, certified transcripts and sealed confidential references must be received by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Research field(s): Available to graduate students of Canadian universities in any discipline. 

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February 3, 2023 - Berkes Graduate Scholarship in Community-Based Research

Value: (1) Award Valued at $10,000

For: Full-time Master's & PhD students

Details:  Will provide support towards degree-related field research and an opportunity to engage in outreach training

Research field(s): Including but not limited to, community-based resource, environmental management, conservation and planning

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February 10, 2023 - Dr. Richard Douglas Oatway Memorial Fellowship

Value: $29,375

For: Full-time Master's & PhD students

Details:  Open to Law, Sociology and Psychology graduate students enrolled in full-time Master’s or Doctoral programs at the University of Manitoba to support the study of adult harassment

Research field(s): Adult harassment (Law, Sociology and Psychology)

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February 10, 2023 - Feed Opportunity Fund Scholarship in Food Insecurity

Value: (4) scholarships valued at $15,000 each

For: Master’s & PhD students

Details:  Open to students entering their second or third year or preparing to commence their thesis research in 2023-2024 academic year

Research field(s): Conducting thesis research that seeks to fill gaps in knowledge on food insecurity in Canada

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February 16, 2023 - Richard C. Goulden Memorial Scholarship

Value: Variable awards/value

For: Master’s & PhD students

Details:  Applicants must be conducting research or have proposed to conduct research on wildlife and/or their habitats in Manitoba. They must also be members of The Wildlife Society-Manitoba Chapter Inc.

Research field(s): Support graduate students whose research contributes to the overall knowledge of wildlife and/or their habitats in Manitoba

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February 17, 2023 - Roma Zenovea Hawirko Graduate Scholarship

Value: $12,150

For: PhD students

Details: Recipient is enrolled full-time in the first or second year of any Ph.D. program delivered by a department in the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Science. Is conducting a clearly defined and innovative research project in the area of Microbiology and has demonstrated both commitment to their field of study and career potential.

Research field(s): Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences (conducting research in the area of Microbiology)

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February 22, 2023 - Pawan K. Singal Graduate Student Scholarship in Cardiovascular Sciences

Value: Scholarship may be divided into more than one award total value $15,300

For: Full-time Master’s & PhD students

Details: Have completed Fall 2021 & Winter 2022 in their graduate program and may not hold the award more than once

Research field(s): Enrolled in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the UM delivered by the Max Rady College of Medicine and affiliated with the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre

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February 24, 2023 - D.G. & V.E. Barber Memorial Fellowship in Arctic Research

Value: Master's scholarship valued at $5,000; Doctoral scholarship valued at $10,000

For: Master’s & PhD students

Details:  Support graduate students at UM who are conducting research pertaining to the Arctic region

Research field(s): Arctic region including the marine and adjacent coastal environment of both Hudson Bay and James Bay

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February 24, 2023 - Aboriginal Issues Press Scholarship Award

Value: Variable awards/value

For: Master's & PhD students

Details:  Have demonstrated a commitment to disseminating the results of their research. Students entering their first year of their graduate program will normally not be considered eligible

Research field(s): Aboriginal Issues

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February 24, 2023 - Oakes-Riewe Aboriginal-Environmental Studies Research Award

Value: Variable awards, $500 to $5,000

For: Full-time Master's & PhD students

Details:  Applicants must be conducting or proposing to conduct interdisciplinary environmental research (integration of physical, biological, and human processes) within an Aboriginal context

Research field(s): Support graduate students conducting environmental research which include Aboriginal people’s perspectives

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February 28, 2023 - James Gordon Fletcher PhD Fellowship for Research in Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

Value: (1) award valued at $31,750

For: Full-time PhD students

Details:  This award will serve to stimulate, support, and encourage research in Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals by PhD students at the University of Manitoba in Departments associated with the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

Research field(s): Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

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February 28, 2023 - University Of Manitoba Distinguished Dissertation Award

Value: $3,000 cash prize plus citation certificate

For: PhD students

Details:  This award honours exceptional doctoral dissertations that were defended and submitted during the 2022 calendar year (January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022). Nominations (max. of two) must be submitted by each Faculty/School/College via email to david.foley@umanitoba.ca prior to the deadline

Research field(s): Applied sciences, Health sciences, Humanities, Natural sciences, and Social sciences

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February 28, 2023 - University Of Manitoba Distinguished Master’s Thesis Prize

Value: $1,000 cash prize plus citation certificate

For: Master's students

Details:  This prize honours exceptional Master’s dissertations that were defended and submitted during the 2022 calendar year (January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022). Nominations (max. of two) must be submitted by each Faculty/School/College via email to david.foley@umanitoba.ca prior to the deadline.

