Continuing Student Awards

Continuing Student Awards

Continuing your Education journey

Investigate the Werklund School's awards for current students, below!

Concurrent student in your non-Education years? Check out our Entrance Awards

Undergraduate research awards

Undergraduate research awards provide students with the opportunity to pursue research between May and August with the supervision of a faculty member. Students are able to delve into a research topic that is in alignment with their interests, deepening their understanding in the area and gaining research skills and experience. Considering a research award? Explore application details, below!


Visit our Werklund Undergraduate Research page for further information on the benefits of participating, tips from past undergraduate researchers, and a listing of past research projects!

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Review the PURE Program webpage, which has a number of resources for those interested in applying.

Learn more about PURE awards


Find a supervisor and prepare your applications. Reach out to Undergraduate Programs in Education if you require assistance connecting with a supervisor.


Remember to apply to both the PURE Program and the Werklund Undergraduate Research Award, which requires two separate applications - see details below.

I ended up meeting so many interesting people and learning about things I never expected. I also had a few shifts in my perception…. It was honestly a life changing experience.

Savannah Poirier Hollander

PURE award recipient, 2020

Research award details

The Undergraduate Research Awards provide financial support to University of Calgary undergraduates to conduct research for 8, 12, or 16 weeks between May and August.

  1. Award Value and Deadline

    • $5000.00
    • February 3,2023, at 11.59pm MST
  2. Criteria

    • Students must be continuing in their program (students who plan to graduate in June are ineligible)
    • Research to be conducted on a full-time basis for periods of 8 or 12 weeks, to occur between May and August
    • Research proposals must originate with, and be drafted principally by, the student applicant 
    • Student must also apply for the PURE Program to be eligible for this award. Only one award can be accepted, and the PURE Program takes precedence over the Werklund Undergraduate Research Award
    • Student must be in Good Academic Standing in their current program
  3. Application Details

    1. Review the Terms of Reference and Application form
    2. Reach out to faculty members who may be interested in supervising your research. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Undergraduate Programs in Education office at
    3. Once you have identified a supervisor, discuss your research project and prepare your application
    4. Submit your applications. Remember, you must submit an application for the PURE program in order to be considered for the Werklund Undergraduate Research Award. Your  application to the Werklund Undergraduate Research Award should be submitted via email to

    Note: Please expect that you may not receive a response to your application until April.

  1. Value and deadline

    • Variable, up to $7500.00
    • Student Application Deadline: February 3, 2023, at 11.59pm MST
    • Supervisor Reference Deadline: February 10, 2023, at 11.59pm MST
  2. Program details

    • The Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) provides financial support to University of Calgary undergraduates to conduct research between May and August
    • Review the information available on the PURE program site, make note of any upcoming information sessions, and make a plan to attend
  3. Application details

    • Visit the PURE site for information on application requirements and submission
    • Remember to apply to the Werklund Undergraduate Research Award as well, to increase your chances!

Werklund Service Awards

Werklund Service Awards recognize students' exemplary contributions to their communities.

  1. Value and Deadline

    • $500.00
    • April 25, 2023 at 4.00pm MST
  2. Criteria

    • Students must have completed EDUC 400-level courses in the Fall 2022 and/or Winter 2023 term(s)
    • Students must hold a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the year which the award is being applied for
    • Awards are based on the applicants’ commitment to volunteerism through community service
  3. Application Details

    • A completed cover page, using this template
    • A letter from the applicant indicating how their service to the community has informed their perspectives on teaching and learning (max. 250 words)
    • A letter of reference from the organization or community group with which the applicant volunteers, demonstrating the applicants’ contributions and commitment to community service
    • The application should be submitted via email to, with the above-noted components compiled into one file (Microsoft Word or PDF), titled ‘yourlastname.yourfirstname_WSA_2023’ (Ie, Smith.John_WSA_2023)

I consider my role as a second language teacher not one of passing knowledge to my students, but rather teaching them how their knowledge can significantly impact and make a difference in their own community. I am humbled by the Werklund Service Award's recognition of my impact on the community, and for enabling me to continue my studies and service.

Alissa Iovinelli

Werklund Service Award recipient, 2022

French Proficiency Improvement Grant

The French Proficiency Improvement Grant is granted to two students to help support their improvement of French competency, or to practice French language in a French learning setting, in the Spring and/or Summer between their EDUC 400 and 500-level courses.

  1. Value and Deadline

    • Up to $1500
    • April 3, 2023, 11.59pm MST
  2. Criteria

    • Grants are available for up to two students in the French Teachable Subject Area who will be entering their EDUC 500-level courses in the upcoming Summer/Fall term. Applicants must apply to be considered
    • Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic merit, and must have availability over spring and/or summer to engage in competency activities
    • Proficiency improvement activities must take place between May 1 to August 31
    • Grant will cover a maximum of $1,500 (based on the total cost of activities proposed in application). Applicants will be reimbursed for approved expenses upon completion of their proposed plan (original receipts must be presented)
  3. Application Details

    • Applications must include:
      • A cover page with contact information (full name, UCID number, address, phone, and UCalgary email address)
      • A statement that details a plan and cost for working on French competency (for example, enrolling in a summer French language program)
      • Proof of registration to a course or program will be necessary, if selected for this award
    • Please submit all documents in one package, and name the attachment ‘yourlastname.yourfirstname.FPIG’, in PDF format, and send to by the application deadline
    • Note: Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application

Previous applicants have registered and applied for grant funding in one or more of the below learning activities. Please note this is not an exhaustive list, but if you have questions about applicability of a proposed learning activity, please reach out to

  • Exam or preparation courses for DELF/DALF (for example, through Alliance Francais)
  • Continuing Education French courses
  • University-level French courses in Spring/Summer terms*
  • Study Abroad: Exchange or Group Study Programs in French language immersion

*Note: If your proposed plan includes any university-level courses, please make sure you speak with an advisor prior to registration or submission of your application


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