Award winners

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.

2023 Winners

Previous Distinguished Dissertation Award Winners


Wanda Philips-Beck

For her doctoral dissertation in the UM Faculty of Graduate Studies, Wanda studied the experiences of women who left their homes to give birth away from their communities.

Learn about Wanda's research here

Jose Sanchez

Jose's findings represent a major methodological contribution to the areas of archeology and anthropology which can help us better understand the lives of those who came before us.

Learn about Jose's research here

Wesley Silva

For his doctoral research, Wesley studied a series of molecules using a specialized technique called microwave spectroscopy to examine the rotation of the molecules for the first time in a laboratory setting.

Learn about Wesley's research here

Anne Lindsay

Anne Lindsay wrote her doctoral thesis for UM’s department of history on how the Canadian fur trade reflected the violence of the French and British empires and was not as passive or innocuous as it is painted in most accounts.

Learn about Anne's research here

Hongwei Lui

Hongwei has worked with Drs. Pooneh Maghoul, Ahmed Shalaby and others at UM to develop a device that uses ultrasonic waves that can be used in a lab or taken to a remote site to evaluate permafrost without disturbing the permafrost itself and possibly lead to structural problems.

Learn about Hongwei's research here

Award opportunities

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

Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) Statement on Transcripts for Tri-Agency Award Competitions at the University of Manitoba

Students are responsible for obtaining official, up-to-date, and complete transcripts and for ensuring transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended are included in their application(s).

FGS does not provide students with copies of transcripts from student records or copies of previously submitted transcripts. This includes transcripts from other Canadian or international post-secondary institutions, UManitoba, and transcripts submitted as part of previous or current admission or award applications.

Missing, unofficial, illegible, or untranslated transcripts may deem students’ applications incomplete or ineligible and will not be reviewed.

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

Upcoming award information sessions

There are currently no scheduled information sessions

Future information sessions will be updated as they become available.

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 23, 2024 - Canada Graduate Scholarship - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS)

Value: Foreign study supplement valued at up to $6,000

For: Master's & PhD students

Details:  Open to Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents who hold an active Canada Graduate Scholarship (including Vanier), are registered at a Canadian institution, and will be temporarily conducting research outside of Canada

Research field(s): Health, Science, Engineering, Social Sciences, Humanities

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May 24, 2024 - Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

Value: Multi-year project proposals seeking funding of up to $300,000 CAD

For: Master's & PhD students

Details:  The program aims to develop the next generation of innovative leaders and community builders by providing enriched academic, professional, and cross-cultural experiences and by facilitating lasting local and global community engagement.

Research field(s): biodiversity; agriculture; energy; climate and public health; economic impacts of climate change; air quality; community resilience; education; ecosystems; and water quality.

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May 25, 2024 - GLOW 2024 - Global Conference for Women Leaders and Emerging Researchers in Materials Science

Value: Travel Grant & Conference Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

For: PhD & Postdoctoral Fellows

Details:  Providing a platform for emerging researchers to showcase talent and form connections within the field. Deadline: Travel Grant May 25, 2024, Poster Submission May 30, 2024, Conference July 9-11, 2024

Research field(s): Women Leaders and Emerging Researchers in Materials Science

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May 29, 2024 - Eirikur and Thorbjorg Stephanson Scholarship

Value: (1) Award, variable value

For: PhD students

Details:  Those who apply for this fellowship will be considered for the McCrorie-West Family Fellowship in Alzheimer’s Research

Research field(s): Conducting research directly related to finding a treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s disease in the Province of Manitoba

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May 29, 2024 - Mccrorie-West Family Fellowship for Alzheimer’s Research

Value: (1) Award (1) Renewable award, variable value

For: PhD students

Details:  Those who apply for this fellowship will be considered for the Eirikur & Thorbjorg Stephanson Scholarship

Research field(s): Conducting research directly related to finding a treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s disease in the Province of Manitoba

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May 31, 2024 - URISA Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship

Value: Scholarship, Membership and Publication

For: Master's & PhD students

Details:  Open to graduate students at a higher educational institution in AB, SK or MB

Research field(s): GIS and/or remote sensing

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June 5, 2024 - Arthur V. Mauro Senior Student Award

Value: (1) Scholarship valued at approximately $1,000

For: Full-time Master's and PhD students

Details:  This annual gift supports graduating undergraduates continuing to their first year of graduate studies at the University of Manitoba who have demonstrated their contributions to the university community and to the larger community outside the university.

Research field(s): Any

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June 14, 2024 - Sea Rider Competition for Early Career Researchers

Value: Valued at costs for travel, meals, and accommodations

For: Master's & PhD students nearing completion of their degrees or have graduated within the past three years

Details:  Open to British and Canadian students conducting research on the Arctic

Research field(s): Relevant Engineering, Natural or Social Sciences disciplines

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June 30, 2024 - John W. Davies Memorial Award

Value: $3,000

For: Master's & PhD students

Details:  Open to full-time graduate students at a recognized University in Canada

Research field(s): Solutions to problems encountered in marine cold regions

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June 30, 2024 - Kathryn Huget Leadership Award

Value: $1,000

For: Master's & PhD students

Details:  Applicants must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or on a Canadian student visa

Research field(s): Supports students who are working to improve the role of leadership in business and the advancement of women in leadership roles

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September 30, 2024 - Savvy New Canadians Financial Literacy Scholarship

Value: (2) scholarships valued at $1,000

For: Master's & PhD students

Details:  Open to Canadian, permanent residents and international students at accredited Canadian universities and colleges.

Research field(s): Any field of study increasing and improving financial literacy and awareness among students in Canada

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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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University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF)

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

For: Full-time Master's and PhD students

Details:  en to Canadian and International students who have demonstrated superior intellectual ability and academic accomplishment. Applications are submitted to students’ home department/unit. Contact your home department for deadline and application details

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

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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.