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Award Opportunities

The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) administers a wide variety of awards for graduate students at the University of Calgary, funded from a variety of sources. Awards are competitive and based on merit, in addition to other criteria.
It is important to read the eligibility requirements and follow the application instructions for each award you apply for.
About applying for awards
  • You must apply for graduate awards; you are not automatically considered.
  • You may apply for awards after you have submitted an application for admission and receive a University of Calgary student number (UCID).
  • You do not need to be accepted into your program before you apply for awards. 
  • Some awards are restricted by citizenship; international students are eligible for many awards.
Types of Awards
The Faculty of Graduate Studies encourages graduate students to study at the University of Calgary by offering entrance and recruitment awards to exceptional students.
These awards are only open to new students. To be eligible, you cannot have started your program prior to taking up the award.

There are many federal awards funded by the Government of Canada. Some of these awards are administered through the University of Calgary and some are administered directly by the Government of Canada.

Indigenous awards are part of an initiative to increase access and participation of aboriginal students in post-secondary learning. They are open to students registered full-time who are Status Indian/First Nations, Non-Status Indian/First Nations, Métis or Inuit.

Provincial awards are funded by the Government of Alberta for study at a university in Alberta. These awards may have citizenship restrictions, so it is important to read the eligibility requirements.

University awards include a wide variety of awards, funded by generous private and corporate donors, faculty and graduate programs. These awards are administered though the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

There are many funding opportunities through external agencies. Apply for external awards through the University of Calgary or directly to the external funder, depending on the application process chosen by the funder.

In addition to funding administered through the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) provides a number of funding opportunities for graduate students.
For questions about GSA funding opportunities, contact the GSA at