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Student supports

Financial aid and awards

The University of Manitoba issues more than $17 million to students each year in the form of scholarships and bursaries. Find out how you can access funding so you can focus on your studies.

The Winnipeg Foundation’s Martha Donovan Leadership Fund


The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Fund is a $250,000 fund intended to provide leadership development opportunities for women in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

For the next five years, $50,000 will be made available on an annual basis. Once expended, unless renewed, the fund will terminate.

Successful applicants can receive up to the following amounts:

Applicants Value (max.)
Faculty $11,000
Students $3,000

As the demand for funds is expected to exceed the funds available, not all meritorious proposals can be adequately supported. In short, only reasonable requests for training programs can typically be met by this fund.

The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Leadership Fund is administered through the Office of the Vice-Dean Academic Affairs, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.


Women, who are full-time or part-time academic faculty members with a primary appointment in a department/college of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, are eligible to apply to The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Fund for support for academic leadership training.

OR, women who are students (full-time or part-time) or post-doctoral trainees (including residents), presently enrolled in a program of study within the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences are also eligible to apply to The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Fund for support for leadership training.

The number of awards may vary, but at most there will be two student/post-doctoral awards on an annual basis for the term of the fund.

Terms and conditions


One competition is held annually. If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.


There should be no overlap with existing funds. The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Leadership Fund is not intended for top-up of existing funding requests.


Professional development supported by The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Fund must comply with university policies related but not limited to leadership development programs, travel etc. The award recipient is responsible for the use of the funds and for any over-expenditure.


Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Leadership Fund awards normally terminate after one year of the date of the award notification letter and any unspent funds will automatically be returned to The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Fund.

Awardees may request in writing to have the period of the award extended to the appropriate contact person in the Office of the Vice-Dean Academic Affairs not later than one month prior to the end date of the award. Such requests must include a justification for the extension. Extensions will be allowed at most for 12 months.


Within three months of the completion or termination of the award, the recipient must submit to the Office of Academic Affairs:

  1. Confirmation of attendance (certificate or receipt)
  2. Final report

The report should not exceed one page and should describe what was accomplished, and a summary of the awardee’s plans for next steps in leadership development.


Award-holders are requested to acknowledge the assistance of The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Leadership Fund in all publications and media coverage resulting from this support.

Selection criteria

Applications for support will be reviewed and adjudicated by members of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Awards Committee.


  • Evidence of your experience in leadership activities: applications will be evaluated on the basis of the quality rather than the quantity of past experience
  • Your potential as a future academic leader
  • Extent to which the request is consistent with the purpose of The Winnipeg Foundation Martha Donovan Leadership Fund
  • Faculty members will be assessed on alignment between your goals and the requirements of your department

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To apply, you must have:

  1. Identification of a recognized leadership development course or program
  2. Statement providing:
    • Evidence of your leadership activities and initiatives
    • Your goals in pursing leadership training
    • Plan for applying new leadership skills to enhance your academic career and/or using these skills in academic service to the University of Manitoba
  3. A detailed budget estimate which includes costs for:
    • The course/program
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Miscellaneous costs directly associated with accessing the course/program

Support is provided for the direct costs of academic leadership development opportunities. All items must be essential to the completion of this training.

Important: Expenses will not be eligible for support if these are incurred prior to the fund start date.

Along with a completed application form, you must also supply:

  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. A letter of support. The letter must:
    • Be from either the faculty member’s department head/college dean or the student or trainees program director/supervisor
    • Include acknowledgement of potential absences, as required, to participate in the course/program of choice

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RFHS Emergency Assistance Student Bursary Program


The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences (RFHS) Emergency Assistance Student Bursary Program provides short-term assistance to students who encounter unanticipated financial need within the five (5) colleges of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences or a program of the Rady Faculty (e.g. Interdisciplinary Health Program).

If you are facing unexpected financial distress, or have had a significant change in your financial situation, consider accessing the RFHS emergency assistance student bursary program or the UMSU Hardship Fund.

RFHS Emergency Bursary funds related to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are no longer available. RFHS is still accepting applications related to other emergent matters faced by Rady Faculty students.


In order to be considered for an Emergency Assistance Student Bursary, you must:

  • Be enrolled full-time within one of the five (5) colleges of the RFHS or a program of the RFHS
  • Demonstrate need as outlined on the RFHS Emergency Assistance Student Bursary application form. As a discretionary bursary, the interpretation of need and therefore the approval in all aspects will rest with the selection committee.
  • Demonstrate that the need is acute in nature. The bursary will not continue to provide ongoing support to individuals over extended periods. Students are expected to locate alternate support mechanisms following approval of any bursary.
  • Provide any supporting documentation outlines on the application form or as otherwise requested by the selection committee.

