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Graduate Award Competition

The following scholarships are awarded through the annual Graduate Award Competition (GAC):
  • Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Scholarships
  • Open Doctoral Scholarships
  • Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF) Scholarships
  • Special Awards
  • Bursaries


 Up to $72,000


You must meet the eligibility criteria for each award you are applying for. Terms of reference for the Killam, Open Doctoral, Special Awards and Bursaries can be found on the Graduate Award Database. Terms for the AITF can be found at Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures.

Selection Criteria and Indicators

To be eligible for the Killam and Open Doctoral categories students must have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the university issuing the transcripts, in the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent). At the University of Calgary, a student must have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the last 2 years of study. Each institution has their own definition of first-class average. The University of Calgary does not convert scales.


Only one application is required regardless of how many awards you are applying for.

2017 GAC competition is now closed. The 2018 GAC competition will open November 2017.

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February 1 to your Graduate Program Administrator, unless your program has an earlier deadline. Confirm your program’s deadline as late applications will not be accepted.


Results will be announced as follows:

  • Izaak Walton Killam – April/May (successful students only)
  • Open Doctoral – April/May (successful students only)
  • Alberta Innovates–Technology Futures – pending budget confirmation from AITF
  • Special Awards and Bursaries – late August (successful students only)
  • Unsuccessful notices for all award categories will go to students by late August


Friday, January 13, 2017 | Gallery Hall, TFDL | 10 am - noon

2017 GAC Workshop Presentation
Presented by the Faculty of Graduate Studies