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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 (RFHS) at the University of Manitoba. This includes:

Students, post-doctoral trainees or residents enrolled full- or part-time in a program of study at RFHS

AND

Academic faculty members with a primary appointment, full- or part-time, in any department/college of RFHS

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RFHS Emergency Assistance Student Bursary Program

Overview

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.

Eligibility

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:

  • Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dean, college of attendance of the applicant
  • 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

Overview

The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences (RFHS) Graduate Studentship Program is open to graduate students of the five (5) colleges of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

Applications are open for the 2023/2024 competition. Application deadline: November 1, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.

Eligibility

In order to be considered for the RFHS graduate studentships, 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;
  • supervised by a primary advisor whose primary appointment is within the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Note: 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; 
  • PhD students enrolled in the Applied Health Sciences program are eligible to apply provided they are supervised by a primary advisor whose primary appointment is within the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences;
  • 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 fewer than 60 credit hours or equivalent); 
  • are not simultaneously holding a university faculty appointment or equivalent; 
  • are not simultaneously holding funding/awards intended and disbursed as salary support totaling 50% or more of RFHS Graduate Studentship funding in any year during which the Studentship is held. The University of Manitoba International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship (IGSES) and International Graduate Student Scholarship (IGSS) are exceptions and should not be included when calculating amounts of simultaneously held awards.

Terms and conditions

The selection committee and the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences will determine the number and value of the awards based on the availability of funds each year. No awards will be offered in years when funding is not available. In years when funds are available, the application deadline will be set by the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

Students will be eligible to receive up to two years of support from this program. Students may be funded for up to two years of full-time study in total at the Master’s and/or PhD level; this maximum of two years of funding also applies to any students who transfer to a PhD program without completing their Master’s program (these students would be eligible to transition to PhD level funding for the remainder of their award term only once their program transfer has been finalized).

Award amount and PI commitment:

Master's
Program Scenario Total value Advisor RFHS Other
RFHS Graduate Studentship (using GETS) PI will use GETS allocation toward funding partner requirement $19,000 $8,750 $1,500 GETS max: $8,750
RFHS Graduate Studentship (GETS not available) PI has already utilized entire GETS allocation or not eligible for GETS funding $19,000 $8,750 $10,250 N/A
PhD
Program Scenario Total value Advisor RFHS Other
RFHS Graduate Studentship (using GETS) PI will use GETS allocation toward funding partner requirement $24,000 $10,500 $3,000 GETS max: $10,500
RFHS Graduate Studentship (GETS not available) PI has already utilized entire GETS allocation or not eligible for GETS funding $24,000 $10,500 $13,500 N/A

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Please submit a completed application package for consideration. 
 
A complete application package consists of: 

  • Completed RFHS Graduate Studentship application form.
  • Advisor and co-advisor (if applicable) CIHR Biosketch CommonCV to be submitted directly to rfhsgraduateawards@umanitoba.ca (advisor and co-advisor should indicate in the body of the email which applicant(s) the CV is in support of). 
  • Two letters of assessment addressing past achievements and future potential to be submitted to rfhsgraduateawards@umanitoba.ca.

Application form (PDF)

Drs. Carla and Newman Stephens Scholarship for Indigenous Health Professionals

Overview

The Drs. Carla and Newman Stephens Scholarship for Indigenous Health Professionals is for an Indigenous student in the health-care profession who has demonstrated leadership in their community.

Terms and conditions

Value: The successful applicant will receive $825
Deadline: November 1, 2023

Selection Criteria

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences students with a minimum DGPA of 3.0 for an undergraduate student, or in good standing in the UGME program, or a minimum GPA of 3.0 based on the last 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study for graduate students. 

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Students must demonstrate strong leadership skills in their community by submitting: 

  • A written statement
  • Abstract of their research project
  • And one reference letter

To apply, please submit application package to: catharine.plouffe@umanitoba.ca

Drs. Carla and Newman Stephens Scholarship for Indigenous Health Professionals (Parents) 

Overview

The Drs. Carla and Newman Stephens Scholarship for Indigenous Health Professionals (Parents) is for an Indigenous student who is a single parent in the health care profession who has demonstrated leadership in their community.

Terms and conditions

Value: The successful applicant will receive $825
Deadline: November 1, 2023

Selection Criteria

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences students with a minimum DGPA of 3.0 for an undergraduate student, or in good standing in the UGME program, or a min GPA of 3.0 based on the last 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study for graduate students. 

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Student must demonstrate strong leadership skills in their community by submitting (i) a written statement, which also includes their single parent status, (ii) abstract of their research project, and (iii) one reference letter.

In the event that there are no applicants who meet all of the numbered criteria, the scholarship will be offered to a student who meets criteria (1), (3), (4) and (5).

To apply, please submit application package to: catharine.plouffe@umanitoba.ca

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