Terms and conditions

Bursaries are subject to available funding in any given fiscal year.

Total funding and the date(s) of release of payment(s) is at the discretion of the selection committee.

Bursaries do not need to be re-paid. However, should a student suspend, leave their studies or otherwise be withdrawn from his/her program within the RFHS, any approved but not-yet released bursary amounts will cease immediately.

The RFHS reserves the right to withdraw any awarded bursary amount and/or seek repayment of any bursary amounts provided to the student, should a student be found to have misled the selection committee regarding any aspect of their eligibility or their application.

A student may apply for additional Emergency Assistance Student Bursaries, however, previous approvals and their circumstances, will be taken into consideration by the selection committee in determining approval or refusal.

Selection criteria

The selection committee shall be comprised of the Dean Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, the Dean of the college of attendance of the applicant, and the Director of Finance Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

If a student has met the terms and conditions for eligibility, the selection committee approves the application, and there are available funds, the bursary will be provided.

Following confirmation of a bursary award by the selection committee, the student will receive payment in a manner that is determined to meet the circumstances for the assistance request.

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Please submit a completed application form for consideration.

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RFHS graduate studentships


The purpose of this studentship program is to recognize excellent academic achievement and to support graduate students enrolled in RFHS's thesis-based graduate programs at the Faculty’s five colleges: College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry and Max Rady College of Medicine.

Successful applicants can receive up to the following amounts: 

Award Value Notes
Master's $14,000 per annum
PhD $18,000 per annum
Partnered award   60:40 RFHS studentship:advisor contribution

There is no set limit for the number of awards available to departments or colleges. The total number of awards is dependent on available funds.

Please note that no awards will be offered in years when no funding is available. In years when funds are available, the application deadline will be set by the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

Graduate Enhancement Of Tri-Agency Stipends (GETS) funding can be used as the 40% required Match for this award. This is provided that the Faculty of Graduate Studies continues to allow the use of GETS funding as the match portion, then RFHS would accept GETS funding toward the advisor’s partnering 40% of the studentship values.


To be eligible, you must have been or will be admitted to, and enrolled full- time in, a thesis-based master's or doctoral program in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences for the 2021-2022 and/or 2022-2023 graduate academic year.

Your program start date must therefore be one of the following:

  • May 2021
  • September 2022
  • January 2022
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
  • January 2023


You must have achieved a minimum 3.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent in at least the last two (2) previous years of full-time university study (no less than 60 credit hours or equivalent).

The admission GPA is calculated by the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS). It enables  FGS to more equitably compare     the academic performance of students from diverse backgrounds.


You must be supervised by a primary advisor whose primary appointment is within the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. (This requirement also applies to PhD students enrolled in the Applied Health Sciences program.)

Though multiple students supervised by the same advisor may apply, only one student per primary advisor will normally be funded. Funding for a second student will be considered only if funding is available.

Simultaneous awards

Recipients can hold other awards simultaneously if those awards are not intended and disbursed as salary support totaling 50 per cent or more of RFHS Graduate Studentship funding during each year of RFHS support.


  • The University of Manitoba International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship (IGSES)
  • International Graduate Student Scholarship (IGSS)

These two awards should not be included when calculating the value of simultaneously held awards.

New awards

If you receive a new award after accepting or holding the RFHS Graduate Studentship and it is greater than 50 per cent of the RFHS Graduate studentship award during any year of funding, please  email us with the details. In this case,  the RFHS award will be terminated.

Applicants holding a university faculty appointment or equivalent are not eligible.

Terms and conditions

Duration of funding

You are eligible for two years  of funding in your program (master’s or PhD). If you transfer to a PhD from a MSc, you are eligible for two years in total and will be funded at the PhD level once the transition process is complete.


Deferrals are permitted. This is in part to enable previous sources of funding to be maximized and also to allow for planning of future award commitments. The current competition, September 1, 2023, would be the maximum delayed start time.


Award-holders are requested to acknowledge your studentship support from the RFHS Graduate Studentship Program in all publications, presentations and media coverage resulting from this support.

Review details

Your application will be reviewed by three different individuals. It is unlikely that reviewers will be experts in your particular field, so it is vital that your application is clearly written and that you refrain from using jargon or acronyms in your application.

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To apply, you must complete and submit:

  1. A studentship application form (PDF)
  2. An advisor/co-advisor form (PDF)

The submission deadline for both items is September 15, 2022. Competition results are normally announced by December 1.

We recommend using Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Pro to sign the forms.

Please review your forms prior to submitting. If data is not visible in the signed form, email us and submit an unsigned form with the data visible. The awards committee will review that copy.

Important: All sections of the application should be completed, including the training sections.  If the form is not fully completed it will not be reviewed.

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Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
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University of Manitoba, Bannatyne campus
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P5  Canada