Research field(s): Applied sciences, Health sciences, Humanities, Natural sciences, and Social sciences

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February 28, 2023 - Ethics Graduate Fellowships

Value: (2) Stipends valued at $3,000

For: Master’s and PhD students

Details:  Open to all University of Manitoba graduate students, at any stage of their program, in all fields. The aim of the fellowship is to support graduate students who do research in the field of ethics, or to encourage students in other fields to consider the ethical implications of their work, to integrate ethics into their research, and to promote understanding of ethics as it relates to their areas of study.

Research Fields(s): Ethics

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March 1, 2023 - York University Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Black and Indigenous Scholars

Value: (2) Fellowships for scholars identifying as Black and (2) Fellowships for scholars identifying as Indigenous valued at $70,000

For: Postdoctoral students

Details:  Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Black and Indigenous Scholars, as part of our commitment to promoting justice and embracing a variety of scholarly perspectives, backgrounds and lived experiences. The program will offer emerging scholars from a wide range of disciplines access to the financial support, mentorship and career development opportunities needed to build the foundation for a successful professional career.

Research Fields(s): Details on Faculties seeking candidates for this program is available on the program web page.

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March 1, 2023 - Janice Filmon Award in Peace Studies

Value: Scholarship may be divided into more than one award, total value $3,175

For: Full-time Master's & PhD students

Details: Candidate are pursuing research into the process of peace building.

Research field(s): Candidates have completed necessary course work and obtained approval for a thesis or dissertation proposal prior to undertaking the research funded by this award.

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March 14, 2023 - Irena Knysh Graduate Scholarship in Ukrainian Studies

Value: (1) Scholarship valued at $8,550

For: Full-time Master's & PhD students

Details: Open to Canadian and International students who will write or is writing a thesis in any area of Ukrainian studies. Or for students registered in any Pre-Master’s program who are taking a minimum of 12 credit hours of course work in the area of Ukrainian studies.

Research field(s): Ukrainian Studies

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March 15, 2023 & July 15, 2023 - Emergent Biosolutions Trainee Development Award

Value: Award valued at a maximum of $500

For: Full-time Master's & PhD students

Details:  Will provide support to professional development. Awardees may be asked to give a presentation on their experiences at a future CHRIM trainee event.

Research field(s): Must be affiliated with CHRIM or be non-CHRIM that have successfully completed the GPD program.

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March 30, 2023 - Governor General’s Gold Medal

Value: (1) Gold medal for a Master’s student; (1) Gold medal for a PhD student

For: Master’s and Doctoral students who intend to convocate in May 2023, or who convocated in February 2023 or October 2022 are eligible for this competition.

Details:  The Governor-General of Canada offers two annual gold medals called the Governor General’s Gold Medal to recognize the outstanding performance of graduate students. These awards are based on overall academic excellence.

Research field(s): Unrestricted

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March 31, 2023 - CSA Group Graduate Scholarship

Value: $10,000 Scholarship

For: Master's students

Details: Open to full-time Master’s students accepted into an accredited Canadian university.

Research field(s): Conducting research in any field which must include standards as a component of research.

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March 31, 2023 - Laura Bassi Scholarship

Value: Master’s students $750; Doctoral students $2,500; Junior Academics $500

For: Master's & PhD students

Details: All currently enrolled students are eligible and there are no institutional, departmental or national restrictions.

Research field(s): Open to every discipline conducting research which focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplines.

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Contact Department - University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship

Value: Master's scholarship valued at $14,000; Doctoral scholarship valued at $18,000

For: Full-time Master's & PhD students

Details:  Open to Canadian and International students who have demonstrated superior intellectual ability and academic accomplishment. Applications are submitted to students' home departments.

Research field(s): Research-based program that is eligible for tri-council graduate student awards.

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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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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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