Graduate Awards and Scholarships

Graduate Award Opportunities

About applying for awards

  • You must apply for graduate awards; you are not automatically considered.
  • You do not need to be accepted into your program before you apply for awards. 
  • You may apply for awards after you have submitted an application for admission and receive a University of Calgary student number (UCID).
  • Some awards are restricted by citizenship; however, there are many awards for which international students are eligible. 
  • Award application requirements may vary for every award. It is the applicants responsibly to fully read and submit the completed application in order to have your application reviewed.


The Werklund School of Education and the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Calgary provide a range of financial assistance to students in Graduate Programs in Education. This support includes but is not limited to:

Entrance Awards

Applicants to Graduate Programs in Education are encouraged to apply for Entrance Awards. To be eligible, you cannot have started your program prior to taking up the award. Please note that Werklund has an internal application deadline of December 15 which differs from the FGS deadline.

Read more about Entrance Awards

Conference Travel Awards

Awards available for eligible students to offset costs incurred for conference presenting:

  • Werklund School of Education Graduate Student Conference Travel Awards (Not available for 2021)
  • Graduate Students Association Professional Development Grant
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies Profiling Alberta Graduate Students (Travel Award) Canadian and Permanent Resident
    cancelled until further notice

Faculty of Graduate Studies University of Calgary Scholarships and Awards

  • Graduate Awards Competition (GAC) Please note that Werklund has an internal application deadline of December 15 which differs from the FGS deadline. Diploma and Certificate students are not eligible for funding through the GAC, except for the AGES Indigenous award.

  • Various Scholarships and Bursaries open to graduate students through the FGS Graduate Awards Database Search Engine with details found at FGS Award Opportunities

Federal and other external funding agencies

Federal awards are funded by the Government of Canada and administered either through the University of Calgary or the Government of Canada. They are often considered the most prestigious awards for graduate students, requiring a very high standard of scholastic achievement and exemplary leadership.

These following federal awards are administered through the University of Calgary:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRCPlease note the internal SSHRC application deadline is traditionally in October. The specific deadline date is communicated by various means to students.
  • Killam Trust at the University of Calgary, Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).

Werklund School Graduate Program Awards

Adjudicated by the Werklund School Graduate Programs in Education Scholarship and Awards Committee these awards are available specifically to Werklund School graduate students. Deadline: February 1

List of Awards

Graduate Student Association (GSA) Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships and awards administered by the Graduate Student’s Associate


University of Calgary Internal Grants-Office of Research

Research Services assists researchers in obtaining internal and external operating research grants, prizes and awards. They advise on and facilitate the nomination of University researchers for provincial, national and international awards.


Werklund Doctoral Scholarship

The Werklund Doctoral Scholarship enables an exceptional new scholar working in the Werklund School of Education to consolidate his/her research training, to develop and initiate original research in creating Bold Solutions for a Complex Connected World and to participate in Werklund School of Education strategic academic initiatives and activities.

Werklund Doctoral Scholarship

Werklund School of Education, Office of Research